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tenten {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: ten-ten, ten ten etymology From Japanese 点々 〈diǎn 々〉, "dots".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (linguistics, colloquial) A diacritic () used with Japanese kana to mark a consonant as voiced.
Synonyms: dakuten, nigori
  • net net, net-net
  • tenent
terabit etymology tera + bit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) One trillion (1012 = 1,000,000,000,000) bits, as opposed to a tebibit. Symbol: Tb.
  2. (computing, colloquial) 240 bits, a tebibit (Tib). Symbol: Tb
  • battier, biretta, bit rate, bitrate
terabuck etymology tera + buck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) One trillion (1012) dollars.
terabyte {{wikipedia}} etymology tera + byte
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One trillion (1,000,000,000,000) bytes. SI symbol: TB.
  2. (computing, colloquial) Imprecisely, a tebibyte or 10244 (1,099,511,627,776) bytes. SI symbol: TiB, computing symbol: TB.
term limit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A legal restriction that limits the number of terms a person may serve in a particular elected office.
  2. The maximum number of terms one may legally serve in a particular elected office.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) alternative spelling of term-limit
term-limit Alternative forms: term limit
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To remove (someone) from an elect position by limiting the number of terms he can serve.
    • 2010 September, Ray Hartmann, "They Started the Revolution Without Us", , ISSN 1090-5723, volume 16, issue 9, page 69: Should we start being sad that he is being term-limited out of office at the end of the year?
etymology 1 Shortening of interpreter.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military or Deaf, slang) An interpreter (translator).
    • 2003 November 27, Paul Watson, “Losing Its Few Good Men”, in the Los Angeles Times: But for troops in the new Afghan army, there is a particular irritant: Afghan interpreters working with U.S. soldiers — called terps by troops in the field — can earn more than an Afghan army officer.
  2. (computing, slang) An interpreter (program that parses and executes another program).
    • 2009, "Dannii", IF System Idea (on newsgroup As far as I know all the TADS terps are just ports of the original.
etymology 2 Shortening of terpene.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various essential oil containing monoterpene alcohol which are added to a henna mix to darken the color.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To add such an essential oil to (a henna mix).
  • pert, PERT
terribad etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Extremely bad.
terrible twos
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A developmental stage in toddler, normally occurring around the age of two, involving refusal and temper tantrum.
    • 1988, Working Mother magazine (volume 11, number 2, February 1988) The terrible twos can begin at 18 months and last until about age five.
    • 1990, Susan Hughes, Ryan: a mother's story of her hyperactive/Tourette syndrome child The terrible twos came early. Almost a year early. When Ryan learned to walk it was the end of our peace of mind!
terrific Alternative forms: terrifick (obsolete) etymology From Latin terrificus, from terrere + -ficus, from facere. pronunciation
  • /təˈɹɪfɪk/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Frighteningly good. I say! She's a terrific tennis player.
  2. (colloquial) Astounding or awesome. The car came round the bend at a terrific speed.
  3. Terrifying; causing terror. The lightning was followed by a terrific clap of thunder.
  4. Frightful or very unpleasant. I've got a terrific hangover this morning.
  5. (colloquial) Extraordinarily great or intense. terrific speed
Synonyms: brilliant, horrific
related terms:
  • terrible
  • terrify
  • terrifying
  • terror
  • terrorist
  • terrorize
  • ferritic
territorial pissing
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. In animals, territorial marking, urinating on an area to identify territory
  2. (idiomatic, slang) Any territorial behaviour exhibited by human.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (informal) plural of terrorchid
terrorist fist jab {{wikipedia}} {{commonscat}} etymology terrorist + fist + jab
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, derogatory) The hitting together of two people's fist, often in celebration of an accomplishment; coloquially known as a fist bump.
    • 2008, Liza Mundy, Michelle: A Biography, Simon & Schuster, , , page 194, “A commentator on Fox described it as a “terrorist fist jab.” Around the same time, Fox, in its crawl at the bottom of the screen, referred to Michelle as Obama's “baby mama,” as if this accomplished woman and committed parent were no more than a ghetto girlfriend.”
    • 2009, Nathan Rabin, The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture, Scribner, , , page 222, “In hindsight, I regret not giving him a terrorist fist jab or the Islamist secret handshake. I hear he's quite adept at those.”
    • 2010, Jonathan Alter, The Promise: President Obama, Year One, Simon & Schuster, , , page 34, “Obama and Robert Gibbs had a ritual after every debate. When Obama came off the stage at the end, Gibbs would give him a fist bump to signify that he had done well, not "the terrorist fist jab" of Fox News's fevered imagination, just a nice tap. After the Nevada and New Hampshire primary debates, where Obama had not done well, there was no bump. But when Obama finished his first debate with John McCain at Ole Miss, Gibbs was so happy that he gave him a two-fisted bump.”
    • 2011, Michael Waltman, John Haas, The Communication of Hate, Peter Lang Publishing, , , page 119, “Before introducing an expert on body language, Hill would imply that viewing this as a "terrorist fist-jab" was as reasonable an interpretation as any other.”
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quotations: {{seemoreCites}}
related terms:
  • fist bump
  • Fo' Knucks
  • knuckle bump
  • knuckle touch
terse pronunciation
  • (RP) /tɜːs/
  • (Canada) /tɝːs/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From the year 1599, from French ters, from Latin tersus, perfect passive participle of tergō.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Polished, burnished; smooth; fine, neat, spruce.
  2. (of speech or style) Brief, concise, to the point.
    • 1907, , , title page: "A consise and comprehensive dictionary of general knowledge consisting of over 16,000 terse and original articles on nearly all subjects discussed in larger encyclopaedias,…"
    • {{quote-news}}
  3. Abrupt or brusque short.
Synonyms: abrupt, brusque, concise, curt, succinct, laconic, See also
  • verbose
  • prolix
  • ester, estre, reset, Reset, steer, stere, stree, trees
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Someone who is tested or examined.
Synonyms: subject
  • tester
  • settee
tester {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɛstə/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Probably from Old French testre, from Latin testa.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A canopy over a bed.
  2. Something that overhang something else; especially a canopy or soundboard over a pulpit.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, : With our shaggy jackets drawn about our shoulders, we now passed the Tomahawk from one to the other, till slowly there grew over us a blue hanging tester of smoke, illuminated by the flame of the new-lit lamp.
etymology 2 From test + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who administers a test.
  2. A device used for testing.
  3. (Australia, slang, obsolete) A punishment of 25 lash (strokes of a whip) across a person′s back.'''1987''', [[w:Robert Hughes (critic)|Robert Hughes]], ''[[w:The Fatal Shore|The Fatal Shore]]'', 1996, paperback, ISBN 1-86046-150-6, Chapter 12.
  4. A sample of perfume available in a shop for customers to try before they buy.
Synonyms: (punishment) Botany Bay dozen
etymology 3 For testern, teston, from French teston, from Old French teste the head, the head of the king being impressed upon the coin. See tester a covering, and compare testone, testoon.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An old French silver coin.
  2. (UK, slang, dated) A sixpence.
Synonyms: (sixpence) teston, tizzy
  • retest
  • setter
  • street
testicle {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈtɛstɪkəl/
  • {{audio}}
etymology From Latin testiculum, testicle, diminutive of testis, witness + diminutive suffix -ulum
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The male sex and endocrine gland, found in some types of animals, that produces sperm and male sex hormones, including the steroid testosterone. My testicles hurt when I cross my legs.
    • {{quote-book }}
Often used in the plural, due to their usually being present as a pair.
  • genitals
Synonyms: testis (medical), ball (perhaps vulgar), bollock (perhaps alteration of "ballock"), lamb fries (culinary), See also
related terms:
  • test
  • testament
  • testicond
  • testicular
  • testiculate
  • testify
  • testimony
  • telestic
testilying etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) The act of a police officer giving false testimony.
tetched Alternative forms: teched etymology Variant of touched.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, US, colloquial) Touched: mildly deranged, somewhat mental dysfunctional.
