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thousand

  
  ( thousands    plural  )
The plural form is thousand after a number, or after a word or expression referring to a number, such as `several' or `a few'.     
1       num   Athousand or onethousand is the number 1,000.  
usu a/num NUM  
...five thousand acres..., Visitors can expect to pay about a thousand pounds a day.     
2       quant   If you refer to thousands of things or people, you are emphasizing that there are very many of them.  
QUANT of pl-n     (emphasis)    Thousands of refugees are packed into over-crowded towns and villages...     
      You can also use thousands as a pronoun., pron  
Hundreds have been killed in the fighting and thousands made homeless.     
3   
    a thousand and one  
    one  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
id.
damn it!
Rats! I will be late to the meeting.
exp.
calm down!
exp.
You say 'top that!' when you have achieved something and you want to challenge other people to do better
I know four celebrities - top that!
exp.
polite expression offering to do something for someone
exp.
I have no idea; I don't have a clue
[Informal] E.g.: Why was she upset? - Beats me!
exp.
expression used to encourage someone to say what is on their mind, what is bothering them
exp.
expression used for letting someone know that he/she should prepare for a difficult or unpleasant upcoming event
exp.
it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions
exp.
expression used for catching the attention of an audience
id.
expression used to show full agreement on smth.
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