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  1. (colloquial, trade jargon) A floor-to-ceiling cupboard that is built to house a variety of objects or files in an office.
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etymology 1 From Middle English storie, storye, from xno estorie, from ll storia, an aphetic form of Latin historia, from Ancient Greek ἱστορία 〈historía〉. Compare history and storey. Alternative forms: storie (obsolete)
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  1. A sequence of real or fictional event; or, an account of such a sequence.
    • Ed. Rev. Venice, with its unique city and its impressive story
    • Sir W. Temple The four great monarchies make the subject of ancient story.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “The stories did not seem to me to touch life. They were plainly intended to have a bracing moral effect, and perhaps had this result for the people at whom they were aimed. They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.”
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    exampleThe book tells the story of two roommates.
  2. A lie. exampleYou’ve been telling stories again, haven’t you?
  3. (US, colloquial, usually pluralized) A soap opera. exampleWhat will she do without being able to watch her stories?
  4. (obsolete) History.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica: … who is so unread or so uncatechis'd in story, that hath not heard of many sects refusing books as a hindrance, and preserving their doctrine unmixt for many ages, only by unwritt'n traditions.
  5. A sequence of events, or a situation, such as might be related in an account. exampleWhat's the story with him? exampleI tried it again; same story, no error message, nothing happened.
  • (soap opera) Popularized in the 1950s, when soap operas were often billed as "continuing stories", the term "story" to describe a soap opera fell into disuse by the 21st century and is now used chiefly among older people and in rural areas. Other English-speaking countries used the term at its zenith as a "loaned" word from the United States.
Synonyms: (account) tome, (lie) See lie, (soap opera) soap opera, serial, (sequence of events; situtation) narrative
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  1. To tell as a story; to relate or narrate about.
    • Shakespeare How worthy he is I will leave to appear hereafter, rather than story him in his own hearing.
    • Bishop Wilkins It is storied of the brazen colossus in Rhodes, that it was seventy cubits high.
etymology 2 From Middle English story, from Old French *estoree, from estoree, feminine past participle of estorer, from Latin instaurare. Alternative forms: storey (UK)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A building or edifice.
  2. (chiefly, US) A floor or level of a building; a storey.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, chapter I: The lower story of the market-house was open on all four of its sides to the public square.
    exampleOur shop was on the fourth story of the building, so we had to install an elevator.
Synonyms: (floor) floor, level
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  • ryots, tyros
stoush etymology Possibly from stash. Australian from 1893; Boer War military slang. Also may be derived from stushie or stooshie, a Scottish term for a commotion, rumpus, or row.
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  1. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) A fight, an argument.
    • 1996, , Glamour and the Sea, Victoria University Press, New Zealand, [http//|%22stoushes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=YjNflbh2i6&sig=B85yov-T5ifFEUy6cHBXWcasgWI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uAxnUObiCsediAf3uYDYDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stoush%22|%22stoushes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 166], Barry explained that his friend wasn′t drunk, he′d been in a stoush, had a ding on his head and was covered in money.
    • 2006, Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push, [http//|%22stoushes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=cwh08SnzMP&sig=oyULqYzsxyBbJGFi28VJKOHsu48&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uAxnUObiCsediAf3uYDYDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stoush%22|%22stoushes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 200], Now Henry knows dead cert he′s in for a stoush, but Snake-hips says he should go with him, and out on Nymagee-street Henry Lawson refuses a twenty-pound note, and the two men shake and Henry accepts the next billiards game, doubles with Snake-hips (who plays even worse than Henry), the Minister for Public Instruction, and the Austrian chappie.
    • 2004, Jay Verney, Percussion, University of Queensland Press, [http//|%22stoushes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=NiHZ24h0L0&sig=VtHpoqI_aANhffCbfslqj_KRMXY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uAxnUObiCsediAf3uYDYDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stoush%22|%22stoushes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 151], She and Anna used to reproduce Veronica′s stoushes with Pat, conducted with gusto over the fence but never brought into the confining space of either house where they might smoulder and flare.
    • 2008, Anna Haebich, Spinning the Dream: Assimilation in Australia 1950-1970, Fremantle Press, [http//|%22stoushes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=hG8rYz6w-Y&sig=EMW6r2-79wmSH5j6B03HI2-SXt0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uAxnUObiCsediAf3uYDYDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stoush%22|%22stoushes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 63], Melbourne almost lost the event when union go-slow tactics and a stoush over federal and state funding responsibilities seriously delayed work on the construction of the Olympic Stadium and Village.
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  1. (Australia, informal) To fight; to argue.
    • 1916, , The Call of Stoush, The Moods of Ginger Mick, 2009, Sydney University Press, [http//|%22stoushes%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=7Q5SbrCLqt&sig=nr2qboU6fpt8s9UH8TRlf7SlW3Q&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uAxnUObiCsediAf3uYDYDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stoush%22|%22stoushes%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 15], Wot price ole Ginger Mick? ′E′s done a break— / Gone to the flamin′ war to stoush the foe.
    • 1999, Marion Halligan, Marlene Mathews, A Sporting Nation: Celebrating Australia′s Sporting Life, [http//|%22stoushing%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=UM7qOIc0Vi&sig=GwQXq_efdgSPw3smkDtaBHUvVWI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hyBnUIDKBoePiAePpoHQDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stoushed%22|%22stoushing%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 121], The two business moguls have stoushed over rights to televise rugby union, whose marketability has greatly risen since institution of the World Cup in 1987.
    • 2008, Matthew Kidman, Alex Feher, Master CEOs: Secrets of Australia′s Leading CEOs, 2012, [http//|%22stoushing%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=RjhIc6sysT&sig=qucihmH_ILw8KqmL0jOo0z9qjbQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hyBnUIDKBoePiAePpoHQDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stoushed%22|%22stoushing%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], There was a lot of corporate stoushing and things said that people didn′t like.
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Strad etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A Stradivarius violin.
    • 1998, Walter Kolneder, Reinhard G. Pauly, The Amadeus book of the violin: construction, history, and music Members of world-famous string quartets past and present also performed on Strads.
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  1. (AU, informal)
straight {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: streight (obsolete) etymology From Middle English streight, streght, streiȝt, the past participle of strechen, from Old English streċċan, streccan (past participle ġestreaht, ġestreht), from Proto-Germanic *strakjaną, *strakkijaną. pronunciation
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  1. Not crooked or bent; having a constant direction throughout its length. {{defdate}}
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility: I do not like crooked, twisted, blasted trees. I admire them much more if they are tall, straight and flourishing.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} “Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.{{nb...}}
    • 2011, Adharanand Finn, The Guardian, 22 March: The other people, I presume, are supposed to be standing to attention, but they're all smiling at me. The lines are not even straight.
    1. Of a path, trajectory, etc.: direct, undeviating. {{defdate}}
      • 1913, John Fox, Jr., The Kentuckians, p.185: Now, as the world knows, the straightest way to the heart of the honest voter is through the women of the land, and the straightest way to the heart of the women is through the children of the land; and one method of winning both, with rural politicians, is to kiss the babies wide and far.
      • 2000, Allan Wood, Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox, p.293: He had no time to set himself, but his throw was straight and true. Pick slid in, spikes high, and Schang tagged him in the ribs a foot or two from the plate.
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    2. Perfectly horizontal or vertical; not diagonal or oblique. {{defdate}}
      • 2004, Chris Weston, 500 Digital Photography Hints, Tips, and Techniques: There's nothing more annoying than taking a great picture, only to find that the horizon isn't straight.
    3. (obsolete) Stretched out; fully extended. {{defdate}}
  2. (obsolete, rare) Strait; narrow.
    • Sir John Mandeville (c.1350) Egypt is a long country, but it is straight, that is to say, narrow.
  3. (heading) Figurative uses.
    1. Free from dishonesty; honest, law-abiding. {{defdate}}
      • 1879, Anthony Trollope, John Caldigate: ‘It wasn't the proper thing, squoire. It wasn't straight.’
    2. Direct in communication; unevasive, straightforward. {{defdate}}
      • 2003, Rosie Cowan, The Guardian, 24 April: Tony Blair issued a direct challenge to the IRA yesterday when he demanded they give straight answers to three simple questions{{nb...}}.
    3. In a row, in unbroken sequence. {{defdate}}
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      • 2008, "Bad vibrations", The Economist, 30 October: As of October 29th, three-month dollar Libor (the rate at which banks borrow from each other) had fallen for 13 straight days and was nearly one-and-a-half percentage points below its October 10th level.
    4. In proper order; as it should be. {{defdate}}
      • 2007, Grant Allen, What's Bred in the Bone, p.140: Oh, music, how he loved it; it seemed to set everything straight all at once in his head.
      • 2010, Paul Gallagher, The Observer, 15 August: "If you wonder why folks can't take the news seriously, here's Exhibit A," said one blogger. "Lord Jesus, how can the reporter file this story with a straight face?"
    5. Of spirit: undiluted, unmixed; neat. {{defdate}}
      • 2003, Ron Jordan, Considerations: Real cowboys know how to rope, ride a horse and drink whisky straight.
      • 2003, Lowell Edmunds, Martini, Straight Up, p.94: The Martini is still in belief, if not in fact, the centerpiece of a rite, and people who would not drink straight gin on the rocks will drink straight gin on the rocks if it is called a Martini.
    6. (cricket) Describing the bat as held so as not to incline to either side; on, or near a line running between the two wicket. {{defdate}}
      • 2011, Alan Gardner & Barney Ronay, The Guardian, 15 March: Steyn continues and it's all a bit more orderly down his end as O'Brien defends the first three balls with a straight bat and a respectful dip of the head.
    7. (tennis) Describing the set in a match of which the winner did not lose a single set. {{defdate}}
      • 2011, Press Association, 10 February: Murray started well against Marcos Baghdatis before slumping to defeat in straight sets and the British No1 admitted he may not have been mentally prepared for the rigours of the ATP Tour after a gruelling start to 2011.
    8. (US, politics) Making no exceptions or deviations in one's support of the organization and candidates of a political party. examplea straight Republican;  a straight Democrat
    9. (US, politics) Containing the names of all the regularly nominated candidates of a party and no others. examplea straight ballot
  4. (heading) Colloquial uses.
    1. (colloquial) Conventional, socially acceptable. {{defdate}}
      • 1994, Jarvis Cocker, ‘Do You Remember the First Time?’: You say you've got to go home. Well at least there's someone there that you can talk to. And you never have to face up to the night on your own. Jesus, it must be great to be straight.
      • Tracy Quan, Tracy Quan, Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl: A Novel, New York, N.Y., Crown Publishers, 2007, 978-0-307-42056-5, “"When you say he's a straight guy, you mean{{nb...}}?" I held up my left hand as if it were a shield and spun my ring around. I told her: "He works on Wall Street.…He wouldn't understand my business. He's always had a straight job. His entire life he's been so – so normal that he doesn't even know how normal he is.…He doesn't know I'm a hooker. I'm pretending to be a straight chick. And it's working! And that makes him a straight guy. It's ... I feel like Dr. Frankenhooker."”
    2. (colloquial, slang, pejorative) Boring, mainstream, unadventurous, unimaginative. {{defdate}}
      • Wavy Gravy: ‘Sure, I could have done it different…put my clown in a closet and dressed up in straight clothing. I could have compromised my essence, and swallowed my soul.’
      • 1989, Gus Van Sant, Drugstore Cowboy: ‘For all the boredom the straight life brings, it's not too bad.’
      • 1998, Eileen Fitzpatrick & Dominic Pride, , 17 October 1998: ‘Her last album was a bit too straight,’ he says, ‘but this one puts her in a more contemporary framework and softens her music.’
    3. (colloquial) Not using alcohol, drugs, etc. {{defdate}}
      • 2001, Ruella Frank, Body of Evidence, p.28: ‘Alex's dad used a lot of drugs. He's been straight for years now, but it took a long time for him to be able to deal with his feelings.’
    4. (colloquial) Heterosexual.
      • Laura Harris, Elizabeth Crocker, Femme: Feminists, Lesbians, and Bad Girls, New York, N.Y., Routledge, 1997, page 196, 978-0-415-91874-9, “We only appear straight for the first five seconds. Just walking down the street, in the diner, or at the boardwalk, we hear, "Is she a man? Is she a woman? If she is a straight woman, what is she doing with this gay man?" We check in with each other. "What do you think, is it okay? I think we should go. I think we should cross over to the other side. Danger."”
