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brain bleach
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, humorous) a fictitious substance that is used to "clean" disturbing images from the mind
Synonyms: mind bleach
brainbox etymology brain + box
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A very intelligent person.
  2. (informal) The head or skull (which encloses the brain).
Synonyms: (very intelligent person) brainiac, egghead, (skull) brain bucket, cranium
brain cloud
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The temporary inability to think properly, or to remember something
    • 1880 Walter Besant - The seamy side For three weeks she lay on her bed of death ; and one morning, being still in the same brain-cloud, still wondering why her husband did not come to her . . .
    • 1998 Kate F. Hays - Integrating Exercise, Sports, Movement, and Mind He continued to experience "brain cloud" when we discussed her and had difficulty accessing any emotion related to her.
    • 2005 T. L. Vance - The Third Son "Okay, okay, I must have had a brain cloud or something. I'm sorry, I'm just a dumb country girl. Y'all go away and let me cook."
etymology 1 brain + damaged
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Suffering from (an injury to the brain).
etymology 2 Generalization of “Honeywell Brain Damage” (HBD), a theoretical disease invented to explain certain utter cretinisms in .{{cite web |title=brain-damaged |url= |work=[ The Jargon File] |accessdate=2008-06-27 }}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (programming, pejorative) Poorly designed; obviously wrong; cretinous; demented.
  • This is a harsh insult, suggesting that the mistake is so egregious that only a brain-damaged person could have committed it.
brain-dead Alternative forms: brain dead, braindead
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (medicine) Having an irreversible loss of brain function and cessation of brain activity.
  2. (colloquial) Having no useful thought; stupid; ditzy.
related terms:
  • brain death
brain dump Alternative forms: braindump
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (slang) The transfer of a large quantity of information or knowledge from one person to another, as for example when one skilled employee is to replace another.
brain fart Alternative forms: brainfart
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) Something ill-considered and said or done impulsively.
    • 2011, Grace Dent, The Guardian, 8 Jul 2011: This is love in the social media age. Candlelight dinner, fine wine, degustation, a lover's face scrunched over a phone screen live-tweeting brainfarts about the relationship to largely uninterested skim-readers.
  • Mildly crude and inappropriate for formal settings.
brainfest etymology brain + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, informal) A collection or gathering of intellectual, or intellect-based activities.
brain fluid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) cerebrospinal fluid
brain freeze
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A pain in the head from eating or drinking something cold.
  2. (psychology) Failure to remember something, with the sense that recall is imminent.
Synonyms: ice cream headache, tip of the tongue, presque vu
brainfuck etymology brain + fuck ‘to play with; to tinker’
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Something that destabilizes, confuses, or manipulates a person's mind.
    • 2004, Dana Hodgdon, Adam's Theories, iUniverse (2004), ISBN 0595313353, page 107: What a brainfuck. Little Roger, my brother, wanted to have a talk about sex.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
  2. alternative case form of Brainfuck
Synonyms: headfuck (vulgar), mindfuck (vulgar), mindscrew
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar) To destabilize, confuse, or manipulate a person's mind.
    • 1999, , God Is a Bullet, Ballantine Books, ISBN 0345439880, page 70: "I don't want to hear that. Don't try and brainfuck me by turning this around and making it some sort of redemption thing. {{…}}
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braingasm etymology brain + gasm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An overpowering mental sensation of joy, excitement, etc. resembling an orgasm.
    • 1999, James Kaplan, Two Guys from Verona: A Novel of Suburbia (page 23) He's having a braingasm. This happens sometimes: he remembers and remembers, without limit, like falling through space.
    • 2012, J. L. Hilton, Stellarnet Prince (page 176) Belloc fiddled with his glove, flicking past icons and scrolling through information on his hand and arm. The icons lit his face with a ghostly glow as he said, “Prepare to have a braingasm. …
brainiac {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}, with influence from ENIAC, the name of an early computer, coined in the Superman comic book. The term first appeared in #438 in July, 1958.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, sometimes, derogatory) a very intelligent and usually studious, erudite person.
Synonyms: genius, pedant, smart-ass, wiseguy
  • dufus
  • dumb-ass
  • dumbo
  • idiot
  • ignoramus
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) overwhelming in a way that prevents coherent thought
    • 2009, Kevin Brooks, Black Rabbit Summer (page 22) And I was already suffering from a brain-melting lack of sleep anyway. But despite all that, I was actually feeling surprisingly fresh.
brainpan Alternative forms: brain-pan, braynepan {{defdate}} etymology From Old English bræġenpanne, corresponding to brain + pan. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbɹeɪnpan/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now chiefly North American, colloquial) The skull. {{defdate}}
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, part 2, First Folio 1623, IV.9: Many a time but for a Sallet, my braine-pan had bene cleft with a brown Bill.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.6: Yet, whether thwart or flatly it did lyte, / The tempred steele did not into his braynepan byte.
  2. (now chiefly North American, colloquial) The brain or mind. {{defdate}}
    • 1822, Walter Scott, The Fortunes of Nigel: ‘And a hard word it is,’ said Richie, ‘as my brainpan kens to this blessed moment.’
brains pronunciation
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of brain
  2. (plurale tantum, informal) Intelligence; aptitude; mental capability.
  3. (plurale tantum) The brain of one or more animals used as food.
  • bairns
brainteaser etymology brain + teaser
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A difficult problem or puzzle.
related terms:
  • brainteasing
brainteasing etymology brain + teasing
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Puzzling; mentally challenging. a brainteasing riddle
related terms:
  • brainteaser
brainy pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Very intellectually capable.
Synonyms: clever, smart, See also
  • binary
brake lining {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Consumable surfaces in brake systems, such as drum brakes and disc brakes used in transport vehicles.
brand new Alternative forms: brand-new, bran new, bran-new, brent new, brank new etymology Most likely from brand in the sense of firebrand (a term often used for the heated glowing end of forged tool); implying something that is newly forged (first citation 1570), or less likely from brand as in a branding iron. The first element of the variant bran new, with the post nasal stop deletion common to English (compare the common pronunciation of hunting as hunning [hə.nʌŋ]), is often back etymologized as being from bran as if from cases where new items were supposedly "packaged up with unwanted grain (bran) in the 18th Century to protect the object during transit" (source unknown). Both variants are well attested.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. utterly new, as new as possible
    • 1570, John Foxe (source OED) New bodies, new minds ... and all thinges new, brande-newe \
    • 1807 Alexander Chalmers - The British Essayists two pair of bran-new plumpers
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • brand spanking new
Brandophile etymology Brando + phile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A fan of American actor Marlon Brando.
    • 1991, Ronald Bergan, Dustin Hoffman, Virgin (1991), ISBN 9781852273781, page 33: Despite Cole Porter's advice that brushing up one's Shakespeare would wow the women, the Brandophile Dustin was never interested in classical acting, especially not of the English variety.
    • 2001, Gary Giddins, "'Marlon Brando': From Kowalski to Corleone", New York Times, 9 September 2001: A former actress, she is an ardent but critical Brandophile, who elegantly puts life and art into context (though she does slightly skew the plot of "Last Tango in Paris"), paying necessary attention to Brando's politics and complicated marital life.
    • 2004, Bill Ervolino, "Brilliance on stage and screen wasn't enough for him", The Record (Bergen County, New Jersey), 3 July 2004: Several other Brandophiles, including Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan, and John Cazale, would work alongside him in "The Godfather."
brand spanking new
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) utterly new, as new as possible
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • brand new
brandwash {{rfc}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (pejorative) To alter or completely change a brand in an attempt to alter the perception of the brand or company. Usually a superficial alteration is involved, such as a name change, different colours, etc. Renaming Connex trains in Melbourne is simple a brandwash as the issues of decaying rolling stock and infrastructure, of which the state government is responsible for, persist.
