- 1 [with object] Make (a hole) in something with a tool or by digging: bore a hole in the wall to pass the cable through [no object]: the drill can bore through rock • figurative his eyes bored into hersMore example sentences
- He has a story for each tool he demonstrates, be it a drill that bores square holes or a spill plane.
- Unfortunately, the head was attached to his body, which as a unit had rented the apartment under hers and had bored a hole in the ceiling for stalking purposes.
- He was staring at a tree that the rock had bored a hole through.
- 1.1Hollow out (a gun barrel or other tube): an 1100 cc road bike bored out to 1168 ccMore example sentences
- The barrel is bored out and threaded at breech and muzzle to accept a 17-cal. barrel liner.
- It should do well in traditionally bored barrels and less so in over-bored barrels.
- Preparations were made to use a 50 million baht budget to bore pipes to drain off the water into the sea.
- 2 [no object] (Of an athlete or racehorse) push another competitor out of the way.More example sentences
- That's it: a comfortable victory for Chelsea, against a Porto side who are a shadow of the side that bored all before them last season.
- Keane's mastery of the holding role in midfield gave the Reds the chance to go out and attack Olympiakos, contradicting the notion that they will have to bore in order to succeed.
- As the frontrunners sprinted home, Miller's horse bore out just enough to allow Brickell to fit between.
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- 1The hollow part inside a gun barrel or other tube.More example sentences
- Barrels have ventilated ribs, hard-chromed bores, interchangeable choke tubes (three provided) and lengthened forcing cones to reduce recoil.
- The inside bore might be 12 in, but the barrels are well over a metre in diameter at the base.
- The bore of the Browning barrel was mirror smooth from one end to the other.
- 1.1 [often in combination] The diameter of a bore; the calibre: a small-bore rifleMore example sentences
- It is also available as a shotgun in 12 and 20 gauge, and .410 bore.
- The traditional .22 rifle has been replaced by a choice of Browning automatic handgun or sawn-off 12 bore shotgun.
- In its shotgun line, it has added a 28 gauge and .410 bore to its series.
- 2 short for borehole.More example sentences
- Lighting control panels are being installed in the portal equipment rooms, in niches along the length of the tunnel, and in the passageways connecting the bores.
- The firm wanted to eliminate building mandatory escape cross tunnels between bores, a job requiring tricky ground freezing, says Harnois.
- Despite all the difficulties the two ends of the tunnel bore met as planned in 1916.
Old English borian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to German bohren.
- 1A person whose talk or behaviour is dull and uninteresting: he can be a crashing boreMore example sentences
- I think he has simply demonstrated once again why he has become such a crashing bore.
- At a deeper level, it seems to me that he is a world-class crashing bore.
- The days of desperately trying to escape the clutches of some crashing bore in the corner of a nightclub are long gone.
- 1.1 [in singular] A tedious or annoying situation or activity: it’s such a bore cooking when one’s aloneMore example sentences
- Instead, it's a tedious and meretricious bore, and those are the worst kind.
- The course can sometimes be a bore but I find the major subjects quite interesting.
- Will's columns can sometimes be a bore, ripping a social healthcare program here and our educational system's shortcomings there.
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- Cause (someone) to feel weary and uninterested by dull talk or behaviour: she is too polite to bore us with anecdotes [with object and complement]: timid women quickly bore her sillyMore example sentences
- Oh please, Damion, your insults are so dull it bores me.
- It's a pretty good story, actually, though I get bored by cards very quickly.
- I'll give it a go next week, but imagine that this will quickly bore me.
bore someone to death (or to tears)
- Make someone feel extremely bored: he would bore everyone to death with tales about his wonderful daughterMore example sentences
- It's about getting you from here to there without scaring you to death, boring you to tears, or intimidating your socks off.
- If all of you have not been bored to death and fallen asleep on the keyboard by now, I really do admire your resilience.
- ‘If we were bored to death, honestly I don't think we would do it,’ he said.
mid 18th century (as a verb): of unknown origin.
- A steep-fronted wave caused by the meeting of two tides or by the constriction of a tide rushing up a narrow estuary.More example sentences
- The largest bores occur on 25 days a year, in the morning and evening, with biggest bores on tides over 32’.
- Experiments in a laboratory wave tank show that interactions between bores refracted by a prowlike beach can produce jets in which the velocity is nearly twice the bore's phase speed.
- On the Shubenacadie River, the tidal bore and rapidly rising tide results in extremely turbulent waters.
early 17th century: perhaps from Old Norse bára 'wave'; the term was used in the general sense 'billow, wave' in Middle English.