      • Helen Boyd, My Husband Betty: Love, Sex, and Life with a Crossdresser, New York, N.Y., Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003, page 187, 978-1-56025-515-4, “["]…He's a straight guy who does drag." At that, the man laughed. "Oh, you're putting me on!" He decided I must have been pulling his leg the whole time. He glanced back at my husband again. "So what's his number?" "The same as mine."”
      • 2007, Layla Kumari, The Guardian, 17 September: Some of my friends – gay and straight – seem unable to understand the close but platonic nature of my and Gian's relationship, but have been supportive.
      • 2011, Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home, p.273: Angela smiles. ‘I'm straight, Zoe, and I'm happily married.’
      • Wheeler Winston Dixon, Wheeler Winston Dixon, Straight: Constructions of Heterosexuality in the Cinema, Albany, N.Y., State University of New York Press, 2012, page 1, 978-0-7914-8733-4, “Every other mode of social discourse is "other," whether it be termed gay (or the newly acceptable queer), bisexual, or asexual, or embodied in the concept of the spinster, the confirmed bachelor, the old maid, or the same-sex couple who will never fit into the "straight" world, and doesn't or don't want to. The state of nonstraightness is essentially suspect; it is not seen as "right [or] correct."”
      • Katie Price, Katie Price, He's the One, London, Century, 2013, page 233, 978-1-84605-959-9, “Why did he have to be straight? It's my tragedy. When we went camping with the school, we shared a tent. I was hoping for a ''Brokeback Mountain'' moment. I mean, I know he's straight, but there's always hope.”
  • bent
  • crooked
  • curved
  • Straight is sometimes humorously used as meaning low quality by homosexuals and bisexuals, rather than gay.
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  1. Of a direction relative to the subject, precisely; as if following a direct line. The door will be straight ahead of you. Go straight back.
  2. Directly; without pause, delay or detour. On arriving at work, he went straight to his office.
    • Addison I know thy generous temper well; / Fling but the appearance of dishonour on it, / It straight takes fire, and mounts into a blaze.
  3. Continuously; without interruption or pause. He claims he can hold his breath for three minutes straight.
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  1. Something that is not crooked or bent.
    1. A part of a racecourse, running track or other road, etc., that is not curved.
      • Robert Newton, Runner, New York, N.Y., Alfred A. Knopf, 2009, page 191, 978-0-307-49035-3, “After four grueling laps, the race had come down to a sprint. Into the straight, although my legs were burning, I called on them for more, and they responded. On my inside the maroon singlet came with me, until it was just the two of us heading for the line.”
      • Gene W. Zepp, 24 Heures Du Mans, [S.l.], Xlibris, 2011, page 19, 978-1-4628-6700-4, “Seppi started the engine, then shifted first gear and sped away into second, then third and fourth gear. Frank heard the roar of the Porsche's engine further down the straight and the back short straight. He held a stopwatch in his hand, waiting for him to come up into the straight from the hairpin curve.”
  2. Colloquial uses.
    1. A heterosexual. My friends call straights "heteros".
    2. (slang) A normal person; someone in mainstream society.
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      • 2014, Matthew D., Tribbe, No Requiem for the Space Age, Turning a Miracle into a Bummer, 9780199313525, page 150, “More importantly, Blows Against the Empire … more than any other work revealed the split vision towards space exploration among many in the counter-culture: a romantic vision of the freedom offered by space that had been fostered by a lifetime of science fiction consumption, immersion in a technological society, the countercultural yearning for speed and “the road,” and, thanks to LSD and other hallucinogens, a unique preappreciation of space traveling not available to straights, versus the bland, oppressive vision of exploration offered by NASA, itself just one part of a larger destructive system that was devastating Earth and that could only offer further oppression in space, not liberation.”## (poker) Five cards in sequence.
    3. (slang) A cigarette, particularly one containing tobacco instead of marijuana. Also straighter. {{defdate}}
      • [1923, J[oseph] Manchon, Le slang : lexique de l'anglais familier et vulgaire : précédé d'une étude sur la pronunciation et la grammaire populaires, p. 296: A straight = a straighter = a straight cut, une cigarette en tabac de Virginie.]
Synonyms: (heterosexual) hetero, breeder, (normal person) see
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  1. (transitive) To straighten. {{rfquotek}}
straightdar etymology straight + dar, after the pattern of gaydar.
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  1. (slang) The ability to detect whether or not a person is heterosexual by observing that person.
straight dinkum etymology Variation of fair dinkum.
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  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Genuine, honest, fair and square.
    • 1977, , The Letters and Journals of Katherine Mansfield: A Selection, page 96, My precious, please don′t ever send me a penny of extra money. That is very straight dinkum.
Synonyms: (genuine, honest) fair dinkum, square dinkum
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  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Truly, honestly.
    • 1922, , At The Bay, “Say, cross my heart straight dinkum.”
    • 1983, , The Letters of John Middleton Murry to Katherine Mansfield, page 178, This morning, I promise cross my heart straight Dinkum (is that right?) will be the last, the very last, of our awful moments.
    • 1990, , Keith Wingrove (editor), Norman Lindsay on Art, Life, and Literature, page 41, …she said scornfully, “One of the girls gave it to you. Tell me at once who it was.” “Cripes, no, straight dinkum. I just picked it up.”
Synonyms: (truly, honestly) fair dinkum, square dinkum
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etymology From straight + -en
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  1. (transitive) To cause to become straight.
  2. (intransitive) To become straight.
  3. (transitive) To put in order; to sort; to tidy up. to straighten one's affairs, or an account
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  4. (transitive) To clarify a situation or concept to (an audience).
  5. (transitive, slang) To bribe or corrupt.
  6. (intransitive) To stand up, especially from a sitting position.
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  1. en-comparative of straight
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  1. (slang) A cigarette, particularly one containing tobacco instead of marijuana. Also straight. {{defdate}}
    • [1923, J[oseph] Manchon, Le slang : lexique de l'anglais familier et vulgaire : précédé d'une étude sur la pronunciation et la grammaire populaires, p. 296: A straight = a straighter = a straight cut, une cigarette en tabac de Virginie.]
straight shooter Alternative forms: straight-shooter
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  1. (idiomatic) A person who is honest and forthright.
    • 1996 Feb. 12, Katharine Q. Seelye, "Politics: Bob Dole—In No-Frills Message, Modesty Vies With Pride in Service," New York Times (retrieved 4 Sep 2012): The image he projects seems at home here in Iowa: the straight-shooter, the truth-teller, the unadorned Kansan from the prairie.
    • 2006, Dec. 25, , "A Fond Farewell: Ed Bradley," Time: And those lucky enough to be around him always knew who he was too — a gentleman of extraordinary character, a straight shooter and a pioneering journalist destined to be remembered.
  2. (idiomatic) A person who is blunt, sometimes to the point of being harsh or offensive.
    • 1966 Feb. 18, "The Administration: Unburdening Bill," Time: A 1934 journalism graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Fleming, who has a reputation as an abrasive straight shooter, was a newspaper and magazine correspondent before joining ABC in 1957.
    • 1991 Sep. 11, Claire Smith, "On Baseball: Green Could Mean Luck for the Mets," New York Times (retrieved 4 Sep 2012): [B]aseball's equivalent of John Wayne, one Dallas Green, will likely come in, take some players by the scruffs of their necks, tell them to shut up and play in a fundamentally sound way. . . . The human boom box, the relentless straight shooter, will keep all comers more than well aware of where he stands.
    • 2008, and , Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, ISBN 9780425220146, p. 177 (Google preview): Keating . . . was an impatient taskmaster, but he was also a straight shooter who never held back a punch. . . . "Mitchell, you look like crap."
  3. (informal, recreational drugs) A type of pipe used for smoking cocaine.
    • 2007, Martin L. Stockton, Hustler's Greed, ISBN 9780595437221, p. 3 (Google preview): This homemade crack tool was known as a straight shooter, which sped up the effects of smoking rock cocaine allowing it to reach the lungs faster.
Synonyms: (person who is honest and forthright) square shooter
straighty etymology straight + y
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  1. (informal) A heterosexual.
Strait of Georgia etymology Named the "Gulphe of Georgia" in honour of by English explorer in 1792."[ Strait of Georgia]". BC Geographical Names. This was changed to "Strait of Georgia" in 1865, a more accurate description of the feature.
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  1. A strait that runs between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia.
Synonyms: Georgia Strait (informal)
strange etymology From Middle English strange, from Old French estrange, from Latin extraneus, "that which is on the outside". Displaced native Middle English fremd, frempt (from Old English fremede). pronunciation
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  1. Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary. He thought it strange that his girlfriend wore shorts in the winter.
    • Milton Sated at length, erelong I might perceive / Strange alteration in me.
  2. Unfamiliar, not yet part of one's experience. I moved to a strange town when I was ten.
    • Shakespeare Here is the hand and seal of the duke; you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you.
    • 1955, , "The Next Witness", in , October 1994 edition, ISBN 0553249592, pages 48–49: She's probably sitting there hoping a couple of strange detectives will drop in.
  3. (physics) Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness.
    • 2004 Frank Close, Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford, page 93: A strange quark is electrically charged, carrying an amount -1/3, as does the down quark.
  4. (obsolete) Belonging to another country; foreign.
    • Shakespeare one of the strange queen's lords
    • Ascham I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues.
  5. (obsolete) Reserved; distant in deportment.
    • Shakespeare She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon learn to love thee.
  6. (obsolete) Backward; slow.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher Who, loving the effect, would not be strange / In favouring the cause.
  7. (obsolete) Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
    • Shakespeare In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange.
Synonyms: (not normal) bizarre, fremd, odd, out of the ordinary, peculiar, queer, singular, unwonted, weird, (not part of one's experience): new, unfamiliar, unknown, See also
  • (not normal) everyday, normal, regular (especially US), standard, usual, unsurprising
  • (not part of one's experience): familiar, known
related terms:
  • estrange, estranged
  • stranger
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  1. (obsolete, transitive) To alienate; to estrange.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To be estranged or alienated.
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To wonder; to be astonished. {{rfquotek}}
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  1. (slang, uncountable) vagina
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  1. (slang) very strange
stranger etymology Old French estrangier, from Latin extraneus (whence also English estrange), from extra. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈstɹeɪndʒɚ/
  • (RP) /ˈstɹeɪndʒə/
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  1. en-comparative of strange
    • Truth is stranger than fiction. (English proverb)
related terms:
  • See strange
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  1. A person whom one does not know; a person who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance. exampleThat gentleman is a stranger to me.  {{nowrap}}
    • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGt}} In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.…Strangers might enter the room, but they were made to feel that they were there on sufferance: they were received with distance and suspicion.
  2. An outsider or foreigner.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) I am a most poor woman and a stranger, / Born out of your dominions.
    • George Granville, 1st Baron Lansdowne (1666-1735) Melons on beds of ice are taught to bear, / And strangers to the sun yet ripen here.
    • 1961, Robert A. Heinlein: “”
  3. A newcomer.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 7 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “[…] St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger's mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.”
  4. (humorous) One who has not been seen for a long time. exampleHello, stranger!
  5. (obsolete) One not belonging to the family or household; a guest; a visitor.
    • John Milton (1608-1674) To honour and receive / Our heavenly stranger.
  6. (legal) One not privy or party an act, contract, or title; a mere intruder or intermeddler; one who interferes without right. exampleActual possession of land gives a good title against a stranger having no title.
Synonyms: (person whom one does not know), (outsider, foreigner) alien, foreigner, foreign national, non-national/nonnational, non-resident/nonresident, outsider, (newcomer) newbie, newcomer
  • (person whom one does not know) acquaintance, friend
  • (outsider, foreigner) compatriot, countryman, fellow citizen, fellow countryman, national, resident
  • (newcomer)
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  1. (obsolete, transitive) To estrange; to alienate. {{rfquotek}}
  • granters
strap {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: strop, strope etymology From a variant of earlier strope, from Middle English strope, stropp, from Late Old English strop, stropp and Old French estrope, both from Latin stroppus, struppus, from Ancient Greek στρόφος 〈stróphos〉, from στρέφω 〈stréphō〉. Cognate with Scots strap, strop, Dutch strop, Low German Strop, German Struppe, Strüppe, Strippe, Danish strop, Swedish stropp. pronunciation
  • /stræp/
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  1. A long, narrow, pliable strip of leather, cloth, or the like.