The use of this word is referring to a situation where negative publicity has occurred and the creators are keen to distance the organisation from the negatives, especially when the money and effort required for the transition would be better spent actually fixing the existing problem.
braneworld etymology brane + world
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, physics) A world that is a brane, with its own limited set of dimension, in any of several brane cosmology theories.
brang etymology Old English past of bringan pronunciation
  • /bɹæŋ/
    • (also) /bɹeɪŋ/
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verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial or dialectal, nonstandard) en-simple past of bring
related terms:
  • brought
  • brung
Brangelina etymology {{blend}}.
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) The couple consisting of celebrities and . This tabloid has three separate Brangelina articles.
brash pronunciation
  • /bɹæʃ/
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etymology 1
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. impetuous or rash {{rfquotek}}
  2. insensitive or tactless
  3. impudent or shameless
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Leaf litter of small leaves and little twigs as found under a hedge.
  2. A rash or eruption; a sudden or transient fit of sickness.
  3. (geology) Broken and angular rock fragment underlying alluvial deposit. {{rfquotek}}
  4. Broken fragments of ice. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 Compare Amer. bresk, brusk, fragile, brittle.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, colloquial, dated) brittle, as wood or vegetables {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
brass {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /bɹɑːs/
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  • (US) /bɹæs/
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etymology 1 From Old English bræs.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A metallic alloy of copper and zinc used in many industrial and plumbing applications.
  2. (countable, music) A class of wind instrument, usually made of metal (such as brass), that use vibration of the player's lip to produce sound.
  3. Spent shell casings (usually made of brass); the part of the cartridge left over after bullets have been fired.
  4. (uncountable) The colour of brass. {{color panel}}
  5. (uncountable, used as a singular or plural noun, military) High-ranking officers. The brass are not going to like this. The brass is not going to like this.
  6. (uncountable, informal) A brave or foolhardy attitude. You've got a lot of brass telling me to do that!
  7. (slang, dated) Money.
  8. Inferior composition.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of the colour of brass.
  2. (informal) Impertinent, bold: brazen.
    • 1996 May 24, 2:00 am, Sherman Simpson, Want license key for AGENT FOR WINDOWS95, alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent: Maybe (probably so), but it's rare someone is brass enough to post a msg for all to see asking for a software key, that the vast majority have paid for in support of the development effort.
    • 2000 Aug 18, 2:00 am, David Ryan, strangest bid retraction /illegal lottery NOT, rec.collecting.coins: After cornering the dutch auction, the seller was brass enough to send him the whole lot without one.
    • 2000 Aug 19, 3:00 am, n4mwd, for RMB, Try to keep in mind that not all of his converts are brass enough to challenge the benzo pushers in this group, [...]
  3. (slang) Bad, annoying; as wordplay applied especially to brass instrument.
    • 1888, Mr. & Mrs. Bancroft on and off the stage: written by themselves, volume 1, page 90: Grindoff, the miller, 'and the leader of a very brass band of most unpopular performers, with a thorough base accompaniment of at least fifty vices,' was played by Miss Saunders.
    • 1900, The Training of Seamen, published in The Saturday Review, 3 November 1900, volume 90, number 2349, page 556: I must confess that to me there is something almost pathetic in the sight of a body of bluejackets improving their muscles on the quarter deck by bar-bell exercise, accompanied by a brass — a very brass — band, [...]
    • 1908, The Smith Family, published in Punch, March 4 1908, bound in Punch vol. CXXXIV, page 168: Mr. REGINALD SMITH, KC, the publisher, followed, but he had hardly begun his very interesting remarks when a procession headed by a very brass band entered Smithfield from the west, and approached the platform.
    • 1937, Blair Niles, A journey in time: Peruvian pageant, page 166: There are soldiers, policemen, priests and friars, as well as a motley mass of women, children, babies and dogs, and upon special occasions a very brass band.
    • Philippine Magazine, volume 6, page 27: {{rfdate}} The padre in my neighborhood — Santa Ana — was having some kind of a fiesta, and had hired a very brass band. This band kept up its martial airs for hours and hours after I got home, with grand finales — or what each time I hoped would be the grand finale, every five minutes.
  4. Of inferior composition.
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  • 1869, Calendar of State Papers, domestic series, of the reign of Charles I, 1637-1638, edited by John Bruce, page 147: At the Council board, I hope to charge him with that he cannot answer, and yet I know his face is brass enough.
  • 1872, Elsie Leigh Whittlesey, Helen Ethinger: or, Not Exactly Right, page 154: [...] he continued in the same insulting strain. "If you were not quite brass, you would know it is not proper to be making promises you dare not tell of."
  • 2011, Paul Christopher, The Templar Conspiracy: It was a show of very large and very brass cojones, [...]
related terms:
  • braze
  • brazen
  • brazier
etymology 2 By ellipsis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, slang) Brass in pocket; money.
  2. (countable, slang) A brass nail; a prostitute.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Brass monkey; cold.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) courageous, brave
brasser pronunciation
  • (Ireland) {{enPR}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Cork, slang) prostitute[ ''Christine Falls''] p. 174, by {{w|John Banville|Benjamin Black}}. Picador, 2006. ISBN: 978-0-312-42632-3.[ ''Dublin English: evolution and change''] p. 138, by Raymond Hickey. John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2005. ISBN: 90-272-4895-8.[ ''The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English''] p. 257, Tom Dalzell and Terry Victor. Routledge, 2006. ISBN: 0-415-25937-1.
    • 1987, Roddy Doyle, The Commitments, King Farouk, Dublin: 1. The brassers, yeh know wha' I mean. The gee. Is tha' why? 2. Yeh know the way they're The Byrds an' Bird is another name for a girl, righ'? —Couldn't we be The Brassers? It was a great name.
    • 1991, Roddy Doyle, The Van (novel), Secker & Warburg (ISBN: 0-436-20052-X): Don't misunderstand me, compadre, he said. Not just women. All men are brassers as well.
    • 2005, Raymond Hickey, Dublin English: evolution and change, John Benjamins Publishing Company, page 138: Among the devices in the word formation morphology of Dublin English the most striking and productive must be the addition of -er /-{{enPRchar}}r/ (more rarely -ers) to stems...Examples: ...brasser 'prostitute, shameless female'...
    • 2006, John Banville, Christine Falls, Picador, page 174: "Oh, and all the brassers knew Dolly Moran," he said. Quirke nodded. Brassers were whores, he assumed, but how? Brass nails, rhyming with tails, or was it something to do with screws?
    • 2011, Tony Black, Paying For It, page 167: "Sex workers? Jesus, even the brassers have gone PC," I said to the screen.
brass hat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang) A high-ranking officer.
    • 1982, Countdown begins for Space Shuttle, The New York Times: "American brass hats make no secret that they regard outer space as a potential theater of military operations," it said.
    • 2006, Andrew Roth, Obituary: Lord Monro of Langholm, The Guardian: He raised his first storm in January 1967 when, as leader of the "Save the Argylls" campaign, he claimed the brass hats had driven the regiment's commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Colin "Mad Mitch" Mitchell, into resignation.
    • 2011, Andrew Roth, Gaddafi faces endgame as he bribes civilians to fight for him, The Independent: This being Libya, there were conflicting signals yesterday – an army brass hat captured here, a counter-attack by Gaddafi forces there[...]
brass monkeys etymology From the phrase cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey - supposedly a reference to the brass container for cannon balls on a British man-of-war (but this seems to have been discredited)
adjective: {{wikipedia}} {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, idiomatic, informal) very cold Blimey, it's brass monkeys out there today.
brass rat
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (slang) A class ring bearing the image of a beaver, worn by graduates of MIT.
  • bar stars
  • brassart
brassy pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbɹɑːs.i/, /ˈbræs.i/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈbɹæ.s.i/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling brass. The cup had a brassy color.
  2. (informal) Impudent; impudently bold. Don't get brassy with me, young lady!
related terms:
  • brass
  • brazen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Same as brassie
Bratley etymology brat + -ley, a suffix used in several popular names, including Ashley and Bradley, from {{etym}} leah.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) Used as a generic name for an ill-behaved or spoiled child.
