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Bill US English

The police

bill1 US English

An amount of money owed for goods supplied or services rendered, set out in a printed or written statement of charges

bill2 US English

The beak of a bird, especially when it is slender, flattened, or weak, or belongs to a web-footed bird or a bird of the pigeon family

bill3 US English

A medieval weapon like a halberd with a hook instead of a blade

bill1 US Thesaurus

a bill for $60

bill2 US Thesaurus

a bird's bill

bill New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

draft of a proposed law

be billed in bill1 US English

List (a person or event) in a program

T-bill US English

Short for Treasury bill.

bank bill US English

A bill of exchange drawn by one bank on another

show bill US English

An advertising poster, especially for a theater performance

true bill US English

A bill of indictment found by a grand jury to be supported by sufficient evidence to justify the hearing of a case

wage bill US English

The amount paid in wages by an employer to employees

bottle bill US English

Any of several US state laws that require deposits to be paid on beverages sold in recyclable bottles and cans

Brady Bill US English

A provision of US federal law that requires a waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks on those who wish to purchase handguns

Brandt, Bill US English

(1904–83), German-born British photographer; full name Hermann Wilhelm Brandt. He is best known for his almost abstract treatment of the nude, as in Perspectives of Nudes (1961)

Cosby, Bill US English

(1937-), US comedian, actor, and writer; full name William Henry Cosby, Jr. He was the first African American to star in a weekly television drama (I Spy; 1965–68). His comedy series The Cosby Show 1984–92 was one of the most successful programs in television history. He wrote Fatherhood (1986) and Love and Marriage (1989)

double bill US English

A program of entertainment with two main items or personalities

Gates, Bill US English

(1955-), US computer entrepreneur and philanthropist; full name William Henry Gates. In 1975, he cofounded Microsoft, a computer software company, the success of which made him the youngest multibillionaire in US history. With his wife, he established the philanthropic Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000

Haley, Bill US English

(1925–81), US rock-and-roll singer; full name William John Clifton Haley. His song “Rock Around the Clock” (1954) helped to establish the popularity of rock and roll

public bill US English

A proposed law that affects the public as a whole

Tilden, Bill US English

(1893–53), US tennis player; full name William Tatem Tilden II. During 1920–30, he won the men’s singles title at seven US Open and three Wimbledon tournaments. He led the US to seven straight Davis Cup victories 1920–26

Bradley, Bill US English

(1943-), US basketball player and politician; full name William Warren Bradley. He played professionally for the New York Knicks 1967–77 before entering politics. A New Jersey Democrat, he served as a US senator 1979–97. In 2000, he unsuccessfully campaigned to be the Democratic presidential nominee. Basketball Hall of Fame (1983)

Buffalo Bill US English

(1846–1917), US showman; born William Frederick Cody. He gained his nickname for killing 4,280 buffalo in 8 months to feed the Union Pacific Railroad workers. He subsequently devoted his life to his traveling Wild West Show

Clinton, Bill US English

(1946-), 42nd president of the US 1993–2001; full name William Jefferson Blythe Clinton. An Arkansas Democrat, he served as governor of his state 1979–81, 1983–93 before becoming president. During his first term, he worked with a Republican-controlled Congress to balance the budget. His second term saw economic prosperity as well as international crises in the Middle East and Yugoslavia. Problems that included contested allegations of financial and sexual misconduct escalated, and in 1998 he became the second president ever to be impeached, in his case, on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. He was acquitted by the Senate in 1999

foreign bill US English

A bill of exchange payable in another country

private bill US English

A legislative bill affecting the interests only of a particular body or individual

Russell, Bill US English

(1934-), US basketball player and coach; full name William Felton Russell. A center, he played for the Boston Celtics 1956–69 and also coached them from 1966, becoming the first African-American head coach in the NBA. He coached the Seattle Supersonics 1973–77 and the Sacramento Kings 1987–88. Basketball Hall of Fame (1974)

Shankly, Bill US English

(1913–81), Scottish footballer and manager; full name William Shankly. He was a renowned manager of Liverpool (1960–74), with whom he had great success in Britain and Europe

shipping bill US English

(In the UK) a form used by Customs and Excise before goods can be exported from the country or removed from a bonded warehouse

station bill US English

A list showing the prescribed stations of a ship’s crew in specified emergencies

Treasury bill US English

A short-dated government security, yielding no interest but issued at a discount on its redemption price

Buffalo Bill New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(1846–1917), American showman; born William Frederick Cody

fit the bill US English

Be suitable for a particular purpose

bill and coo US English

Exchange caresses or affectionate words; behave or talk in a very loving or sentimental way

bill of sale US English

A certificate of transfer of personal property

commercial bill US English

A bill of exchange issued by a commercial organization to raise money for short-term needs

bill of costs US English

A solicitor’s account of charges and expenses incurred while carrying out a client’s business

bill of goods US English

A consignment of merchandise

bill of health US English

A certificate relating to the incidence of infectious disease on a ship or in the port from which it has sailed

bill of lading US English

A detailed list of a shipment of goods in the form of a receipt given by the carrier to the person consigning the goods

Bill of Rights US English

The first ten amendments to the US Constitution, ratified in 1791 and guaranteeing such rights as the freedoms of speech, assembly, and worship


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