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[2]     ( minds    3rd person present)   ( minding    present participle)   ( minded    past tense & past participle  )   (VERB USES)  
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1       verb   If you do not mind something, you are not annoyed or bothered by it.  
usu with brd-neg  
I don't mind the noise during the day...      V n/-ing  
Do you mind being alone?...      V n/-ing  
I hope you don't mind me calling in like this, without an appointment...      V n -ing  
It involved a little extra work, but nobody seemed to mind.      V  
2       verb   You use mind in the expressions `do you mind?' and `would you mind?' as a polite way of asking permission or asking someone to do something.,   (politeness)    Do you mind if I ask you one more thing?...      V if  
Would you mind waiting outside for a moment?...      V -ing  
`Would you like me to read that for you?'—`If you wouldn't mind, please.'      V  
3       verb   If someone does not mind what happens or what something is like, they do not have a strong preference for any particular thing.  
with brd-neg  
I don't mind what we play, really...      V wh  
4       verb   If you tell someone to mind something, you are warning them to be careful not to hurt themselves or other people, or damage something.  
  (BRIT)   usu imper   (=watch)  
Mind that bike!      V n  
in AM, usually use watch     
5       verb   You use mind when you are reminding someone to do something or telling them to be careful not to do something.  
  (BRIT)   only imper   (=watch)  
Mind you don't burn those sausages.      V that  
in AM, usually use make sure, take care     
6       verb   If you mind a child or something such as a shop or luggage, you look after it, usually while the person who owns it or is usually responsible for it is somewhere else.  
Jim Coulters will mind the store while I'm away.      V n  
in AM, usually use take care of, watch     
7    If you are offered something or offered a choice and you say `I don't mind', you are saying politely that you will be happy with any of the things offered.  
I don't mind      convention  
`Which one of these do you want?'—`I don't mind.'     
8    You say `Don't mind me' to apologize for your presence when you think that it might embarrass someone, and to tell them to carry on with what they were doing or about to do.  
don't mind me      convention  
9    You use don't mind in expressions such as don't mind him or don't mind them to apologize for someone else's behaviour when you think it might have offended the person you are speaking to.  
don't mind him/her etc      phrase   PHR n  
Don't mind the old lady. She's getting senile.     
10    Some people say `Mind how you go' when they are saying goodbye to someone who is leaving.  
mind how you go      convention  
(=take care)  
11    People use the expression if you don't mind when they are rejecting an offer or saying that they do not want to do something, especially when they are annoyed.  
if you don't mind             phrase   PHR with cl     (feelings)    `Sit down.'—`I prefer standing for a while, if you don't mind.'...     
12    You use mind you to emphasize a piece of information that you are adding, especially when the new information explains what you have said or contrasts with it. Some people use mind in a similar way.  
mind (you)      phrase   PHR with cl     (emphasis)    They pay full rates. Mind you, they can afford it..., You need a bit of cold water in there to make it comfortable. Not too cold, mind.     
13    You say never mind when you are emphasizing that something is not serious or important, especially when someone is upset about it or is saying sorry to you.  
never mind      convention  
14    You use never mind to tell someone that they need not do something or worry about something, because it is not important or because you will do it yourself.  
never mind      phrase   oft PHR n/wh  
`Was his name David?'<emdash10001`No I don't think it was, but never mind, go on.'..., Dorothy, come on. Never mind your shoes. They'll soon dry off..., `Fewter didn't seem to think so.'—`Never mind what Fewter said.'     
15    You use never mind after a statement, often a negative one, to indicate that the statement is even more true of the person, thing, or situation that you are going to mention next.  
never mind sth      phrase  
I'm not going to believe it myself, never mind convince anyone else...     
16    You use never you mind to tell someone not to ask about something because it is not their concern or they should not know about it.  
never you mind      convention  
`Where is it?'—`Never you mind.'     
17    If you say that you wouldn't mind something, you mean that you would quite like it.  
sb wouldn't mind sth/doing sth      phrase   PHR n/-ing  
I wouldn't mind a coffee...     
    to mind your own business  
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mind          [1]     ( minds    plural  )   (NOUN USES)  
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1       n-count   You refer to someone's mind    when talking about their thoughts. For example, if you say that something is in your mind, you mean that you are thinking about it, and if you say that something is at the back of your mind, you mean that you are aware of it, although you are not thinking about it very much.      
with poss   (=head)  
I'm trying to clear my mind of all this..., There was no doubt in his mind that the man was serious..., I put what happened during that game to the back of my mind..., He spent the next hour going over the trial in his mind...     
