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1       adj   Something that is legitimate is acceptable according to the law.  
The government will not seek to disrupt the legitimate business activities of the defendant.     
  legitimacy      n-uncount   usu with supp  
The opposition parties do not recognise the political legitimacy of his government.     
  legitimately      adv   ADV with v  
The government has been legitimately elected by the people.     
2       adj   If you say that something such as a feeling or claim is legitimate, you think that it is reasonable and justified.  
That's a perfectly legitimate fear..., The New York Times has a legitimate claim to be a national newspaper.     
  legitimacy      n-uncount   usu with supp  
As if to prove the legitimacy of these fears, the Cabinet of Franz von Papen collapsed on December 2.     
  legitimately      adv   ADV with v  
They could quarrel quite legitimately with some of my choices.     
3       adj   A legitimate child is one whose parents were married before he or she was born.,   (Antonym: illegitimate)    We only married in order that the child should be legitimate.     
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adj.
1. [person] dishonest or suspect 2. [object] unreliable
[US] [informal] Ex1: I think his sources are hinky and I'll have to look into them. Ex2: Your brakes are a little hinky and you should get them replaced
v.
[subj: poiicemen] to herd [demonstrators] into a compact group in order to control their movements
n.
1. [Mil.] a pilot who comes in support of the leading aircraft. He is positionned besides and slightly behind the leading aircraft. 2. [Fig.] a person who helps a friend to approach potential partners
2. this meaning has been popularised by the TV series How I Met Your Mother
v.
1. throw someone or something out of a window 2. [fig.][fam.] dismiss/remove (sb) from a position of authority/power
Ex1: The inspector considers the assumption that the victim might have been defenastrated. Ex2: Due to the lack of results, the decision was taken to 'defenestrate' the manager.
adj.
1. [Comp.] a device that once plugged in is automatically recognized by the system and launches the expected process without any action on the user's side; 2. [Bus.] a new employee who is able to start work without too much induction and training
[Comp.];[Bus.] can be used as both noun and adjective: plug and play device; plug and play employee or simply plug and play (noun)
adj.
[arch.] near in space, time or relation, almost (followed by: upon)
"nigh upon" is even stronger in keeping with an antiquated, even biblical style. "The end of the world is nigh upon us"
exp.
[as interjection] an expression of congratulations, thanks or respect
big up to the team for a great job
n.
[in Thailand] young male transsexual (often a sex worker)
v.
1. [informal] die 2. fail 3. remain static
Ex1: The prisoner was injected a deadly drug and flatlined Ex2: His attempts to reach the summit have flatlined three times already Ex3.: The vote for the new party has flatlined at about 3%
adv.
extremely [with the idea of "abnormally"]
freakishly successful/large/lifelike
n.
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
n.
1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.
exp.
defeat someone with arguments during a discussion; knock out [Fig.]
v.
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
n.
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