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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  
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id.
damn it!
Rats! I will be late to the meeting.
exp.
calm down!
exp.
ça craint! ; c'est nul!
[Arg.];[Slang]
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!
n.
me too
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.
id.
the phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse the user of profanity or curses in the presence of those offended by it under the pretense of the words being part of a foreign language
Syn.: excuse my French
n.
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exp.
telling someone to fight you."do sth !"
[Slang]
exp.
When something is 'in the air', it means something exciting or significant is taking place or about to happen. Ex.: Spring is in the air - it's time for change!
conj.
albeit although, even if, even though, notwithstanding that, tho' (U.S. or poetic) though
Charles's letter was indeed published, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated form.
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