2       n-count   Your mind    is your ability to think and reason.      
supp N   (=intellect)  
You have a good mind..., Studying stretched my mind and got me thinking about things.     
3       n-count   If you have a particular type of mind   , you have a particular way of thinking which is part of your character, or a result of your education or professional training.      
usu sing, with supp  
Andrew, you have a very suspicious mind..., The key to his success is his logical mind., ...an American writer who has researched the criminal mind.     
4       n-count   You can refer to someone as a particular kind of mind    as a way of saying that they are clever, intelligent, or imaginative.      
with supp   (=intellect)  
She moved to London, meeting some of the best minds of her time.     
    frame of mind  
    state of mind  
6    If you tell someone to bear something in mind or to keep something in mind, you are reminding or warning them about something important which they should remember.  
to bear/keep sth in mind      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR that, PHR n  
Bear in mind that petrol stations are scarce in the more remote areas..., I should not be surprised about some of her comments, bearing in mind the party she belongs to.     
7    If something brings another thing to mind or calls another thing to mind, it makes you think of that other thing, usually because it is similar in some way.  
to bring/call sth to mind      phrase   V inflects, usu PHR n  
That brings to mind a wonderful poem by Riokin...     
8    If you cast your mind backto a time in the past, you think about what happened then.  
cast your mind back      phrase   V and N inflect, oft PHR to n  
Cast your mind back to 1978, when Forest won the title.     
9    If you close your mind   to something, you deliberately do not think about it or pay attention to it.      
to close your mind      phrase   V and N inflect, usu PHR to n  
She has closed her mind to last year's traumas.     
10    If you change your mind   , or if someone or something changes your mind   , you change a decision you have made or an opinion that you had.         
to change your/sb's mind      phrase   V and N inflect  
I was going to vote for him, but I changed my mind and voted for Reagan..., It would be impossible to change his mind.     
11    If something comes to mind or springs to mind, you think of it without making any effort.  
to come/spring to mind      phrase   V inflects  
Integrity and honesty are words that spring to mind when talking of the man.     
12    If you say that an idea or possibility never crossed your mind   , you mean that you did not think of it.      
to cross your mind      phrase   V and N inflect, oft with brd-neg, oft it PHR that  
It had never crossed his mind that there might be a problem...     
13    If you see something in your mind's eye, you imagine it and have a clear picture of it in your mind.  
in your mind's eye      phrase   PHR after v, PHR with cl  
In his mind's eye, he can imagine the effect he's having.     
14    If you have a mind to do something, you want, intend, or choose to do it.  
to have a mind to      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR inf  
The captain of the guard looked as if he had a mind to challenge them...     
15    If you say that you have a good mind to do something or have half a mind to do it, you are threatening or announcing that you have a strong desire to do it, although you probably will not do it.  
to have a good mind/half a mind to do      phrase   V inflects, usu PHR inf  
He raged on about how he had a good mind to resign.     
16    If you ask someone what they have in mind, you want to know in more detail about an idea or wish they have.  
to have sth in mind      phrase   V inflects  
`Maybe we could celebrate tonight.'—`What did you have in mind?'     
17    If you have it in mind to do something, you intend or want to do it.  
to have it in mind to do      phrase   V inflects, usu PHR inf  
Collins Harvill had it in mind to publish a short volume about Pasternak.     
18    If you do something with a particular thing in mind, you do it with that thing as your aim or as the reason or basis for your action.  
with sth in mind      phrase   PHR after v, PHR with cl  
These families need support. With this in mind a group of 35 specialists met last weekend.     
19    If you say that something such as an illness is allin the mind, you mean that it relates to someone's feelings or attitude, rather than having any physical cause.  
in the mind      phrase   v-link PHR  
It could be a virus, or it could be all in the mind.     
20    If you know your own mind, you are sure about your opinions, and are not easily influenced by other people.  
to know your own mind      phrase   V and N inflect  
21    If you say that someone is losing their mind   , you mean that they are becoming mad.      
lose your mind      phrase   V and N inflect  
Sometimes I feel I'm losing my mind.     