    • 1889, , Queen Hildegarde, ch. 9: "His mind was as keen as a razor, an' as straight-edged, 'xcept jest on one subject. On that he was, so to say, a little—wal—a little tetched."
    • 1959 April 21, , "Oh Why Can't He See 'Dawn's Early Light'?, St. Petersburg Times (USA) (retrieved 26 June 2012): Just because he has trouble with the last verse of the Star Spangled Banner doesn't mean he's tetched. Maybe he has a mental block because you've been hammering him over the skull for three years about it.
    • 1982 Sep. 27, , "Books Of The Times" (review of Goosefoot by ), New York Times (retrieved 26 June 2012): There's a murderer about, but how can you spot him when everyone is moon-tetched?
  2. (chiefly, US, colloquial) Touched: physically contact, impact, or handle.
    • 1899, , "Dick Spindler's Family Christmas" in Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories: "They ain't bin tetched or handled by any one but the Kempany's agents."
    • {{circa}} , "The Reformation Of Calliope": "That bullet never tetched ye!"
Synonyms: (mildly deranged) touched in the head
Texas mickey etymology Canada, Texas + mickey.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal) A very large bottle of hard liquor, holding 3,000 ml (106 imperial oz. or 101 US oz.), or, formerly, one holding 133.3 oz.
Texican etymology {{blend}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of or relating to both Texas and Mexico, Texan in Mexico, or Mexican in Texas
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A citizen or denizen of Texas who identifies as Mexican
text etymology From Old French texte, from Malayalam textus, from Latin textus, perfect passive participle of texō. Cognate to texture. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /tɛkst/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A writing consisting of multiple glyph, character, symbol or sentence.
  2. A book, tome or other set of writing.
  3. (colloquial) A brief written message transmitted between mobile phone; an SMS text message.
  4. (computing) Data which can be interpreted as human-readable text (often contrasted with binary data).
  5. A verse or passage of Scripture, especially one chosen as the subject of a sermon, or in proof of a doctrine.
  6. Hence, anything chosen as the subject of an argument, literary composition, etc.; topic; theme.
  7. A style of writing in large characters; text-hand; also, a kind of type used in printing. German text
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • context
  • pretext
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To send a text message to; i.e. to transmit text using the Short Message Service (SMS), or a similar service, between communications devices, particularly mobile phone. Just text me when you get here.
  2. (transitive) To send (a message) to someone by SMS. I'll text the address to you as soon as I find it.
  3. (intransitive) To send and receive text messages. Have you been texting all afternoon?
  4. To write in large characters, as in text hand.
    • 1607–21, Phillip Massinger, Beaumont and Fletcher, The Tragedy of Thierry and Theodoret, Act 2, Scene 1, “I wish / (Next to my part of Heav'n) that she would spend / The last part of her life so here, that all / Indifferent judges might condemn me for / A most malicious slanderer, nay, text it / Upon my forehead”
    • {{quote-book }}
Synonyms: (to send a text message to) message, SMS (UK)
textaholic etymology text + aholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) One who spends a great deal of time sending text message.
    • 2007, Nicola Chalk, Because of You Marie, on her bar-stool texting on her mobile (I dread to think what the textaholic's phone-bill will be)...
    • 2007, Alexandra Heminsley, Ex and the City: You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Dumps You The minute I got there I realized that I didn't need the loo at all, and so the person in the stall next to me was going to think I was either quite mad, an unsubtle drug fiend or some kind of Rebecca Loos-type pervy textaholic.
    • 2007, O. T. Begho, Just telling it! Text messaging: most guys prefer to talk than text, but most New Age women are textaholics, so it can be guaranteed if your man's phone keeps on bleeping with a text message notifications{{SIC}} it's usually another woman.
textbooklike etymology textbook + like
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling or characteristic of a textbook; dry and pedagogic in tone, comprehensive in scope, etc.
Synonyms: (informal) textbooky
textbooky etymology textbook + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) textbooklike
texter etymology text + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who text; one who send text message.
  2. (Australia) a marker, felt-tipped pen
Synonyms: (formal) text messager, (informal) SMSer
textese etymology text + ese
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) An abbreviated form of language used in texting, instant messaging, chatroom{{,}} etc.
textspeak etymology From text + speak. pronunciation
  • /ˈtɛkst.spik/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Any of a number of different measures of abbreviation used to shorten the length of text messages, such as eliding vowels, forgoing the use of punctuation, representing “you” and “your” as “u” and “ur”, using “da” (or, rarely “t’”) in place of “the”, and so on. “Textspeak” is often abbreviated to “txtspk” for that very motive, or for humorous, self-referential effect.
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T-form etymology From the first letter of the second-person singular pronoun in roa languages; ultimately from Latin tu and Proto-Indo-European *túh₂ 〈*túh₂〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (linguistics) A second-person pronoun used in informal situations, to address friend, family, and sometimes inferior.
  • (informal second-person pronoun) V-form
TG girl Alternative forms: TG-girl, tg-girl etymology TG + girl pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈtiːˈdʒiːˌɡɜːl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (LGBT, slang) A male-to-female transsexual or transgender person.
Synonyms: (male-to-female transexual) MtF, TS girl (slang), transwoman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A transwoman.
    • 2003, Helen Boyd, My husband Betty: love, sex, and life with a crossdresser (page 211) Some of them are unaware that t-girls are often heterosexual, and the idea that a genetic woman would enjoy being with a t-girl usually tickles them pink.
    • 2008, Lannie Rose, How To Change Your Sex (page 42) Sex play with a t-girl is fun. It's like sex play with a sexy girl, except for that extra penis and a tendency to be more uninhibited than it usually is with your average non-t-girl.
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (colloquial, poetic) the
  2. (colloquial) there
    • 1891, Edith Bower in The Overland Monthly, Volume XVII., page #135: She crossed her hand an’ turned her face up like a bird does, only th’ ain’t no birds what can sing like she did ; seemed like she was n’t a‐doin’ of it at all,— voice came out of itself, like ’s if ’t was just a waitin’ for a change to git out.
  • ht , HT
than a bygod
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, idiomatic) Used with a comparative to express extreme heat or cold. It's colder than a bygod out there! It was a typical Texas summer: hotter than a bygod and not a cloud in sight.
thang {{wikipedia}} etymology An altered spelling of thing, representing pronunciation in the southern United States. pronunciation
  • /θæŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a thing: usually used to denote a known fad or popular activity It's cool, girl, it ain't no thang. She shall commence doing the alternative thang soon.
thank fuck
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (vulgar) Used to express gratitude or relief
Synonyms: thank God, thank goodness (euphemised)
thank God
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Used to express gratitude or relief.
Synonyms: thank fuck (vulgar), thank goodness (euphemised), thank gods (polytheistic), Arabic: ar, Finnish: fi, French: fr, fr, German: de, Kazakh: kk, Latin: la, Ngazidja Comorian: zdj, Persian: fa, Russian: ru
thankies etymology thanks + ie
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (hypocoristic, informal, mostly, internet) thank you
thanks Alternative forms: thanx, 10x pronunciation
  • /θæŋks/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From the Old English þancian, from Proto-Germanic *þankōną, from Proto-Germanic *þankaz, from Proto-Indo-European *teng-.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Used to express appreciation or gratitude. Could you give me a hand, please? — Yes, sure. — Thanks.
    • ~1595, Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 5, scene 1 Thanks, courteous wall: Jove shield thee well for this!
Synonyms: See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) plural of thank
  2. (plurale tantum) An expression of gratitude. After all I’ve done, a simple acknowledgment is all the thanks I get?
  3. Grateful feelings or thought.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of thank
thanks a million etymology Shortening of "thank you a million times"
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (informal) thank you, intensified.
thanks for your help {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Expresses appreciation of assistance provided or services rendered by the interlocutor.
Thanksmas etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A celebration held between Thanksgiving and Christmas, especially because a family is unable to get together at either of the other dates.
    • 2004, Bob Guter, John R. Killacky, Queer crips: disabled gay men and their stories (page 152) This particular Thanksmas, Bill accepted an invitation to be my house guest — enthusiastically accepted.
