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May British & World English

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

may1 British & World English

Expressing possibility

may2 British & World English

The hawthorn or its blossom

as well he might British & World English

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

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

one's May in May British & World English

One’s bloom or prime

may in may1 British & World English

Expressing possibility

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)

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

come what may British & World English

No matter what happens

devil-may-care British & World English

Cheerful and reckless

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

as best one can in best British & World English

As effectively as possible under the circumstances

Queen of the May British & World English

another term for May queen.

as well he might in well1 British & World English

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

as the case may be in case1 British & World English

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

as the case may be British & World English

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

your mileage may vary in mileage British & World English

Your experience may be different

your mileage may vary British & World English

Your experience may be different

be that as it may in may1 British & World English

Despite that; nevertheless

that is as may be in may1 British & World English

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

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)

just as well in as well British & World English

With equal reason or an equally good result

to whom it may concern in concern British & World English

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

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

a cat may look at a king in cat1 British & World English

Even a person of low status or importance has rights

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

one could be forgiven for doing something in forgive British & World English

It would be understandable if one mistakenly did a particular thing

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

Do not discard your winter clothes until the end of May

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

Do not discard your winter clothes until the end of May

Minnelli, Liza British & World English

(1946-), US actress; daughter of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli; full name Liza May Minnelli. In 1965, she won a Tony Award for her role in Flora, the Red Menace on Broadway. Notable movies: The Sterile Cuckoo (1969), Cabaret (1972), Arthur (1981), and Stepping Out (1991)

you may as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb in hang British & World English

If the penalty for two offences is the same, you might as well commit the more serious one, especially if it brings more benefit

you may as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb British & World English

If the penalty for two offences is the same, you might as well commit the more serious one, especially if it brings more benefit

LeMay, Curtis Emerson British & World English

(1906–90), US air force officer; full name Curtis Emerson LeMay; known as Old Iron Pants. During World War II, he conducting a massive bombing campaign against Japan. After directing the Berlin Airlift in 1948, he was the commanding general of the US Strategic Air Command 1948–57 and Air Force chief of staff 1961–65

Doris May Lessing in Lessing, Doris British & World English

(1919–2013), British novelist and short-story writer, brought up in Rhodesia; full name Doris May Lessing. An active communist in her youth, she frequently deals with social and political conflicts in her fiction, especially as they affect women. Notable novels: The Grass is Singing (1950); The Golden Notebook (1962). Nobel Prize for Literature (2007)

Liza May Minnelli in Minnelli, Liza British & World English

(1946-), US actress; daughter of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli; full name Liza May Minnelli. In 1965, she won a Tony Award for her role in Flora, the Red Menace on Broadway. Notable movies: The Sterile Cuckoo (1969), Cabaret (1972), Arthur (1981), and Stepping Out (1991)

Gloria May Josephine Svensson in Swanson, Gloria British & World English

(1899–1983), American actress; born Gloria May Josephine Svensson. She was a major star of silent films such as Sadie Thompson (1928) but is now chiefly known for her performance as the fading movie star in Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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