key people meaning, key people definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( peoples    plural & 3rd person present)   ( peopling    present participle)   ( peopled    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-plural   People are men, women, and children. People is normally used as the plural of person, instead of `persons'.  
Millions of people have lost their homes., ...the people of Angola., ...homeless young people..., I don't think people should make promises they don't mean to keep...     
2       n-plural   The people is sometimes used to refer to ordinary men and women, in contrast to the government or the upper classes.  
the N  
...the will of the people.     
3       n-count-coll   A people is all the men, women, and children of a particular country or race.  
...the native peoples of Central and South America...     
4       verb   If a place or country is peopled by a particular group of people, that group of people live there.  
usu passive   (=populate)  
It was peopled by a fiercely independent race of peace-loving Buddhists.      be V-ed by/with n  
...a small town peopled by lay workers and families.      V-ed  

boat people     
Boat people are people who escape from their country in small boats to travel to another country in the hope that they will be able to live there..      n-plural  
...50,000 Vietnamese boat people.     
old people's home        ( old people's homes    plural  ) An old people's home is a place where old people live and are cared for when they are too old to look after themselves.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count  
people carrier        ( people carriers    plural  ) A people carrier is a large family car which looks similar to a van and has three rows of seats for passengers.      n-count  
people mover        ( people movers    plural  ) , people-mover   A people mover is the same as a people carrier.      n-count  
street people     
Street people are homeless people who live outdoors in a town or city.      n-plural  
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ce diplôme est un sésame pour la vie professionnelle
Slang; used as written abbreviation
ruling other people things
I respect the people in the past who were dominant and had power to control a government such as Nobutaka Oda who was a samurai because he controlled almost all areas in Japan.
characteristic of awesome people or things
one who solves people's problems
face that people are showing during orgasm
snubbing people by using one's mobile phone
[Neologism] portmanteau word : phone + snubbing
User’s online presence that hold the potential to be the key to ones online identity, value and worth.
Cyber Legacy Locker is the safe and secure way to pass encrypted access key of online accounts to authorized assignee.
[Leg.];[Tech.] passing access key of online account to friends or love ones
person who assists elderly people in their daily life
when you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.
in modern usage, especially among young people, also used disparagingly to mean 'rubbish' or 'ridiculous'
that is so gay: c'est nase
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
to lie lazily (in the sun): lizards bask on rocks, people bask on beaches. Also fig: to bask in someone's reflected glory; to bask in media attention.
meet people on a chat on Internet or via e-mail or social networks. meet virtually and not physically
classical African concept, humanist phylosophy focusing on people`s interrelations. It is originary from Bantu languages.
"I am what I am because of who we all are" , "Live consciuosly" are sayings belonging to this phylosophy
rules concerning what people are owed to or allowed of, according to ethical principles of freedom and applied in society
a group of people who decide to meet and make purchases at a local business. The aim is both to support it and to meet up with the community.
Inspired by the phenomenon of flash mobs, which refers to groups of people mobilized by social media to perform entertaining or unusual acts in public, such as choreographies
You say 'top that!' when you have achieved something and you want to challenge other people to do better
I know four celebrities - top that!
remnants of disputes that make a relationship between people or companies difficult to maintain, even without an open dispute
always thinking of what other people want and being anxious not to disturb them
I want to be a considerate person who always help friends when they are in trouble.
financial support for project provided collectively by a network of people on the Internet
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.
using a lot of people (Internet users mostly) to contribute to a collective work. For example Wikipedia uses crowdsourcing
expression used for describing a perfect compatibility (between people, things, factors etc.)
expression used for pointing out that, if you love someone, you accept also things and people dear to the person you love
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
if people live in each other's pocket, they spend a lot of time together
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.
expression meaning that one should not criticize someone else for a mistake that he/she also makes or a flaw that he/she also has


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