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  ( parties    plural & 3rd person present)   ( partying    present participle)   ( partied    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A party is a political organization whose members have similar aims and beliefs. Usually the organization tries to get its members elected to the government of a country.  
...a member of the Labour party., ...India's ruling party., ...opposition parties., ...her resignation as party leader.     
2       n-count   A party is a social event, often in someone's home, at which people enjoy themselves doing things such as eating, drinking, dancing, talking, or playing games.  
The couple met at a party..., We threw a huge birthday party..., Most teenagers like to go to parties.     
    dinner party  
    garden party  
    hen party  
    stag party  
3       verb   If you party, you enjoy yourself doing things such as going out to parties, drinking, dancing, and talking to people.  
They come to eat and drink, to swim, to party. Sometimes they never go to bed...      V  
4       n-count   A partyof people is a group of people who are doing something together, for example travelling together.  
usu with supp  
They became separated from their party., ...a party of sightseers.     
    search party  
    working party  
5       n-count   One of the people involved in a legal agreement or dispute can be referred to as a particular party.     (LEGAL)   usu supp N  
It has to be proved that they are the guilty party.     
    third party  
6    Someone who is a party to or is party to an action or agreement is involved in it, and therefore partly responsible for it.  
be a party to sth/be party to sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
Crook had resigned his post rather than be party to such treachery.     

cocktail party        ( cocktail parties    plural  ) A cocktail party is a party, usually held in the early evening, where cocktails or other alcoholic drinks are served. People often dress quite formally for them.      n-count  
Conservative Party     
TheConservative Party is the main right of centre party in Britain.      n-proper   usu the N  
dinner party        ( dinner parties    plural  ) A dinner party is a social event where a small group of people are invited to have dinner and spend the evening at someone's house.      n-count  
garden party        ( garden parties    plural  ) A garden party is a formal party that is held out of doors, especially in a large private garden, during the afternoon.      n-count   usu sing  
Green Party     
TheGreen Party is a political party that is particularly concerned about protecting the environment.      n-proper  
hen party        ( hen parties    plural  ) A hen party is a party to which only women are invited.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
house party        ( house parties    plural  ) A house party is a party held at a big house in the country, usually at a weekend, where the guests stay for a few days.      n-count  
injured party        ( injured parties    plural  ) Theinjured party in a court case or dispute about unfair treatment is the person who says they were unfairly treated.     (LEGAL)      n-count   usu the N   (=victim)  
The injured party got some compensation.     
Labour Party     
In Britain, the Labour Party is the main left-of-centre party. It believes that wealth and power should be shared fairly and public services should be free for everyone.      n-proper   the N  
The Labour Party and the teaching unions condemned the idea.     
Liberal Democrat Party     
The Liberal Democrat Party is the third largest political party in Britain and the main centre party. It believes in improving the constitution and the voting system and in providing good welfare services.      n-proper   the N, N n  
Liberal Party     
In Britain, the Liberal Party was a political party which believed in limited controls on industry, the providing of welfare services, and more local government and individual freedom. Liberal Party is also used to refer to similar parties in some other countries.      n-proper   the N, N n  
party-goer     ( party-goers    plural  ) , partygoer   A party-goer is someone who likes going to parties or someone who is at a particular party.      n-count  
At least half the partygoers were under 15.     
party line     
The party line on a particular issue is the official view taken by a political party, which its members are expected to support.      n-sing  
They ignored the official party line.     
party piece        ( party pieces    plural  ) Someone's party piece is something that they often do to entertain people, especially at parties, for example singing a particular song or saying a particular poem.  
INFORMAL      n-count   oft poss N  
party political     
Party political matters relate to political parties.  
  (BRIT)      adj   ADJ n  
The debate is being conducted almost exclusively on party political lines.     
party political broadcast        ( party political broadcasts    plural  ) A party political broadcast is a short broadcast on radio or television made by a political party, especially before an election. It explains their views and often criticizes other political parties.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
party politics  
1       n-uncount   Party politics is political activity involving political parties.  