    • 2011, Tamara Jane Owens, Remembering Mary Jane (page 78) The terrified looks on everyone's face when it was time to play that game was enough incentive to come to Thanksmas.
thank you etymology Thank you is a shortened expression for I thank you; it is attested since c. 1400.New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. pronunciation
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interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. An expression of gratitude or politeness, in response to something done or given. "Thank you," said the girl after her mom gave her a gift.
Synonyms: cheers (informal), thanks, thanks very much, thank you very much, thanks a lot, ta (UK), thanks a bunch (informal), thanks a million (informal), much obliged, gracias, muchas gracias, gramercy (archaic); see also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of thank-you
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (chiefly, humorous) alternative form of thank you very much
    • 1987, Geoff Crowther, East Africa: a travel survival kit American Express will do nicely, thankyouverymuch.
    • 2007, Lucy A. Snyder, Installing Linux on a Dead Badger Changing a spark plug was easier than building a computer – which she had done, thankyouverymuch – or even just making a really good risotto.
    • 2008, Cara Freie, I Love Ranch Dressing: And Other Stuff White Midwesterners Like Dress pants (pleated, thankyouverymuch) with a hole in the back pocket? Sure thing.
thank you very much
phrase: {{head}}
  1. Said to express greater gratitude than would be conveyed by thank you.
  2. (principally UK) Obviously; implying offence that anyone could have doubted the statement.
    • 1997, , - Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
Synonyms: (gratitude) thanks a bunch, (gratitude) thanks a ton, (gratitude) thanks a lot, (gratitude) thanks a million, (gratitude) thanks heaps, (gratitude) thanks very much, (gratitude) thank you so much, (gratitude) thank you so very much, See also
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, intentional) alternative spelling of thanks
that {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English that, from Old English þæt, from Proto-Germanic *þat. Compare Saterland Frisian dät, West Frisian dat, Dutch dat, Low German dat, German dass and das, Danish det, Swedish det, Icelandic það. pronunciation
  • (stressed) {{enPR}}, /ðæt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (unstressed) {{enPR}}, /ðət/
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. Introducing a clause that is the subject or object of a verb (such as one involving reported speech), or that is a complement to a previous statement. He told me that the book is a good read. I believe that it is true.She is convinced that he is British.
  2. Introducing a subordinate clause expressing a reason or cause: because, in that. Be glad that you have enough to eat.
  3. (now, uncommon) Introducing a subordinate clause expressing an aim, purpose{{,}} or goal: so, so that.
    • 1714, Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock, III.1: The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, and wretches hang that jurymen may dine.
    • 1833, Parley's Magazine, volume 1, page 23: Ellen's mamma was going out to pay a visit, but she left the children a large piece of rich plumcake to divide between them, that they might play at making feasts.
    • 2009, Dallas R. Burdette, Biblical Preaching and Teaching (ISBN 1615790853), page 340: Jesus died that we might live "through" Him.
  4. Introducing — especially, but not exclusively, with an antecedent like so or such — a subordinate clause expressing a result, consequence{{,}} or effect. The noise was so loud that she woke up. The problem was sufficiently important that it had to be addressed.
    • 2008, Zoe Williams, The Guardian, 23 May 2008: My dad apparently always said that no child of his would ever be harassed for its poor eating habits, and then I arrived, and I was so disgusting that he revised his opinion.
  5. (archaic or poetic) Introducing a premise or supposition for consideration: seeing as; inasmuch as; given that; as would appear from the fact that.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors: What, are you mad, that you do reason so?
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities: In short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
    • {{circa}} D.H. Lawrence, third draft of what became Sons and Lovers, in Helen Baron (editor), Paul Morel, Cambridge University Press (2003), ISBN 978-0-521-56009-2, page 234: “She must be wonderfully fascinating,” said Mrs Morel, with scathing satire. “She must be very wonderful, that you should trail eight miles, backward and forward, after eight o’clock at night.”
  6. Introducing a subordinate clause modifying an adverb. Was John there? — Not that I saw. — — — How often did she visit him? — Twice that I saw.
    • 1866 October 6, Anthony Trollope, The Claverings, part 8, in Littell's Living Age, number 1166 (series 4, number 27), page 27: "… I will go anywhere that she may wish if she will go with me,"
  7. Introducing an exclamation expressing a desire or wish.
    • 1864, T. S. Norgate's translation of the Iliad, book 10, page 613: "Would that my rage and wrath would somehow stir me, / Here as I am, to cut off thy raw flesh / And eat it."
    • 1892, Paolo Segneri, The Manna of the Soul: Meditations for Each Day of the Year: "Oh, that they would be wise, and would understand, …"
  8. Introducing an exclamation expressing a strong emotion such as sadness or surprise.
    • 1610, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, act 1, scene 2, page 4: I pray thee, mark me — that a brother should / Be so perfidious! —
  • That can be used to introduce subordinate clauses, but can just as easily be omitted: one can say either "he told me that it's a good read" (in which case the second clause is a "that clause") or "he told me it's a good read" (in which case the second clause is a "bare clause").
  • Historically, "that" was usually preceded by a comma ("he told me, that it is a good read") — such usage was, for example, recommended by the grammarian Joseph Robertson in his 1785 essay On Punctuation — but this is now generally considered nonstandard.
  • Historically, that was sometimes used after a preposition to introduce a clause which was the object of the preposition, as in "after that things are set in order here, we'll follow them" (Shakespeare, 1 Henry VI), which simply means "after things are set in order..." and would be worded thus in modern English.''The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia'' (1903)
determiner: {{head}}
  1. The (thing, person, idea, etc) indicated or understood from context, especially if more remote physically, temporally or mentally than one designated as "this", or if expressing distinction. exampleThat book is a good read. This one isn't. exampleThat battle was in 1450. exampleThat cat of yours is evil.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 8 , “The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; for, even after she had conquered her love for the Celebrity, the mortification of having been jilted by him remained.”
    • 1922, Ben Travers, [ A Cuckoo in the Nest], 1 , “She was like a Beardsley Salome, he had said. And indeed she had the narrow eyes and the high cheekbone of that creature, and as nearly the sinuosity as is compatible with human symmetry.”
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, [ The China Governess], 20 , “‘No. I only opened the door a foot and put my head in. The street lamps shine into that room. I could see him. He was all right. Sleeping like a great grampus. Poor, poor chap.’”
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (demonstrative) The thing, person, idea, quality, event, action{{,}} or time indicated or understood from context, especially if more remote geographically, temporally or mentally than one designated as "this", or if expressing distinction. {{defdate}}
    • {{circa}} William Shakespeare, Hamlet, , Scene 1: To be, or not to be: that is the question: / Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer / The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, / Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, / And by opposing end them?
    • 1888 July, The Original Secession Magazine, page 766: [He] was qualified and fitted, both intellectually and morally, — and that to an exceptional extent — to be the Head …
    • {{RQ:Mrxl SqrsDghtr}} "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers by—except steal. I never did that. I always made up my mind I'd be a big man some day, and—I'm glad I didn't steal."
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game (Folio Society 2010), page 310: However{{nb...}}, the British were unable to do much about it short of going to war with St Petersburg, and that the government was unwilling to do.
    • 2005, Joey Comeau, Lockpick Pornography (Loose Teeth Press): I've never seen someone beaten unconscious before. That’s lesbians for you.
    He went home, and after that I never saw him again.
  2. (demonstrative) The aforementioned quality; used together with a verb and pronoun to emphatically repeat a previous statement. exampleThe water is so cold! — That it is. 〈The water is so cold! — That it is.〉
    • 1910, Helen Granville-Barker, An Apprentice to Truth, page 214: "She is very honourable," said Mrs. Thompson, solemnly. "Yes, one sees she is that, and so simple-minded."
  3. (relative) Which, who. {{defdate}} the CPR course that she took really came in handy
    • {{circa}} William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act 1, scene 4: By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that lets me.
