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  ( sands    plural & 3rd person present)   ( sanding    present participle)   ( sanded    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-uncount   Sand is a substance that looks like powder, and consists of extremely small pieces of stone. Some deserts and many beaches are made up of sand.  
They all walked barefoot across the damp sand to the water's edge., ...grains of sand.     
2       n-plural   Sands are a large area of sand, for example a beach.  
...miles of golden sands.     
3       verb   If you sand a wood or metal surface, you rub sandpaper over it in order to make it smooth or clean.  
Sand the surface softly and carefully.      V n  
      Sand down means the same as sand., phrasal verb  
I was going to sand down the chairs and repaint them...      V P n (not pron)  
Simply sand them down with a fine grade of sandpaper.      V n P  

sand castle        ( sand castles    plural  ) A sand castle is a pile of sand, usually shaped like a castle, which children make when they are playing on the beach.      n-count  
sand dune        ( sand dunes    plural  ) A sand dune is a hill of sand near the sea or in a sand desert.      n-count   usu pl   (=dune)  
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military aviation term: loss of visual reference during take-off or landing due to the sand or dust
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
to depend on something or on someone to cover the basic expenses
E.g.: He lived off the money he inherited from his father while he had been working as a volunteer.
A thing which ought to be perfectly vertical but which through fault is slanting is said to be off plumb.
he is a very good seller
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
laughing my fucking ass off
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.


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