  2. A strip of thick leather used in flogging.
    • {{rfdate}} Addison: A lively cobbler that … had scarce passed a day without giving her [his wife] the discipline of the strap.
  3. Something made of such a strip, or of a part of one, or a combination of two or more for a particular use.
  4. A piece of leather, or strip of wood covered with a suitable material, used to hone the sharpened edge of a razor; a strop.
  5. A narrow strip of anything, as of iron or brass.
    1. (carpentry, machinery) A band, plate, or loop of metal for clasping and holding timbers or parts of a machine.
    2. (nautical) A piece of rope or metal passing around a block and used for fastening it to anything.
  6. (botany) The flat part of the corolla in ligulate florets, as those of the white circle in the daisy.
  7. (botany) The leaf, exclusive of its sheath, in some grasses.
  8. A shoulder strap, see under shoulder.
  9. (slang) A gun, normally a personal firearm such as a pistol or machine pistol.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To beat or chastise with a strap; to whip, to lash.
  2. (transitive) To fasten or bind with a strap.
  3. (transitive) To sharpen by rubbing on a strap, or strop; as, to strap a razor.
  • parts, prats, sprat, tarps, traps
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of strap
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of a person, informal) muscular
  2. (slang) armed, having a weapon
  3. poor
Synonyms: (without money) see also
Strat etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A Fender Stratocaster electric guitar.
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  1. (video games, slang) {{short for}}
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, frequently, ironic) alternative form of strategy
    • 2001 December 26, Richard L. Berke, "White House Aides Trying to Balance Attention on Terrorism, the Economy and Politics", in The New York Times: The offices next door to the White House of the vaunted group of aides that sets long-term political strategy, nicknamed the "strategery" team, repeating a joke from a "Saturday Night Live" parody of Mr. Bush, had been supplanted by the new Office of Homeland Security, which needed a "secure" first-floor location.
straw bail
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  1. (US, slang) Worthless bail, as given by irresponsible persons.
strawbana etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal or marketing) A mixture of strawberry and banana. a strawbana smoothie
strawberry etymology Old English strēawberiġe, corresponding to straw + berry. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈstɹɔːb(ə)ɹi/
  • (US) /ˈstɹɔˌbɛɹi/
  • (cot-caught) /ˈstɹɑˌbɛɹi/
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  1. The juicy, usually red, edible fruit of certain plants of the genus Fragaria. They went to pick strawberries today.
  2. Any plant of the genus Fragaria (that bears such fruit). She has the best strawberry patch I've ever seen.
  3. (colour) A dark pinkish red colour, like that of the fruit; strawberry red. {{color panel}}
  4. (rare) Something resembling a strawberry, especially a reddish bruise or birthmark.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Containing or having the flavor of strawberries. I'd like a large strawberry shake.
  2. Flavored with ethyl methylphenylglycidate, an artificial compound which is said to resemble the taste of strawberries.
  3. Of a red colour. The strawberry lipstick makes her look younger.
related terms:
  • arbutus
  • Carolina allspice
  • hautboy
straw bid
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  1. (US, slang) A worthless bid; a bid for a contract which the bidder is unable or unwilling to fulfill.
strawpedo etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A technique for drink alcohol very quickly by placing a straw in it (to allow air to replace the liquid) but drinking around the straw instead of through it.
streak {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English streke, from Old English strica, from Proto-Germanic *strikiz. Related to Northern Frisian strijck, osx striki, gml streke, Low German streek, Danish streg, Swedish streck, Icelandic stryk, strykr, Dutch streek, Afrikaans streek, Old High German strih, German Strich, Gothic 𐍃𐍄𐍂𐌹𐌺𐍃 〈𐍃𐍄𐍂𐌹𐌺𐍃〉. pronunciation
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  1. An irregular line left from smear or motion.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.”
    exampleThe picture I took out the car window had streaks.
  2. A continuous series of like events. exampleI hope I can keep up this streak of accomplishments. exampleI was on a winning streak until the fourth game, where I was dealt terrible cards.
  3. The color of the powder of a mineral. So called, because a simple field test for a mineral is to streak it against unglazed white porcelain.
  4. A moth of the family Geometridae {{taxlink}}.
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  5. A tendency or characteristic, but not a dominant or pervasive one. exampleShe's a quiet, bookish person, but she has a rebellious streak.
  6. (shipbuilding) A strake.
  7. A rung or round of a ladder.
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  1. (intransitive) To have or obtain streaks. If you clean a window in direct sunlight, it will streak.
  2. (intransitive, slang) To run naked in public. (Contrast flash.) It was a pleasant game until some guy went streaking across the field.
  3. (transitive) To create streaks. You will streak a window by cleaning it in direct sunlight.
  4. (transitive) To move very swiftly.
  5. (obsolete, UK, Scotland) To stretch; to extend; hence, to lay out, as a dead body.
  • sakret
  • skater
  • strake
  • takers
  • tasker
  • trakes
streak it
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  1. (slang, dated) To run very fast.
streaming {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  1. present participle of stream
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. that streams
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. movement as a stream
  2. (computing) The transmission of digital audio or video, or the reception or playback of such data without first storing it.
  3. (UK, education) Division of classes into academic stream.
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  • emigrants
  • Germanist
  • man-tigers
  • mastering
  • remasting
streel pronunciation
  • /striːl/
etymology 1 From Irish straoille.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A disreputable woman, a slut.
    • 1922, “Cissy came up along the strand with the two twins and their ball with her hat anyhow on her to one side after her run and she did look a streel tugging the two kids along with the flimsy blouse she bought only a fortnight before like a rag on her back and bit of her petticoat hanging like a caricature.”, James Joyce, Ulysses
etymology 2 Compare stroll and streal.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To trail along; to saunter or be drawn along, carelessly, sway in a kind of zigzag motion. {{rfquotek}}
  • Lester
  • relets
street {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: streeteAlternative forms: streat, streate (obsolete) etymology From Middle English streete, strete, stret, strate, from Old English strǣt, from Proto-Germanic *stratō, an early borrowing from ll (via) strāta, from strātus, past participle of sternō, from Proto-Indo-European *sterh₃- 〈*sterh₃-〉. Cognate with Scots stret, strete, streit, Saterland Frisian Sträite, Western Frisian strjitte, Dutch straat, Low German strate, German Straße, Swedish stråt, Icelandic stræti (Scandinavian forms are borrowed from Old English), Portuguese estrada, Italian strada. Related to Old English strēowian, strewian. More at strew. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /stɹiːt/, Philadelphian English /ʃtʃri:t/
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  1. A paved part of road, usually in a village or a town. Walk down the street.
  2. A road as above but including the sidewalk (pavement) and building. I live on the street down from Joyce Avenue.
  3. The people who live in such a road, as a neighborhood.
  4. The people who spend a great deal of time on the street in urban areas, especially, the young, the poor, the unemployed, and those engaged in illegal activities.
  5. (slang) Street talk or slang.
    • 2008, Andrew Fleming and Pam Brady, Hamlet 2, Focus Features Toaster is street for guns.
  6. (figuratively) A great distance. He's streets ahead of his sister in all the subjects in school.
    • 2011, Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France England were once again static in their few attacks, only Tuilagi's bullocking runs offering any threat, Flood reduced to aiming a long-range drop-goal pit which missed by a street.
  7. (poker slang) Each of the three opportunities that players have to bet, after the flop, turn and river.
  8. Illicit, contraband, especially of a drug I got some pot cheap on the street.
In the generical sense of "a road", the term is often used interchangeably with road, avenue, and other similar terms. In the English language, in its narrow usage street specifically means a paved route within a settlement (generally city or town), reflecting the etymology, while a road is a route between two settlements. Further, in many American cities laid out on a grid (notably Manhattan, New York City) streets are contrasted with avenues and run perpendicular to each other, with avenues frequently wider and longer than streets. In the sense of "a road", the prepositions in and on have distinct meanings when used with street, with "on the street" having idiomatic meaning in some dialects. In general for thoroughfares, "in" means "within the bounds of", while "on" means "on the surface of, especially traveling or lying", used relatively interchangeably ("don’t step in the road without looking", "I met her when walking on the road"). By contrast, "living on the street" means to be living an insecure life, often homeless or a criminal. Further, to "hear something on the street" means to learn through rumor, also phrased as "word on the street is...".
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Having street cred; conforming to modern urban trends.
    • 2003, Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill, James P. Baen, Mad Maudlin Eric had to admit that she looked street—upscale street, but still street. Kayla's look tended to change with the seasons; at the moment it was less Goth than paramilitary, with laced jump boots.
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  • retest
  • setter
  • tester
street Arab Alternative forms: street-arab etymology So-called because they were nomadic, with no fixed home.
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  1. (dated, now offensive) A homeless child who roams the streets, usually begging for handouts; a street urchin.
    • 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, , VI: ‘It's the Baker Street division of the detective police force,’ said my companion, gravely; and as he spoke there rushed into the room half a dozen of the dirtiest and most ragged street Arabs that ever I clapped eyes on.
  • Arab street
street cred etymology From street + credibility, by shortening
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Credibility among young, hip urban dwellers; particularly important in the hip-hop and rap scenes.
street drug etymology This term comes from the fact that these types of substances are normally sold on the street by drug dealer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A drug used illegally and recreationally for its euphoric and other mind-altering effects such as: opiates, cannabinoids, benzodiazepines, amphetamines and others. Street drug sales are a huge problem for law enforcement since they are a magnet for gun violence and drug users.
streety etymology street + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of the street, as a place of unpolished modern culture; streetwise.
    • 2003, Frederick S Clarke, Cinefantastique ...more of a streety kind of mixture of martial arts and grappling.
    • 2005, Lori M Carlson, Oscar Hijuelos, Red hot salsa A group of girls talking in a mix of languages, in a streety English hip-hop and a swoony lyricism spiked with Spanish.
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  • Syrette, syrette
stress {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English destresse, from Old French, from Latin stringere.Keil, R.M.K. (2004) [ Coping and stress: a conceptual analysis] Journal of Advanced Nursing, 45(6), 659–665 In the sense of "mental strain" or “disruption”, used occasionally in the 1920s and 1930s by psychologists, including Walter Cannon (1934); in “biological threat”, used by endocrinologist Hans Selye, by metaphor with stress in physics (force on an object) in the 1930s, and popularized by same in the 1950s. pronunciation
  • /stɹɛs/
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  1. (Biology) A physical, chemical, infective agent agressing an organism.
  2. (Biology) Agression of an organism resulting in a response in an attempt to restore previous conditions.
  3. (countable, physics) The internal distribution of force per unit area (pressure) within a body reacting to applied forces which causes strain or deformation and is typically symbolised by σ
  4. (countable, physics)Force externally applied to a body which cause internal stress within the body.
  5. (uncountable) Emotional pressure suffered by a human being or other animal. Go easy on him, he's been under a lot of stress lately.
  6. (uncountable, phonetics) The emphasis placed on a syllable of a word. Some people put the stress on the first syllable of “controversy”; others put it on the second.
  7. (uncountable) Emphasis placed on words in speaking.
  8. (uncountable) Emphasis placed on a particular point in an argument or discussion (whether spoken or written).
  9. obsolete form of distress {{rfquotek}}
  10. (Scotland, legal) distress; the act of distrain; also, the thing distrained.
Synonyms: (phonetics) accent, emphasis, (on words in speaking) emphasis, (on a point) emphasis
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To apply force to (a body or structure) causing strain.
  2. To apply emotional pressure to (a person or animal).
  3. (informal) To suffer stress; to worry or be agitated.
  4. To emphasise (a syllable of a word). “Emphasis” is stressed on the first syllable, but “emphatic” is stressed on the second.
  5. To emphasise (words in speaking).
  6. To emphasise (a point) in an argument or discussion. I must stress that this information is given in strict confidence.
