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-on British & World English

Forming nouns:

on British & World English

Physically in contact with and supported by (a surface)

ON1 British & World English

Ontario (in official postal use)

ON2 British & World English

Old Norse

on–off British & World English

(Of a switch) having two positions, ‘on’ and ‘off’

pass the baton British & World English

Hand over a particular duty or responsibility

one has made one's bed and must lie in it British & World English

One must accept the consequences of one’s actions

off the bone British & World English

(Of meat or fish) having had the bone or bones removed (or left in) before being cooked, served, or sold

know which side one's bread is buttered British & World English

Know where one’s advantage lies

under penalty of British & World English

Under the threat of

be at the receiving end British & World English

Be subjected to something

by request British & World English

In response to an expressed wish

to schedule British & World English

On time; as planned or expected

be in the secret British & World English

Be among the small number of people who know something

set one's seal to British & World English

Mark with one’s distinctive character

the shirt off one's back British & World English

Used to refer to someone’s last remaining possessions

ride the coattails of British & World English

Benefit from the success of (another), sometimes undeservedly

clock in British & World English

Register one’s arrival at work by means of an automatic recording clock

live off the fat of the land British & World English

Have the best of everything

have an eye to the main chance British & World English

Look or be looking for an opportunity to take advantage of a situation for personal gain

in form British & World English

(Of a sports player or team) playing or performing well

set store by British & World English

Consider to be of a particular degree of importance or value

try something for size British & World English

Assess whether something is suitable

switch something off British & World English

Turn an electrical device off (or on)

good for you ! British & World English

Used as an exclamation of praise or approval

off one's game British & World English

Playing badly (or well)

at the heels of British & World English

Following closely after

for hire British & World English

Available to be hired

a new lease of life British & World English

A substantially improved prospect of life or use after rejuvenation or repair

live off British & World English

Depend on as a source of income or support

lay hold of British & World English

Catch or gain possession of

log in British & World English

Go through the procedures to begin use of a computer, database, or system

at short notice British & World English

With little warning or time for preparation

under oath British & World English

Having sworn to tell the truth, especially in a court of law

go on British & World English

Continue or persevere

in on British & World English

Privy to (a secret)

on it British & World English

Drinking heavily

on to British & World English

Moving to a location on the surface of

add-on British & World English

Something that has been or can be added to an existing object or arrangement

rat on British & World English

Inform on (someone)

rag on British & World English

Complain about or criticize continually

put-on British & World English

A deception; a hoax

run on British & World English

Continue without stopping; go on longer than is expected


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