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  ( 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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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'
Used to express that it is impossible to decide between two options because they're equal
English expression
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it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
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a small digital image or icon used to express or convey an idea, a mood or an emotion in electronic communication. It's a loanword from japoneese coming from e 'picture'+ moji 'letter, character'.
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"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).
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.
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
it's said when someone has done things in the wrong order
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