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  • Some authorities prescribe that that should only be used in restrictive contexts (where the relative clause is part of the identification of the noun phrase) and which or who/whom should be used in non-restrictive contexts; in other words, they prescribe "I like the last song on the album, which John wrote". In practice, both that and which are found in both contexts.{{R:Merriam Webster Online}}
  • In a restrictive relative clause, that is never used as the object of a preposition unless the preposition occurs at the end of the clause; which is used instead. Hence "this is the car I spoke of" can be rendered as "this is the car that I spoke of" or "this is the car of which I spoke", but not as *"this is the car of that I spoke."
  • That refers primarily to people or things; which refers primarily to things, and who refers primarily to people. Some authorities insist who/whom be used when making reference to people, but others, such as the Merriam-Webster dictionary, write that such prescriptions are "without foundation" and use of that in such positions is common and "entirely standard". Hence, one sees both "he is the man who invented the telephone" and "he is the man that invented the telephone."
  • When that (or another relative pronoun, like who or which) is used as the subject of a relative clause, the verb agrees with the antecedent of the pronoun. Thus "The thing that is...", "The things that are...", etc.
  • In the past, bare that could be used, with the meaning "the thing, person, etc indicated", where modern English requires that which or what. Hence the King James translation of John 3:11 is "We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen" while the New International Version has "we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen".
  • (that thing) here, there, this, yon, yonder
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (degree) To a given extent or degree. "The ribbon was that thin." "I disagree, I say it was not that thin, it was thicker... or maybe thinner..."
  2. (degree) To a great extent or degree; very, particularly (in negative constructions). I'm just not that sick. I did the run last year, and it wasn't that difficult.
  3. (obsolete, outside, dialects) To such an extent; so, such. (in positive constructions). Ooh, I was that happy I nearly kissed her.
    • 1693, John Hacket, Scrinia reserata: a Memorial offered to the great Deservings of John Williams (Archbishop Williams): This was carried with that little noise that for a good space the vigilant Bishop was not awak'd with it.
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  1. (philosophy) Something being indicated that is there; one of those.
    • 1998, David L. Hall, Roger T. Ames, Thinking from the Han, page 247: As such, they do not have the ontological weight of "Being" and "Not-being," but serve simply as an explanatory vocabulary necessary to describe our world of thises and thats.
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that's it
phrase: {{head}}
  1. There is nothing more to the issue. That's all. So, that's it? I thought there would be some more.
  2. Yes!, exactly!, bingo! Lewis Carroll, , : A bright idea came into Alice’s head. “Is that the reason so many tea-things are put out here?” she asked.“Yes, that’s it,” said the Hatter with a sigh: “it’s always tea-time, and we’ve no time to wash the things between whiles.”
that's just me
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial, idiomatic) Indicates the expression of a personal opinion, but often used ironically as an understatement.
    • 2001, Steve Hamilton, Winter of the Wolf Moon, page 197 "Personally, I wouldn't be making jokes if I were sitting on drugs and weapons charges, but that's just me."
that's the bunny Alternative forms: there's the bunny
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (UK, colloquial) That is the right person or thing; that's it.
    • 2006, Jennifer Kirk, Countdown to Extinction "Pass the block of gear across will you? It's there on the table beside you." He looked round, and spied a generous block of dark brown resin wrapped in shrink wrap. Where the plastic had been peeled back, a hunk had already been removed, revealing the glassy green inside of the block. "That's the bunny," Rob was saying, "pass the whole lot across on the board."
    • 2007, Kate Johnson, Ugley Business "I talked very nicely to an Irishman." "The one in the cell?" "That's the bunny."
that's wassup Alternative forms: that's whassup
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (slang) This is excellent; this is cool. Used to express approval
    • 2006, , 00:54:10 (A hostage taker speaking to a child) -- Is it good? -- No doubt. -- It's gonna be okay. -- Cool. -- You'll be home soon. -- That's wassup.
    • 2011, Upgrade U by Ni-Ni Simone, page 224 "A'ight", Zaire said nonchalantly. "Cool, that's wassup. So I tell you what, I'ma go grab me a burger".
    • 2010, Street Sinuata by Rafael Solece, page 109 “That's wassup, Todd! Nice too meet you mayn'e”. Antonio had no need to elevate his voice. The deep baritone carried itself over the bass line in the back ground.
Synonyms: that's what's up
that's what's up
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) Used to express acquiescence or concurrence. "We're gonna have fun tonite right?" / "Yeah. That's what's up!"
    • 2009, Hip Hop Underground: The Integrity and Ethics of Racial Identification, by Anthony Kwame Harrison, page 112 I choose this particular terminology because of the frequency with which I heard it used either in describing a person (“she knows what's up”) or as a statement of approval in response to a particular thought or idea that was introduced (“that's what's up” )
Synonyms: that's wassup
that's what she said pronunciation
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  1. (US, humorous, idiomatic) A joking retort, intended to draw attention to a previous statement which has the potential for a risqué double entendre.
    • 2008, Ron Fletcher, "In the Internet Age, a few lessons about bad jokes, good taste," Boston Globe, 2 Mar. (retrieved 7 Apr. 2009): Some seemed bored and irritated by the priapic yahooism and overwillingness of peers to read a sexual double entendre into the most innocuous remark. "No matter what you say," said one student, "someone is going to respond with ‘That's what she said.’ "
    • 2008, Rick Broida, "Quick Tip: Increase the Font Size in Your Browser,", 24 Nov. (retrieved 7 Apr. 2009): So this morning we pulled up a pumpkin-pancake recipe on the kitchen laptop. Just one problem: My wife couldn't read it from where she was mixing. "Can't you make it bigger?" she asked. (Go ahead, insert your own "that's what she said" joke here. No class.)
Thatter etymology that + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of Take That, an English boy band popular in the 1990s.
    • 2010, Helen Brown, "Take That: still adored, a million love songs later", The Telegraph, 3 November 2010: As the diehards pitted themselves against the public for precious seats, one Thatter warmly congratulates another on scoring tickets for the Wembley show, adding: “And congrats on becoming a grandmother too!”
    • 2011, James MacCarthey, Take That: Uncensored On The Record, Coda Books (2011), ISBN 9781908538963, unnumbered page: They greet visitors to the website by saying Take That Appreciation Pages has been running since 1st April 1996, and is dedicated to Thatters all over the world!
    • 2011, Diane Bourne, "Girls' weekend in County Durham", Manchester Evening News, 31 December 2011: Me and my friend, a fellow Thatter from the back in the day, had tickets for the opening night of Take That’s spectacular Progress Tour over the summer, at the Stadium of Light.
the {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: ðe (obsolete), þe (obsolete), %E1%BA%8Fe (obsolete), %E1%BA%8Fe (archaic): variant spelling of the., ye (archaic), da, teh, le (informal), t' (Northern England) pronunciation
  • (when stressed or prevocalic)
    • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ðiː/
    • (some UK dialects) {{enPR}}, /ðə/
    • (US) {{enPR}}, /ði/
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  • (when unstressed and preconsonantal)
    • {{enPR}}, /ðə/ (but see notes below)
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    • Rhymes: (generally not applicable as the unstressed variant is never used to terminate a phrase)
{{rel-top}} The word the is commonly pronounced /ðiː/ whenever it is pronounced as a distinct word, e.g.:
  • When it is used for emphasis (This is the hospital for heart surgery.).
  • When the speaker pauses between the and the next word (the … sovereignty).
  • In many but not all dialects, when the next word begins with a vowel sound (the onion) (compare with a vs. an).
The word is generally pronounced indistinctly as /ðə/ or merely /ð/ in other situations, such as when attached to a word beginning with a consonant sound. {{rel-bottom}} {{rel-top}}
  • The typographical pronunciation /jiː/ ("Ye Old...") is a deliberately archaic retronym from ye, which is a variant spelling of þe, from Old English þē pronounced thē, /ðeː/ (using %E1%BA%8F in place of the thorn (þ). It is not actually a separate pronunciation in Middle English.