Synonyms: Snotley
bravest pronunciation
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adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-superlative of brave
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Firefighters. New York's bravest
brawl {{wikipedia}} etymology Middle English brall "brawl, squabble" from brallen "to clamour, boast, quarrel". Compare Middle High German prālen "to boast, flaunt" (German prahlen "to vaunt, boast, flaunt"), Low German brallen "to brag", Dutch brallen "to boast", Danish bralle "chatter, jabber". pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɹɔːl/
  • (US) /bɹɔl/
  • (cot-caught) /bɹɑl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fight, usually with a large number of people involved.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To engage in a brawl; to fight or quarrel.
  2. To complain loudly; to scold.
  3. To make a loud confused noise, as the water of a rapid stream running over stones.
    • Wordsworth where the brook brawls along the painful road
bread {{wikipedia}} {{wikibooks}} pronunciation
  • (Australia) {{enPR}}, /bɹɛd/ or /breːd/
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /bɹɛd/
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etymology 1 From Middle English bred, breed, from Old English brēad, from Proto-Germanic *braudą, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerw-, *bʰrew- "to boil, seethe"; see brew. An alternative etymology derives bread from Proto-Germanic *braudaz, *brauþaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰera- (see brittle). Perhaps a conflation of the two. Cognate with Scots breid, Saterland Frisian Brad, Western Frisian brea, Dutch brood, German Brot, Danish brød, Swedish bröd, Icelandic brauð. Indoeuropean cognates include Albanian brydh.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A foodstuff made by baking dough made from cereal.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Philander went into the next room…and came back with a salt mackerel that dripped brine like a rainstorm. Then he put the coffee pot on the stove and rummaged out a loaf of dry bread and some hardtack.”
    • 1962 (quoting 1381 text), Hans Kurath & Sherman M. Kuhn, eds., Middle English Dictionary, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, , page 1242: dorrẹ̅, dōrī adj. & n. … cook. glazed with a yellow substance; pome(s ~, sopes ~. … 1381 Pegge Cook. Recipes p. 114: For to make Soupys dorry. Nym onyons … Nym wyn … toste wyte bred and do yt in dischis, and god Almande mylk.
  2. (countable) Any variety of bread.
  3. (slang) Money.
  4. Food; sustenance; support of life, in general.
    • Bible, Gospel of Matthew vi. 11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Synonyms: (slang: money) dough, folding stuff, lolly, spondulicks, wonga
  • loaf, slice, piece, hunk are some of the words used to count bread.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to coat with breadcrumb
etymology 2 From Middle English brede, from Old English brǣdu, from Proto-Germanic *braidį̄. Cognate with Scots brede, breid, Dutch breedte, German Breite, Swedish bredd, Icelandic breidd.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete or UK dialectal, Scotland) Breadth.
etymology 3 From Middle English breden, from Old English brǣdan, from Proto-Germanic *braidijaną.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, dialectal) To make broad; spread. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 4 Variant of braid, from Middle English breden, from Old English brēdan, breġdan. Alternative forms: breathe, brede
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To form in mesh; net.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A piece of embroidery; a braid.
  • ardeb, bared, beard, Beard, Breda, debar, Debar, Debra
breadbasket etymology From bread + basket. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A basket used for storing or carrying bread.
  2. A region where grain is grown.
  3. (humorous) The stomach.
Synonyms: (region) granary
breadhead etymology bread + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, dated) One who is attracted to money; a greedy capitalist.
    • 2008, Richard Wilson, Can't Be Arsed: 101 Things Not to Do Before You Die (page 89) It's perfect for hippies to listen to with the lights off, plus the words are about, uh, y'know, generals and politicians and breadheads and stuff.
break {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English breken, from Old English brecan, from Proto-Germanic *brekaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrag-. {{rel-top}} Cognates of Germanic origin include Scots brek, Western Frisian brekke, Dutch breken, Low German breken, German brechen, French broyer, Gothic 𐌱𐍂𐌹𐌺𐌰𐌽 〈𐌱𐍂𐌹𐌺𐌰𐌽〉, Norwegian brek. Also cognate with Albanian brishtë, Latin frangō, from whence English fracture and other terms – fragile, frail, fraction, and fragment. {{rel-bottom}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bɹeɪk/, [bɹʷeɪ̯k]
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive) To separate into two or more piece, to fracture or crack, by a process that cannot easily be reversed for reassembly. If the vase falls to the floor, it might break. She broke the vase.
    1. (transitive, intransitive) To crack or fracture (bone) under a physical strain. His ribs broke under the weight of the rocks piled on his chest. She broke his neck. He slipped on the ice and broke his leg.
  2. (transitive, US) To divide (something, often money) into smaller units. Can you break a hundred-dollar bill for me? The wholesaler broke the container loads into palettes and boxes for local retailers.
  3. (transitive) To cause (a person) to lose his or her spirit or will; to crush the spirits of; to ruin (a person) emotionally. Her child's death broke Angela. Interrogators have used many forms of torture to break prisoners of war.
    • Shakespeare an old man, broken with the storms of state
  4. (intransitive) To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief. My heart is breaking.
  5. (transitive) To cause (a person or animal) to lose its will. You have to break an elephant before you can use it as an animal of burden. The interrogator hoped to break her to get her testimony against her accomplices.
  6. (transitive) To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate. I've got to break this habit I have of biting my nails. to break silence; to break one's sleep; to break one's journey I had won four games in a row, but now you've broken my streak of luck.
    • Shakespeare Go, release them, Ariel; / My charms I'll break, their senses I'll restore.
  7. (transitive) To ruin financially. The recession broke some small businesses.
    • Dryden With arts like these rich Matho, when he speaks, / Attracts all fees, and little lawyers breaks.
  8. (transitive) To violate, to not adhere to. When you go to Vancouver, promise me you won't break the law. He broke his vows by cheating on his wife. break one's word Time travel would break the laws of physics.
    • Milton Out, out, hyena! these are thy wonted arts … / To break all faith, all vows, deceive, betray.
  9. (intransitive, of a fever) To pass the most dangerous part of the illness; to go down, temperaturewise. Susan's fever broke at about 3 AM, and the doctor said the worst was over.
  10. (transitive, gaming slang) To design or use a powerful (yet legal) strategy that unbalances the game in a player's favor. Letting white have three extra queens would break chess.
  11. (transitive, intransitive) To stop, or to cause to stop, function properly or altogether. On the hottest day of the year the refrigerator broke. Did you two break the trolley by racing with it?
    1. (specifically, in programming) To cause (some feature of a program or piece of software) to stop function properly; to cause a regression. Adding 64-bit support broke backward compatibility with earlier versions.
  12. (transitive) To cause (a barrier) to no longer bar. break a seal
    1. (specifically) To cause the shell of (an egg) to crack, so that the inside (yolk) is accessible.
    2. (specifically) To open (a safe) without using the correct key, combination{{,}} or the like.
  13. (intransitive, of a wave of water) To collapse into surf, after arriving in shallow water.
  14. (intransitive, of a storm or spell of weather) To end. The forecast says the hot weather will break by midweek.
  15. (intransitive) To burst forth; to make its way; to come into view.
    • Shakespeare The clouds are still above; and, while I speak, / A second deluge o'er our head may break.
    • Wordsworth And from the turf a fountain broke, / And gurgled at our feet.
  16. (intransitive) To interrupt or cease one's work or occupation temporarily. Let's break for lunch.
  17. (transitive) To interrupt (a fall) by inserting something so that the falling object not hit something else beneath. He survived the jump out the window because the bushes below broke his fall.
  18. (transitive, ergative) To disclose or make known an item of news, etc. The newsman wanted to break a big story, something that would make him famous. I don't know how to break this to you, but your cat is not coming back. In the latest breaking news... When news of their divorce broke, ...
  19. (intransitive, of morning) To arrive. Morning has broken.
    • Shakespeare The day begins to break, and night is fled.
  20. (intransitive, of a sound) To become audible suddenly.
    • {{circa}} , The Battle-Day of Germantown, reprinted in Washington and His Generals "1776", page 45 : Like the crash of thunderbolts…, the sound of musquetry broke over the lawn, ….
