- 1Equivalent to the product of two and three; one more than five, or four less than ten; 6: she’s lived here six months six of the people arrested have been charged a six-week tour (Roman numeral: vi or VI)More example sentences
- Two months has given him what he would normally produce in five or six months.
- Danton was a man of enormous physical stature standing over six feet four inches tall.
- The missing man is described as six feet four inches tall and with an athletic build.
- 1.2Six years old: a child of sixMore example sentences
- Silvi started playing badminton at the age of six when she accompanied her father to his training session.
- In France, tax relief on childcare exists for children up to the age of six.
- At the age of six, I used to run the few hundred yards from the top of Cartron Hill down to her house for my weekly lesson.
- 1.3Six o’clock: it’s half past sixMore example sentences
- It was a little after six o'clock in the evening when I woke from my nap.
- We were all taught never to make a call before six o'clock in the evening.
- We train in the morning at six o'clock, every morning in the camp at home and here as well.
- 1.4 Cricket A hit that reaches the boundary without first striking the ground, scoring six runs: he hit a six and seven fours Compare with four.More example sentences
- They scored at more than five an over throughout, their batsmen hitting 10 sixes and 54 fours in 79.2 overs.
- Greenwood decided to try to knock the visitors out of the ground and hit five sixes and five fours in his innings.
- He cracked seven fours and two sixes, reaching his half-century off 35 balls.
- 1.5A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by six.More example sentences
- They were a size four and I was a size six and let me tell you that summer was the longest of my life.
- Trust me, my sister is a beautiful girl and a size six or even eight is not overweight by any stretch.
- Every once in awhile she liked to remind me of how I hate my size and how she loves her size six self.
- 1.6A playing card or domino with six pips.More example sentences
- For example an attacker might begin by playing two sixes, rather than playing one six, waiting for it to be beaten or picked up, and then producing the other six.
- The game uses a double six domino set, but other sets can also be used when you have more players.
- Before play begins, the players look at their cards and if they have any sixes, they give them to the player who has that suit as trumps.
- 1.8 (the Six) another name for Les Six.
at sixes and sevens
- In a state of total confusion or disarray: everything is at sixes and sevens hereMore example sentences
chaotic, disorganized, disordered, disorderly, untidy, messy, jumbled, muddled, confused, unsystematic, irregular, cluttered, littered; out of order, out of place, in disarray, in a mess, in a jumble, in a muddle, upside-down, higgledy-piggledy, haywire, haphazard• informal all over the place, like a bomb's hit itBritish • informal shambolic, all over the shopNorth American • informal all over the map, all over the lot• rare orderless
- ‘Harold’ is the story of an adolescent young man who is at sixes and sevens with practically everything.
- Without them we were at sixes and sevens and chasing the game.
- I'm at sixes and sevens on the issue of who is really at fault here.
knock (or hit) someone for six
- British • informal Utterly surprise or overcome someone: this business has knocked her for six[with allusion to a forceful hit that scores six runs in cricket]More example sentences
- I am very angry if they put a ban on my business, it will knock me for six.
- The sexual innuendo is so utterly out of left field that it knocks you for six.
- I take each day as it comes but it knocks you for six.
six feet under
- • informal Dead and buried: Sam could have reported us, but now he’s six feet under, we’re safeMore example sentences
- Now, personally, I thought we had covered, bashed over the head, and buried this subject six feet under, but apparently not.
- In an hour or so, he's going to be buried six feet under forever.
- I swear if looks could kill Jane would be six feet under and rolling in her grave.
six of one and half a dozen of the other
- Used to convey that there is little real difference between two alternatives: you blame me, I blame you—it was six of one and half a dozen of the otherMore example sentences
- I made numerous trips to the school where I had to pre-book an appointment with the head only to be told it had been dealt with or that it was six of one and half a dozen of the other.
- When we viewed their offer it was six of one and half a dozen of the other.
- The solicitor went on: ‘In many ways it was six of one and half a dozen of the other.’
Old English siex, six, syx, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zes and German sechs, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sex and Greek hex.