few and far between meaning, few and far between definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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few

  
  ( fewer    comparative)   ( fewest    superlative  )
1       det   You use a few to indicate that you are talking about a small number of people or things. You can also say a very few.  
DET pl-n  
I gave a dinner party for a few close friends..., Here are a few more ideas to consider..., She was silent for a few seconds.     
      Few is also a pronoun., pron  
Doctors work an average of 90 hours a week, while a few are on call for up to 120 hours..., A strict diet is appropriate for only a few.     
      Few is also a quantifier., quant   QUANT of def-pl-n  
There are many ways eggs can be prepared; here are a few of them., ...a little tea-party I'm giving for a few of the teachers.     
2       adj   You use few after adjectives and determiners to indicate that you are talking about a small number of things or people.  
adj/det ADJ n  
The past few weeks of her life had been the most pleasant she could remember..., ...in the last few chapters..., A train would pass through there every few minutes at that time of day.     
3       det   You use few to indicate that you are talking about a small number of people or things. You can use `so', `too' and `very' in front of few.  
DET pl-n     (Antonym: many)    She had few friends, and was generally not very happy..., Few members planned to vote for him..., Very few firms collect the tax, even when they're required to do so by law.     
      Few is also a pronoun., pron  
The trouble is that few want to buy, despite the knockdown prices on offer., ...a true singing and songwriting talent that few suspected.     
      Few is also a quantifier., quant   QUANT of def-pl-n  
Few of the volunteers had military experience.     
      Few is also an adjective., adj  
...spending her few waking hours in front of the TV..., His memories of his father are few.     
4       n-sing   The few means a small set of people considered as separate from the majority, especially because they share a particular opportunity or quality that the others do not have.  
the N  
This should not be an experience for the few., ...a system built on academic excellence for the few.     
5    You use as few as before a number to suggest that it is surprisingly small.  
as few as             phrase   PHR num     (emphasis)    One study showed that even as few as ten cigarettes a day can damage fertility...     
6    Things that are few and far between are very rare or do not happen very often.  
few and far between      phrase   v-link PHR     (emphasis)    (=rare)  
In this economic climate new ideas were few and far between.     
7    You use no fewer than to emphasize that a number is surprisingly large.  
no fewer than      phrase   PHR num     (emphasis)    No fewer than thirteen foreign ministers attended the session.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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between  
In addition to the uses shown below, between is used in a few phrasal verbs, such as `come between'.     
1       prep   If something is between two things or is in between them, it has one of the things on one side of it and the other thing on the other side.  
usu PREP pl-n  
She left the table to stand between the two men..., Charlie crossed between the traffic to the far side of the street.     
2       prep   If people or things travel between two places, they travel regularly from one place to the other and back again.  
PREP pl-n  
I spent a lot of time in the early Eighties travelling between London and Bradford.     
3       prep   A relationship, discussion, or difference between two people, groups, or things is one that involves them both or relates to them both.  
PREP pl-n  
I think the relationship between patients and doctors has got a lot less personal..., There has always been a difference between community radio and commercial radio.     
4       prep   If something stands between you and what you want, it prevents you from having it.  
PREP n and n  
His sense of duty often stood between him and the enjoyment of life.     
5       prep   If something is between two amounts or ages, it is greater or older than the first one and smaller or younger than the second one.  
PREP num and num  
Amsterdam is fun<endash>a third of its population is aged between 18 and 30.     
6       prep   If something happens between or in between two times or events, it happens after the first time or event and before the second one.  
PREP pl-n, PREP num and num  
The canal was built between 1793 and 1797...     
      Between is also an adverb., adv   ADV with cl/group  
...a journey by jetfoil, coach and two aircraft, with a four-hour wait in Bangkok in between.     
7       prep   If you must choose between two or more things, you must choose just one of them.  
PREP pl-n  
Students will be able to choose between English, French and Russian as their first foreign language.     
8       prep   If people or places have a particular amount of something between them, this is the total amount that they have.  
PREP pron  
The three sites employ 12,500 people between them...     
9       prep   When something is divided or shared between people, they each have a share of it.  
PREP pl-n   (=amongst)  
There is only one bathroom shared between eight bedrooms.     
10    When you introduce a statement by saying `between you and me' or `between ourselves', you are indicating that you do not want anyone else to know what you are saying.  
between you and me/between ourselves      phrase   PHR with cl  
Between you and me, though, it's been awful for business..., Between ourselves, I know he wants to marry her.     


go-between        ( go-betweens    plural  ) A go-between is a person who takes messages between people who are unable or unwilling to meet each other.      n-count   (=intermediary)  
He will act as a go-between to try and work out an agenda.     

Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

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between

  
  
amidst, among, betwixt, halfway, in the middle of, mid  


come between     
alienate, divide, estrange, interfere, meddle, part, separate, set at odds  
go-between     
agent, broker, dealer, factor, intermediary, liaison, mediator, medium, middleman  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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n.
Interhospital transport between two hospitals
adv.
very little; very few; said to indicate that something is in a low amount/quantity or insignificant
E.g. You weigh like nothing; It costs like nothing; It is a big deal, but you make it look like nothing.
exp.
someone who spends very few time with his wife/ her husband because of the partner's preoccupation with physical exercise
exp.
acronym of As Far As I Know, from the best of my knowledge, according to the information that I have
adv.
1. in a remote area, an area in the countryside that is far from a town or city 2. in a town or city regarded as dull or unsophisticated
[Informal] [Disapproving] Syn.: In the backwoods, in the middle of nowhere.
n.
a broad difference in values and attitudes between one and another especially between parents and their children
n.
abbr. The Persian Gulf (PG) is located in Western Asia between Iran (Persia) and the Arabian Peninsula. It is an extension of the Indian Ocean. Historically and internationally known as the Persian Gulf. The name Gulf of Iran (Persian Gulf) is used by the International Hydrographic Organization.
The Persian Gulf has many good fishing grounds, extensive coral reefs, and abundant pearl oysters.
n.
A specific technical worksheet tool with performer's requirements. Excellent start of negotiations between performers, managers and contractors. (These requirements might include sound and light conditions for the show, food lodging and transportation of artistic talents)
n.
n. 1. friendly, affectionate love; familial love 2. (astrology) horizon in the Leo/Aquarius axis 3. (sociology) the love between friends
A living being with storge feels a strong sense of duty and is often willing to die to protect this love.
n.
blend of "brother" and "romance" used to describe a strong friendship between two males.
v.
the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating "brrr" sound
[Slang]
n.
remnants of disputes that make a relationship between people or companies difficult to maintain, even without an open dispute
n.
Persian Gulf is located in Western Asia between Iran (Persia) and the Arabian Peninsula. It is an extension of the Indian Ocean. Historically and internationally known as the Persian Gulf. The name Gulf of Iran (Persian Gulf) is used by the International Hydrographic Organization.
The Persian Gulf has many good fishing grounds, extensive coral reefs, and abundant pearl oysters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_Gulf
exp.
(in an organization) set up a more informal structure/workflow/environment; give up on communication protocols between departments
[Bus.]
n.
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and his concubine, or a woman greatly his inferior, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. The concept is now limited to royal marriages. Syn. Morganatic marriage or marriage of the left hand.
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”
n.
expression used for describing a perfect compatibility (between people, things, factors etc.)
exp.
Used to express that it is impossible to decide between two options because they're equal
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