  21. (transitive) To change a steady state abrupt. His coughing broke the silence. His turning on the lights broke the enchantment. With the mood broken, what we had been doing seemed pretty silly.
  22. (copulative, informal) To suddenly become. Things began breaking bad for him when his parents died. The arrest was standard, when suddenly the suspect broke ugly.
  23. (intransitive) Of a voice, to alter in type: in men generally to go up, in women sometimes to go down; to crack. His voice breaks when he gets emotional.
  24. (transitive) To surpass or do better than (a specific number), to do better than (a record), setting a new record. He broke the men's 100-meter record. I can't believe she broke 3 under par! The policeman broke sixty on a residential street in his hurry to catch the thief.
  25. (sports and games):
    1. (transitive, tennis) To win a game (against one's opponent) as receiver. He needs to break serve to win the match.
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    2. (intransitive, billiards, snooker, pool) To make the first shot; to scatter the balls from the initial neat arrangement. Is it your or my turn to break?
    3. (backgammon, transitive) To remove one of the two men on (a point).
  26. (transitive, military, most often in the passive tense) To demote, to reduce the military rank of.
    • 1953 February 9, “Books: First Rulers of Asia”, in Time: And he played no favorites: when his son-in-law sacked a city he had been told to spare, Genghis broke him to private.
    • 1968, , , Back Bay (2003), ISBN 978-0-316-52940-2, page 215: One morning after the budget had failed to balance Finanzminister von Scholz picked up Der Reichsanzeiger and found he had been broken to sergeant.
    • 2006, , Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, Second Edition, Artisan Books, ISBN 978-1-57965-314-9, page 42: Not long after this event, Clausen became involved in another disciplinary situation and was broken to private—the only one to win the Medal of Honor in Vietnam.
  27. (transitive) To end (a connection), to disconnect. The referee ordered the boxers to break the clinch. The referee broke the boxers' clinch. I couldn't hear a thing he was saying, so I broke the connection and called him back.
  28. (intransitive, of an emulsion) To demulsify.
  29. (intransitive, sports) To counter-attack
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  30. (obsolete) To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate.
    • Shakespeare Katharine, break thy mind to me.
  31. (intransitive) To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength.
    • Jonathan Swift See how the dean begins to break; / Poor gentleman he droops apace.
  32. (intransitive, obsolete) To fail in business; to become bankrupt.
    • Francis Bacon He that puts all upon adventures doth oftentimes break, and come to poverty.
  33. To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce. The cavalry were not able to break the British squares.
  34. To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of. to break flax
  35. To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss.
    • Jonathan Swift I see a great officer broken.
  36. (intransitive) To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait. to break into a run or gallop
  37. (archaic) To fall out; to terminate friendship.
    • Collier To break upon the score of danger or expense is to be mean and narrow-spirited.
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The sense relating to a spell of weather is most likely to be used after a period of persistent good or bad weather; it is rarely used to signify the end of short-lived conditions. In colloquial use, the past participle is sometimes 'broke' instead of 'broken,' as in the expression "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Synonyms: (ergative: separate into two or more pieces) burst, bust, shatter, shear, smash, split, (ergative: crack (bone)) crack, fracture, (transitive: cause an animal to lose its will) subject, tame, (transitive: do that which is forbidden by) contravene, go against, violate, (intransitive: stop functioning) break down, bust, fail, go down (of a computer or computer network)
  • (transitive: cause to end up in two or more pieces) assemble, fix, join, mend, put together, repair
  • (tennis, intransitive: break serve) hold
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An instance of breaking something into two pieces. The femur has a clean break and so should heal easily.
  2. A physical space that opens up in something or between two things. The sun came out in a break in the clouds. He waited minutes for a break in the traffic to cross the highway.
  3. (music) A short section of music, often between verses, in which some performers stop while others continue. The fiddle break was amazing; it was a pity the singer came back in on the wrong note.
  4. A rest or pause, usually from work; a breaktime. Let’s take a five-minute break.
  5. A temporary split (with a romantic partner). I think we need a break.
  6. An interval or intermission between two parts of a performance, for example a theatre show, broadcast, or sports game.
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  7. A significant change in circumstance, attitude, perception, or focus of attention: big break, lucky break, bad break.
  8. (British, weather) a change; the end of a spell of persistent good or bad weather
  9. The beginning (of the morning). daybreak at the break of day
  10. An act of escaping. make a break for it make a break for the door It was a clean break. prison break
  11. (surfing) A place where wave break (that is, where waves pitch or spill forward creating white water). The final break in the Greenmount area is Kirra Point.
  12. (sports and games):
    1. (tennis) A game won by the receiving player(s).
    2. (billiards, snooker, pool) The first shot in a game of billiards
    3. (snooker) The number of points scored by one player in one visit to the table
    4. (soccer) The counter-attack
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  13. (dated) A large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind.
  14. A sharp bit or snaffle.
    • Gascoigne Pampered jades … which need nor break nor bit.
  • (music) The instruments that are named are the ones that carry on playing, for example a fiddle break implies that the fiddle is the most prominent instrument playing during the break.
Synonyms: (instance of breaking something into two pieces) split, (physical space that opens up in something or between two things) breach, gap, space, (rest or pause, usually from work) time out
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  • baker, Baker
  • brake
break bad pronunciation
  • /bɹeɪk bæd/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, of an event or of one's fortunes) To go wrong; to go downhill.
  2. (colloquial, especially, Southern US and Midwest US, of a person) To go bad; to turn toward immorality or crime.
    • 2005, Will D. Campbell, The Glad River (ISBN 1573124451), page 18: But somehow he broke bad when he was just a yearling boy, started running around at night with a bad crowd, drinking beer and wine, and fighting and getting in all kinds of trouble and wouldn't go to school.
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    • 2012, John Grisham, The Racketeer (ISBN 0385536887): My nephew was breaking bad, getting deeper into the crack trade, …
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  • turn over a new leaf
related terms:
  • bad break (see break)
breaker {{wikipedia}} etymology break + er pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbreɪkə/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈbreɪkɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something that break.
  2. A machine for breaking rock, or for breaking coal at the mine
  3. The building in which such a machine is placed.
  4. A small cask of liquid kept permanently in a ship's boat in case of shipwreck.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4 Then the conversation broke off, and there was little more talking, only a noise of men going backwards and forwards, and of putting down of kegs and the hollow gurgle of good liquor being poured from breakers into the casks.
  5. A person who specializes in breaking things.
  6. (chiefly, in the plural) A wave breaking into foam against the shore, or against a sand bank, or a rock or reef near the surface, considered a useful warning to ships of an underwater hazard
    • 1919, , , Now and then in the lagoon you hear the leaping of a fish [...]. And above all, ceaseless like time, is the dull roar of the breakers on the reef.
    • 1979, Stan Rogers, The Flowers of Bermuda: There came a cry: Oh, there be breakers dead ahead! / From the collier, Nightingale,
  7. (colloquial) A breakdancer.
  8. A user of CB radio.
Synonyms: (something that breaks) destroyer, wrecker, (machine for breaking rocks or coal), (small cask of liquid in case of shipwreck), (building containing such a machine), (wave), (breakdancer) B-boy (male), B-girl (female), breakdancer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) breakfast
  • beakier
break it down
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, slang) To dance, especially in a hip hop style.
    • 2006, The Hollywood reporter, Volume 395, Hollywood Reporter Inc., p. 16: ... Renee Victor breaking it down on the dance floor beneath a hanging decoration that looked like a bunch of enormous joints.
    • 2010, Christine Mills, Mahler Mills Christy Mahler Mills, No Regrets, iUniverse, p. 119: Actually, the stain wasn't even very noticeable while we were breaking it down on the dance floor.
break one's arm patting oneself on the back Alternative forms: dislocate one's shoulder patting oneself on the back, hurt one's arm patting oneself on the back, hurt one's shoulder patting oneself on the back, hurt one's hand patting oneself on the back etymology From pat on the back, and the uncomfortable position one would have to assume while patting their own self on the back.
