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In addition to the uses shown below, over    is used after some verbs, nouns, and adjectives in order to introduce extra information. Over is also used in phrasal verbs such as `hand over' and `glaze over'.         
1       prep   If one thing is over    another thing or is moving over    it, the first thing is directly above the second, either resting on it, or with a space between them.      ,   (Antonym: under)    He looked at himself in the mirror over the table., ...a bridge over the river Danube.     
      Over is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
...planes flying over every 10 or 15 minutes.     
2       prep   If one thing is over    another thing, it is supported by it and its ends are hanging down on each side of it.      
usu -ed PREP n  
A grey mackintosh was folded over her arm..., Joe's clothing was flung over the back of a chair.     
3       prep   If one thing is over    another thing, it covers part or all of it.      
Mix the ingredients and pour over the mushrooms..., He was wearing a light-grey suit over a shirt..., He pulled the cap halfway over his ears.     
      Over is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
Heat this syrup and pour it over.     
4       prep   If you lean over    an object, you bend your body so that the top part of it is above the object.      
v PREP n  
They stopped to lean over a gate..., Everyone in the room was bent over her desk.     
      Over is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
Sam leant over to open the door of the car.     
5       prep   If you look over    or talk over    an object, you look or talk across the top of it.         
usu v PREP n  
I went and stood beside him, looking over his shoulder., ...conversing over the fence with your friend...     
6       prep   If a window has a view over    an area of land or water, you can see the land or water through the window.      
n PREP n, v PREP n   (=onto)  
...a light and airy bar with a wonderful view over the River Amstel...     
7       prep   If someone or something goes over    a barrier, obstacle, or boundary, they get to the other side of it by going across it, or across the top of it.      
v PREP n  
I stepped over a broken piece of wood..., He'd just come over the border.     
      Over is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
I climbed over into the back seat.     
8       prep   If someone or something moves over    an area or surface, they move across it, from one side to the other.       (=across)  
She ran swiftly over the lawn to the gate..., Joe passed his hand over his face and looked puzzled.     
9       prep   If something is on the opposite side of a road or river, you can say that it is over    the road or river.       (=across)  
...a fashionable neighbourhood, just over the river from Manhattan.     
10       adv   If you go over    to a place, you go to that place.      
ADV after v, oft ADV to n  
I got out the car and drove over to Dervaig..., I thought you might have invited her over.     
11       adv   You can use over    to indicate a particular position or place a short distance away from someone or something.      
ADV after v, oft ADV prep  
He noticed Rolfe standing silently over by the window..., John reached over and took Joanna's hand...     
12       adv   You use over    to say that someone or something falls towards or onto the ground, often suddenly or violently.      
ADV after v  
He was knocked over by a bus and broke his leg..., The truck had gone off the road and toppled over.     
13       adv   If something rolls over    or is turned over   , its position changes so that the part that was facing upwards is now facing downwards.         
ADV after v  
His car rolled over after a tyre was punctured..., The alarm did go off but all I did was yawn, turn over and go back to sleep.     
14    All over a place means in every part of it.  
all over      prep-phrase  
...the letters she received from people all over the world.     
15    Over here means near you, or in the country you are in.  
over here      phrase   usu PHR after v, v-link PHR  
Why don't you come over here tomorrow evening...     
16    Over there means in a place a short distance away from you, or in another country.  
over there      phrase   usu PHR after v, v-link PHR  
The cafe is just across the road over there..., She'd married some American and settled down over there.     
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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
sentence containing all letters of a given alphabet at least once.The canonical example in English is: 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog'.
A perfect pangram contains each letter of the alphabet just once and thus is far more difficult to come up with. The best seems to be: 'Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx'.
a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere, which sits over the polar region.
worry about something; be concerned about smth. (to the point of not being able to fall asleep)
proprietary rights over virtual assets
look at, look over, examine, evaluate
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.
sobre por, encima
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.
someone who spends very few time with his wife/ her husband because of the partner's preoccupation with physical exercise
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
person born at the end of the 90s ; persons starting their teen life of the beginning of the years 2000
a leaky tap that tends to spray water over ones trousers whenever used.
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
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
a technology item that a young person no longer uses and hands over to an older person, after having purchased a last generation 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"
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"
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