may/might as well meaning, may/might as well definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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1    You use as well when mentioning something which happens in the same way as something else already mentioned, or which should be considered at the same time as that thing.  
as well      phrase   cl PHR   (=too)  
It is most often diagnosed in women in their thirties and forties, although I've seen it in many younger women, as well..., `What do you like about it then?'—`Erm, the history, the shops<endash>people are quite friendly as well.'     
2    You use as well as when you want to mention another item connected with the subject you are discussing.  
as well as      prep-phrase  
It is in his best interests as well as yours..., As well as a good academic record I look for people who've climbed mountains or been captain of a team.     
3    If you say that something that has happened is just as well, you mean that it is fortunate that it happened in the way it did.  
be just as well      phrase   V inflects, oft it PHR that  
Judging from everything you've said, it was just as well she wasn't there.     
4    You say it is as well to think or do something when you are advising someone to think in a particular way or to take a particular action.  
it is as well to      phrase   V inflects, PHR inf  
It is as well to bear in mind that laughter is a great releaser of tension.     
5    If you say that someone would do well to do something, you mean that you advise or recommend that they do it.  
would do well to      phrase  
He would do well to remember that, sooner or later, everyone's luck runs out..., Investors would do well to take a look at the Swiss economy.     
6    If you say that something, usually something bad, might as well be true or may as well be true, you mean that the situation is the same or almost the same as if it were true.  
may/might as well             phrase   PHR inf  
The couple might as well have been strangers..., We might just as well be in prison for all the quality our lives have at present.     
7    If you say that you might as well do something, or that you may as well do it, you mean that you will do it although you do not have a strong desire to do it and may even feel slightly unwilling to do it.  
may/might as well             phrase   usu PHR inf  
If I've got to go somewhere I may as well go to Birmingham..., Anyway, you're here; you might as well stay..., I'll come with you if you like. I might as well.     
8    If you say that something is all well and good, you are suggesting that it has faults or disadvantages, although it may appear to be correct or reasonable.  
all well and good      phrase   usu v-link PHR, oft PHR for n, PHR to-inf  
It's all well and good for him to say he's sorry for dropping you, but has he told you why he did it?     
9    You say well and good or all well and good to indicate that you would be pleased if something happens but you are aware that it has some disadvantages.  
well and good      phrase   usu PHR with cl, v-link PHR, it v-link PHR to-inf/-ing  
If they arrive before I leave, well and good. If not, the responsibility will be mine..., This is all well and good, but we have to look at the situation in the long term.     
10    If you say that something is well and truly finished, gone, or done, you are emphasizing that it is completely finished or gone, or thoroughly done.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
well and truly      phrase   PHR group     (emphasis)    The war is well and truly over.     
    all very well  
    to know full well  
    to mean well  
    pretty well  
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May, makeweight, mayn't, ma

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
adv. adj.
looking good; having a look that was obviously well taken care of.
e.g a very well put together woman (adj.) You look well put together (adj.)
expression used when nothing is going well
de même que le fleuve retourne à la mer, le don de l'homme revient vers lui
someone looking very well in the outfit he/she is wearing
[Slang] E.g.: You are a shape in a drape in this dress
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
bien perdu, bien connu
bien se tirer de
bien attend qui parr attend
à un chacun sent bon sa merde
puise quand la corde est au puits
deux bêtes paissent bien en un pré
croûte de pâté vaut bien pain
culture générale ce proverbe signifie que le meilleur peut remplacer le bon
gouverne toi bien pour gouverner le monde
bien faire, et laisser dire
c'est par le bien faire que se crée le bien_être
bien servir fait amis et vrai dire ennemis
du bois solide vaut mieux que du bois bien peint
chacun son métier, les vaches seront bien gardées
celui qui ignore que son lit est dur dort bien
bien dire fait rire, bien faire fait taire
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