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  1. (humorous, derogatory) To be very full of oneself. Often used as a sarcastic caution - "don't break your arm patting yourself on the back" We're the best football team in the state! - Careful, dude, don't break your arm patting yourself on the back.
Synonyms: (be very proud) toot one's own horn
break one's balls
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) alternative form of bust one's balls
break one off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (baseball, slang, 1800s) To throw a curve ball.
break someone's balls
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) to seriously irritate or nag someone.
    • 1990, : Morrie Kessler: Sorry, did I catch ya in the eye? Frankie Carbone: Morrie, stop breakin’ my balls, alright?
  2. (slang, vulgar) to tease or ridicule someone; to take the piss out of someone.
Synonyms: bust someone's balls
break the ice etymology By application of the metaphor that strangers are socially separated by ice. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbɹeɪk ðiː ˈaɪs/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: break, the, ice
  2. (idiomatic) To start to get to know people to avoid social awkwardness and formality. Including a few fun details in large group introductions can be a great way to break the ice.
  3. (idiomatic) To introduce conversation. {{rfex}}
  4. To surmount initial difficulties; to overcome obstacles and make a beginning.
coordinate terms:
  • shatter the ice
related terms:
  • icebreaker
breast {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English brest, from Old English brēost, from Proto-Germanic *breustą, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrews-. Compare West Frisian boarst, Danish bryst, Swedish bröst; cf. also Dutch borst, German Brust. pronunciation
  • /brɛst/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Either of the two organs on the front of a woman's chest, which contain the mammary gland; also the analogous organs in men. Tanya's breasts grew alarmingly during pregnancy.
  2. The chest, or front of the human thorax.
    • 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" The Wedding-Guest here beat his breast, For he heard the loud bassoon.
  3. A section of clothing covering the breast area.
  4. The figurative seat of the emotions, feelings etc.; one's heart or innermost thoughts. She kindled hope in the breast of all who heard her.
    • Shakespeare He has a loyal breast.
  5. The ventral portion of an animal's thorax. The robin has a red breast.
  6. A choice cut of poultry, especially chicken or turkey, taken from the bird’s breast; also a cut of meat from other animals, breast of mutton, veal, pork. Would you like breast or wing?
  7. The front or forward part of anything. a chimney breast; a plough breast
    • Milton Mountains on whose barren breast / The labouring clouds do often rest.
  8. (mining) The face of a coal working.
  9. (mining) The front of a furnace.
  10. (obsolete) The power of singing; a musical voice.
    • Shakespeare By my troth, the fool has an excellent breast.
Synonyms: (female organs) See also , (chest) chest, (seat of emotions) heart, soul, (cut of poultry) white meat, (cut of meat) brisket
  • (cut of poultry) thigh, wing, dark meat
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  1. (transitive) To push against with the breast; to meet full on, to oppose, to face. He breasted the hill and saw the town before him.
    • Wirt The court breasted the popular current by sustaining the demurrer.
  • barest, baster, bestar, Tarbes
Breastapo Alternative forms: breastapo etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) Overzealous lactivist who pressure women to breastfeed and guilt formula-feeders taken as a group.
    • 2011, Anna Maxted, "Breastfeeding: Protect us from the Breastapo", The Telegraph, 11 May 2011: In that vulnerable post-natal daze, brainwashed by the NCT and other hard-line members of the Breastapo, I almost believed it was better to starve my son than pollute him with formula.
    • 2011, Emma Cowing, "The 'Breastapo' need to lay down their arms", The Scotsman, 21 June 2011: Not all women can produce enough milk to feed their babies, and many push themselves to the brink of sanity in the attempt to do so, partly because of the pressure piled on to them by the Breastapo.
    • 2013, Jen Wight, Day 6: When Motherhood & Madness Collide, Green Olive Press (2013), ISBN 9780987209979, unnumbered page: I'd heard about the Breastapo but hadn't encountered a member yet. These are midwives and nurses whose keenness on breastfeeding somewhat overwhelms their ability to be kind and considerate.
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breast augmentation {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine): Cosmetic procedure to increase the size of female breasts with silicon implant.
Synonyms: boob job (slang), breastwork (slang)
  • breast reduction
breastaurant etymology {{blend}} {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A restaurant featuring scantily-clad female waitstaff.
    • 1993, "Cheap Thrills", Roanoke Times, 6 October 1993: Two things attracted Andrew Rodgers and his bachelor-party buddies to Hooters of Virginia, Inc., Roanoke's first and only "breastaurant."
    • 1995, Denise Flaim, "Is Hooters Too Hot for the Island?", Newsday, 4 June 1995: And feminists aren't the only ones complaining about the Island's inaugural "breastaurant": Concerned parents whose broods play in the park across the street wonder how to shield them from the chain's double-entendre name, which is about as sophisticated as those looseleaf notes you furtively passed in high school health class.
    • 2012, Josh Pahigian & Kevin O'Connell, The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums, Lyons Press (2012), ISBN 9780762773404, unnumbered page: Busting out of Las Vegas and onto the local pub scene is this breastaurant. Think Hooters girls in micro-kilts and push-up bras.
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  2. (humorous) A lactating woman or her breast, viewed as a source of nutrition for a child.
    • 1998, Janet Tamoro, So That's What They're For!: Breastfeeding Basics, Adams Media (1998), ISBN 155850611X, page 193: Helen calls her chest the "breastaurant." By the time Lili was three months old, Helen says, breastfeeding — oh, excuse me, eating at the breastaurant — became a piece of cake.
    • 1999, Pregnancy Fitness, Three Rivers Press (1999), ISBN 9780609801598, page 157: No small wonder, since your little one uses your breasts as everything from food supply to a source of comfort. Although time is the best healer, there are some things you can do until your body gets used to being a “breastaurant": {{…}}
    • 2000, Lea Haravon Collins, "BST (Baby Standard Time) always means serious adjustment", The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 12 November 2000: After a long feed, she's sleeping. I take this opportunity to transform from nurser to writer, and I don't know how much time I have until I must, Supermanlike, make the quick change back into "breastaurant" again.
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breast cancer {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Cancer of the breast.
breasticle etymology {{blend}}. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈbɹɛstɪkl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A breast.
    • 1997, Erika Ellis, Good Fences (novel), Random House, ISBN 9780679448761, page 134: She stumbled out of her bra and panties and stood naked, hugging her elbows, while Gerard surveyed her, frowning up and down her body, biting the flesh on the ball of his thumb. She waited for him to notice her lopsided breasticles but he stayed quiet about them, a real gentleman.
    • 2006, Amber Deckers, Ella Mental: And the Good Sense Guide (novel), Simon and Schuster, ISBN 978-1-4169-1322-1, pages 39–40: Toby changes tactics and now attempts to reach my clenched armpits (my tickliest bits), but mistakenly squeezes my left breasticle instead! We both freeze up and instantly want to die. Breasticles are entirely new to this game; one day I was happily flat chested and the next day I had these pointy things.
breast milk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Milk produced by human mammary glands.
Synonyms: mother's milk, titty juice (slang)
breastwork {{wikipedia}} etymology breast + work
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a fortification consisting of a breast-high bulwark; a parapet
    • 1983, Richard J. Hargrove, General John Burgoyne (page 26) A cannonproof breastwork, built during the previous war, extended along the beach from the hills to the rocks.
  2. (nautical) A railing on the quarter-deck and forecastle.
  3. a parapet
    • 1922, James Joyce, Episode 2 A swarthy boy opened a book and propped it nimbly under the breastwork of his satchel. He recited jerks of verse with odd glances at the text:
  4. (slang) breast augmentation
breasty etymology breast + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Having large breast; busty.
  • barytes, betrays
breather pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɹiː.ðə(ɹ)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something or someone that breathe.
  2. A short break; a rest or respite. After a short breather she was ready to continue up the hill.
  3. (physics) A spatially localized, time-periodic excitation in a one-dimensional lattice.