22    If you make up your mind    or make your mind up, you decide which of a number of possible things you will have or do.      
to make up your mind      phrase   V and N inflect, oft PHR to-inf   (=decide)  
Once he made up his mind to do something, there was no stopping him..., She said her mind was made up.     
23    You can use the expression mind over matter to describe situations in which a person seems to be able to control events, physical objects, or the condition of their own body using their mind.  
mind over matter      phrase   oft n prep PHR  
Good health is simply a case of mind over matter.     
24    If a number of people are of one mind, of like mind, or of the same mind, they all agree about something.  
of one/like/the same mind      phrase   v-link PHR  
Contact with other disabled yachtsmen of like mind would be helpful..., The food companies are not of one mind about these new regulations.     
25    If you say that something that happens is a load off your mind    or a weight off your mind   , you mean that it causes you to stop worrying, for example because it solves a problem that you had.         
a load/weight off your mind      phrase   mind inflects, v-link PHR  
26    If something is on your mind   , you are worried or concerned about it and think about it a lot.      
on your mind      phrase   N inflects, v-link PHR, PHR after v  
This game has been on my mind all week..., I just forgot. I've had a lot on my mind.     
27    If your mind is on something or you have your mind on something, you are thinking about that thing.  
your mind is on sth/to have your mind on sth      phrase   V and N inflect, PHR n/-ing  
At school I was always in trouble<endash>my mind was never on my work.     
28    If you have an open mind, you avoid forming an opinion or making a decision until you know all the facts.  
an open mind      phrase   N inflects, PHR after v  
It's hard to see it any other way, though I'm trying to keep an open mind.     
29    If something opens your mind   to new ideas or experiences, it makes you more willing to accept them or try them.      
to open sb's mind      phrase   V and N inflect, usu PHR to n  
She also stimulated his curiosity and opened his mind to other cultures.     
30    If you say that someone is out of their mind, you mean that they are mad or very foolish.  
out of your mind      phrase   N inflects, v-link PHR     (disapproval)    (=crazy)  
What are you doing? Are you out of your mind?     
31    If you say that someone is out of their mindwith a feeling such as worry or fear, you are emphasizing that they are extremely worried or afraid.  
be/go out of your mind with sth      phrase   N inflects, v-link PHR, usu PHR with n     (emphasis)   
32    If you say that someone is, for example, bored out of their mind   , scared out of their mind   , or stoned out of their mind   , you are emphasizing that they are extremely bored, scared, or affected by drugs.            
bored/stoned out of your mind      phrase   N inflects, v-link PHR     (emphasis)   
33    If you put your mind to something, you start making an effort to do it.  
to put your mind to sth      phrase   V and N inflect, PHR n  
You could do fine in the world if you put your mind to it.     
34    If something puts you in mind of something else, it reminds you of it because it is similar to it or is associated with it.  
to put you in mind of      phrase   V inflects, PHR n   (=remind)  
This put me in mind of something Patrick said many years ago.     
35    If you can read someone's mind   , you know what they are thinking without them saying anything.      
to read sb's mind      phrase   V and N inflect  
Don't expect others to read your mind.     
36    To put someone's mind at rest or set their mind at rest means to stop them worrying about something.  
to set/put sb's mind at rest      phrase   V and N inflect  
It may be advisable to have a blood test to put your mind at rest...     
37    If you say that nobody in their right mind would do a particular thing, you are emphasizing that it is an irrational thing to do and you would be surprised if anyone did it.  
nobody in their right mind      phrase   with brd-neg, n PHR     (emphasis)    No one in her right mind would make such a major purchase without asking questions.     
38    If you set your mind on something or have your mind set on it, you are determined to do it or obtain it.  
to set your mind/have your mind set on sth      phrase   V and N inflect, PHR n  
When my wife sets her mind on something, she invariably finds a way to achieve it.     
39    If something slips your mind   , you forget it.      
to slip your mind      phrase   V and N inflect  
I was going to mention it, but it slipped my mind.     
40    If you speak your mind   , you say firmly and honestly what you think about a situation, even if this may offend or upset people.      
to speak your mind      phrase   V and N inflect  
Martina Navratilova has never been afraid to speak her mind.     
