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1       conj   If something happens as something else happens, it happens at the same time.  
Another policeman has been injured as fighting continued this morning..., All the jury's eyes were on him as he continued..., The play started as I got there.     
2       phrase   You use the structure when you are comparing things.  
I never went through a final exam that was as difficult as that one..., There was no obvious reason why this could not be as good a film as the original.     
      As is also a conjunction., phrase  
Being a mother isn't as bad as I thought at first!..., I don't think he was ever as fit as he should have been.     
3       phrase   You use to emphasize amounts of something.,   (emphasis)    You can look forward to a significant cash return by saving from as little as £10 a month..., She gets as many as eight thousand letters a month.     
4       prep   You use as when you are indicating what someone or something is or is thought to be, or what function they have.  
He has worked as a diplomat in the US, Sudan and Saudi Arabia..., The news apparently came as a complete surprise..., I had natural ability as a footballer.     
5       prep   If you do something as a child or as a teenager, for example, you do it when you are a child or a teenager.  
She loved singing as a child and started vocal training at 12.     
6       conj   You use as to say how something happens or is done, or to indicate that something happens or is done in the same way as something else.  
I'll behave toward them as I would like to be treated..., Today, as usual, he was wearing a three-piece suit..., The book was banned in the US, as were two subsequent books.     
7       prep   You use as in expressions like as a result and as a consequence to indicate how two situations or events are related to each other.  
As a result of the growing fears about home security, more people are arranging for someone to stay in their home when they're away...     
8       conj   You use as to introduce short clauses which comment on the truth of what you are saying.  
As you can see, we're still working..., We were sitting, as I remember, in a riverside restaurant.     
9       conj   You can use as to mean `because' when you are explaining the reason for something.   (=since)  
Enjoy the first hour of the day. This is important as it sets the mood for the rest of the day.     
10    You say as it were in order to make what you are saying sound less definite.  
as it were      phrase   PHR with cl     (vagueness)    I'd understood the words, but I didn't, as it were, understand the question.     
11    You use expressions such as as it is, as it turns out, and as things stand when you are making a contrast between a possible situation and what actually happened or is the case.  
as it is/as it turns out/as things stand             phrase  
I want to work at home on a Tuesday but as it turns out sometimes it's a Wednesday or a Thursday.     
    as against  
    as ever  
    as a matter of fact  
    as follows  
    as long as  
    as opposed to  
    as regards  
    as soon as  
    as such  
    as well  
    as well as  
    as yet  
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extremely bad
about humans
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
remnants of disputes that make a relationship between people or companies difficult to maintain, even without an open dispute
come on
Slang; written abbreviation, there`s no difference in pronunciation for "c`mon "and "come on".
quit disobeying; start acting like someone would want to
E.g. Finally, her husband has come to heel and they will buy a new car, as she wants.
expression used when nothing is going well
consider something seriously and start taking actions about it
a very creative person; someone who is always able to come up with fresh ideas
someone who is always trying to please others
"He`s always been a people pleaser."
amongst other things said or stated
At the panel she stated her claims inter-alia
characteristic of awesome people or things
def.: if you are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show you that you are not as good as you think you are
unattractive person, looking dirty and/or smelling bad
expression meaning "things never change"
fear of running out of things to read
deliberately make things difficult for someone; sabotage
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.
1. [Mil.] a pilot who comes in support of the leading aircraft. He is positionned besides and slightly behind the leading aircraft. 2. [Fig.] a person who helps a friend to approach potential partners
2. this meaning has been popularised by the TV series How I Met Your Mother
a misfit; something or someone looking/behaving in a manner that comes in contradiction with the general context
A plan done for something bad or illegal.
I will never scheme in the future because it is a bad thing to do.
to look for or expose information about a person's past, usually bad, and to therefore bring that person down or put them in a bad light
a person who is always thinking of what other people want and is anxious not to disturb them
I want to be a considerate person who always help friends when they are in trouble.
word created with "crap" and "caption" to mean a bad quality caption
1. break; fall apart; 2. be in a bad mood
used figuratively, a train crash means something disastrously bad
'this train crash of a policy'
= bad press: negative opinion or image expressed in the media
The firm got some negative press over that decision
Something that seems bad at first, like a fail or a misfortune, but later unexpectedly results in something good and beneficial
As for me I could say that was a double unbelievable blessing in disguise; firstly, the plane I missed crashed into the sea a few hours later and secondly, I met my future wife on the next flight!
the impossibility to make a good quality product using bad quality materials
Something that as soon as it is done becomes decided upon to repeat the next year and years to come. Does not necessarily have to had been done previous years to be defined an instant tradition.
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