- 1In, at, or to that place or position: we went on to Paris and stayed there eleven days [after preposition]: I’m not going in there—it’s freezing • figurative the opportunity is right there in front of youMore example sentences
- On Tuesday the post office said that our application would be there by ten at the latest the next morning.
- He'd already gone over the hill and Dave told me that he had decided to stay over there.
- What still confuses me though is why the people who protest about it every year insist on staying there.
- 1.1Used when pointing or gesturing to indicate the place in mind: there on the right if anyone wants out, there’s the door!More example sentences
- ‘It's over there,’ she told him, pointing to it.
- Our archives are up there in the attic, but they haven't been sorted into any kind of order.
- She's down there at her desk.
- 1.2At that point (in speech, performance, writing, etc.): “I’m quite—” There she stoppedMore example sentences
- Our speech ended there, for Burginde came bumping up the steps with a bucket of warm water.
- We have no municipality with a large purse behind it - possibly there lies the cause.
- For between his crime and his punishment, there lies the really interesting stuff.
- 1.3In that respect; on that issue: I don’t agree with you thereMore example sentences
- So writers would be well advised to take separate advice on the legal position there.
- ‘You have me there,’ I replied after some thought, finally giving in.
- I have to take issue with you there.
- 1.4 [with infinitive] Used to indicate one’s role in a particular situation: at the end of the day, we are there to make moneyMore example sentences
- If you have any questions we are there to help you.
- I wasn't racing, I was only there to finish the run but I was still nervous.
- Call centers are not there to help you. Trust me, I used to work in one.
- 2Used in attracting someone’s attention or calling attention to someone or something: hello there! there goes the phoneMore example sentences
- Hello there, can we please have your age, occupation, where you are from and where you are now?
- Hey there, old timer!
- There goes the last bus of the night.
- 3 (usually there is/are) Used to indicate the fact or existence of something: there’s a restaurant around the corner there comes a point where you give upMore example sentences
- I'd worked so hard to get my new position, and now there was this sudden gap in my life.
- By the end of the weekend, there had been ten fatalities in road accidents in Ireland.
- Symptoms such as pain or sickness can indicate that there is a more serious problem inside the body.
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- 1Used to focus attention on something and express satisfaction or annoyance at it: there, I told you she wouldn’t mind!More example sentences
- I don't, you might already have guessed, own a DVD player yet. There, I've said it now.
- There, I've said my piece.
- There, I hope you're happy, you finally got it out of me!
- 2Used to comfort someone: there, there, you must take all of this philosophicallyMore example sentences
- ‘There, there,’ he said quietly. ‘We'll talk about it. You'll be all right.’
- ‘There, there,’ I comfort. ‘You'll feel better once the culprit is caught.’
- There, there. It will soon be over.
been there, done that
- • informal Used to express past experience of or familiarity with something, especially something now regarded as boring or unwelcome.More example sentences
- It sometimes just feels like I've been there, done that!
- I've been there, done that - it's for the younger players.
- Yes, when it comes to writing 50,000 word novels in a month, I've been there, done that, bought the t-shirt.
be there for
- Be available to provide support or comfort for (someone).More example sentences
- Yet, even heroes need others to support them, to be there for them.
- My brother was the person who I knew would always love me, be there for me, support me.
- I've been there for you, I'm supporting you and Maggie, and what do I get?
have been there before
- • informal Know all about a situation from experience.More example sentences
- Kerry have the experience and they have been there before so there's probably more pressure on them as they'll be favourites.
- It's hard to get the opportunity at a midpoint in your career if you haven't had the experience - senior managers look for people who have been there before.
- We have been there before in religious and sporting crises and have triumphed by the simple retention of faith and belief.
here and there
- see here.
not all there
- (Of a person) not fully alert and functioning: he’s not all there—give him a couple of days to readjustMore example sentences
- It was sobering to walk through those halls, and meet up with people who you knew were definitely not all there.
- J.T. looked up from the table, obviously not all there, and said, ‘What makes you say that, man?’
- I'd like to know what you meant, but I'm not all there, I guess.
- • informal Used to express one’s defiance or awareness that someone will not like what one has decided or is saying: you can’t share, so there!More example sentences
- I've never owned a car, nor have I driven one for over six years. So there!
- I'm not embarrassed, and I'm certainly not letting you get me flustered. So there!
- I'm not talking to her, so there!
there and then
- Immediately.More example sentences
- It was agreed there and then that the flag would be buried where they stood.
- Of course, if Kingston had been bothered to speak to us when we called, we could have set the record straight there and then.
- I instantly contacted the gallery: I wanted to buy it there and then, but it had been sold.
there goes ——
- Used to express the destruction or failure of something: there goes my careerMore example sentences
- There goes my film career right out the window.
- Well I suppose there goes my dreams of becoming a tech geek at a big company.
- People then were looking at the derelict site and saying ‘Well, there goes our future.’
there it is
- That is the situation: pretty ridiculous, I know, but there it isMore example sentences
- It is all very odd, but there it is: they have style; I, sadly, do not.
- He looked like he was going to cry, and I felt bad for him, but there it is… so, I got back into the car, and I left.
- Anyway, there it is: the imperative of growth, consumption and the exploitation of resources.
there or thereabouts
- In or very near a particular place or position.More example sentences
- If he does make it, he will be there or thereabouts, but nowhere near his peak.
- We're near the top and we have to stay there or thereabouts.
- I was there or thereabouts for a few years, and there's not much between being in an international squad and getting a cap.
- Approximately: forty years, there or thereabouts, had elapsedMore example sentences
- I would say about 10 per cent, there or thereabouts.
- It's 90 days there or thereabouts to the start of the Premiership.
- Forty five minutes (there or thereabouts) is the perfect length for an album!
there you are (or go) • informal
- 1This is what you wanted: there you are—that’ll be $3.80 pleaseMore example sentences
- ‘All right, there you go,’ Swingley says - to the dogs, not me.
- They took it out, looked at it, had a bit of a chuckle and said there you go.
- One day my husband came home with a computer and said there you go - now start!
- 2Expressing confirmation, triumph, or resignation: there you are! I told you the problem was a political one sometimes it is embarrassing, but there you goMore example sentences
- He added: ‘Normally if the first game is away, your last is at home but we're away both times, which is a bit strange, but there you go.’
- I was a little unfortunate and I might have finished a couple of shots better than I did, but there you go.
- So there you go, I had a family crisis towards the end of the weekend, but it doesn't feel that way now.
there you go again
- Used to criticize someone for behaving in a way that is typical of them.More example sentences
- Yeah I know - 80 percent of you have seen your own standard of living tumble the last couple of decades, but there you go again; Whine, whine, whine.
- I know, you're thinking, there you go again with the gross exaggeration.
- I almost though we could have a truce but there you go again!
there you have it
- Used to emphasize or draw attention to a particular fact: so there you have it—the ultimate grand unified theoryMore example sentences
- And there you have it - the resounding belief of 99% of Americans.
- And there you have it - a warmer winter is in store, with heavy snowfalls expected occasionally in the new year but with low overall precipitation.
- So there you have it - a sensible idea that will work.
- Used to draw attention to the simplicity of a process or action: simply turn the handle three times and there you have itMore example sentences
- Undertake care instructions 1, 2 and 3, and there you have it, a perfect crop of carrots.
- A shiny suit maybe, a hair and dental makeover - and not forgetting a new street-cred name… and there you have it.
- Add to that a wrap dress, a dab of her cheek stick and a squirt of her signature perfume, and there you have it: glamour in a nutshell.
On the differences between their, they’re, and there, see they (usage).
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