Synonyms: (phonetics) emphasise/emphasize, (on words in speaking) emphasise/emphasize, (on a point) emphasise/emphasize, underline
related terms:
  • strain
  • strait
  • strict
  • stringent
  • stringency
stressbuster etymology stress + buster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Any technique that works against mental stress.
    • 2004, Judith Orloff, Positive Energy (page 112) My patients laud qigong as a stressbuster and cure for pesky chronic symptoms that baffle doctors.
stressbusting etymology stress + busting
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The use of technique that work against mental stress.
stress puppy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who seemingly require stress in order to function well, yet voices dissatisfaction over said stresses
stressy etymology stress + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) stressful
    • 2007, Damien Wilkins, For Everyone Concerned: And Other Stories (page 28) That was one reason the Amsterdam show was so stressy. We'd been put on notice by the Board. Their nostrils strained for even a whiff of gay porn.
  2. (colloquial) stressed; irritable
    • 2009, Cathy Cassidy (quoting a letter), Letters To Cathy My dad's job is under threat and he is so stressy these days it's a nightmare being anywhere near him. He yells a lot and he's so unfair!
stretch etymology From Middle English strecchen, from Old English streċċan, from Proto-Germanic *strakjaną, *strakkijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)treg-, *streg-, *treg-. Cognate with Western Frisian strekke, Dutch strekken, German strecken, Danish strække, Swedish sträcka, Dutch strak, Albanian shtriqem. More at stark. pronunciation
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  1. (transitive) To lengthen by pull. exampleI stretched the rubber band until it almost broke.
  2. (intransitive) To lengthen when pulled. exampleThe rubber band stretched almost to the breaking point.
    • Boyle The inner membrane … because it would stretch and yield, remained unbroken.
  3. (transitive) To pull tight. exampleFirst, stretch the skin over the frame of the drum.
  4. (figuratively, transitive) To get more use than expected from a limited resource. exampleI managed to stretch my coffee supply a few more days.
  5. (figuratively, transitive) To make inaccurate by exaggeration. exampleTo say crossing the street was brave is stretching the meaning of "brave" considerably.
  6. (intransitive) To extend physically, especially from limit point to limit point.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 1 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path […]. It twisted and turned,…and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights.”
    exampleThe beach stretches from Cresswell to Amble.
  7. (intransitive, transitive) To extend one’s limbs or another part of the body in order to improve the elasticity of one's muscles exampleCats stretch with equal ease and agility beyond the point that breaks a man on the rack. exampleI always stretch my muscles before exercising.
  8. (intransitive) To extend to a limit point exampleHis mustache stretched all the way to his sideburns.
  9. (transitive) To increase.
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  10. (obsolete, colloquial) To stretch the truth; to exaggerate. a man apt to stretch in his report of facts
  11. (nautical) To sail by the wind under press of canvas. The ship stretched to the eastward. {{rfquotek}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of stretching. I was right in the middle of a stretch when the phone rang. To say crossing the street was brave was quite a stretch.
  2. The ability to lengthen when pulled. That rubber band has quite a bit of stretch.
  3. A course of thought which diverts from straightforward logic, or requires extraordinary belief. It's a bit of a stretch to call Boris Karloff a comedian.
  4. A segment of a journey or route. It was an easy trip except for the last stretch, which took forever. It's a tough stretch of road in the winter, especially without chains.
  5. (baseball) A quick pitching delivery used when runners are on base where the pitcher slides his leg instead of lifting it.
  6. (baseball) A long reach in the direction of the ball with a foot remaining on the base by a first baseman in order to catch the ball sooner.
  7. A length of time. He did a 7-year stretch in jail.
    • {{RQ:Orwell Animal Farm}} After the harvest there was a stretch of clear dry weather, and the animals toiled harder than ever …
  8. (informal) A term of address for a tall person
    • 2007, Michael Farrell, Running with Buffalo “Hey, Stretch,” he shouted at a tall, spectacled co-worker, “turn the fucking station, will you? You know I can't stand Rush, and it's all they play on this one. If I hear those assholes whine 'Tom Sawyer' one more time, I may go on a fucking killing spree.
  9. (Ireland, idiomatic) extended daylight hours, especially said of the evening in springtime when compared to the shorter winter days There is a grand stretch in the evenings.
  • strecht
stretcher etymology stretch + er pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈstrɛtʃə/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈstrɛtʃɚ/
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  1. One who, or that which, stretches.
  2. A simple litter designed to carry a sick, injured, or dead person.
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  3. A frame on which a canvas is stretch for paint.
  4. A device to stretch shoe or glove.
  5. A brick laid with the longest side expose (compare header). {{rfquotek}}
  6. (architecture) A piece of timber used in build.
  7. (slang) A lie; an overstretching of the truth.
  8. (nautical) A board against which a rower places his feet.
  9. (nautical) A crosspiece placed between the sides of a boat to keep them apart when hoist up and grip. {{rfquotek}}
  10. One of the rod in an umbrella, attached at one end to one of the rib, and at the other to the tube sliding upon the handle.
  11. An instrument for stretching boot or glove.
  12. (obsolete) A penis, especially a long penis.
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  1. (transitive) To carry (an injured person) on a stretcher.
strike etymology From Middle English striken, from Old English strīcan, from Proto-Germanic *strīkaną. Cognate with Dutch strijken, German streichen and streiken, Danish stryge, Icelandic strýkja, strýkva. pronunciation
  • /stɹaɪk/
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  1. (transitive, sometimes with out or through) To delete or cross out; to scratch or eliminate. examplePlease strike the last sentence.
  2. (heading, physical) To have a sharp or sudden effect.
    1. (transitive) To hit. exampleStrike the door sharply with your foot and see if it comes loose.  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
      • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) He at Philippi kept / His sword e'en like a dancer; while I struck / The lean and wrinkled Cassius.
    2. (transitive) To give, as a blow; to impel, as with a blow; to give a force to; to dash; to cast.
      • Bible, Book of Exodus xii.7: They shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two sideposts.
      • Lord Byron (1788-1824) Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow.
    3. (intransitive) To deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows. exampleA hammer strikes against the bell of a clock.
      • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) Strike now, or else the iron cools.
    4. (transitive) To manufacture, as by stamping. exampleWe will strike a medal in your honour.
    5. (intransitive, dated) To run upon a rock or bank; to be stranded. exampleThe ship struck in the night.
    6. (transitive) To cause to sound by one or more beats; to indicate or notify by audible strokes. Of a clock, to announce (an hour of the day), usually by one or more sounds. exampleThe clock struck twelve.  The drums strike up a march.
    7. (intransitive) To sound by percussion, with blows, or as if with blows.
      • Lord Byron (1788-1824) A deep sound strikes like a rising knell.
    8. (transitive) To cause or produce by a stroke, or suddenly, as by a stroke. exampleto strike a light
      • John Milton (1608-1674) Waving wide her myrtle wand, / She strikes a universal peace through sea and land.
    9. (transitive) To cause to ignite by friction. exampleto strike a match
  3. (transitive) To thrust in; to cause to enter or penetrate. exampleA tree strikes its roots deep.
  4. (heading, personal, social) To have a sharp or severe effect.
    1. (transitive) To punish; to afflict; to smite.
      • Bible, Proverbs xvii.26: To punish the just is not good, nor strike princes for equity.
    2. (intransitive) To carry out a violent or illegal action.
      • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a bat he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
    3. (intransitive) To act suddenly, especially in a violent or criminal way. exampleThe bank robber struck on the 2nd and 5th of May.
    4. (transitive, figurative) To impinge upon. exampleThe first thing to strike my eye was a beautiful pagoda.  {{nowrap}}
      • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts,{{nb...}}, and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned. But he had then none of the oddities and mannerisms which I hold to be inseparable from genius, and which struck my attention in after days when I came in contact with the Celebrity.”
    5. (intransitive) To stop working to achieve better working conditions. exampleThe workers struck for a week before the new contract went through.
    6. (transitive) To impress, seem or appear (to). exampleGolf has always struck me as a waste of time.
      • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, Ch.X: I fancied at first the stuff was paraffin wax, and smashed the jar accordingly. But the odor of camphor was unmistakable. It struck me as singularly odd, that among the universal decay, this volatile substance had chanced to survive, perhaps through many thousand years.
    7. (transitive) To create an impression. exampleThe news struck a sombre chord.
    8. (sports) To score a goal.
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    9. (intransitive, UK, obsolete, slang) To steal money. {{rfquotek}}
    10. (transitive, UK, obsolete, slang) To take forcibly or fraudulently. exampleto strike money
    11. To make a sudden impression upon, as if by a blow; to affect with some strong emotion. exampleto strike the mind with surprise;  {{nowrap}}
      • Francis Atterbury (1663-1732) Nice works of art strike and surprise us most on the first view.
      • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) They please as beauties, here as wonders strike.
    12. To affect by a sudden impression or impulse. exampleThe proposed plan strikes me favourably.  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
    13. (slang, archaic) To borrow money from; to make a demand upon. exampleHe struck a friend for five dollars.
  5. To touch; to act by appulse.
    • John Locke (1632-1705) Hinder light but from striking on it [porphyry], and its colours vanish.
  6. (heading, transitive) To take down, especially in the following contexts.
    1. (nautical) To haul down or lower (a flag, mast, etc.)
      1. (by extension) To capitulate; to signal a surrender by hauling down the colours. exampleThe frigate has struck, sir! We've beaten them, the lily-livers!
        • Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715) The English ships of war should not strike in the Danish seas.
    2. To dismantle and take away (a theater set; a tent; etc.).
      • 1851, Herman Melville, , : “Strike the tent there!”—was the next order. As I hinted before, this whalebone marquee was never pitched except in port; and on board the Pequod, for thirty years, the order to strike the tent was well known to be the next thing to heaving up the anchor.
  7. (intransitive) To set off on a walk or trip. exampleThey struck off along the river.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 1 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “I stumbled along through the young pines and huckleberry bushes. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path that, I cal'lated, might lead to the road I was hunting for. It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.”
  8. (intransitive) To pass with a quick or strong effect; to dart; to penetrate.
    • Bible, Book of Proverbs vii.23: till a dart strike through his liver
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) Now and then a glittering beam of wit or passion strikes through the obscurity of the poem.
  9. (dated) To break forth; to commence suddenly; with into. exampleto strike into reputation;  to strike into a run
  10. (intransitive) To become attached to something; said of the spat of oyster.
  11. To make and ratify. exampleto strike a bargain
  12. To level (a measure of grain, salt, etc.) with a straight instrument, scraping off what is above the level of the top.
  13. (masonry) To cut off (a mortar joint, etc.) even with the face of the wall, or inward at a slight angle.
  14. To hit upon, or light upon, suddenly. exampleMy eye struck a strange word in the text.  {{nowrap}}
  15. To lade into a cooler, as a liquor. {{rfquotek}}
  16. To stroke or pass lightly; to wave.
    • Bible, 2 Books of Kings v.11: Behold, I thought, He will…strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
  17. (obsolete) To advance; to cause to go forward; used only in the past participle.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) well struck in years
  18. To balance (a ledger or account).
Custom influences which participle is used in set phrases and specific contexts, but in general, the past participle "struck" is more common when speaking of intransitive actions (e.g. He'd struck it rich, or He's struck out on his own, etc.), while "stricken" is more commonly used for transitive actions, especially constructions where the subject is the object of an implied action (e.g. The Court has stricken the statement from the record, or The city was stricken with disease, etc.)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball) a status resulting from a batter swinging and missing a pitch, or not swinging at a pitch in the strike zone, or hitting a foul ball that is not caught
  2. (bowling) the act of knocking down all ten pins in on the first roll of a frame
  3. a work stoppage (or otherwise concerted stoppage of an activity) as a form of protest
  4. a blow or application of physical force against something
  5. (finance) In an option contract, the price at which the holder buys or sells if they choose to exercise the option.
  6. An old English measure of corn equal to the bushel.
    • 1882: The sum is also used for the quarter, and the strike for the bushel. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 207.
  7. (cricket) the status of being the batsman that the bowler is bowling at
    • The batsmen have crossed, and Dhoni now has the strike.
  8. the primary face of a hammer, opposite the peen
  9. (geology) the compass direction of the line of intersection between a rock layer and the surface of the Earth.