  • The actual morpheme /jiː/ in Middle English represents %C8%9De-, a variant spelling of the prefix y- attached to verb and used to denote a verbal past participle.
etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old English þē, a late variant of . Originally masculine nominative, in Middle English it superseded all previous Old English forms (, sēo, þæt, þā), from Proto-Germanic *sa, from Proto-Indo-European *só, *to-, *tód. Cognate with Western Frisian de, dy, Dutch de, die, Low German de, dat, German der, die, das, Danish den, Swedish den, Icelandic það.
article: {{head}}
  1. Definite grammatical article that implies necessarily that an entity it articulates is presupposed; something already mentioned, or completely specified later in that same sentence, or assumed already completely specified. {{defdate}} I’m reading the book. (Compare I’m reading a book.) The street in front of your house. (Compare A street in Paris.) The men and women watched the man give the birdseed to the bird.
  2. Used before an object considered to be unique, or of which there is only one at a time. {{defdate}} No one knows how many galaxies there are in the universe. God save the Queen!
  3. With a superlative, it and that superlative refer to one object. {{defdate}} That apple pie was the best.
  4. Introducing a term to be taken generically; preceding a name of something standing for a whole class. {{defdate}}
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, page 536: Stern and God-fearing, the Afrikaner takes his religion seriously.
  5. Used before an adjective, indicating all things (especially persons) described by that adjective. {{defdate}} Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.
  6. Used to indicate a certain example of (a noun) which is most usually of concern, or most common or familiar. {{defdate}} No one in the whole country had seen it before. I don't think I'll get to it until the morning.
  7. Used before a body part (especially of someone previously mentioned), as an alternative to a possessive pronoun. {{defdate}} A stone hit him on the head. (= “A stone hit him on his head.”)
  8. When stressed, indicates that it describes an object which is considered to be best or exclusively worthy of attention. {{defdate}} That is the hospital to go to for heart surgery.
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{{rel-top}} The word the precedes proper noun in a number of cases, although most proper nouns use no article. There are always exceptions. See also for more information. Countries
    • As a general rule, country names are not preceded by the. There are a few exceptions, most of which are pluralise:
  • The Netherlands
  • The Bahamas
  • The Solomon Islands
  • The Maldives
  • The Seychelles
  • The Philippines
  • The Yemen (can also be used without an article)
  • The Sudan (can also be used without an article)
  • The Ukraine (article dropped since 1991)
  • The Lebanon (usually used without the article)
    • Names of countries containing specifications like kingdom, republic etc are used with the:
  • The United States
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • The Czech Republic
Place names
    • Some place names use a definite article
  • All ocean (The Atlantic Ocean, The Pacific Ocean)
  • All sea (The Red Sea, The Bering Sea, The Caribbean Sea), and strait (The Strait of Magellan, the Bering Strait, The Bosphorus)
  • All river (The Amazon, The Nile, The Mississippi, The Seine, The Yangtze), canal (The Panama Canal, The Suez Canal) and delta (The Nile Delta, The Orinoco Delta, The Colorado River Delta)
  • All art galleries (The Tate, The Louvre, The Smithsonian American Art Museum), all museum with the word museum in the name (The National Museum of Natural History, The British Museums)
  • Most English-language newspaper (The New York Times, The Guardian, The Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal)
    • Musical bands with a plural name are generally used with the:
  • The Beatles
  • The Rolling Stones
    • University names beginning with the word "University", and some other university names, are used with the:
  • The University of North Carolina
  • The Ohio State University
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  • When used before an adjective which is not followed by a noun, it may refer to a group of people for which the adjective is appropriate:
    • the Scottish = Scots
    • the rich = rich people (considered as a group)
etymology 2 From Middle English, from Old English þȳ, originally the instrumental case of the demonstratives and þæt. Cognate with Dutch des te ("the, the more"), German desto ("the, all the more"), Norwegian fordi ("because"), Icelandic því.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. With a comparative or more and a verb phrase, establishes a parallel with one or more other such comparatives. The hotter, the better. The more I think about it, the weaker it looks. The more money donated, the more books purchased, and the more happy children. It looks weaker and weaker, the more I think about it.
  2. With a comparative, and often with for it, indicates a result more like said comparative. This can be negated with none. It was a difficult time, but I’m the wiser for it. It was a difficult time, and I’m none the wiser for it. I'm much the wiser for having had a difficult time like that.
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  • ETH, Eth, eth, het, TEH, teh
the 'G' {{wikipedia}}
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (Australia, informal) The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), situated in Melbourne, Australia
    • 1999 Jenny Zimmer, Joanna Capon & Caroline Field, Anthony Pryor: sculpture & drawings, 1974-1991, Palgrave Macmillan Australia, p201 When Ted Hopkins wrote his eulogy to the ‘G’ for The Herald Sun, 1 April 1995, he described it as a place where stories are created and legends made, a place of epic footy and mega-concerts that contribute richly to every Melburnian’s general sense of well-being.
    • 2001 Jay Newman, Biblical religion and family values: a problem in the philosophy of culture, Greenwood Publishing Group, p101 The multigenerational families throughout Australia file off to the footy (again the word football seemed too difficult to say so the word was shortened; the Melbourne Cricket Ground was reduced to the MCG but that was shortened to the “G” – the next permutation will probably be just the sound “gah”) every Saturday afternoon be it Aussie Rules or Rugby.
    • 2005 Garrie Hutchinson, Best Australian Sports Writing 2004, Black Inc., pxii And 52 years after Carlton’s failed bid, home games will be shared between the ‘G’ and the Dome.
    • 2008 Donna Wheeler, Lonely Planet Melbourne and Victoria City Guide, Lonely Planet, p67 It’s one of the great sporting venues, and for many Australians the ‘G’ is hallowed ground.
theatre blues etymology Blue clothing for an operating theatre. {{etystub}}
noun: {{head}} (plurale tantum)
  1. (UK, informal) Scrubs clothing.
the bee's knees etymology Originated c. 1925 in the US but the precise etymology is not known for certain.Eric Partridge, ''A Dictionary of Catch Phrases'', p. 45, Routledge, 1986 ISBN 041505916X. There are several suggested origins but it may simply have been in imitation of the numerous animal related nonsense phrases popular in the 1920s such as the cat's pyjamas, cat's whiskers, cat's meow, gnat's elbow, monkey's eyebrows etc.Harry Oliver, ''Bees' Knees and Barmy Armies: Origins of the Words and Phrases We Use Every Day'', John Blake Publishing Ltd, 2011 ISBN 1857829441 A popular folk etymology has the phrase referring to World Champion Charleston dancer Bee Jackson.Alison Westwood, ''The Little Book of Clichés'', Canary Press eBooks ISBN 1907795138. Another suggestion is that the phrase is a corruption of business but this may be a back-formation. The singular bee's knee is attested from the late 18th century meaning something small or insignificant in the phrase big as a bee's knee. Also as weak as a bee's knee is attested in Ireland (1870). It is possible that the bee's knees is a deliberate inversion of this meaning, but is not attested.Robert Allen, ''Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases'', Penguin UK, 2008 ISBN 0140515119.
noun: {{head}} (pluralonly)
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Something excellent, surpassingly wonderful, or cool.
Synonyms: the cat's pyjamas, the cat's meow
the bomb Alternative forms: (a success) da bomb etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The atomic bomb; the capability to launch a nuclear attack. Often capitalized. Pakistan and India both have the Bomb now.
  2. (slang) A success; something excellent. Their new record is the bomb. That party was the bomb!
The two diametrical slang meanings are distinguished by the article. For “a success”, the phrase is generally the bomb. Otherwise bomb can mean “a failure”.
The Ditch
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  1. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) The Tasman Sea, separating Australia and New Zealand
thee {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ðiː/
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etymology 1 From Middle English thee, the, from Old English þe, from Proto-Germanic *þiz, from Proto-Indo-European *te. Cognate with German Low German du, German dir, Icelandic þér. More at thou.
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (archaic, literary) Objective case of thou.
    • 1598, Shakespeare, Henry IV part 1, 1.2.49-50: Prince Henry: Did I ever call for thee to pay thy part? Falstaff: No; I'll give thee thy due, thou hast paid all there.
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  2. (Quaker, Amish, Pennsylvania Dutch English) Thou.
    • Thee is a little strange, I think.
