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  ( sums    plural & 3rd person present)   ( summing    present participle)   ( summed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A sumof money is an amount of money.  
oft N of n  
Large sums of money were lost..., Even the relatively modest sum of £50,000 now seems beyond his reach.     
2       n-count   A sum is a simple calculation in arithmetic.  
I can't do my sums.     
3       n-sing   In mathematics, the sum of two numbers is the number that is obtained when they are added together.  
the N of n  
The sum of all the angles of a triangle is 180 degrees.     
4       n-sing   The sum of something is all of it.  
the N of n  
`Public opinion' is only the sum of the views of thousands of people like yourself...     
    lump sum  
6    If you say that something is more than the sum of its parts or greater than the sum of its parts, you mean that it is better than you would expect from the individual parts, because the way they combine adds a different quality.  
more/greater than the sum of its parts             phrase   v-link PHR  
As individual members' solo careers have proved, each band was greater than the sum of its parts.      sum up  
1       phrasal verb   If you sum something up, you describe it as briefly as possible.  
One voter in Brasilia summed up the mood<endash>`Politicians have lost credibility,' he complained...      V P n (not pron)  
Obree summed his weekend up in one word: `Disastrous.'      V n P  
2       phrasal verb   If something sums a person or situation up, it represents their most typical characteristics.   (=epitomize)  
`I love my wife, my horse and my dog,' he said, and that summed him up...      V n P  
Sadly, the feud sums up the relationship between Lord Bath and the man who succeeds him.      V P n (not pron)  
3       phrasal verb   If you sum up after a speech or at the end of a piece of writing, you briefly state the main points again. When a judge sums up after a trial, he reminds the jury of the evidence and the main arguments of the case they have heard.  
When the judge summed up, it was clear he wanted a guilty verdict...      V P  
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more, mores, MOR, moreover

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the carrot is more effective than the stick
(in neomarxist thought) the second main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of formation. The members of the formoisie have human capital, receive high wages (the most frequently thanks to their diplomas) and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1993 Yanick Toutain)
[Hum. Sc.] The formoisie is the social class that created social-democracy and stalinism.
(in neomarxist thought) the third main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of innovation. The members of the innovoisie have usually human innovating capital. They receive (as individuals) copyrights or patent rights and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1996 Yanick Toutain)
intentional copy and use of a software product without the permission of its owner
very imposing or impressive
undesirable, at much lower standards than expected
synonym for "shitty"
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
maximum; no more (or later) than; at the most
E.g.: You have to be back at 11 o'clock tops; The show lasted one hour tops
a person with more power or authority than others
Eg.: Your father is one of the dominant man in his section because he is boss.
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.
This expression means it is better to let one's emotions out, rather than bottled up inside. It is also often said when someone has gas.
this is just something my grandmother would say in cajun french
is a test process that is performed after the software has been changed in order to verify if the changes didn't affect other software parts
an ambitious woman who thinks her career really matters more than many things and is not willing to compromise on it
Materialistic concept neonewtonist. In its measures, this variation of length of traveled route (by unit of time) by a group of photons ( φ is the initial of photons) - the light signal - is equal to what is collectively called " radial velocity". It distinguishes itself from it in its gnoseology.
Phys. Concept before 2007 The redshift indicates the phi-speed of a star. But do not give the immediate knowledge of its absolute speed.
A currency coin worth $1.00 in Canada. Bigger than a quarter but smaller than a tooney.
looney also can mean strange or weird. ex.He had always been a little bit looney.
1. using copyright law to make a piece of work freely available and allowing its free distribution and modification (as long as its derivate versions follow the same copyright rules)
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.
when a shop is boarded up, it means it is no longer in business and that wooden planks have been nailed over its windows.
one in seven shops in the UK are boarded up
a person who prefers to interact with his/her Google glasses rather than communicating with people in real life
The acquisition of a startup primarily for the team and talent, rather than for the technology or product.
a business model in which goods or services are shared, swapped, or rented over networks, rather than being owned by individuals
Ex: Airbnb, the peer-to-peer accomodation marketplace Related to the concept of "sharing economy"
a Registered Trademark owned by WHAM-O INC, commonly used to refer its famous flying disc
is the recreation of any entity after its death or destruction
video gaming
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
to take OR turn OR bring something down a notch means to decrease its intensity
one of the parts that make up a whole machine, system etc.
a body part is a part of a human body, usually one that has been cut or torn from the body in a violent incident (such as an accident, an explosion, etc)


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