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10

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

A comedy film (1979) starring Dudley Moore as a sexually obsessed middle-aged composer who marks his girls 1

1984

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

A year of the 20th century long regarded as apocalyptic and entered as such in the Oxford English Dictionary.

24/7

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

Every day; all the time. The reference is to something that occurs or is available 24 hours a day, seven

4′ 33′′

4′ 33′′   Reference library

Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

A controversial and certainly unusual work by the US composer John Cage (1912–92), scored for any instrument or

404

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

A slang term for someone who is clueless. It derives from the World Wide Web error message ‘404 not found’,

4×4

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

Shorthand for ‘four by four’, as a colloquialism for a four-wheel drive vehicle, i.e. one that provides power directly from

7/7

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

The designation given by the press to the London bombings of 7 July 2005, on the model of 9/11

7:84

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

A radical touring theatre company founded in 1971 by the left-wing British playwright John McGrath (1935–2002). The name

9/11

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

The predominant shorthand way of referring to September 11 2001, the day on which Al-Qaida launched airborne attacks on the

99

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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2011

An ice cream with a chocolate flake in it. The ‘99’ was originally so called because the flake it carried

999

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011

In Britain and Ireland the telephone number for summoning the emergency services (police, ambulance or fire brigade). It was introduced

A

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

This letter evolved from the Hebrew and Phoenician character known as aleph, ‘ox’, supposedly because it originally represented an

A

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Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms (3 ed.)

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2010

A1 excellent; first-rate. The full form of this expression is A1 at Lloyd's. In Lloyd's Register of Shipping, the

A

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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Current Version:
2003
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Language reference, History of English
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27 words

used in the symbol A1, applied in Lloyd's Register to ships in first-class condition in respect of hull (A)

A

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The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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2018

The 1st letter of the Roman alphabet as used for English. It descends from the Phoenician symbol for a glottal stop...

A

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006

The first letter of the modern English alphabet and of the ancient Roman one, corresponding to Greek alpha and Hebrew ...

A-OK

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

Excellent; in good order. A US space-age expression, allegedly standing for ‘all systems OK’. It is said to have been

A-waitin'-on

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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2011

An expression, found usually in Ulster, to indicate that someone is close to death, as in, ‘Mary's father is a-waitin'-on.

A-wantin'

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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2011

A cry used by children to indicate a parental summons as in, ‘Jimmy, you're a-wantin' for your tea!’

a

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
32 words

reduced form of AN used since XII immed. before a word beginning with a cons. For the loss of

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