  10. An instrument with a straight edge for levelling a measure of grain, salt, etc., scraping off what is above the level of the top; a strickle.
  11. (obsolete) Fullness of measure; hence, excellence of quality.
    • Sir Walter Scott Three hogsheads of ale of the first strike.
  12. An iron pale or standard in a gate or fence.
  13. (ironworking) A puddler's stirrer.
  14. (obsolete) The extortion of money, or the attempt to extort money, by threat of injury; blackmail.
  15. The discovery of a source of something.
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  16. A strike plate.
{{Webster 1913}}
  • (work stoppage) industrial peace; lockout
  • trikes
strike a lead
verb: {{head}}
  1. (mining) To find a vein of ore.
  2. (figurative, informal) To find a way to fortune.
strike a light
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  1. (UK, informal, dated) Expressing surprise. Cor, strike a light! Did you see him jump into the river?
strikebreaker etymology strike + breaker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A non-unionized worker hired to replace a striking union worker.
Synonyms: scab (pejorative), blackleg (pejorative)
related terms:
  • strikebreaking
strike gold etymology As success in a was measured by whether gold was found.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (literally) To find gold
  2. (informal) To be lucky, to win or be successful.
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strike oil
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  1. (figurative, informal) To have sudden good fortune financial.
strike out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, often with at) To lash out; to strike or hit at someone or something, particularly something in arm's length of the striker and at or near the level of the striker's head.
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  2. (figuratively) To strongly criticize or make a verbal attack, particularly as a response to previous criticism or provocation.
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  3. To draw a line through some text such as a printed or written sentence, with the purpose of deleting that text from the rest of the document.
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  4. (ergative, baseball, softball) Of a batter, to be retired after three strikes (missed swings, as opposed to any other way of becoming "out"); of a pitcher, to cause this to happen to the batter. Jones struck out on a nasty slider. The pitcher struck out Jones with a nasty slider.
  5. (intransitive, colloquial, figuratively) To fail; to be refuse a request or to have a proposal not be accepted, in particular a request for a (hopefully romantic) date. Dave asked the new girl to the dance but he struck out.
  6. To begin to make one's way. The travellers struck out towards the line of mountains.
striker etymology strike + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An individual who is on strike.
  2. Someone or something that hits someone or something else.
    1. A blacksmith's assistant who wields the sledgehammer.
  3. (soccer) One of the players on a team in football (soccer) in the row nearest to the opposing team's goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals.
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  4. (military, slang) An officer's servant or orderly.
    • The English of Business , Franklyn Bliss Snyder & ‎Ronald Salmon Crane , 1921 , page 90 , “"Dog-robber" has a definite significance to some army men; but unless one has spent some time in uniform he will probably have to search long for its meaning: an officer's servant or striker.
  5. (baseball, slang, 1800s) The batter.
  6. (cricket) The batsman who is currently facing the bowler and defending his wicket.
  7. (obsolete) A harpoon.
  8. (obsolete) A harpooner. Wherever we come to an anchor, we always send out our strikers, and put out hooks and lines overboard, to try fish. — Dampier.
  9. (obsolete) A wencher; a lewd man. {{rfquotek}}
  10. (obsolete, politics) A blackmailer in politics.
  11. (obsolete, politics) One whose political influence can be bought.
{{webster}} Synonyms: (soccer position) attacker, centre forward, forward
Strine {{wikipedia}} etymology From eye dialect of a broad pronunciation of Australian. Coined by “” (Alastair Ardoch Morrison) and popularised with his 1965 book Let Stalk Strine. Australian from 1965. Alternative forms: strine pronunciation
  • (Aus) /stɹɑɪn/
  • (UK) /stɹaɪn/
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proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, UK, informal, jocular) Broad Australian English; broad Australian rendered as eye dialect.
    • 1982, J. C. Wells, Accents of English, Volume 3: Beyond the British Isles, page 595, Several Strine forms depend on an assumed equivalence between Strine fortis consonants and Cultivated/RP lenis ones, thus garbler mince (couple of minutes), egg jelly (actually). It is doubtful whether this reflects any real phonetic difference.
    • 1989 July 8, Ariadne, , page 120, A team at Griffith University in Bribane is working on what the university′s newspaper callls a bionic snorter. Translating into English from Strine, this is a bionic hooter, conk, bugle or nose.
    • 1992, Gillian Bottomley, From Another Place: Migration and the Politics of Culture, 2009, page 133, Dell′Oso describes the encounter of an Asian woman with a surly bus driver whose only language is Strine (a form of Australian English, barely intelligible to many of the native-speakers).
  • inerts
  • insert
  • inters
  • sinter
  • triens
string pronunciation
  • /stɹɪŋ/
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  • (US) /stɹiːŋ/
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etymology From Middle English string, streng, strynge, from Old English streng, from Proto-Germanic *strangiz, from Proto-Indo-European *strengʰ-. Cognate with Scots string, Dutch streng, Low German strenge, German Strang, Danish streng, Swedish sträng, Icelandic strengur, Latvian stringt, Latin strangulō "strangle, choke"; < Ancient Greek στραγγαλόομαι 〈 strangalóomai 〉, from στραγγάλη 〈strangálē〉, Ancient Greek στραγγός 〈strangós〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A long, thin and flexible structure made from thread twisted together.
    • Prior Round Ormond's knee thou tiest the mystic string.
  2. (uncountable) Such a structure considered as a substance.
  3. (countable) Any similar long, thin and flexible object. a violin string a bowstring
  4. A thread or cord on which a number of objects or parts are strung or arranged in close and orderly succession; hence, a line or series of things arranged on a thread, or as if so arranged. a string of shells or beads; a string of sausages
    • Gibbon a string of islands
  5. (countable) A cohesive substance taking the form of a string. The string of spittle dangling from his chin was most unattractive
  6. (countable) A series of items or events.
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 1, {{gbooks}}: In 1933, disgusted and discouraged after a string of commercial failures, Clara quit the film business forever. She was twenty-six.
    a string of successes
  7. (countable) In various games and competitions, a certain number of turns at play, of rounds, etc.
  8. (countable, computing) An ordered sequence of text character stored consecutively in memory and capable of being processed as a single entity.
  9. (music, countable) A stringed instrument.
  10. (music, usually in plural) The stringed instrument as a section of an orchestra, especially those played by a bow, or the persons playing those instruments.
  11. (in the plural) The conditions and limitations in a contract collecively. (compare no strings attached) no strings attached
  12. (countable, physics) the main object of study in string theory, a branch of theoretical physics
  13. (slang) cannabis or marijuana
  14. Part of the game of billiards, where the order of the play is determined by testing who can get a ball closest to the bottom rail by shooting it onto the end rail.
  15. The points made in a game of billiards.
  16. (billiards, pool) The line from behind and over which the cue ball must be played after being out of play, as by being pocketed or knocked off the table; also called the string line.
  17. A strip, as of leather, by which the covers of a book are held together. {{rfquotek}}
  18. A fibre, as of a plant; a little fibrous root.
    • Francis Bacon Duckweed putteth forth a little string into the water, from the bottom.
  19. A nerve or tendon of an animal body.
    • Bible, Mark vii. 35 The string of his tongue was loosed.
  20. (shipbuilding) An inside range of ceiling planks, corresponding to the sheer strake on the outside and bolted to it.
  21. (botany) The tough fibrous substance that unites the valve of the pericarp of leguminous plant. the strings of beans
  22. (mining) A small, filamentous ramification of a metallic vein. {{rfquotek}}
  23. (architecture) A stringcourse.
  24. (dated, slang) A hoax; a fake story.
Synonyms: See also Synonyms: (long, thin structure): cord, rope, line, (this structure as a substance): cord, rope, twine, (anything long and thin):, (cohesive substance in the form of a string):, (series of items or events): sequence, series, (sequence of characters in computing):, (stringed instruments): string section the strings, or the string section, (conditions): condition, proviso
  • Portuguese: estrém
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To put (items) on a string. You can string these beads on to this cord to make a colorful necklace.
  2. (transitive) To put strings on (something). It is difficult to string a tennis racket properly.
  3. (intransitive) To form into a string or strings, as a substance which is stretched, or people who are moving along, etc.
Synonyms: (put on a string): thread, (put strings on): lace
stringer etymology string + er pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who thread something; one who makes or provides strings, especially for bow.
    • Ascham Be content to put your trust in honest stringers.
  2. Someone who lead someone along.
  3. A horizontal timber that support upright post, or supports the hull of a vessel
  4. A freelance correspondent not on the regular newspaper staff, especially one retained on a part-time basis to report on events in a particular place.
  5. (surfing) Wooden strip running lengthwise down the centre of a surfboard, for strength. Line up the 1/2 template with the stringer (or draw a center line) — Stephen Pirsch
  6. (baseball, slang, 1800s) A hard-hit ball.
  7. (fishing) A cord or chain, sometimes with additional loops, that is threaded through the mouth and gills of caught fish. Janice pulled the bluegill out of the water and added it to her stringer.
  8. A pallet or skid used when shipping LTL freight. A platform typically constructed of timber or plastic designed such that freight may be stacked on top, able to be lifted by a forklift.
  9. (obsolete) A libertine; a wencher. {{rfquotek}}
  • restring, ringster
strip pronunciation
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etymology 1 From alteration of stripe or from gml strippe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, uncountable) Long, thin piece of any material.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 19 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “At the far end of the houses the head gardener stood waiting for his mistress, and he gave her strips of bass to tie up her nosegay. This she did slowly and laboriously, with knuckly old fingers that shook.”
    exampleYou use strips of paper in papier mache.   He welded together some pieces of strip.
  2. A comic strip.
  3. A landing strip.
  4. A strip steak.
  5. A street with multiple shopping or entertainment possibilities.
  6. (fencing) The fencing area, roughly 14 meters by 2 meters.
  7. (UK football) the uniform of a football team, or the same worn by supporter.
  8. Striptease.
  9. (mining) A trough for wash ore.
  10. The issuing of a projectile from a rifled gun without acquiring the spiral motion. {{rfquotek}}
  • (long, thin piece of bacon) rasher
etymology 2 From Middle English strepen, strippen, from Old English strīepan
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To remove or take away. Norm will strip the old varnish before painting the chair.
  2. (usually, intransitive) To take off clothing.
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  3. (intransitive) To perform a striptease.
  4. (transitive) To take away something from (someone or something); to plunder; to divest.
    • Bible, Genesis xxxvii. 23 They stripped Joseph out of his coat.
    • Macaulay opinions which … no clergyman could have avowed without imminent risk of being stripped of his gown
    • The robbers stripped Norm of everything he owned.
    • 1856: Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III Chapter XI, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling He was obliged to sell his silver piece by piece; next he sold the drawing-room furniture. All the rooms were stripped; but the bedroom, her own room, remained as before.
    • {{quote-news }}#* 2013, Paul Harris, Lance Armstrong faces multi-million dollar legal challenges after confession (in The Guardian, 19 January 2013) After the confession, the lawsuits. Lance Armstrong's extended appearance on the Oprah Winfrey network, in which the man stripped of seven Tour de France wins finally admitted to doping, has opened him up to several multi-million dollar legal challenges.
  5. (transitive) To remove (the thread or teeth) from a screw, nut, or gear. The thread is stripped. The screw is stripped.
  6. (intransitive) To fail in the thread; to lose the thread, as a bolt, screw, or nut.
  7. (transitive) To remove color from hair, cloth, etc. to prepare it to receive new color.
  8. (transitive, bridge) To remove all cards of a particular suit from another player. (See also, strip-squeeze.)
  9. (transitive) To empty (tubing) by applying pressure to the outside of (the tubing) and moving that pressure along (the tubing).
  10. (transitive) To milk a cow, especially by stroking and compress the teat to draw out the last of the milk.
  11. (television, transitive) To run a television series at the same time daily (or at least on Mondays to Fridays), so that it appears as a strip straight across the weekly schedule.
  12. (transitive, agriculture) To pare off the surface of (land) in strips.
  13. (transitive, obsolete) To pass; to get clear of; to outstrip.
    • Chapman when first they stripped the Malean promontory
    • Beaumont and Fletcher Before he reached it he was out of breath, / And then the other stripped him.