He thinks the Archbishop has identified himself too closely with party politics.     
2       n-uncount   If politicians are accused of playing party politics, they are being accused of saying or doing something in order to make their party seem good or another party seem bad, rather than for a better reason.,   (disapproval)    Usually when Opposition MPs question Ministers they are just playing party politics.     
party pooper     ( party poopers    plural  ) You describe someone as a party pooper when you think that they spoil other people's fun and their enjoyment of something.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
I hate to be a party pooper, but I am really tired.     
party spirit     
If you talk about someone being in the party spirit, you mean that they are in the mood to enjoy a party or to have fun.      n-uncount   (=party mood)  
Sparkling wine can also put you in the party spirit.     
Republican Party     
The Republican Party is one of the two main political parties in the United States. It is more right-wing or conservative than the Democratic Party.      n-proper  
search party        ( search parties    plural  ) A search party is an organized group of people who are searching for someone who is missing.      n-count  
slumber party        ( slumber parties    plural  ) A slumber party is an occasion when a group of young friends spend the night together at the home of one of the group.  
  (mainly AM)      n-count  
stag party        ( stag parties    plural  ) A stag party is the same as a stag night.      n-count  
tea party        ( tea parties    plural  ) , tea-party   A tea party is a social gathering in the afternoon at which tea, cakes, and sandwiches are served.  
OLD-FASHIONED      n-count  
third party        ( third parties    plural  )
1       n-count   A third party is someone who is not one of the main people involved in a business agreement or legal case, but who is involved in it in a minor role.  
You can instruct your bank to allow a third party to remove money from your account.     
2       adj   Third-party insurance is a type of insurance that pays money to people who are hurt or whose property is damaged as a result of something you have done. It does not pay you any money for damage you suffer as a result of your own actions.  
Premiums for third-party cover are set to rise by up to 25 per cent.     
working party        ( working parties    plural  ) A working party is a committee which is formed to investigate a particular situation or problem and to produce a report containing its opinions and suggestions.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count-coll   (=working group)  
They set up a working party to look into the issue.     
in AM, usually use working group     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
1. [person] dishonest or suspect 2. [object] unreliable
[US] [informal] Ex1: I think his sources are hinky and I'll have to look into them. Ex2: Your brakes are a little hinky and you should get them replaced
person at a party
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
1. a person who greatly dislikes a specified person or thing 2. [informal] a negative, critical, heinous person and more specifically the one who posts hate-filled comments online
Ex: He was described as a misogynist, homophobic, woman hater / That website has become a particularly vitriolic breeding ground for the haters
[med.] of or relating to the medical consideration of the whole person in the treatment of a disease, not only physically but also taking into account mental and social factors rather than just the symptoms
Ex: That clinic offers a holistic medecine approach to treat both the body and the mind sometimes even using practises from eastern traditions such as meditation or acupuncture.
a person you can go to for help, advice or information
[subj: poiicemen] to herd [demonstrators] into a compact group in order to control their movements
1. shoot with a firearm using a type of cartridge that contains gunpowder but neither bullet nor pellet. 2. [slang][fig.] be infertile and unlikely to impregnate a woman (due to various issues such as a low sperm count)
1.The squaddies were training, shooting blanks 2.We had been trying to have a baby for ages until a series of fertility tests revealed I was shooting blanks.
1. throw someone or something out of a window 2. [fig.][fam.] dismiss/remove (sb) from a position of authority/power
Ex1: The inspector considers the assumption that the victim might have been defenastrated. Ex2: Due to the lack of results, the decision was taken to 'defenestrate' the manager.
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)
boring person
idiot, ridiculous person
person addicted to heroine
person that you date
[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"
[as interjection] an expression of congratulations, thanks or respect
big up to the team for a great job
[in Thailand] young male transsexual (often a sex worker)
extremely [with the idea of "abnormally"]
freakishly successful/large/lifelike
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
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.
defeat someone with arguments during a discussion; knock out [Fig.]
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
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