  4. (colloquial, dated) That which puts one out of breath, such as violent exercise.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Jamaican, colloquial) brother
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breeches {{Webster 1913}} Alternative forms: britches (Appalachia) etymology Middle English brech, brek, Old English brēc, plural of brōc; akin to Old Norse brók, Danish brog, Dutch broek, German Bruch {{g}}; compare Latin bracae ( > French braies) which is of Celtic origin. Compare brail. pronunciation
  • (UK) /bɹiːtʃəz/, /bɹɪtʃəz/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of breech
  2. A garment worn by men, covering the hips and thighs; smallclothes.
    • 1829, and , "The Devil's Thoughts," And how then was the Devil drest? Oh! he was in his Sunday's best: His jacket was red and his breeches were blue, And there was a hole where the tail came through.
  3. (informal) Trousers; pantaloons; britches.
related terms:
  • breeches buoy: in the life-saving service, a pair of canvas breeches depending from an annular or beltlike life buoy which is usually of cork; this contrivance, inclosing the person to be rescued, is hung by short ropes from a block which runs upon the hawser stretched from the ship to the shore, and is drawn to land by hauling lines
  • breeches pipe: a forked pipe forming two branches united at one end
  • knee breeches: breeches coming to the knee, and buckled or fastened there; smallclothes
  • wear the breeches: see wear the pants, wear the trousers
  • too big for one's britches: unacceptably cocky
breed etymology From Old English bredan, related to English brood, cognate with Dutch broeden, Low German bröden, German brüten. Alternative forms: breede (archaic) pronunciation
  • /briːd/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To produce offspring sexually; to bear young.
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  2. (transitive) To give birth to; to be the native place of. a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men
    • Shakespeare Yet every mother breeds not sons alike.
  3. Of animals, to mate.
  4. To keep animals and have them reproduce in a way that improves the next generation’s qualities.
  5. To arrange the mating of specific animals. exampleShe wanted to breed her cow to the neighbor's registered bull.
  6. To propagate or grow plants trying to give them certain qualities. exampleHe tries to breed blue roses.
  7. To take care of in infancy and through childhood; to bring up.
    • Dryden to bring thee forth with pain, with care to breed
    • Everett born and bred on the verge of the wilderness
  8. To yield or result in. exampledisaster breeds famine;  [[familiarity breeds contempt|familiarity breeds contempt]]
    • Milton Lest the place / And my quaint habits breed astonishment.
  9. (obsolete, intransitive) To be formed in the parent or dam; to be generated, or to grow, like young before birth.
  10. To educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train; sometimes followed by up.
    • Bishop Burnet No care was taken to breed him a Protestant.
    • John Locke His farm may not remove his children too far from him, or the trade he breeds them up in.
  11. To produce or obtain by any natural process.
    • John Locke Children would breed their teeth with less danger.
  12. (intransitive) To have birth; to be produced or multiplied.
    • Shakespeare Heavens rain grace / On that which breeds between them.
Synonyms: (take care of in infancy and through childhood) raise, bring up, rear
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. All animals or plants of the same species or subspecies. a breed of tulip a breed of animal
  2. A race or lineage.
  3. (informal) A group of people with shared characteristic. People who were taught classical Greek and Latin at school are a dying breed.
  • brede
breeder {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who breed plants or animals professionally.
  2. (gay slang, derogatory) A heterosexual; i.e. one whose sexual intercourse can lead to breeding. Since the breeders started coming here, you can never tell who likes cock.
  3. A type of nuclear reactor that creates material suitable for the production of atomic weapons. (See Wikipedia's article on .)
  4. (slang, derogatory) a person who has had or who is capable of having children; a person who is focussed on the rearing of their own children.
    • 1729: The number of souls in this kingdom being usually reckoned one million and a half, of these I calculate there may be about two hundred thousand couple whose wives are breeders; from which number I subtract thirty thousand couples who are able to maintain their own children, although I apprehend there cannot be so many, under the present distresses of the kingdom; but this being granted, there will remain an hundred and seventy thousand breeders.
  5. (cellular automata) A pattern that exhibits quadratic growth by generating multiple copies of a secondary pattern, each of which then generates multiple copies of a tertiary pattern.
related terms:
  • breed
  • breeder reactor
  • brood
  • brooding
breedermobile etymology breeder + mobile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A vehicle (particularly a minivan) used by parent to transport their child/children.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) breakfast
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  1. eye dialect of break
brekker etymology breakfast + er Alternative forms: brekkers
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, slang) breakfast
    • 1902, Edith Nesbit, Five Children and It We'll go up there directly after brekker, and have another wish.
brekkie Alternative forms: brekky pronunciation
  • /ˈbɹɛki/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A breakfast.
Bremelo Alternative forms: Bremerlos etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US, derogatory, military) A young overweight woman in the area around Puget Sound Naval Station Bremerton, Washington, a major naval base, particularly women who seek to partner with Navy personnel. The word has been in use since the 1960s in Kitsap County.
Brethren pronunciation
  • /ˈbrɛθrən/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. of or pertaining to any religious group that uses or formerly used the word "Brethren", capitalized, in referring to itself or its members
noun: {{head}}
  1. (in the plural, informal) any Brethren denomination (usually preceded by "the" or "The")
  2. (in the singular), a member of a Brethren congregation or denomination
Brett pronunciation
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proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. {{surname}} meaning "Breton, an inhabitant of Brittany".
  2. A given name transferred from the surname.
  3. (informal) {{taxlink}}, a yeast genus that can affect the taste of wine.
brew etymology Middle English brewen, from Old English brēowan, from Proto-Germanic *brewwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreuh₁- 〈*bʰreuh₁-〉, *bʰreh₁u- 〈*bʰreh₁u-〉 (compare Welsh berw, Latin fervēre, Albanian mbruaj, Russian бруя 〈bruâ〉, Sanskrit भुर्वन् 〈bhurvan〉). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /bɹuː/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To prepare (usually a beverage) by steep and mingling; to concoct.
    • Go, brew me a pottle of sack finely.
  2. (transitive) To foment or prepare, as by brewing; to contrive; to plot; to hatch.
    • Hence with thy brewed enchantments, foul deceiver!
  3. (intransitive) To attend to the business, or go through the processes, of brewing or making beer.
    • I wash, wring, brew, bake, scour.
  4. (intransitive) To be in a state of preparation; to be mix, forming, or gather.
    • There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest.
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  5. (transitive, obsolete) To boil or seethe; to cook.
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  1. The mixture formed by brewing; that which is brewed; a brewage.
  2. (slang) A beer.
  3. (British, NZ) A cup of tea.
  4. (British, NZ) The act of making a cup of tea.
  5. (British, informal) A hill.
brewer's droop
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  1. (slang) Impotence caused by heavy drinking.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) beer
  2. (informal) A serving of beer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A beer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The act of making tea
  2. (colloquial) The act of drinking tea
bribe etymology From Old French briber. pronunciation
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  1. Something (usually money) given in exchange for influence or as an inducement to dishonesty.
    • Hobart Undue reward for anything against justice is a bribe.
  2. That which seduces; seduction; allurement.
    • Akenside Not the bribes of sordid wealth can seduce to leave these everblooming sweets.
Synonyms: See also
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  1. (transitive) To give a bribe to.
    • F. W. Robertson Neither is he worthy who bribes a man to vote against his conscience.
  2. (transitive) To gain by a bribe; to induce as by a bribe. to bribe somebody's compliance
brick etymology Middle French briche, brique, probably from a gem source. Compare to Middle Dutch bricke, Middle English brike. Cognate with the verb break. pronunciation
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  1. (countable) A hardened rectangular block of mud, clay etc., used for build. This wall is made of bricks.
  2. (uncountable) Considered collectively, as a building material. This house is made of brick.
  3. (countable) Something shaped like a brick. a plastic explosive brick
  4. (dated) A helpful and reliable person. Thanks for helping me wash the car. You're a brick.
