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shadow British & World English

A dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface

shadow English Thesaurus

a dim night light cast her shadow against the closed double doors

rain shadow British & World English

A region having little rainfall because it is sheltered from prevailing rain-bearing winds by a range of hills

shadow-box British & World English

Spar with an imaginary opponent as a form of training

shadow mask British & World English

A perforated metal screen situated directly behind the phosphor screen in certain types of colour television tube, having a pattern of precisely located holes through which the electron beams pass so as to strike the correct dots on the phosphor screen

shadow work British & World English

Embroidery done in shadow stitch

shadow price British & World English

The estimated price of a good or service for which no market price exists

shadow stitch British & World English

A criss-cross embroidery stitch used on sheer materials for filling in spaces, worked on the reverse side so as to show through in a shadowy way with an outline resembling a backstitch

shadow banking British & World English

Lending and other financial activities conducted by unregulated institutions or under unregulated conditions

shadow economy British & World English

Illicit economic activity existing alongside a country’s official economy, e.g. black market transactions and undeclared work

shadow theatre British & World English

A display in which the shadows of flat jointed puppets are cast on a screen which is viewed by the audience from the other side. Such shows originated in East Asia, and were popular in London and Paris in the 18th and 19th centuries; they survive in traditional form in Java and Bali

five o'clock shadow British & World English

A dark appearance on a man’s chin and face caused by the slight growth of beard that has occurred since he shaved in the morning

wear oneself to a shadow British & World English

Completely exhaust oneself through overwork

eyeshadow British & World English

A coloured cosmetic applied to the eyelids or to the skin around the eyes to accentuate them

wear oneself to a shadow in shadow British & World English

Completely exhaust oneself through overwork