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a1 US English

Used when referring to someone or something for the first time in a text or conversation

a US English

The first letter of the alphabet

a in A1 US English

The first letter of the alphabet

A1 US English

The first letter of the alphabet

A2 US English

Ace (used in describing play in bridge and other card games)

a-2 US English

To; toward

a-3 US English

Variant spelling of ad- assimilated before sc, sp, and st (as in ascend, aspire, and astringent).

a-4 US English

Of

a-1 US English

Not; without

-a1 US English

Forming:

-a2 US English

Forming plural nouns:

-a3 US English

Of

à deux US English

For or involving two people

A in A1 US English

The human blood type (in the ABO system) containing the A agglutinogen and lacking the B

angstrom US English

A unit of length equal to one hundred-millionth of a centimeter, 10-10 meter, used mainly to express wavelengths and interatomic distances

Å in angstrom US English

A unit of length equal to one hundred-millionth of a centimeter, 10-10 meter, used mainly to express wavelengths and interatomic distances

à la US English

(Of a dish) cooked or prepared in a specified style or manner

à la carte US English

(Of a menu or restaurant) listing or serving food that can be ordered as separate items, rather than part of a set meal

à la mode US English

In fashion; up to date

ampere US English

A unit of electric current equal to a flow of one coulomb per second

A in ampere US English

A unit of electric current equal to a flow of one coulomb per second

à outrance US English

To the death or the very end

chacun à son goût US English

Each to one’s own taste

the picture of —— US English

The embodiment of a specified state or emotion

pull a rabbit out of the hat US English

Do something unexpected but ingeniously effective in response to a problem

free rein US English

Freedom of action or expression

roman à clef US English

A novel in which real people or events appear with invented names

on collision course US English

Going in a direction that will lead to a collision with another moving object or person

chicken à la king US English

Cooked breast of chicken in a cream sauce with mushrooms and peppers

a cog in the machine US English

A small or insignificant member of a larger organization or system

beyond doubt US English

Allowing no uncertainty

without doubt US English

Indisputably

folie à deux US English

Delusion or mental illness shared by two people in close association

Thomas à Kempis US English

(Circa 1380–1471), German theologian; born Thomas Hemerken. He is the probable author of On the Imitation of Christ (circa 1415–24), a manual of spiritual devotion

ventre à terre US English

At full speed (used especially of a horse’s movement or its representation in painting)

make game of US English

Mock; taunt

light the fuse US English

Set something tense or exciting in motion

of like mind US English

(Of a person) sharing the same opinions or tastes

leave its mark US English

Have a lasting or significant effect

ménage à trois US English

An arrangement in which three people share a sexual relationship, typically a domestic situation involving a married couple and the lover of one of them

A/D US English

Analog to digital

a/c US English

Account

A & E US English

Accident and emergency

A & M US English

Agricultural and Mechanical (college)

A & R US English

Artist(s) and repertory, used to denote employees of a record company who select and sign new artists

A to Z US English

An alphabetically arranged handbook; a complete guide to a subject

A/W US English

Autumn/winter (denoting or relating to fashion designed for the autumn and winter seasons of a particular year)

D/A US English

Digital to analog

T & A US English

Tits and ass

t/a US English

Trading as


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