  5. (basketball, slang) A shot which misses, particularly one which bounces directly out of the basket because of a too-flat trajectory, as if the ball were a heavier object. We can't win if we keep throwing up bricks from three-point land.
  6. (informal) A power brick; an external power supply consisting of a small box with an integral male power plug and an attached electric cord terminating in another power plug.
  7. (technology, slang) An electronic device, especially a heavy box-shaped one, that has become non-functional or obsolete.
  8. (firearms) a carton of 500 rimfire cartridges, which forms the approximate size and shape of a brick.
  9. (poker slang) A community card (usually the turn or the river) which does not improve a player's hand. exampleThe two of clubs was a complete brick on the river
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  1. Made of brick(s). All that was left after the fire was the brick chimney.
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  1. To build with bricks.
    • 1904, Thomas Hansom Cockin, An Elementary Class-Book of Practical Coal-Mining, C. Lockwood and Son, page 78 If the ground is strong right up to the surface, a few yards are usually sunk and bricked before the engines and pit top are erected
    • 1914, The Mining Engineer, Institution of Mining Engineers, page 349 The shaft was next bricked between the decks until the top scaffold was supported by the brickwork and [made] to share the weight with the prids.
  2. To make into bricks.
    • 1904 September 15, James C. Bennett, Walter Renton Ingalls (editor), Lead Smelting and Refining with Some Notes on Lead Mining (1906), The Engineering and Mining Journal, page 66 The plant, which is here described, for bricking fine ores and flue dust, was designed and the plans produced in the engineering department of the Selby smelter.
  3. (slang) To hit someone or something with a brick.
  4. (computing slang) To make an electronic device nonfunctional and usually beyond repair, essentially making it no more useful than a brick. My VCR was bricked during the lightning storm.
    • 2007 December 14, Joe Barr, “PacketProtector turns SOHO router into security powerhouse”, installing third-party firmware will void your warranty, and it is possible that you may brick your router.
  • (technology, slang: revert a device to the operational state) unbrick
brickie pronunciation
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  1. (British, New Zealand, Australia, slang) A bricklayer.
brickish etymology brick + ish
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  1. resembling brick, bricklike
  2. (slang, UK, dated) Like a brick, a helpful or reliable person.
    • 1901, Frederick Swainson, Acton's Feud, , , , “"It's awfully brickish of you, Worcester," said Acton, as Grim was heard trotting up the corridor "to stand down." ”
brick it etymology Related to shit a brick.
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  1. (vulgar, informal) To be scared; to be terrified. The first time I performed in public I was bricking it.
brickor mortis etymology Playful adaptation of rigor mortis
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) A condition of the housing market in which a very small number of house are bought and sold
bricky etymology brick + y pronunciation
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  1. Covered with brick.
  2. Similar to brick in texture, colour, shape, etc.
    • 1989, James Woodress, Willa Cather: A Literary Life (page 55) His face was a dark, bricky red, deeply creased rather than wrinkled, and the skin was like loose leather over his neckband…
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A bricklayer.
Synonyms: brickie
bridegroom Alternative forms: bridegoom etymology From Old English brȳdguma, from brȳd + guma (Proto-Germanic *brūdigumô); see groom for more. Compare Dutch bruidegom, German Bräutigam, Danish brudgom.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A man on his wedding day, just before it or a short time after it.
Synonyms: groom
coordinate terms:
  • bride
related terms:
  • groom-to-be
  • would-be groom
bridezilla etymology bride + zilla
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, humorous) A woman who, in the course of planning her wedding, exercises or attempts to exercise a high degree of control over all or many minor details of the ceremony and reception.
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  • weddingzilla
  • couplezilla
coordinate terms:
  • groomzilla
bridge and tunnel etymology From the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority and the fact that travel to Manhattan Island requires passage over a bridge or through a tunnel. Alternative forms: bridge-and-tunnel
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  1. (New York City, slang, pejorative) alternative spelling of bridge-and-tunnel
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bridge-and-tunnel etymology From the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority and the fact that road travel to Manhattan Island requires passage over a bridge or through a tunnel. Alternative forms: bridge and tunnel
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (New York City, slang, pejorative) Of people who travel to Manhattan via bridge or tunnel from surrounding communities.
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  • B&T, BNT
bridge-and-tunneler etymology bridge-and-tunnel + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (New York City, slang, pejorative) One who travels to Manhattan via bridge or tunnel from surrounding communities.
brief etymology From Old French brief, from Latin brevis. Compare French bref. pronunciation
  • /bɹiːf/
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  1. Of short duration; happening quickly. {{defdate}} exampleHer reign was brief but spectacular.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) How brief the life of man.
    • 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.”
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  2. Concise; taking few words. {{defdate}} exampleHis speech of acceptance was brief but moving.
  3. Occupying a small distance, area or spatial extent; short. {{defdate}} exampleHer skirt was extremely brief but doubtless cool.
    • 1983, Robert Drewe, The Bodysurfers, Penguin 2009, p. 17: On the beach he always wore a straw hat with a red band and a brief pair of leopard print trunks.
  4. (obsolete) Rife; common; prevalent.
Synonyms: See also , See also
related terms:
  • brevity
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  1. (legal) A writ summoning one to answer to any action.
  2. (legal) An answer to any action.
    • 1996 The Japanese Rule of Civil Procedure, Article 79 (1): A written answer or any other brief shall be submitted to the court while allowing a period necessary for the opponent to make preparations with regard to the matters stated therein.
  3. (legal) A memorandum of points of fact or of law for use in conducting a case.
  4. (legal) An attorney's legal argument in written form for submission to a court.
  5. (English law) The material relevant to a case, delivered by a solicitor to the barrister who tries the case.
  6. (informal) A short news story or report.
    • We got a news brief.
    • Shakespeare Bear this sealed brief, / With winged haste, to the lord marshal.
  7. (obsolete) A summary, précis or epitome; an abridgement or abstract.
    • 1589 Thomas Nashe, The Anatomie of Absurditie 5: A survey of their follie, a briefe of their barbarisme.
    • Overbury Each woman is a brief of womankind.
  8. (UK, historical) A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in church, for any public or private purpose.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To summarize a recent development to some person with decision-making power. The U.S. president was briefed on the military coup and its implications on African stability.
  2. (transitive, legal) To write a legal argument and submit it to a court.
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  1. (obsolete, poetic) Briefly.
    • Milton Adam, faltering long, thus answered brief.
  2. (obsolete, poetic) Soon; quickly. {{rfquotek}}
  • fiber, fibre
brig {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 Abbreviated from brigantine, from Italian brigantino; in sense “jail”, from the use of such ships as prisons. pronunciation
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  1. (nautical) A two-mast vessel, square-rigged on both foremast and mainmast
  2. (US) A jail or guardhouse, especially in a naval military prison or jail on a ship, navy base, or (in fiction) spacecraft.
etymology 2 pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland) bridge {{rfquotek}}
etymology 3 Shortening of brigadier
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Brigadier.
brigade etymology Borrowing from French brigade pronunciation
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  1. A group of people organized for a common purpose. a work brigade; a fire brigade
  2. (military) Military unit composed of several regiments (or battalions) and including soldiers from different arms of service.
  3. (derogatory) A group of people who share views or beliefs. More sympathy for career criminals from the bleeding-heart brigade!
  • In many countries, a military brigade was traditionally formed from two or more regiments. According to the country and time period, brigade may also designate a much smaller groups of soldiers. A modern US brigade usually consists of three battalion and forms part of a division.
related terms:
  • brigade system
  • brigadier
  • brigadier general
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To form troops into a brigade
  • abridge
bright etymology Old English bryht, metathesis of beorht, from Proto-Germanic *berhtaz (compare Dutch brecht, Norwegian bjart), from pre-Celtic/Germanic *bʰerHgto (compare Welsh berth), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰereg- (compare Middle Irish brafad, Lithuanian brekšta, Russian брезг 〈brezg〉, Albanian bardhë, Persian برازیدن 〈brạzy̰dn〉, Sanskrit भ्राजते 〈bhrājatē〉). pronunciation
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  1. Visually dazzling; luminous, lucent, clear, radiant; not dark. exampleCould you please dim the light? It's far too bright.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.
