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peter 1

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Pronunciation: /ˈpiːtə/

verb

[no object]
Decrease or fade gradually before coming to an end: the storm had petered out
More example sentences
  • Gradually Barcelona had petered out in that first half, Ronaldinho in particular.
  • A path petered out a few feet from my washing line at the back.
  • The men in green will be disappointed with their performance as their smooth first half petered out in the second.

Origin

Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with peter

Akita, Anita, arboreta, beater, beta, Bhagavadgita, cheater, cheetah, Demeter, Dieter, dolce vita, eater, eta, Evita, excreta, fetor, granita, greeter, heater, Juanita, litre (US liter), Lolita, maltreater, margarita, meter, metre, Peta, praetor (US pretor), repeater, Rita, saltpetre (US saltpeter), secretor, Senhorita, señorita, Sita, skeeter, teeter, terra incognita, theta, treater, tweeter, ureter, veleta, zeta

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peter 2 Line breaks: peter
Pronunciation: /ˈpiːtə/

noun

informal
1A man’s penis.
2Australian /NZ A prison cell.
3A safe or trunk.

Phrases

tickle the peter

1
Australian /NZ informal Steal or embezzle, especially by recording false amounts on a cash register: he tickled the peter of a West End company
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  • I wasn't a broken-down jockey, or a book-keeper who'd done a stretch for tickling the peter, like the others.
  • One or two of them have tickled the peter and skedaddled out of the country.
  • I'm a lurker and cheater, I've tickled the peter.

Origin

Late Middle English: from the given name Peter, applied in many transferred uses. Current senses date from the 19th century.

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peter 3 Line breaks: peter
Pronunciation: /ˈpiːtə/

noun& verb

Bridge
Another term for echo. West started by cashing two top diamonds, on which East petered

Origin

Late 19th century: from Blue Peter (the invitation to one's partner to play a further lead in the suit being likened to the raising of this flag).

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