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oblique

  
1       adj   If you describe a statement as oblique, you mean that is not expressed directly or openly, making it difficult to understand.   (=indirect)  
Mr Golding delivered an oblique warning, talking of the danger of sudden action.     
  obliquely      adv   ADV with v   (=indirectly)  
He obliquely referred to the US, Britain and Saudi Arabia.     
2       adj   An oblique line is a straight line that is not horizontal or vertical. An oblique angle is any angle other than a right angle.  
usu ADJ n  
It lies between the plain and the sea at an oblique angle to the coastline.     
  obliquely      adv   ADV after v  
This muscle runs obliquely downwards inside the abdominal cavity.     
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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.
n.
roads etc crowded with holidaymakers
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
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)
n.
be silent, stop talking etc
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)
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
exp.
defeat someone with arguments during a discussion; knock out [Fig.]
n.
this expression means 'he is very good at criticizing others but he can't accept criticism from others'
exp.
expression used for warning that, although something seems to be over, settled, new events that could change the situation may occur
syn.: "it ain't over till it's over"
n.
very thin fabric used for theatre backdrops, translucent curtains etc
n.
one of the parts that make up a whole machine, system etc.
n.
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)
n.
someone who loves being in the sun, sunbathing etc
v.
have similar qualities or a similar size, position etc to something else
When I was in the 8th grade in Japan, I broke down my right hand, so I needed to write everything by my left hand and my left hand writing did not correspond to my right one.
n.
someone who, most of the time, carries a device enabling him to capture his day-by-day experiences (such as a photo camera, mobile phone etc.)
n.
dilation of the pupil caused by drugs, coma etc
n.
1. a fashion enthusiast; someone who sets or follows trends; 2. woman working in the fashion domain (as a designer, journalist, model etc.); 3. woman passionate about shopping;
n.
expression used for describing a perfect compatibility (between people, things, factors etc.)
exp.
use the authority given by a position (in society, in a company etc.) to determine someone to act in a certain manner
E.g: He is not eager to attend the event, but he has to be there because his boss pulled rank on him.
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