    • Sir Francis Drake (c.1540-1596) The earth was dark, but the heavens were bright.
    • Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay (1800-1859) The public places were as bright as at noonday.
    • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) The sun was bright o'erhead.
  2. Having a clear, quick intellect; intelligent. exampleHe's very bright. He was able to solve the problem without my help.
    • {{RQ:Joyce Ulysses}} Episode 16 —Ah, God, Corley replied, sure I couldn't teach in a school, man. I was never one of your bright ones, he added with a half laugh.
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  3. Vivid, colourful, brilliant. exampleThe orange and blue walls of the sitting room were much brighter than the dull grey walls of the kitchen.
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Here the bright crocus and blue violet grew.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.”
  4. Happy, in {{soplink}}. exampleI woke up today feeling so bright that I decided to have a little dance.
    • 1937, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Ch.11: Their spirits had risen a little at the discovery of the path, but now they sank into their boots; and yet they would not give it up and go away. The hobbit was no longer much brighter than the dwarves. He would do nothing but sit with his back to the rock-face and stare{{nb...}}.
  5. Sparkling with wit; lively; vivacious; cheerful.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) Be bright and jovial among your guests.
  6. Illustrious; glorious.
    • Charles Cotton (1630-1687) the brightest annals of a female reign
  7. Clear; transparent.
    • James Thomson (1700-1748) From the brightest wines / He'd turn abhorrent.
  8. (archaic) Manifest to the mind, as light is to the eyes; clear; evident; plain.
    • Isaac Watts (1674-1748) with brighter evidence, and with surer success
Synonyms: See also
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  1. An artist's brush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a flat, somewhat tapering bristle head.
  2. (obsolete) splendour; brightness
    • Milton Dark with excessive bright thy skirts appear.
  3. (neologism) A person with a naturalistic worldview with no supernatural or mystical elements.
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    • 2006-02-02 , Breaking the Spell: Religion As a Natural Phenomenon , Daniel C. , Dennett , Daniel C. Dennett , New York , Viking , 9780670034727 , 3421576M , 27 , , Many of us brights have devoted considerable time and energy at some point in our lives to looking at the arguments for and against the existence of God, and many brights continue to pursue these issues, hacking away vigorously at the arguments of believers as if they were trying to refute a rival scientific theory.
    • 2008-03-17 , The Delusion of Disbelief: Why the New Atheism Is a Threat to Your Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness , David , Aikman , Carol Stream , Tyndale House Publishers , 9781414317083 , 24967138M , 28 , , Dawkins has received appreciative letters from people who were formerly what he derisively calls "faith-heads" who have abandoned their delusions and come over to the side of the brights, the pleasant green pastures where clear-eyed, brave, bold, and supremely brainy atheists graze contentedly.
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  • (non-supernaturalist) (neologism) super, supernaturalist
  • (non-supernaturalist) atheist
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brightsizing etymology {{blend}}?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (business, derogatory, neologism) Giving redundancy to the most intelligent employee of a company.
Brigitte Bardot etymology After fashion model and actor . Loan sense inspired by Bardot′s popular nickname, BB.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone or something very beautiful or desirable.
    • 1974, , Volume 232, Part 1, [http//|%22Brigitte+Bardots%22+loan+-intitle:%22Brigitte+-Bardot%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22the+Brigitte+Bardot+of%22|%22Brigitte+Bardots%22+loan+-intitle:%22Brigitte+-Bardot%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Jd8GT_iUEu6ViQeUhvnBCQ&redir_esc=y page 51], I can claim no such dedication to duty since Christmas was passed way up the French Alps in a place where Brigitte Bardots are two-a-penny but horses a rarity.
    • 1980, Thomas N. Gladwin, Ingo Walter, Multinationals Under Fire: Lessons in the Management of Conflict, [http//|%22Brigitte+Bardots%22+loan+-intitle:%22Brigitte+-Bardot%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22the+Brigitte+Bardot+of%22|%22Brigitte+Bardots%22+loan+-intitle:%22Brigitte+-Bardot%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fuoGT9KBMIrfmAXqm9GPAg&redir_esc=y page 268], …performance swelled French national pride and excited the fancy of stock market speculators — it became “the Brigitte Bardot of French industry.”
    • A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life‎, page 268, J. I. Packer, 1994, “...who, in discussing the Puritan position, declared: ‘I want a Brigitte Bardot who can lead a Bible class’”
    • 2009, Andrew Braithwaite, Toronto, je t'aime!, Christina Palassio, Alana Wilcox, The Edible City: Toronto's Food from Farm to Fork, [http//|%22Brigitte+Bardots%22+loan+-intitle:%22Brigitte+-Bardot%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fuoGT9KBMIrfmAXqm9GPAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22the%20Brigitte%20Bardot%20of%22|%22Brigitte%20Bardots%22%20loan%20-intitle%3A%22Brigitte%20-Bardot%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Paris is the greatest food city in the world – the Rolls Royce, the Château d'Yquem, the Brigitte Bardot of gastronomic capitals.
  2. (Australia, finance, informal) A back-to-back loan.
    • 1992 March 3, , speech, Prosecuting Regulatory Offenders, These practices included back to back loans (in some quarters colloquially termed Brigitte Bardot′s from the initials B.B.),….
    • 1995, , Issues 5953-5959, [http//|%22Brigitte+Bardots%22+loan+-intitle:%22Brigitte+-Bardot%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22the+Brigitte+Bardot+of%22|%22Brigitte+Bardots%22+loan+-intitle:%22Brigitte+-Bardot%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Jd8GT_iUEu6ViQeUhvnBCQ&redir_esc=y page 77], This is a back-to-back loan, sometimes called BBs or Brigitte Bardots.
brill pronunciation
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etymology 1 {{wikipedia}} Possibly from Cornish brilli, from brithelli, plural of brithel, from brith
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of flatfish, {{taxlink}}.
etymology 2 Abbreviation of brilliant.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang) Wonderful, clever, amusing. Denotes approval of the noun it is applied to, comparable to "cool".
brillo etymology Shortening of brilliant with -o
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) brilliant
bring pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English bringen, from Old English bringan, from Proto-Germanic *bringaną (compare Western Frisian bringe, Low German bringen, Dutch brengen, German bringen), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrenk (compare Welsh he-brwng, txb pränk, Albanian brengë, Latvian brankti, Lithuanian branktas).
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  1. (transitive) To transport toward somebody/somewhere. exampleWaiter, please bring me a single malt whiskey.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To supply or contribute. exampleThe new company director brought a fresh perspective on sales and marketing.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} “…it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  3. (transitive) To raise (a lawsuit, charges, etc.) against somebody.
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  4. To persuade; to induce; to draw; to lead; to guide.
    • John Locke (1632-1705) It seems so preposterous a thing…that they do not easily bring themselves to it.
  5. To produce in exchange; to sell for; to fetch. exampleWhat does coal bring per ton?
  6. (baseball) To pitch, often referring to a particularly hard thrown fastball. exampleThe closer Jones can really bring it.
Past brang and past participle brung and broughten forms are sometimes used in some dialects, especially in informal speech.
etymology 2 Onomatopeia
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. The sound of a telephone ringing.
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bring home the bacon
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  1. (idiomatic, informal) To have a remunerative job; to have a career which satisfies one's financial needs to the extent that it can support oneself and one's family.
    • 2005, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul‎: It's just that I think I'm going to lose my job at the studio and am damned scared of not being able to bring home the bacon.
    • 2008, November 22, In Alaska, Stevens' long reign is over, Los Angeles Times: No one brought home the bacon better than Stevens.
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Synonyms: make a living
related terms:
  • bring home
bring it etymology From "bring it on", from bring on
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (US, emphatic) Used to respond affirmatively and aggressively to a challenge by issuing one in return.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) To give one's all in a particular effort; to perform admirably or forcefully. When we get to the competition next month, you really have to bring it.
Synonyms: throw down

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