When used in place of the nominative thou, thee uses the third-person singular form of verbs (see example at "quotations").
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To address (somebody) as "thee"; to thou.
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etymology 2 From Middle English theen, from Old English þēon, from Proto-Germanic *þinhaną, from Proto-Indo-European *tenk-, *tenkh-. Cognate with Dutch gedijen, German gedeihen, Gothic . Alternative forms: the (Scotland)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, archaic, literary, UK dialectal) To thrive; prosper.
    • Spenser Well mote thee, as well can wish your thought.
etymology 3 From Pitman zee, which it is related to phonetically and graphically, and the sound it represents.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The name of the letter ⟨(⟩, which stands for the th sound /ð/ in Pitman shorthand.
related terms:
  • ith
  • eth, the name of the IPA letter for this sound
  • ethe
the finger {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, singular only) An obscene gesture, typically consisting of extending the middle finger at somebody.
Synonyms: bird, Trudeau salute (Canada)
theftable etymology First recorded use in the plays of Webster circa 1580; especially apropos the virtue of a Lady: 'her very soul and that other tenderness is there and theftable for any knave.'
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete, humorous) able to be stolen
related terms:
  • thief
  • thieve
the fuck etymology Perhaps modelled after the hell, short for in the hell as in "What in the hell, ...".
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Used after interrogative pronoun as an intensifier to express anger, frustration, incredulity, or other strong emotion.
    • 2011, Tim Jonze, The Guardian, 29 Apr 2011: "Look at this!" she says, mock-appalled at the scene. "Seriously, what the fuck is this about?"
  2. (vulgar, slang) Used after verb forming a part of a phrasal verb as an intensifier to imply aggressive emphasis.
    • 2004, Pun Plamondon, Lost from the Ottawa, p. 84: “Get the fuck out of my house!” Sinclair bellowed, his face red, eyes bulging.
  3. (vulgar, slang) Used as a shortened form of the common interrogative phrases. The fuck was that? (What the fuck was that?) The fuck you think you are?! (Who the fuck do you think you are?) The fuck? (said incredulous; also as what the fuck?)
  4. (vulgar, slang) Used to emphatically express that something isn't true.
    • 1997, Robert Stone, Dog Soldiers, p. 88: ‘You're not a self-respecting person.’ ‘The fuck I ain't,’ the kid said.
related terms:
  • what the fuck
  • the hell
  • the devil
  • the dickens
  • -fucking-
  • fucketh
the fucking you get isn't worth the fucking you get Alternative forms: the fucking you get isn't worth the fucking you're going to get, the fucking you get isn't worth the fucking you take, the screwing you get isn't worth the screwing you get
proverb: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) The sexual satisfaction that one receives from a spouse or romantic partner are not sufficient to compensate for the significant periods of bad faith and unpleasant treatment which such relationships routinely involve.
    • 1971, Allen Churchill, The Literary Decade, ISBN 9780135375228: Years later she expressed her disillusionment with sex by saying, "The fucking you get isn't worth the fucking you get."
    • 1999, , Lost Property: Memoirs and Confessions of a Bad Boy, ISBN 9781582430454, p. 93: Maitland got drunk at his parties and threw his arm around you and pulled you over to his wife and made you look down her dress, saying, "The trouble with marriage is that the fucking you get isn't worth the fucking you get."
    • 2008, Joseph Heywood, Blue Wolf In Green Fire, ISBN 9781599213590, p. 63: "I can't believe a little pussy got me into dis mess." "Shit happens," Service said. "Sometimes the fucking you get isn't worth the fucking you get."
  • A play on words which first uses the term fucking literally and then uses it figuratively.
the grass is always greener on the other side Alternative forms: the grass is always greener (normal shortened form)., the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence (normal long form).
proverb: {{head}}
  1. Other circumstance seem more desirable than one's own but in reality are often not.
the hell
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) Used to indicate emphatic rejection of an assertion. A: I can run faster than a horse. B: The hell you can!
  2. (vulgar) Expletive used for emphasis after an interrogative word. What the hell was that?
Synonyms: (rejection) bullshit, (expletive) the heck, the dick, on earth, in the hell, in hell
The Hitler Channel etymology From the high number of World War II documentaries aired on the channel before the creation of the sister network Military History (TV network).
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  1. (informal, pejorative or humorous) The American television channel .
their asses
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, the third person singular) they. Their asses is always late.
their butts
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (colloquial, the third person singular) they. Their butts are always late.
the lights are on, but nobody's home
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (humorous) Somebody is conscious or paying attention, but failing to understand.
  • Used as a teasing jab at somebody who is slow to understand.
them {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (Stressed) {{enPR}}, /ðɛm/
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  • (Unstressed) {{enPR}}, /ðəm/
  • (Unstressed) (nonstandard) {{enPR}}, [dəm]
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etymology From Middle English, from Old Norse.
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. Objective case of they: third personal plural pronoun used after a preposition or as the object of a verb. Give it to them. (after preposition) She wrote them a letter. (indirect object) She treated them for a cold. (direct object)
  2. Objective case of they: third-person singular pronoun used after a preposition or as the object of a verb. If someone comes and asks for the ticket, just give it to them. (after preposition) If one of my patients calls, please bring them their dinner. (indirect object) If a student has an inappropriate question, whatever you do, do not berate them. (direct object)
    • 1611, King James Bible, : If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, … [t]hen shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
    • 2006, First on the Scence: Student Reference Guide, St. John Ambulance, 1-894070-56-9, Lesson 2, page 3, “Place the casualty on their back with feet and legs raised—this is called the shock position. [emphasis in original] Once the casualty is positioned, cover them to preserve body heat, but do not overheat.”
    • 2007, J. K., Rowling, J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, (quoted edition: London, Bloomsbury, 2008, 978 0 7475 9586 1, 270), Someone in the crowd around the lifts called sycophantically, ‘Morning, Yaxley!’ Yaxley ignored them.
  • Regarding the use of singular them, see they.
related terms:
  • their
  • theirs
  • they
  • themself
  • themselves
determiner: {{en-det}}
  1. (dialectal) those
    • 2005, Elmer Kelton, Sons of Texas, Tor/Forge (2005), page 111: "… Them two wild horses ain't fit to ride, and I been wonderin' how I was goin' to get you out of this place before them Spanish maybe circle back and finish the job."
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    Them kids need to grow up.
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  • meth
them's the facts
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) That's the truth, that's how it is; frequently used in reference to an unfortunate truth.
  • While the uses of them as a subject pronoun and of 's with a plural subject are mainly found only in a few nonstandard dialects, they appear in other dialects in certain fixed colloquialisms such as this one, as what might be called “intentionally incorrect” speech.
the man Alternative forms: (slang) da man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, singular only) The oppressive powers that be, including the government and corporations; the system, as coordinated outside of one’s control. The man gets you down. I'm sorry I couldn’t meet you earlier but I spent all night working for the man.
  2. (idiomatic, singular only) An oppressive or domineering person of authority, usually male.
  3. (idiomatic, singular only) The best man for a job. You’re the man!
  • anthem
  • Hemant
  • hetman
  • nameth
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (Appalachian, colloquial) variant of those.
    • 1982, Terry C. Johnston, Carry the Wind, page 446: "Catches in my craw, it does — thems as’ll let others do theys work for ’em, then come in to take what the gettin’s got."
    • 2004, Louis Daniel Bordsky, Nuts to you!, page 25: After all, there's just some things in life a guy can't hope to change, even with the powder o' positive thinkin' that comes from livin' long enough and knowin' that thems what's got it ain't about to give none of it to thems what's not, [...]
    • 2008, Pat Mattaini Mestern, Granite, page 87: “There’s thems that can and thems that can’t; thems that talk and thems that rant.”
    • 2009, Robert B. Marchand, Caylen's Quest, page 25: “Thems are not called boats, thems are canoes.”
then pronunciation
  • (UK) /ðɛn/
  • (Australia) /ðen/
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  • {{homophones}} (unstressed, or for some speakers when stressed)
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etymology From Middle English then, than, from Old English þonne, þanne, þænne, from Proto-Germanic *þan-, *þana-, from Proto-Indo-European *to-. Cognate with Dutch dan, German dann, Icelandic þá. Related to than.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (temporal location) At that time. exampleHe was happy then.
