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[2]     (AMOUNTS AND OCCURRENCES)  
1       prep   If something is over a particular amount, measurement, or age, it is more than that amount, measurement, or age.  
PREP amount  
Cigarettes kill over a hundred thousand Britons every year..., I met George well over a year ago.     
      Over is also an adverb., adv   amount and ADV  
...people aged 65 and over.     
2       prep-phrase   Over and above an amount, especially a normal amount, means more than that amount or in addition to it.  
Expenditure on education has gone up by seven point eight per cent over and above inflation...     
3       adv   If you say that you have some food or money over, you mean that it remains after you have used all that you need.  
be ADV, n ADV, ADV after v  
Larsons pay me well enough, but there's not much over for luxuries when there's two of you to live on it..., Primrose was given an apple, left over from our picnic lunch.     
4       adv   If you do something over, you do it again or start doing it again from the beginning.  
  (AM)   ADV after v   (=again)  
She said if she had the chance to do it over, she would have hired a press secretary...     
5    If you say that something happened twice over, three times over and so on, you are stating the number of times that it happened and emphasizing that it happened more than once.  
twice over      phrase   PHR after v     (emphasis)    He had to have everything spelled out twice over for him.     
6    If you do something over again, you do it again or start doing it again from the beginning.  
  (BRIT)  
over again      phrase   PHR after v  
If I was living my life over again I wouldn't have attended so many committee meetings.     
7    If you say that something is happening all over again, you are emphasizing that it is happening again, and you are suggesting that it is tiring, boring, or unpleasant.  
all over again      phrase   PHR after v     (emphasis)    The whole process started all over again..., He had to prove himself all over again.     
8    If you say that something happened over and over or over and over again, you are emphasizing that it happened many times.  
over and over             phrase   PHR after v     (emphasis)    He plays the same songs over and over..., `I don't understand it,' he said, over and over again.     
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v.
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
exp.
worry about something; be concerned about smth. (to the point of not being able to fall asleep)
n.
proprietary rights over virtual assets
[Tech.]
n.
look at, look over, examine, evaluate
slang
n.
Something that as soon as it is done becomes decided upon to repeat the next year and years to come. Does not necessarily have to had been done previous years to be defined an instant tradition.
v.
to look for or expose information about a person's past, usually bad, and to therefore bring that person down or put them in a bad light
n.
person born at the end of the 90s ; persons starting their teen life of the beginning of the years 2000
adv.
very little; very few; said to indicate that something is in a low amount/quantity or insignificant
E.g. You weigh like nothing; It costs like nothing; It is a big deal, but you make it look like nothing.
exp.
someone who spends very few time with his wife/ her husband because of the partner's preoccupation with physical exercise
adj.
over-decorated, "bling-bling"
slang
n.
a leaky tap that tends to spray water over ones trousers whenever used.
n.
sigle of "Air Launched Cruise Missile" that can find his target electronically by his own means at a long distance according to a memorized map of the landscape he has to pass over
can also be launched from the soil or the sea. they can be reprogrammed or destroyed during the fly by the "sender"
n.
a technology item that a young person no longer uses and hands over to an older person, after having purchased a last generation product
[Bus.];[Tech.]
exp.
informal term used to describe the flab in the abdominal area rolling over tight clothes
from the resemblance with a muffin whose top exceeds the margins of the paper it is baked in
adj.
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
n.
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"
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"
adj.
happening once a year
Ex.: My favorite annual event is Christmas because I eat my mother's great feast and get christmas presents from Santa Claus.

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