  14. To remove the metal coating from (a plated article), as by acids or electrolytic action.
  15. To remove fibre, flock, or lint from; said of the teeth of a card when it becomes partly clogged.
  16. To pick the cured leaves from the stalks of (tobacco) and tie them into "hand".
  17. To remove the midrib from (tobacco leaves).
Synonyms: deprive, peel, uncover
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  • spirt, sprit, stirp, TRIPS, trips
stripe {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /st(ʃ)ɹaɪp/
  • (US) /st(ʃ)ɹʌɪp/
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  • (noun) From Middle Dutch or gml stripe.
  • (verb) From the first one. (cf Dutch strippen)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A long, straight region of a single colour.
  2. (in the plural) The badge worn by certain officer in the military or other forces.
  3. (informal) Distinguishing characteristic; sign; likeness; sort. persons of the same political stripe
  4. A long narrow mark left by striking with a lash or rod; by extension, such a stroke.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xxv. 3 Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed.
    • Thomson Cruelty marked him with inglorious stripes.
    • 1610, , by , act 1 scene 2 Thou most lying slave, / Whom stripes may move, not kindness!
  5. (weaving) A pattern produced by arranging the warp thread in sets of alternating colours, or in sets presenting some other contrast of appearance.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To mark with stripes.
  2. (transitive, computing) To distribute data across several separate physical disks to reduce the time to read and write.
related terms:
  • striped
  • stripy
  • Stars and Stripes
  • striper
  • candy striper
  • restripe
  • esprit
  • priest
  • ripest
  • sitrep
  • sprite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A diplomat or civil servant.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 12: ‘Ring Shallow Throat,’ Craw ordered, now quite furious. ‘Ring every damned striped-pants in the Colony!’
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  1. (slang) Gin.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 3: Ned Rise was drinking Strip-Me-Naked with Nan Punt and Sally Sebum at the Pig & Pox Tavern in Maiden Lane.
stroke pronunciation
  • (UK) /stɹəʊk/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /stɹoʊk/
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etymology 1 From Middle English *stroak, strok, strak, from Old English *strāc, from Proto-Germanic *straikaz, from Proto-Indo-European *streyg-. Cognate with Scots strak, strake, straik, gml strēk, German Streich. Alternative forms: stroak (obsolete)
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  1. An act of stroking moving one's hand over a surface. exampleShe gave the cat a stroke.
  2. A blow or hit. examplea stroke on the chin
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xix. 5 His hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree.
    • Francis Bacon He entered and won the whole kingdom of Naples without striking a stroke.
  3. A single movement with a tool.
    1. (golf) A single act of striking at the ball with a club.
    2. (tennis) The hitting of a ball with a racket, or the movement of the racket and arm that produces that impact.
    3. (rowing) The movement of an oar or paddle through water, either the pull which actually propels the vessel or a single entire cycle of movement including the pull.
    4. (cricket) The action of hitting the ball with the bat; a shot.
    5. A thrust of a piston.
  4. One of a series of beats or movements against a resisting medium, by means of which movement through or upon it is accomplished. the stroke of a bird's wing in flying, or of an oar in rowing the stroke of a skater, swimmer, etc.
  5. A powerful or sudden effort by which something is done, produced, or accomplished; also, something done or accomplished by such an effort. a stroke of genius; a stroke of business; a master stroke of policy
  6. A line drawn with a pen or other writing implement.
    1. (hence, British) The symbol /.
    2. (linguistics) A line of a Chinese, Japanese or Korean character.
  7. The time when a clock strike. exampleon the stroke of midnight
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  8. (swimming) A style, a single movement within a style. examplebutterfly stroke
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Old Applegate, in the stern, just set and looked at me, and Lord James, amidship, waved both arms and kept hollering for help. I took a couple of everlasting big strokes and managed to grab hold of the skiff's rail, close to the stern.”
  9. (medicine) The loss of brain function arising when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted.
  10. (obsolete) A sudden attack of any disease, especially when fatal; any sudden, severe affliction or calamity. a stroke of apoplexy; the stroke of death
    • Harte At this one stroke the man looked dead in law.
  11. (rowing) The rower who is nearest the stern of the boat.
  12. (rowing) The oar nearest the stern of a boat, by which the other oars are guided.
  13. (professional wrestling) Backstage influence.
  14. (squash) A point awarded to a player in case of interference or obstruction by the opponent.
  15. (sciences) An individual discharge of lightning. A flash of lightning may be made up of several strokes. If they are separated by enough time for the eye to distinguish them, the lightning will appear to flicker.
  16. (obsolete) The result or effect of a striking; injury or affliction; soreness.
    • Bible, Isa. xxx. 26 in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound
  17. An addition or amendment to a written composition; a touch. to give some finishing strokes to an essay {{rfquotek}}
  18. A throb or beat, as of the heart. {{rfquotek}}
  19. (obsolete) Power; influence.
    • Robynson (More's Utopia) where money beareth all the stroke
    • Dryden He has a great stroke with the reader.
  20. (obsolete) appetite {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (act of stroking, petting) caress, (blow) blow, hit, beat
  • (act of striking with a weapon) blow
, (act of striking with a weapon) blow, (single movement with a tool)
  • (in golf)
  • (in tennis)
  • (in rowing)
  • (in cricket) shot
  • (thrust of a piston) push, thrust
, (in golf), (in tennis), (in rowing), (in cricket) shot, (thrust of a piston) push, thrust, (made with a pen) stroke of the pen
  • (made with a brush) brushstroke
  • (symbol) forward slash (in computing), shilling sign (British), slant, slash (especially in computing), solidus, virgule
, (made with a brush) brushstroke, (symbol) forward slash (in computing), shilling sign (British), slant, slash (especially in computing), solidus, virgule, (time when a clock strikes) hour, (particular style of swimming), (in medical sense) cerebrovascular accident, CVA, (in wrestling)
etymology 2 From Middle English stroken, straken, from Old English strācian, from Proto-Germanic *straikōną. Cognate with German streicheln.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To move one's hand or an object (such as a broom) along (a surface) in one direction.
    • Dryden He dried the falling drops, and, yet more kind, / He stroked her cheeks.
  2. (transitive, cricket) To hit the ball with the bat in a flowing motion.
  3. (masonry) To give a finely fluted surface to.
  4. (transitive) To row the stroke oar of. to stroke a boat
  • stoker
  • tokers
strong Alternative forms: strang (dialectal) etymology From Middle English strong, strang, from Old English strong, strang, from Proto-Germanic *strangaz, from Proto-Indo-European *streng-, *strenk-. Cognate with Scots strang, Saterland Frisian strang, Western Frisian string, Dutch streng, German streng, Swedish sträng, strang, Norwegian strang, Icelandic strangur, Latin stringō. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /stɹɒŋ/
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  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /stɹɑŋ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /stɹɔŋ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Capable of producing great physical force. examplea big strong man;  Jake was tall and strong
  2. Capable of withstand great physical force. examplea strong foundation;  good strong shoes
  3. fast moving water, wind, etc, which has a lot of power. exampleThe man was nearly drowned after a strong undercurrent swept him out to sea.
  4. Determined; unyielding.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 10 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.”
    exampleHe is strong in the face of adversity.
  5. Highly stimulating to the sense. examplea strong light;  a strong taste
  6. Having an offensive or intense odor or flavor. examplea strong smell
  7. Having a high concentration of an essential or active ingredient. examplea strong cup of coffee;  a strong medicine
  8. (specifically) Having a high alcoholic content. examplea strong drink
  9. (grammar) Inflecting in a different manner than the one called weak, such as Germanic verbs which change vowel. examplea strong verb
  10. (chemistry) That completely ionize into anion and cation in a solution. examplea strong acid;  a strong base
  11. (military) Not easily subdued or taken. examplea strong position
  12. (slang, US) Impressive, good. exampleYou're working with troubled youth in your off time? That’s strong!
  13. Having a specified number of people or units. exampleThe enemy's army force was five thousand strong.
  14. (of a disease or symptom) severe very bad or intense
    • 2005, Andrew Gaeddert, Healing Immune Disorders: Natural Defense-Building Solutions, North Atlantic Books, page 221: Physicians may diagnosis influenza by a throat culture or blood test, which may be important if you have a particularly strong flu, if your doctor suspects pneumonia or a bacterial infection.
  15. (mathematics, logic) Having a wide range of logical consequences; widely applicable. (Often contrasted with a weak statement which it implies.)
  16. Convincing.
Synonyms: (capable of producing great physical force) forceful, powerful, (capable of withstanding great physical force) durable, tough, sturdy, (determined, unyielding) ardent, determined, swith, unyielding, zealous, (highly stimulating to the senses) extreme, intense, (having an offensive or intense odor or flavor) rank, (having a high concentration of an essential or active ingredient) concentrated, potent, (having a high alcoholic content) hard, (grammar: irregular) irregular, (chemistry: that completely ionizes) weak, (military: not easily subdued or taken) impregnable, inviolable, secure, unassailable, unattackable
  • (capable of producing great physical force) forceless, weak
  • (capable of withstanding great physical force) fragile
  • (having a high concentration of an essential or active ingredient) diluted, impotent, weak
  • (grammar: irregular) regular, weak
  • (chemistry: that completely ionizes) weak
  • (military: not easily subdued or taken) weak
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a strong manner.
Synonyms: (in a strong manner) forcefully, powerfully, vigorously, strongly
  • (in a strong manner) forcelessly, powerlessly, weakly
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Strong Island etymology While the exact date of the coinage is unknown, there are several claimants in the 1980's it was coined as a hip hop music term for Long Island. From Newsday: "To boost local black pride, and the other WBAU DJ dubbed the Island Strong Island and gave special names to the emerging hip-hop strongholds."[,0,1403302.story?coll=ny-lihistory-navigation Sounding Off in Suburbia: For its pop musicians, Long Island is a place to love, lambaste or leave. But it sets the creative juices flowing], ''Newsday'', accessed June 1, 2006.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Long Island in New York.[ Rap Dictionary (part 3 of 4)], dated May 1, 2004
    • 2007. Strong Island Underground, New York Times, Sept. 30, 2007: Not for nothing do bodybuilders and rappers brag and swagger about living on “Strong Island.”
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the "Strong Island Boys" were a mostly white, middle class "gang" or "posse" which tried to emulate the mostly minority gangs they saw in New York City.[] The "Strong Island Sound", an American Basketball Association expansion team, uses Strong Island as part of its name. Its name is a play on the Long Island Sound.
stroppy etymology From obstropulous, obsolete slang for obstreperous. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈstɹɒpi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang) Ornery, fractious, belligerent, or obstreperous, and hence difficult to deal with.
    • 2004, Simon Brett, The Hanging in the Hotel, Pan Macmillan UK, [http//|%22stroppiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=d3fYWqfkCJ&sig=OUBaET8K2Ak5EcldxH4NH3tROmg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=z1hoULDrLY-XiAfuwIHYDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stroppier%22|%22stroppiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Her shape and posture shadowed her daughter′s, though Kerry carried herself with more attitude, a stroppier jutting of the hips than her mother.
    • 2010, Gillian Bloxham, W. Doyle Gentry, Anger Management For Dummies, UK Edition, [http//|%22stroppier%22|%22stroppiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=4mWIIh_96S&sig=3hzZTUQ20TbD3umF-N2aCoKjG88&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YFVoUKCFHOTqiAexrYH4Bg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stroppy%22|%22stroppier%22|%22stroppiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Even today, women who show signs of anger and who express themselves in some assertive way may be labelled stroppy for doing so.
    • 2010, Alexandra Bell, Rising to the Deadline: One Woman's Sexy Climb to the Top in Newspapers, Trafford Publishing, Canada, [http//|%22stroppiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=hMBcwMMUPH&sig=WBlqT8PtwYLY01e6OC1B2Xw4IaE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=z1hoULDrLY-XiAfuwIHYDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22stroppier%22|%22stroppiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 140], The people who actually produced the paper, mainly the printers, were a stroppier lot, with a more aggressive union.