    • Bible, Book of Genesis xii. 6 And the Canaanite was then in the land.
    • 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, […], 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.”
  2. (temporal location) Soon afterward. exampleHe fixed it, then left. exampleTurn left, then right, then right again, then keep going until you reach the service station.
    • Bible, Gospel of Matthew v. 24 First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.”
  3. (sequence) Next in order; in addition. exampleThere are three green ones, then a blue one.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps, with something of the stately pose which Richter has given his Queen Louise on the stairway, and the light of the reflector fell full upon her.”
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  4. (conjunctive) In that case. exampleIf it’s locked, then we’ll need the key. 〈If it’s locked, then we’ll need the key.〉 exampleIs it 12 o'clock already? Then it's time for me to leave. exampleYou don't like potatoes? What do you want me to cook, then?
  5. (sequence) At the same time; on the other hand. exampleThat’s a nice shirt, but then, so is the other one. 〈That’s a nice shirt, but then, so is the other one.〉
  6. (obsolete) At the time that; when.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, Book I.23, reprinted 1817, Sir Thomas Malory, William Caxton, Morte d'Arthur: The Byrth, Lyf, and Actes of Kyng Arthur, Volume 1, page 37: Than the knyght sawe hym lye soo on the ground, he alyght and was passynge heuy, for he wende he had slayne hym{{nb...}}.
  7. (UK, dialect, affirmation) Used to contradict an assertion.
    • 2001, Eric Malpass, At the Height of the Moon, page 28, ‘She says Indian elephants are tidgy little things.’ ¶ ‘They′re not then.’ Emma was getting heated. ‘They′re –’ ¶ ‘Emma!’ said Jenny sharply. The child subsided.
Synonyms: (soon afterward) and then, and so, subsequently, so, (next in order) and then
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. being so at that time
noun: {{head}}
  1. That time It will be finished before then.
conjunction: {{head}}
  1. obsolete spelling of than
  • {{rank}}
  • hent
the natives are restless etymology Originally a literal description of rebellious aboriginal inhabitants of British colonies, as in:
  • 1868, New Zealand Parliamentary Debates: Third Session of the Fourth Parliament, Vol. 2, p. 387 (Google preview):
As to the Native question. . . . The Natives are restless, and seem desirous of fighting.
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (set phrase, often, mildly, humorous) A group of agitate people—such as a set of resident, customer, or citizen—is expressing annoyance, distress, or other discomposure.
    • 1989 Oct. 29, Diane Ketcham, "About Long Island: Warhorses On The Campaign Trail," New York Times (retrieved 28 May 2015): This election year, the natives are restless, the senior campaigners say. Long Island voters are angry about high taxes, affordable housing and drugs.
    • 1997 Dec. 29, David C. Churbuck, "Help! My PC won't work!," Forbes (retrieved 28 May 2015): Gateway has plenty of company in having to deal with frustrated, sometimes irate, customers. . . . The natives are restless. Few vendors are spared.
    • 2010 May 20, , "The Pitchfork Primaries: Will Washington Get the Message?," Time (retrieved 28 May 2015): The natives are restless. Americans of all persuasions at last agree on something. It is a message to their leaders that starts with F and ends with u.
theology pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /θi.ˈɒ.lə.dʒi/
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etymology From Middle English theologie, from Middle French theologie, from Old French theologie, from Latin theologia, from Ancient Greek θεολογία 〈theología〉, from θεολόγος 〈theológos〉, from θεό- 〈theó-〉, combining form of θεός 〈theós〉 + λογ- 〈log-〉, combining form of λέγειν 〈légein〉. Surface analysis is {{confix}}.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The study of God, or a god, or gods, and the truthfulness of religion in general.
  2. (countable) An organized method of interpreting spiritual works and beliefs into practical form.
  3. (uncountable, computing, slang) Subjective marginal detail.
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  • pantheology
  • feminist theology
  • liberation theology
  • prosperity theology
  • Thomism
related terms:
  • thealogy
  • theologoumenon
  • ethology
the one {{rfc}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A particularly special or compatible person or thing. I knew as soon I met him that John was the one for me and we were married within a month. That car's the one — I'll buy it.
    • 1995, Bryan Adams, When you love a woman then tell her that she's really wanted When you love a woman then tell her that she's the one 'cause she needs somebody to tell her that it's gonna last forever
  2. (colloquial) A particular person destined to save the universe or world, also called the Chosen One. Jesus Christ is the One. The savior. He (Neo) is The One. They, like me, believe him (Anakin Skywalker) to be the Chosen One.
  • Only used as predicate.
pronoun: {{en-pron}} (plural the ones)
  1. The person or thing. Here is the one I want to buy.
the ones and twos etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) Turntables used by DJ.
theorem etymology From Middle French théorème, from ll theōrēma, from Ancient Greek θεώρημα 〈theṓrēma〉 (Euclid), from θεωρέω 〈theōréō〉, from θεωρός 〈theōrós〉, from θέα 〈théa〉 + ὁράω 〈horáō〉. See also theory, and theater.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mathematics) A mathematical statement of some importance that has been prove to be true. Minor theorems are often called proposition. Theorems which are not very interesting in themselves but are an essential part of a bigger theorem's proof are called lemma
  2. (mathematics, colloquial, nonstandard) A mathematical statement that is expected to be true; as, (as which it was known long before it was proved in the 1990s.)
  3. (logic) a syntactically correct expression that is deducible from the given axioms of a deductive system
Synonyms: (proven statement): lemma, proposition, statement, (unproven statement): conjecture, See also
  • theory
hyponyms: {{hyp-top3}}
  • binomial theorem
  • central limit theorem
  • Ceva's theorem
  • cosine theorem
  • double angle theorem
  • Dvoretzky's theorem
  • exterior angle theorem
  • Euclid's theorem
  • Fermat's Last Theorem
  • fundamental theorem
    • fundamental theorem of algebra
    • fundamental theorem of arithmetic
  • Gauss' theorem
  • Gödel's incompleteness theorem
  • Green's theorem
  • Haag's theorem
  • intercept theorem
  • inscribed angle theorem
  • Knaster-Tarski theorem
  • Menelaus' theorem
  • Pythagoras' theorem
  • sine theorem
  • Stokes' theorem
  • Thales' theorem
related terms:
  • theoretical
  • theory
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to formulate into a theorem
the other place
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemism) Hell According to Christianity, when someone dies, they go to either Heaven or the other place.
  2. (UK, Oxford University, slang, derogatory) University of Cambridge
  3. (UK, Cambridge University, slang, derogatory) University of Oxford
the race that stops a nation
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, informal) The annual horse race.
there pronunciation
  • (UK) /ðɛə(ɹ)/, /ðɛː(ɹ)/
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  • (US) /ðɛɚ/
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etymology From Middle English there, ther, thare, thar, thore, from Old English þēr, þǣr, þār, from Proto-Germanic *þar, from Proto-Indo-European *tar-, from demonstrative pronominal base *to- + adverbial suffix *-r. Cognate with Scots thar, thair, Northern Frisian dear, deer, där, Saterland Frisian deer, Western Frisian dêr, Dutch daar, Low German dar, German da, dar-, Danish der, Swedish där, Icelandic þar.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (location) In a place or location (stated, implied or otherwise indicated) at some distance from the speaker (compare here).
    • 1623, , The Comedy of Errors, Act 5, Scene 1, And in a dark and dankish vault at home / There left me and my man, both bound together;
    • 1769, , Oxford Standard text, , 2, viii, The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
    • 1667, , , 1773, James Buchanan (editor), The First Six Books of Milton's Paradise Lost: Rendered into Grammatical Construction, page 381, To veil the heav'n, tho' darkneſs there might well / Seem twilight here.
  2. (figuratively) In that matter, relation, etc.; at that point, stage, etc., regarded as a distinct place. He did not stop there, but continued his speech. They patched up their differences, but matters did not end there.
