virtue is its own reward meaning, virtue is its own reward definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( virtues    plural  )
1       n-uncount   Virtue is thinking and doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong.   (=goodness)     (Antonym: vice)    She could have established her own innocence and virtue easily enough.     
2       n-count   A virtue is a good quality or way of behaving.  
His virtue is patience..., Humility is considered a virtue.     
3       n-count   The virtue of something is an advantage or benefit that it has, especially in comparison with something else.  
There was no virtue in returning to Calvi the way I had come...     
4       prep-phrase   You use by virtue of to explain why something happens or is true.  
FORMAL   The article stuck in my mind by virtue of one detail...     
5    If you make a virtue of something, you pretend that you did it because you chose to, although in fact you did it because you had to.  
make a virtue of      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
The movie makes a virtue out of its economy.     
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the decision is yours
It is healthy to laugh
expression used to describe the practice of a company using internally the marketed products
[Bus.] expression originating from and widely used in software industry; the practice is also known as "dogfooding"
means "that's just the way it is"
c'est comme ça, point barre
something is easy to do
Materialistic concept neonewtonist. In its measures, this variation of length of traveled route (by unit of time) by a group of photons ( φ is the initial of photons) - the light signal - is equal to what is collectively called " radial velocity". It distinguishes itself from it in its gnoseology.
Phys. Concept before 2007 The redshift indicates the phi-speed of a star. But do not give the immediate knowledge of its absolute speed.
Used to express that it is impossible to decide between two options because they're equal
English expression
money that is paid because someone suffered from a loss of what they own (such as injury)
When you are responsible for someone's serious injury, I think you should pay compensation to that person.
when a person kills someone then takes their own life it is referred to as a murder suicide
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
home is the best place to be no matter where it is
expression referring to the belief that those who hold the power are entitled to anything
is the recreation of any entity after its death or destruction
video gaming
expression used to encourage someone to say what is on their mind, what is bothering them
means a liquid is not clear: this tea's got bits in it, I don't like yogurt with bits in it
assez proche de l'idée de 'il y a à boire et à manger'
someone who is going through struggles
charver is another word for chav
If you lived in Newcastle you would know it. Common in NE England
he is a very good seller
This expression means it is better to let one's emotions out, rather than bottled up inside. It is also often said when someone has gas.
this is just something my grandmother would say in cajun french
grunt work is hard, uninteresting work
US informal
to release sth that is tied up
expression used when nothing is going well
1. using copyright law to make a piece of work freely available and allowing its free distribution and modification (as long as its derivate versions follow the same copyright rules)
money paid to someone because they have suffered injury or loss, or because what they own has been damaged
[US] She received a compensation from the government for the damage caused to her property.
expression used to point out that one will eventually face the consequences of his own actions
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