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guess

  
  ( guesses    plural & 3rd person present)   ( guessing    present participle)   ( guessed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you guess something, you give an answer or provide an opinion which may not be true because you do not have definite knowledge about the matter concerned.  
The suit was faultless: Wood guessed that he was a very successful publisher or a banker...      V that  
You can only guess at what mental suffering they endure...      V at n/wh  
Paula reached for her camera, guessed distance and exposure, and shot two frames...      V n  
Guess what I did for the whole of the first week...      V wh  
If she guessed wrong, it meant twice as many meetings the following week.      V adv  
2       verb   If you guessthat something is the case, you correctly form the opinion that it is the case, although you do not have definite knowledge about it.  
By now you will have guessed that I'm back in Ireland...      V that  
He should have guessed what would happen...      V wh  
Someone might have guessed our secret and passed it on.      V n  
3       n-count   A guess is an attempt to give an answer or provide an opinion which may not be true because you do not have definite knowledge about the matter concerned.  
oft N that, N at n, N as to n/wh  
My guess is that the chance that these vaccines will work is zero..., He'd taken her pulse and made a guess at her blood pressure..., Well, we can hazard a guess at the answer.     
4    If you say that something is anyone's guess or anybody's guess, you mean that no-one can be certain about what is really true.  
INFORMAL  
anyone's guess/anybody's guess             phrase   v-link PHR  
Just when this will happen is anyone's guess...     
5    You say at a guess to indicate that what you are saying is only an estimate or what you believe to be true, rather than being a definite fact.  
at a guess      phrase   PHR with cl     (vagueness)    At a guess he's been dead for two days.     
6    You say I guess to show that you are slightly uncertain or reluctant about what you are saying.  
  (mainly AM)  
INFORMAL  
I guess      phrase   PHR with cl, PHR so/not     (vagueness)    I guess she thought that was pretty smart..., I guess he's right..., `I think you're being paranoid.'<emdash>`Yeah. I guess so.'     
7    If someone keeps you guessing, they do not tell you what you want to know.  
keep someone guessing      phrase   V inflects  
The author's intention is to keep everyone guessing until the bitter end...     
8    You say guess what to draw attention to something exciting, surprising, or interesting that you are about to say.  
INFORMAL  
guess what      convention  
Guess what, I just got my first part in a movie.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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anyone   , anybody  
1       pron   You use anyone or anybody in statements with negative meaning to indicate in a general way that nobody is present or involved in an action.  
You needn't talk to anyone if you don't want to..., He was far too scared to tell anybody...     
2       pron   You use anyone or anybody in questions and conditional clauses to ask or talk about whether someone is present or doing something.  
Why would anyone want that job?..., If anyone deserves to be happy, you do.     
3       pron   You use anyone or anybody before words which indicate the kind of person you are talking about.  
PRON cl/group  
It's not a job for anyone who is slow with numbers..., Anybody interested in pop culture at all should buy `Pure Cult'.     
4       pron   You use anyone or anybody to refer to a person when you are emphasizing that it could be any person out of a very large number of people.,   (emphasis)    Anyone could be doing what I'm doing...     
5    You use anyone who is anyone and anybody who is anybody to refer to people who are important or influential.  
anyone who is anyone/anybody who is anybody      phrase  

Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
what's up
sms like writing, incorrect form in English
exp.
it's ready!
or "dinner's ready!"; "lunch is ready!"; "breakfast's ready!"
o.
could refer to a very weak cup of tea/pint of beer
n.
(in an auction, negotiation or other business competition) the situation in which the winning party has overrated the pursued object
[Bus.]
n.
a mess, a failure
[Slang];[UK] it comes from the cooking domain where the phrase described a dish that was not tasty enough and therefore thrown away to dogs
exp.
stop talking; refrain from saying something
informal
exp.
the duck's nuts, the best, the dog's bollocks
exp.
the best, the dog's bollocks , the bee's knees
exp.
be kept waiting
id.
when sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem
exp.
The duck's nuts, the best, the top.
exp.
to rattle someone's cage means to do something that is likely to annoy them or unsettle them
exp.
take credit for another person's accomplishment
exp.
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
exp.
to lose one's temper
very familiar
id.
make a lot of efforts to understand something
v.
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
exp.
expression used to describe the practice of a company using internally the marketed products
[Bus.] expression originating from and widely used in software industry; the practice is also known as "dogfooding"
exp.
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
n.
one who solves people's problems
n.
means a liquid is not clear: this tea's got bits in it, I don't like yogurt with bits in it
assez proche de l'idée de 'il y a à boire et à manger'
exp.
something is easy to do
exp.
if people live in each other's pocket, they spend a lot of time together
exp.
go for something, take one's chances
exp.
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
exp.
be tone-deaf
comes from a pun related to Van Gogh (a painter) cutting off his left ear and the expression "have an ear for music" = be particularly good at learning music
exp.
there is something really obvious that no one talks about
exp.
Used to express that it is impossible to decide between two options because they're equal
English expression
exp.
get rid of a strong feeling towards something or someone
[Informal] If you have done something wrong, tell him and get it out of your system. After the break up, it took him some while to get her out of his system.

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