    • 2010, (Madeleine Wickham), , [http//|%22stroppiest%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=k_Vx0T4t0f&sig=9bDHD_Mx_xetuOqUGbMzP37fuGo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=z1hoULDrLY-XiAfuwIHYDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 341], Davina told me earlier that Luke was the stroppiest patient she′d ever had and that he′d given her a lecture on how ineflicient and time-wasting her medical was.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US slang) An old or beat-up motor vehicle.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1996, p. 87: My struggle-buggy was getting to look like a rinky-dink old tin can on wheels, so when I got back to Chicago that Fall I traded it in for a Willys Knight brougham sedan.
strummy etymology strum + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (music, informal) Achieved by strumming
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strumpet etymology From Middle English strumpet, strompet, strumpett. Further origin uncertain; possibly from Middle Dutch strompen or strompe; or ll stuprum or stuprare.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A female prostitute; a woman who is very sexually active.
  2. A female adulterer.
  3. A mistress.
  4. (derogatory) A trollop, a whore.
Synonyms: See also , See also , See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, transitive) To debauch.
    • 1591, , , II. ii. 153: My blood is mingled with the crime of lust; / For if we two be one, and thou play false, / I do digest the poison of thy flesh, / Being strumpeted by thy contagion.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To dishonour with the reputation of being a strumpet; to belie; to slander.
    • Massinger With his untrue reports, strumpet your fame.
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strung out
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Experiencing withdrawal symptom of an addiction. While he was strung out, he ranted about conspiracies that he couldn't remember when he sobered.
  2. Widely spaced. After the storm the armada was strung out over the ocean, unable to cover each other in battle.
stuck like Chuck
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) stuck; immobilized or unable to proceed
    • 2006, Geri Guillaume, Her Brother's Keeper (page 126) Like the lady said, she could have gotten in the truck and driven away. Left us here, stuck like Chuck, out here on this ledge.
    • 2013, Lorelei Branam, A Little Bit of Ivey Our big Lab, Gracie Burns, will start barking to alert us that he is stuck like Chuck.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The state of being stuck (in all senses)
stuck on oneself
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) self-obsessed; vain
stud pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /stʌd/
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etymology 1 Old English stōd, from Proto-Germanic *stōdą. Cognate with gml stōt, German Stute, Dutch stoet and Old Norse stōð.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A male animal, especially a stud horse (stallion), kept for breed.
  2. A female animal, especially a studmare (broodmare), kept for breed.
  3. A group of such animals.
    • Macaulay He had the finest stud in England, and his delight was to win plates from Tories.
    • Sir W. Temple In the studs of Ireland, where care is taken, we see horses bred of excellent shape, vigour, and size.
  4. An animal (usually livestock) that has been registered and is retained for breeding.
  5. A place, such as a ranch, where such animals are kept.
  6. (colloquial) A sexually attractive male; also a lover in great demand.
Synonyms: (sexually attractive male) he-man, hunk, (male animal) sire
etymology 2 Old English studu.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small object that protrudes from something; an ornamental knob. a collar with studs
    • Marlowe A belt of straw and ivy buds, / With coral clasps and amber studs.
    • Milton Crystal and myrrhine cups, embossed with gems / And studs of pearl.
  2. (jewelry) A small round earring. She's wearing studs in her ears.
  3. (construction) A vertical post, especially one of the small upright in the framing for lath and plaster partitions, and furring, and upon which the lath are nailed.
  4. (obsolete) A stem; a trunk.
    • Spenser Seest not this same hawthorn stud?
  5. (poker) A type of poker where an individual cannot throw cards away and some of her cards are exposed (also stud poker).
  6. (engineering) A short rod or pin, fixed in and projecting from something, and sometimes forming a journal.
  7. (engineering) A stud bolt.
  8. An iron brace across the shorter diameter of the link of a chain cable.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To set with studs; to furnish with studs.
  2. To be scattered over the surface of (something) at intervals.
    • 2012, Antony Cooke, Dark Nebulae, Dark Lanes, and Dust Belts, page 82: [S]eemingly countless young hot stars stud the entire huge central region[.]
  3. To set (something) over a surface at intervals.
    • 2010, Rose Levy Beranbaum, Rose's Heavenly Cakes: Stud the cake all over with chocolate chips, pointed ends in.
  • dust
student body etymology "Student," from Latin studens, present participle of studere; and "Body," from Old English bodiġ, of unknown origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A united group of persons who study at an educational institution. The student body held its annual all-school meeting to discuss prom night.
  2. (American football, slang) A football play in which most of the players run to one side of the field. student body left student body right
studentese etymology student + ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Language characteristic or typical of a student.
    • 1998 Fall, Paul Trout, "Deconstructing an Evaluation Form", in The Montana Professor, Vol. 8, No. 3, How often I've heard students huff, "You're never in!" which means, translated from studentese, "I stopped by your office a couple of times but you weren't in."
student ghetto
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A residential area, for instance in a college town, that predominantly consists of rental housing for post-secondary students.
studenty etymology student + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of or pertaining to university student.
    • 2000, Joe Jackson, A Cure for Gravity: A Musical Pilgrimage ...the Badger Bar in Bournemouth, a cellar club where a studenty crowd would sit on the floor.
    • 2006, Stella Rimington, At Risk As she had hoped, the hiking boots looked more or less OK with this outfit, in a studenty sort of way.
    • 2008, Tom Masters, Steve Fallon, Vesna Maric, London: City Guide It's popular with a studenty, friendly, mixed crowd. There are four rooms of great music from indie to the 'rubbish room'.
studlike etymology stud + like
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling or characteristic of a stud.
    • 1989, The Encyclopedia Americana, Volume 9 Studlike earrings were formed by disks on either side of the lobe connected by an interlinking tube.
  2. (colloquial) Resembling or characteristic of a stud (virile male).
  • dustlike
studly etymology stud + ly
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Like a stud (sexually attractive male).
Synonyms: hunky
studmuffin etymology From stud + muffin; perhaps with influence from beefcake.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A stud, an attractive man.
stud muffin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) A very attractive man.
    • 1995: Billboard magazine quoted an Oklahoma City radio program who described him as "a stud muffin" — "there was just a vibe on this guy out there, especially among women" (Stark 1992, 89) — Curtis W Ellison, Country Music Culture: From Hard Times to Heaven, University Press of Mississippi, 1995, page 44
    • 1999: "I'm a total stud muffin. Can't you see it?" Simon joked. — John W Milor, Apparition', 1999, page 106
    • 2003: “A stud!” “A stud muffin!” In general, the students’ enthusiasm for Clinton was equalled by their disdain for George W. Bush. — The New Yorker, 11 August 2003
stuff {{wikipedia}} etymology From Late Middle English stuffen, from Old French estoffer "to provide what is necessary, equip, stuff"; > French étoffer and étouffer, from frk *stopfon, *stoppon, from Proto-Germanic *stuppōną. Cognate with Old High German stoffōn, stopfōn, Old English stoppian and Albanian shtyp. More at stop. pronunciation
  • (UK) /stʌf/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Miscellaneous items; things; (with possessive) personal effects. exampleWhat is all that stuff on your bedroom floor?  {{nowrap}}
    • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat.{{nb...}}. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
  2. The tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object.
    • Sir John Davies (poet) (c.1569-1626) The workman on his stuff his skill doth show, / And yet the stuff gives not the man his skill.
  3. A material for making clothing; any woven textile, but especially a woollen fabric.
    • 1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial 2007, p.147: She was going out to buy some lengths of good woollen stuff for Louise's winter dresses.
  4. Abstract substance or character.
    • c.1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (play), {{nowrap}} When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept; / Ambition should be made of sterner stuff
    • c.1610, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, {{nowrap}} We are such stuff / As dreams are made on
  5. (informal) Used as placeholder, usually for material of unknown type or name. exampleCan I have some of that stuff on my ice-cream sundae?
    • 1935, [ George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 3 , “It had been his intention to go to Wimbledon, but as he himself said: “Why be blooming well frizzled when you can hear all the results over the wireless.…You stand by, Janet, and wake me up if they do any of that running commentary stuff.””
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  6. (slang, informal) Substitution for trivial detail. exampleI had to do some stuff.
  7. (slang) Narcotic drug, especially heroin.
    • 1947, William Burroughs, letter, 11 March: For some idiotic reason the bureaucrats are more opposed to tea than to stuff.
  8. (obsolete, uncountable) Furniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils.
    • Sir John Hayward (historian) (c.1564-1627) He took away locks, and gave away the king's stuff.
  9. (obsolete) A medicine or mixture; a potion. {{rfquotek}}
  10. (obsolete) Refuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or irrational language; nonsense; trash.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) Anger would indite / Such woeful stuff as I or Shadwell write.
  11. (nautical) A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared for lubrication. {{rfquotek}}
  12. Paper stock ground ready for use. When partly ground, it is called half stuff. {{rfquotek}}
  • The textile sense is increasingly specialized and sounds dated in everyday contexts.
related terms:
  • stuff and nonsense
  • stuffing
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To fill by crowding something into; to cram with something; to load to excess. She stuffed the turkey for Thanksgiving using her secret stuffing recipe.
    • Dryden Lest the gods, for sin, / Should with a swelling dropsy stuff thy skin.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit The Rabbit could not claim to be a model of anything, for he didn’t know that real rabbits existed; he thought they were all stuffed with sawdust like himself, and he understood that sawdust was quite out-of-date and should never be mentioned in modern circles.
  2. (transitive) To fill a space with (something) in a compressed manner. He stuffed his clothes into the closet and shut the door.
    • Francis Bacon Put roses into a glass with a narrow mouth, stuffing them close together … and they retain smell and colour.
  3. (transitive, used in the passive) To sate. I’m stuffed after having eaten all that turkey, mashed potatoes and delicious stuffing.
  4. (transitive, British, Australia, New Zealand) To be broken. {{rfex}}
  5. (transitive, vulgar, British, Australia, New Zealand) To sexually penetrate. {{rfex}}
  6. (transitive) To be cut off in a race by having one's projected and committed racing line (trajectory) disturbed by an abrupt manoeuvre by a competitor. I got stuffed by that guy on the supermoto going into that turn, almost causing us to crash.
  7. To preserve a dead bird or animal by filling its skin.
  8. (transitive) To obstruct, as any of the organs; to affect with some obstruction in the organs of sense or respiration.
    • Shakespeare I'm stuffed, cousin; I cannot smell.
  9. (transitive) To form or fashion by packing with the necessary material.
    • Jonathan Swift An Eastern king put a judge to death for an iniquitous sentence, and ordered his hide to be stuffed into a cushion, and placed upon the tribunal.
  10. (transitive, dated) To crowd with facts; to cram the mind of; sometimes, to crowd or fill with false or idle tales or fancies.
Synonyms: (to sexually penetrate) fuck, root, screw
  • tuffs
stuffed pronunciation
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verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of stuff
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Full (with), or packed (with some material or substance). exampleCustoms officers look closely through a stuffed suitcase.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.{{nb...}}.
    • 1997, Philippe Bonnefis, Paul Weidmann (translator), Céline: The Recall of the Birds, p.109: Hence, perhaps, the dins Céline deafens us with, in texts more and more stuffed with onomatopoeias.
    • 2008, Carn Tiernan, On the Back of the Other Side, [http//|most+stuffed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=bZNRHhzs9C&sig=m7oRtC3QMECrLplPC5Gk17GYcVY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zbFpUNrOKcuviQegk4HgDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20stuffed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.2]: She didn′t forget to pack anything, none of those irritating little things that wait till the last moment to pop out of hiding and make her re-open her most stuffed suitcase.
    • 2009, Marsha Collier, eBay Business All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, [http//|most+stuffed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=QPz_MKzWry&sig=Z4CE0NU9HpS4y_jqIq3rb8C52Cc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zbFpUNrOKcuviQegk4HgDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20stuffed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page]: The more stuffed your hard drive, the more Blob-like it becomes.
    • 2009, David Ugba, Awaken the Riches Within: Creating Extraordinary Wealth Using the Powerful Imagination of a Poet, iUniverse, [http//|most+stuffed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=QaVDRGxX96&sig=CoYx03FUv8-jZOyRhFEwVAGreZQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zbFpUNrOKcuviQegk4HgDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20stuffed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.96]: Creating a poetic or extraordinary belief is the simple act of intensifying the mood or atmosphere of your belief and making it more stuffed with the ability or power to come real.
