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Bob British & World English

Used to express the ease with which a task can be achieved

Bob in Dole British & World English

Bob (1923-); full name Robert Joseph Dole. He was a Republican US senator from Kansas 1969–96 and was defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential election

bob1 British & World English

Make a quick, short movement up and down

bob2 British & World English

A style in which the hair is cut short and evenly all round so that it hangs above the shoulders

bob3 British & World English

A shilling

bob4 British & World English

A change of order in bell-ringing

bob English Thesaurus

their yacht bobbed about on the choppy waters

bobbed in bob2 British & World English

Cut (someone’s hair) in a bob

ski-bob British & World English

A device resembling a bicycle with skis instead of wheels, used for sliding down snow-covered slopes

Cousy, Bob British & World English

(1928-), US basketball player; full name Robert Joseph Cousy. He played for the Boston Celtics from 1950 until 1963. Basketball Hall of Fame (1970)

Dylan, Bob British & World English

(B.1941), American singer and songwriter; born Robert Allen Zimmerman. The leader of an urban folk-music revival in the 1960s, he became known for political and protest songs such as ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964). Notable albums: Highway 61 Revisited (1965) and Blood on the Tracks (1975)

Fosse, Bob British & World English

(1927–87), US jazz dancer and choreographer; full name Robert Louis Fosse. He directed and choreographed Broadway musicals such as Pajama Game (1954) and Redhead (1958), and movies such as Cabaret (1972) and All That Jazz (1979). Fosse (1999), a Broadway musical, was dedicated to him

Hawke, Bob British & World English

(B.1929), Australian Labor statesman, Prime Minister 1983–91; full name Robert James Lee Hawke. During his premiership he pursued an economic programme based on free-market policies and tax reform

Hope, Bob British & World English

(1903–2003), British-born American comedian; born Leslie Townes Hope. He often adopted the character of a cowardly incompetent, cheerfully failing to become a romantic hero, as in the series of Road films (1940–62)

plumb bob British & World English

A bob of lead or other heavy material forming the weight of a plumb line

Beamon, Bob British & World English

(B.1946), American long jumper; full name Robert Beamon. At the 1968 Olympic Games he set a world record that stood until 1991

bob weight British & World English

A component used as a counterweight to a moving part in a machine

cockeye bob British & World English

A cyclone or a thunderstorm

Feller, Bob British & World English

(1918-), US baseball player; full name Robert William Andrew Feller. He pitched for the Cleveland Indians 1936–56 (with the exception of 1942–44 when he served in the US Navy) and led American League pitchers in strikeouts seven times. Baseball Hall of Fame (1962)

Gibson, Bob British & World English

(1935-) US baseball player; full name Robert Gibson; born Pack Gibson. He pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals 1959–75. Baseball Hall of Fame (1981)

Marley, Bob British & World English

(1945–81), Jamaican reggae singer, guitarist, and songwriter; full name Robert Nesta Marley. Having formed the trio the Wailers in 1965, in the 1970s he was instrumental in popularizing reggae. His lyrics often reflected his commitment to Rastafarianism

Mathias, Bob British & World English

(1930–2006), US track and field athlete and politician; full name Robert Bruce Mathias. At 17, he was the youngest winner of the decathlon with a gold medal in the 1948 Olympic Games and another in the 1952 games. He later served as a Republican member of the US House of Representatives from California 1967–1975

Newhart, Bob British & World English

(1929-), US comedian and actor; full name George Robert Newhart. His career as a comedian took off with the bestselling record album The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart (1959). His most successful television shows were The Bob Newhart Show (1972–78) and Newhart (1982–90)

true as Bob British & World English

Absolutely true

bob and weave British & World English

Make rapid bodily movements up and down and from side to side, for example as an evasive tactic by a boxer

bob for apples British & World English

Try to catch floating or hanging apples with one’s mouth alone, as a game

curtsy British & World English

A woman’s or girl’s formal greeting made by bending the knees with one foot in front of the other

Dole British & World English

Bob (1923-); full name Robert Joseph Dole. He was a Republican US senator from Kansas 1969–96 and was defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential election

bob and weave in bob1 British & World English

Make rapid bodily movements up and down and from side to side, for example as an evasive tactic by a boxer

bob for apples in bob1 British & World English

Try to catch floating or hanging apples with one’s mouth alone, as a game

bobsleigh British & World English

A mechanically steered and braked sledge, typically for two or four people, used for racing down an ice-covered run

cockeyed bob in cockeye bob British & World English

A cyclone or a thunderstorm


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