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  ( 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  
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  



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

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

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
Interhospital transport between two hospitals
find it difficult to choose between two alternatives ; feel torn between two situations
Rosalie loved Cesar and David both equally, for different reasons, and was caught between two stools
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.
someone who spends very few time with his wife/ her husband because of the partner's preoccupation with physical exercise
a satisfactory compromise between two opposed things ; a course of action or state that is between two extremes
Ex: There were solid arguments for both sides and after hours of endless discussions, a happy medium that could satisfy each camp was still to be struck
a broad difference in values and attitudes between one and another especially between parents and their children
acronym of As Far As I Know, from the best of my knowledge, according to the information that I have
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
[Fig.];[Informal];[Disapproving] Syn.: In the backwoods, in the middle of nowhere.
very different from
The charming and cosy cottage they moved into is a far cry from the tiny flat they were living in before / Her life with that fickle man is a far cry from being a dream life
An abbreviation of the word 'relationship.' The word describes fans' approval of fictional or desired romances between characters or pop culture figures.
Example: I totally ship Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.
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. 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.
blend of 'phone' and 'tablet', a phablet is an oversized mobile device having a screen which is intermediate between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer
Ex: Your phablet is a little bulky for my taste but I must admit it offers a better visual experience for Web pages than my smartphone.
blend of "brother" and "romance" used to describe a strong friendship between two males.
remnants of disputes that make a relationship between people or companies difficult to maintain, even without an open dispute
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
adoption of a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and supplier, usually via mobile technology
[Bus.] From the taxi company 'Uber', which pioneered this business model
A moulding commonly used in framing oil paintings. The liner is fixed inside the frame and appears between the image and the outer frame. Generally made out of wood or some other hard material, the liner may have fabric glued down to it. Liners are to canvases what a mat/mount is to a print on paper
[Artwork framing] Polystyrene or wood liner. Fabric-covered liner. Linen liner. Gold liner.
(in an organization) set up a more informal structure/workflow/environment; give up on communication protocols between departments
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and a woman of lesser status, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. Still common at the beginning of the 20th C., the practice is now rare. Syn. Morganatic marriage, 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.”
expression used for describing a perfect compatibility (between people, things, factors etc.)
Used to express that it is impossible to decide between two options because they're equal
English expression
Interactive Databases System is a process of storing data in files based on interaction between pieces of data.
[Tech.] Interactive Databases System is a process of storing data in files
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