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the British & World English

Denoting one or more people or things already mentioned or assumed to be common knowledge

the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

capital and italic if part of a work's title; lower case in names of events, groups, etc.;

in aggregate British & World English

In total; as a whole

beat one's meat British & World English

(Of a man) masturbate

below ground British & World English

Beneath the surface of the ground

clerk of works British & World English

A person who oversees building work in progress

in course of —— British & World English

Undergoing the specified process

cut a rug British & World English

Dance, especially in an energetic or accomplished way

a deuce of a —— British & World English

Used to emphasize how bad, difficult, or serious something is

die a death British & World English

Come to an end; cease or fail to be popular or successful

dead as a dodo British & World English

Completely dead or extinct

on one's doorstep British & World English

Situated very close by

first among equals British & World English

The person or thing having the highest status in a group

get a feel for British & World English

Become accustomed to

one's last gasp British & World English

The point of exhaustion, death, or completion

a grand old man of British & World English

A man long and highly respected in (a particular field)

under hatches British & World English

Below deck in a ship

take a hint British & World English

Understand and act on what someone is implying or suggesting

the tip of an iceberg British & World English

The small perceptible part of a much larger situation or problem that remains hidden

lay a ghost British & World English

Exorcise a ghost

make up leeway British & World English

Struggle out of a bad position, especially by recovering lost time

keep a lid on British & World English

Keep (an emotion or process) from going out of control

be living proof that British & World English

Show by one’s existence and qualities that something is the case

lose one's way British & World English

Become unable to find one’s way

be someone's man British & World English

Be the person perfectly suited to a particular requirement or task

at a minimum British & World English

At the very least

at most British & World English

Not more than

a picture of —— British & World English

The embodiment of a specified state or emotion

the pit of one's stomach British & World English

The lower abdomen regarded as the seat of strong feelings, especially anxiety

someone's best plan British & World English

A person’s (or the) most sensible course of action

press flesh British & World English

(Of a celebrity or politician) greet people by shaking hands

cut a ribbon British & World English

Ceremonially open a building or road, typically by cutting a ribbon across the entrance

same to you! British & World English

May you do or have the same thing (a response to a greeting or insult)

keep score British & World English

Register the score of a game as it is made

settle a score British & World English

Take revenge on someone for something damaging that they have done in the past

that ship has sailed British & World English

Used in reference to an opportunity that has passed or a situation that can no longer be changed

put a stopper on British & World English

Prevent from happening or continuing


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