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may1 British & World English

Expressing possibility

may2 British & World English

The hawthorn or its blossom

May British & World English

The fifth month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the last month of spring

as best one can British & World English

As effectively as possible under the circumstances

one could be forgiven for doing something British & World English

It would be understandable if one mistakenly did a particular thing

may in may1 British & World English

Expressing possibility

one's May in May British & World English

One’s bloom or prime

as well he might British & World English

Used to convey the speaker’s opinion that a reaction is appropriate or unsurprising

May in Jan Mayen British & World English

A barren and virtually uninhabited island in the Arctic Ocean between Greenland and Norway, annexed by Norway in 1929

May bug British & World English

Another term for cockchafer.

May Day British & World English

1 May, celebrated in many countries as a traditional springtime festival or as an international day honouring workers

Cape May British & World English

A resort city in extreme southern New Jersey, on the Atlantic Ocean; population 3,686 (est. 2008)

May queen British & World English

A pretty girl chosen and crowned in traditional celebrations of May Day

Sarton, May British & World English

(1912–95), US writer and poet; born in Belgium; born Eleanore Marie Sarton. Her many volumes of poetry include The Land of Silence (1953) and In Time Like Air (1958). She also wrote novels such as Faithful Are the Wounds (1955), Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing (1965), and As We Are Now (1973) and memoirs such as I Knew a Phoenix (1959), Plant Dreaming Deep (1968), and At Eighty-Two (1996)

come what may British & World English

No matter what happens

devil-may-care British & World English

Cheerful and reckless

devil-may-care English Thesaurus

those devil-may-care young pilots

Alcott, Louisa May British & World English

(1832–88), American novelist. She is best known for the novel Little Women (1868-9), based on her New England childhood. Alcott was involved in diverse reform movements, including women’s suffrage

Queen of the May British & World English

Another term for May queen.

as the case may be British & World English

According to the circumstances (used when referring to two or more alternatives)

to whom it may concern British & World English

Used at the beginning of a letter, notice, or testimonial when the identity of the reader or readers is unknown

be that as it may British & World English

Despite that; nevertheless

that is as may be British & World English

That may or may not be so (implying that this is not a significant consideration)

your mileage may vary British & World English

Your experience may be different

just as well in as well British & World English

With equal reason or an equally good result

a cat may look at a king British & World English

Even a person of low status or importance has rights

Maytime British & World English

The month of May, especially in relation to the season of spring in which it falls

ne'er cast a clout till May be out British & World English

Do not discard your winter clothes until summer has fully arrived

just as well in well1 British & World English

With equal reason or an equally good result

come what may in come British & World English

No matter what happens

as best one can in best British & World English

As effectively as possible under the circumstances

as well he might in well1 British & World English

Used to convey the speaker’s opinion that a reaction is appropriate or unsurprising


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