41    If something sticks in your mind   , it remains firmly in your memory.      
to stick in your mind      phrase   V and N inflect  
I've always been fond of poetry and one piece has always stuck in my mind.     
42    If something takes your mind off a problem or unpleasant situation, it helps you to forget about it for a while.  
to take your mind off      phrase   V and N inflect, PHR n  
`How about a game of tennis?' suggested Alan. `That'll take your mind off things.'     
43    You say or write to my mind to indicate that the statement you are making is your own opinion.  
to my mind      phrase   PHR with cl  
There are scenes in this play which to my mind are incredibly violent.     
44    If you are in two minds, you are uncertain about what to do, especially when you have to choose between two courses of action. The expression of two minds is also used, especially in American English.  
in two minds      phrase   usu v-link PHR, oft PHR about n, PHR whether   (=unsure, undecided)  
Like many parents, I am in two minds about school uniforms...     
    to give someone a piece of your mind  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    brain(s)     (informal)   grey matter     (informal)   intellect, intelligence, mentality, ratiocination, reason, sense, spirit, understanding, wits  
2    memory, recollection, remembrance  
3    brain, head, imagination, psyche  
4    brain     (informal)   brainbox, genius, intellect, intellectual, thinker  
5    attitude, belief, feeling, judgment, opinion, outlook, point of view, sentiment, thoughts, view, way of thinking  
6    bent, desire, disposition, fancy, inclination, intention, leaning, notion, purpose, tendency, urge, will, wish  
7    attention, concentration, thinking, thoughts  
8    judgment, marbles     (informal)   mental balance, rationality, reason, sanity, senses, wits  
9    in or of two minds      dithering     (chiefly Brit.)   hesitant, shillyshallying     (informal)   swithering     (Scot.)   uncertain, undecided, unsure, vacillating, wavering  
10    make up one's mind      choose, come to a decision, decide, determine, reach a decision, resolve  
11    bear or keep in mind      be cognizant of, be mindful of, remember, take note of  
12    be affronted, be bothered, care, disapprove, dislike, look askance at, object, resent, take offence  
13    adhere to, attend, comply with, follow, heed, listen to, mark, note, notice, obey, observe, pay attention, pay heed to, regard, respect, take heed, watch  
14    be sure, ensure, make certain  
15    attend to, guard, have charge of, keep an eye on, look after, take care of, tend, watch  
16    be careful, be cautious, be on (one's) guard, be wary, take care, watch  
17    never mind      disregard, do not concern yourself, don't bother, don't give (it) a second thought, forget (it), it does not matter, it's none of your business, it's nothing to do with you, pay no attention  

mind out     
be careful, be on one's guard, beware, keep one's eyes open, look out, pay attention, take care, watch  
mind's eye     
head, imagination, memory, mind, recollection, remembrance  
presence of mind     
alertness, aplomb, calmness, composure, cool     (slang)   coolness, imperturbability, level-headedness, phlegm, quickness, sang-froid, self-assurance, self-command, self-possession, wits  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
if you can't be arsed to do something, you can't be bothered to do it (you are too lazy to do it)
colloquial, British, very common
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
expression used for pointing out that, if you love someone, you accept also things and people dear to the person you love
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
abbr. acron.
I don't give a fuck
abbr. acron.
Short for "I don't know".
I have no idea; I don't have a clue
[Informal] E.g.: Why was she upset? - Beats me!
consider that two parties don't owe anything to each other
relative to people who are attached but don't want to be too intimate with someone on whom they are dependent
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'
term used for describing the lifestyle of married or unmarried long-term couples who don't live under the same roof
[Psych.] acronym: LAT. e.g LAT couples, LAT relationships
a humorous way of recommending someone not to pursue something at which they are unlikely to be good or successful and thus, to rather stick to what they can do best, namely, their job
Ex.: Although she had poured her whole heart and soul into her singing at the karaoke, her somewhat cruel but nonetheless lucid friends told her: 'don't give up the day job!'
used to tell someone that you do not know any more about a subject than they do
Ex: Jill: 'How long should we bake this pie?' Jane: 'Your guess is as good as mine'.
addendum to a contract in general that you do not wish for everyone to see
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