    • 1597 , , Act 3, Scene 3, 1836, The Works of Shakespeare, Isaac, Tuckey, and Co., page 825, The law, that threaten’d death, becomes thy friend / And turns it to exile; there art thou happy.
  3. (location) To or into that place; thither.
    • {{ante}} , , prologue: A knight there was, and that a worthy man / …
    • 1623, , , Act 2, Scene 1, And the rarest that e’er came there.
    • 1690, , , paragraph 4: So that wherever there is sense or perception, there some idea is actually produced, and present in the understanding.
    • 1769, , Oxford Standard text, , 28, vii, There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:
  4. (obsolete) Where, there where, in which place.
    • {{ante}} , The Summoners's Prologue and Tale, in , And spende hir good ther it is resonable; Note: Modern editions commonly render this instance of ther as where.
  5. In existence or in this world; see pronoun section below.
    • 1928 January, Captain Ferdinand Tuohy, "Why Don't We Fly?", in Popular Science, page 144: These firms do not want the truth to get out and are financing these flights in the hope of dazzling the public. Yet the record of the gas engine is there for all to see.
  • The use of there instead of they're (meaning they are) is a common error in English writing.
  • (to or into that place)
    • There is sometimes used by way of exclamation, calling attention to something, especially to something distant; as, There, there! See there! Look there!
    • There is often used as an expletive, and in this use, when it introduces a sentence or clause, the verb precedes its subject.
    • There is much used in composition, and often has the sense of a pronoun. See thereabout, thereafter, therefrom, etc.
Synonyms: (to or into that place) thither (archaic)
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Used to offer encouragement or sympathy. There, there. Everything is going to turn out all right.
  2. Used to express victory or completion. There! That knot should hold.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. That place.
    • Everybody's Autobiography‎, page 289, Gertrude Stein, “anyway what was the use of my having come from Oakland it was not natural to have come from there yes write about it if I like or anything if I like but not there, there is no there there.”, 1937
    • Getting back into place: toward a renewed understanding of the place-world‎, page 54, Edward S. Casey, 1993, “Some of these theres are actual, that is, situated in currently ... Other theres are only virtual”
  2. That status; that position. You get it ready; I'll take it from there.
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. Used as an expletive subject of be in its sense of “exist”, with the semantic, usually indefinite subject being postponed or (occasionally) implied. There are two apples on the table. [=Two apples are on the table.] There is no way to do it. [=No way to do it exists.] Is there an answer? [=Does an answer exist?] No, there isn't. [=No, one doesn't exist.]
    • 1908, C. H. Bovill (lyrics), Jerome D. Kern (music), , song from the musical Fluffy Ruffles, It's very sad but all the same, / There’s something rather odd about Augustus.
    • 1909, , translator not mentioned, , in , There was a time when I tried to change my position, which was not in harmony with my conscience; ….
    • 1918, , {translator), , Part 1, II, There are intentional and unintentional towns.
  2. Used with other intransitive verbs of existence, in the same sense, or with other intransitive verbs, adding a sense of existence. If x is a positive number, then there exists [=there is] a positive number y less than x. There remain several problems with this approach. [=Several problems remain with this approach.] Once upon a time, in a now-forgotten kingdom, there lived a woodsman with his wife. [=There was a woodsman, who lived with his wife.] There arose a great wind out of the east. [=There was now a great wind, arising in the east.]
    • 1895, Sabine Baring-Gould, : Nursery Songs, XXII: The Tree in the Wood, All in a wood there grew a fine tree,
    • 1897, , : The Kentucky Home, in Four Great Americans, Not far from Hodgensville, in Kentucky, there once lived a man whose name was Thomas Lincoln.
    • 1904, Uriel Waldo Cutler, , Chapter XXXI: How Sir Launcelot Found the Holy Grail, On a night, as he slept, there came a vision unto him, and a voice said, "Launcelot, arise up, and take thine armour, and enter into the first ship that thou shalt find."
  3. Used with other verbs, when raised. There seems to be some difficulty with the papers. [=It seems that there is some difficulty with the papers.] I expected there to be a simpler solution. [=I expected that there would be a simpler solution.] There are beginning to be complications. [=It's beginning to be the case that there are complications.]
  4. (in combination with certain prepositions, no longer productive) That. therefor, thereat, thereunder
  5. (colloquial) Used to replace an unknown name, principally in greetings and farewells Hi there, young fellow.
  • In formal English, the verb agrees with the semantic subject: “there is a tree”, “there are some trees”, “there seems to be a mistake”, “there seem to be some mistakes”, and so on. This is because the "there [form of be]" construction originally used, and could still be said to use, "there" as simply an adverb modifying "to be". However, the syntax is archaic enough that "there" is rarely recognized as an adverb. In colloquial usage, therefore, the verb is often found in the third-person singular form, even when the semantic subject is plural — “there’s some trees”, “there seems to be some mistakes” — but this is often considered incorrect.
  • {{rank}}
  • Ether, ether, Reeth, theer, three
there'd pronunciation \ˈtherd, ˈther-əd\ Date: 1691
contraction: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Shortened form of there would. There'd be little point in it.
  2. (colloquial) Shortened form of there had.
contraction: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Shortened form of there will.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , ““I don't know how you and the ‘head,’ as you call him, will get on, but I do know that if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. […]””
    exampleThere'll be hell to pay if you don't.
there're pronunciation
  • /ˈðɛəɹˌə(ɹ)/
contraction: {{en-con}}
  1. (colloquial) Contraction of there are.
    • attributed to "I say there’re no depressed words, just depressed minds.”
there's nowt so queer as folk
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) Nothing is as strange, as odd as people can be.
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (colloquial) Shortened form of there have. There've been a few problems.
there again etymology Probably a reanalysis of thereagain
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Used to introduce something opposed to or different from what preceded I'm too tired to go out tonight, but then again it might wake me up.
Synonyms: then again
there may be snow on the rooftop but there is fire in the furnace
proverb: {{head}}
  1. (often, humorous) Even if a person is in his or her senior years, with gray hair, he or she can still have ambition and energy, especially sexual energy.
related terms:
  • snow on the rooftop
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of there
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (informal) There is; there's.
    • Getting Married, George Bernard Shaw, “But theres almost as many different sorts of marriages as theres different sorts of people.”, 1908
  • Esther
  • ethers
  • Hester
  • threes
there we go
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic) We have performed an action successfully. This key doesn't seem to fit the lock... ah, there we go; it's starting to turn now.
related terms:
  • here we go
  • there you go
there ya go
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of there you go
there you go Alternative forms: (more informal) there ya go
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic) You have do it, or are doing it, correctly.
  2. (informal, idiomatic) Expressing exasperation. There you go, yelling again. Will you shut up?
  3. (informal, idiomatic) Used while giving someone something. Here you are.
Synonyms: (doing something correctly) well done, good job, (when giving) here you are
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) psychotherapist
the shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, colloquial, slang) Something considered to be excellent or the best of its kind. That movie was the shit!
the shits
noun: {{en-noun}} {{g}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) diarrhoea
thesp etymology thespian
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An actor.
  • Steph
the sticks
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A remote, rural area; a place that is removed from civilization such as the boondocks.
    • 1904 , "A Town of Colored People in Mississippi" by Rev. B.F. Ousley, vol. 58, no. 9 (November, 1904), p. 295: Most of the farming at present is done in the "sticks," that is, in the large, dead, and often blackened trunks of trees standing in most of the cultivated fields around. There are but few new towns in the Delta where the "sticks" are not to be seen, and much damage is sometimes done when these old "deadenings," as they are called, are set on fire.
Synonyms: See: , backwoods, boonies, boondocks, hinterland, middle of nowhere
  • kitschest
The Strip {{wikipedia}} etymology A colloquial English term for a section of a road, usually with many retail establishments
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The four-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas, Nevada, running from Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere, uncluding most of Las Vegas' major hotels and attractions.
  2. (mostly local usage) Any of several highways in the United States, usually with numerous retail establishments.

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