it's the principle of the thing meaning, it's the principle of the thing definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( principles    plural  )
1       n-var   A principle is a general belief that you have about the way you should behave, which influences your behaviour.  
usu poss N, adj N, prep N  
Buck never allowed himself to be bullied into doing anything that went against his principles..., It's not just a matter of principle., ...a man of principle.     
2       n-count   The principlesof a particular theory or philosophy are its basic rules or laws.  
usu N of n, adj N  
...a violation of the basic principles of Marxism...     
3       n-count   Scientific principles are general scientific laws which explain how something happens or works.  
usu adj N, N of n  
These people lack all understanding of scientific principles.     
4    If you agree with something in principle, you agree in general terms to the idea of it, although you do yet know the details or know if it will be possible.  
in principle      phrase   usu PHR after v  
I agree with it in principle but I doubt if it will happen in practice.     
5    If something is possible in principle, there is no known reason why it should not happen, even though it has not happened before.  
in principle      phrase  
Even assuming this to be in principle possible, it will not be achieved soon.     
6    If you refuse to do something on principle, you refuse to do it because of a particular belief that you have.  
on principle      phrase   usu with brd-neg, PHR after v  
He would vote against it on principle...     
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it's ready!
or "dinner's ready!"; "lunch is ready!"; "breakfast's ready!"
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'
something is easy to do
Used to express that it is impossible to decide between two options because they're equal
English expression
"It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much I want to hit them in the face with a shovel." Concept coming from the Marian Keyes novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close (2012).
it's said when someone has done things in the wrong order
When something is 'in the air', it means something exciting or significant is taking place or about to happen. Ex.: Spring is in the air - it's time for change!
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
management by walking/wandering around; it's a form of management based on frequent informal visits to the subordinates'work area and direct interaction with them
it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions
neighborhood considered dangerous, where it's not recommended to go, especially as an outsider
vintage light on police car, i.e. a single dome with rotating lights inside. Thus nicknamed because of it's resemblance with bubblegum machines.
[US];[Coll.] Syn. bubble gum machine, gumball machine.
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
ظاهر او باين على وجهك
virtual electronic assets, value or obligations bequeathed to a person after its former owner's death
[Tech.];[US];[Internet] value or obligations in cyberspace transitable upon the death of an individual
means "that's just the way it is"
c'est comme ça, point barre
damn it!
Rats! I will be late to the meeting.
go crazy; get angry; lose self-control
E.g.: I will lose it if we keep listening to this song.
new trend in computing to take into account the environmental aspect when designing IT systems.
it occurred to me, I suddenly thought of it, I had an idea all of a sudden
E.g: I wondered all day long how to solve this problem and it suddenly hit me...I had to talk to Marry.
"to be up for it" means to be willing to participate
she's really up for it: elle est partante
expression used to encourage someone to say what is on their mind, what is bothering them
consider that two parties don't owe anything to each other
avoid or at least minimize risks ; choose the safest way in case of doubt
to be on the safe side ; play safe
ça craint! ; c'est nul!
it sounds interesting or attractive
could refer to a very weak cup of tea/pint of beer
(in an auction, negotiation or other business competition) the situation in which the winning party has overrated the pursued object
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


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