  2. (slang) Full after eating. exampleStuffed children sleep poorly.
    • 2002, Sheila M. Reindl, Sensing the Self: Women′s Recovery from Bulimia, [http//|quite+stuffed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=vHkPRAutS2&sig=4qFHx6nGNmD1J9_1S_9gnoObu2w&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5rxpUJuNNIPniAeq54CgAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22really|quite%20stuffed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.40]: Beth says: “I never knew when I was full ′cause I always felt like I didn′t know whether I was hungry or full. My whole life I never knew when I was full or hungry unless I was really stuffed or really starving.”
    • 2009, Jason McCammon, The Ancient Lands: Warrior Quest: Search for the IFA Scepter, [http//|quite+stuffed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=fB4gwX0ypB&sig=sPvS8Hra1ZDNql5N7aHw-CyPEhE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5rxpUJuNNIPniAeq54CgAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22really|quite%20stuffed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page]: “See, huge meal.” Replied Farra. / “Still stuffed.” / “Yes, quite stuffed.”
    • 2009, Swapna Dutta, Geeta Menon (editor), Folk Tales of West Bengal, [http//|quite+stuffed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=iMkF9j3i7U&sig=I0e4nOyVbFty1KuRVzOykZchQFk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5rxpUJuNNIPniAeq54CgAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22really|quite%20stuffed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.47]: Allhadi gave a contented yawn and said: / “I have eaten till I am really stuffed / I am full and bloated and so puffed / I am bursting, I am telling you true / I couldn′t eat more if you begged me to.”
  3. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) Very tired.
    • 2011, Nick Oud, The Hatchling and The Human, Xlibris, [http//|quite+stuffed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=2sjHp1g0hW&sig=m_8pXyR4xXattAAXBvtvEXKs54o&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5rxpUJuNNIPniAeq54CgAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22really|quite%20stuffed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.74]: ‘Well, you talked me into it,’ said Cornelius. ‘I feel really stuffed. I can tell you that for sure. So I could do with a bloody good sleep.’
  4. (UK, Australia, New Zealand) Broken, not functional; in trouble, in a situation from which one is unlikely to recover.
    • 1998, , The Night is for Hunting, 2001, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [http//|quite+stuffed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=czjVxtEsLV&sig=umi3cLu_cVCfYQ4wzS9kRUiEjLU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YddpUKnqCqjImAW1s4CoCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22really|quite%20stuffed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page]: If the suspension was stuffed already from hitting the concrete base of the fence—and it was—then it was really stuffed by the time we′d gone a kilometre along the railway.
    • 2002, Clare de Vries, Of Cats and Kings, [http//|quite+stuffed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=QcuL93jemj&sig=z2jjgRSDjfvjWi6izWwBxG-e4dg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5rxpUJuNNIPniAeq54CgAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22really|quite%20stuffed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.174]: But if you don′t play ball in life, if you don′t go for it with a sincere ‘Go, girrrrl’ rugby-tackle attitude, you′re really stuffed.
stuffie {{also}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (New England) Stuffed clam, typically quahog.
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  2. (US, Canada, colloquial, often, childish) A stuffed animal or other plush toy.
stuffless etymology stuff + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) without unnecessary things.
stuff one's face
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To eat excessively.
stuffy pronunciation
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  1. Poorly ventilated; partially plugged. I can't smell very well today – I have a stuffy nose. Let's go outside – it's getting stuffy in here.
  2. Stout; mettlesome; resolute.
  3. Angry and obstinate; sulky.
  4. Boring, uninteresting, over-formal, pompous, very conventional. The stuffy professor droned on as the class lost interest.
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  1. (US, Canada, colloquial, often, childish) A stuffed animal or other plush toy.
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  • stuffed shirt
Stuka etymology From German Stuka, from Sturzkampfflugzeug.
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  1. (historical, informal) The Junkers JU-87, a gull-winged single engine German dive bomber used during World War 2
stukkie etymology Ultimately from Dutch stuk.
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  1. (South Africa, slang) girlfriend
    • 1997, Barney Simon, Born in the RSA: four workshopped plays (page 43) I'm not really interested in his stukkie, I just want to check what she looks like.
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  1. (colloquial, obsolete) plural of stummy
stummy etymology Shortening of stomach.
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  1. (colloquial, obsolete) stomach, tummy
    • 1859 Jacques Maurice and James Willard Morris: K.N. Pepper, and other condiments, p.233: "Poor Stummy [which playful Term means Stomach], he gits Sick."
    • 1879 Graeme Mercer Adam and George Stewart, eds: The Canadian Monthly vol.2 p527: 'I like my little stummy,' he had once frankly observed, on being rallied on his devotion to the delicacies of the table.
    • 1896 Exposures of Quackery: Being a Series of Articles Upon, and Analyses Of, Various Patent Medicines, Volumes 1-2 p.136: One little Cowes boy,/ His “stummy” felt so bad;/ Fennings gave him but one dose,/ And that settled the —/ Confound it! Our pen has suddenly become prosaic again; neither “ stomach-ache” nor “ bowel complaint ” will rhyme to “bad,” and we ...
  • tummy
stump etymology From Middle English stumpe, stompe, from or akin to gml stump, from Proto-Germanic *stumpaz, from Proto-Indo-European *stÁb(h)-, *stemb(h)-. Cognate with Middle Dutch stomp, Old High German stumph (German Stumpf), Old Norse stumpr. More at stop. pronunciation
  • /stʌmp/
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  1. The remains of something that has been cut off; especially the remains of a tree, the remains of a limb.
  2. (politics) The place or occasion at which a campaign takes place; the husting.
  3. (figurative) A place or occasion at which a person harangue or otherwise addresses a group in a manner suggesting political oration.
    • 1886, , The Princess Casamassima. Paul Muniment had taken hold of Hyacinth, and said, 'I'll trouble you to stay, you little desperado. I'll be blowed if I ever expected to see you on the stump!'
  4. (cricket) One of three small wooden post which together with the bail make the wicket and that the fielding team attempt to hit with the ball.
  5. (drawing) An artists’ drawing tool made of rolled paper used to smudge or blend marks made with charcoal, Conté crayon, pencil or other drawing media.
  6. A wooden or concrete pole used to support a house.
  7. (slang, humorous) A leg. to stir one's stumps
  8. A pin in a tumbler lock which forms an obstruction to throwing the bolt except when the gate of the tumblers are properly arranged, as by the key.
  9. A pin or projection in a lock to form a guide for a movable piece.
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  1. (transitive) to stop, confuse, or puzzle
  2. (intransitive) to baffle; to be unable to find an answer to a question or problem. This last question has me stumped.
  3. (intransitive) to campaign He’s been stumping for that reform for months.
  4. (transitive, US, colloquial) to travel over (a state, a district, etc.) giving speech for electioneer purposes
  5. (transitive, cricket, of a wicket keeper) to get a batsman out stumped
  6. (transitive, cricket) to bowl down the stumps of (a wicket)
    • Tennyson A herd of boys with clamour bowled, / And stumped the wicket.
  7. (intransitive) to walk heavily or clumsily, plod, trudge
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  • stumped
  • tumps
stump detective
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  1. (North American, pejorative) A forestry official charged with measuring waste in logging operations.
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  1. One who stumps, or speaks, or orates, as a politician. He's not yet well known, but he's a good stumper.
  2. A difficult puzzle or problem. Global warming is a real stumper.
  3. (archaic, slang) A boastful person.
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  • restump
  • sumpter
stump it
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  1. (slang, dated) To go on foot; hence, to run away; to escape. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (slang, US, dated) To make electioneering speeches.
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stunad etymology From Italian stonato
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  1. (slang) stupid, crazy
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  1. (slang) a stupid person, idiot
stunna pronunciation
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  1. (colloquial, chiefly, British tabloid press) Variant spelling of stunner in the sense of a woman of stunning beauty.
  • suntan
stunner etymology stun + er pronunciation
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  1. (colloquial) Anything that is stunning.
  2. (colloquial; variant spelling stunna) Specifically, a woman of stunning beauty (often hyperbolically).
  • runnest
stunod etymology From Italian stonato. In Sicilian dialect, the word is stunatu. It is stunat' in Neapolitan. In both of these dialects, the word has a similar meaning to this one.
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  1. Stupid or crazy; out of touch with reality; disagreeable That stunod customer thinks Trent was eyeing his secretary.
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  1. (slang, pejorative) A stupid or crazy person. Which one of you stunods broke the powerwasher?
  • donuts
  • stound
stunt pronunciation
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etymology 1 Unknown.
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  1. A daring or dangerous feat, often involving the display of gymnastic skill.
  2. (archaic) skill
    • 1912, Stratemeyer Syndicate, Baseball Joe on the School Nine Chapter 1 "See if you can hit the barrel, Joe," urged George Bland. "A lot of us have missed it, including Peaches, who seems to think his particular stunt is high throwing."
  3. (American football) A special means of rush the quarterback done to confuse the opposing team's offensive line.
etymology 2 From dialectal stunt, from Middle English stont, stunt, from Old English stunt, from Proto-Germanic *stuntaz. Cognate with Middle High German stunz, Old Norse stuttr. Related to Old English styntan. More at stint.
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  1. (transitive) To check or hinder the growth or development of. Some have said smoking stunts your growth. The politician timed his announcement to stunt any surge in the polls his opponent might gain from the convention.
  2. (intransitive, cheerleading) To perform a stunt.
  3. (intransitive, slang, AAVE) To show off; to posture.
    • Hussein Fatal (Bruce Washington), I Don't Like That (rap song) I don't like his style, and he always stuntin'.
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  1. A check in growth.
  2. That which has been checked in growth; a stunted animal or thing.
  3. A two-year-old whale, which, having been wean, is lean and yields little blubber.
stuntfest etymology stunt + fest
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  1. (informal) An event, film, etc. where many stunt are performed.
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etymology 1 Shortening of stupid.
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  1. (slang) A stupid person or (rarely) thing. He thinks Santa lives at the South Pole? What a stupe!
etymology 2 From Middle English, from Latin stūpa, variant of stuppa.
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  1. A hot, wet medicated cloth or sponge applied externally.
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  1. To foment with such a cloth or sponge. {{rfquotek}}
  • setup, set up, upset
stupid {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French stupide, from Latin stupidus, from stupeō, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tup-, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tu-. Cognate with Old High German stubarōn. Related also to Old English stoppian. See stop. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈstjuːpɪd/
  • (US) /ˈst(j)upɪd/
  • (Northern UK) /ˈʃtjuːpɪd/, /stʃjuːpɪd/
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  1. Lacking in intelligence or exhibiting the quality of having been done by someone lacking in intelligence. Because it's a big stupid jellyfish!
  2. To the point of stupor. Neurobiology bores me stupid.
  3. (archaic) Characterized by or in a state of stupor; paralysed.
    • 1702 Alexander Pope, Sappho 128: No sigh to rise, no tear had pow'r to flow, Fix'd in a stupid lethargy of woe.
  4. (archaic) Lacking sensation; inanimate; destitute of consciousness; insensate.
    • 1744 George Berkeley, Siris §190: Were it not for [fire], the whole wou'd be one great stupid inanimate mass.
  5. (slang) Amazing. That dunk was stupid! His head was above the rim!
  6. (slang) damn, annoying, darn I fell over the stupid wire.
Synonyms: dense, dumb, retarded, unintelligent, (especially in the Caribbean) stupidy, See also
related terms:
  • stupor
  • stupendous
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  1. (slang, dated) Extremely. My gear is stupid fly.
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  1. A stupid person; a fool.
    • 1910, , ‘The Strategist’, Reginald in Russia: ‘You stupid!’ screamed the girls, ‘we've got to guess the word.’
    • 1922, Elizabeth G. Young, Homestead ranch "What a stupid I am!" Harry exclaimed, as she watched the man ride away in the distance.
    • 1996, Anita Rau Badamim, Tamarind Mem At least those stupids got their money's worth out of this country before they burnt their lungs out.
stupidass Alternative forms: stupidarse etymology stupid + ass
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  1. (slang, vulgar) very stupid indeed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) somebody lacking intelligence
Synonyms: {{ws}}, {{ws}}

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