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1       quest   You use when to ask questions about the time at which things happen.  
When are you going home?..., When is the press conference?..., When were you in this house last?..., `I'll be there this afternoon.'<emdash>`When?'     
2       conj   If something happens when something else is happening, the two things are happening at the same time.  
When eating a whole cooked fish, you should never turn it over to get at the flesh on the other side..., Mustard is grown in the field when weeds are there, rather than when the growing crops are there.     
3       conj   You use when to introduce a clause in which you mention something which happens at some point during an activity, event, or situation.  
When I met the Gills, I had been gardening for nearly ten years.     
4       conj   You use when to introduce a clause where you mention the circumstances under which the event in the main clause happened or will happen.  
When he brought Imelda her drink she gave him a genuine, sweet smile of thanks..., I'll start to think about it when I have to write my report.     
5       conj   You use when after certain words, especially verbs and adjectives, to introduce a clause where you mention the time at which something happens.  
I asked him when he'd be back to pick me up..., I don't know when the decision was made...     
6       pron   You use when to introduce a clause which specifies or refers to the time at which something happens.  
He could remember a time when he had worked like that himself..., In 1973, when he lived in Rome, his sixteen-year-old son was kidnapped.     
7       conj   You use when to introduce the reason for an opinion, comment, or question.  
How can I love myself when I look like this?...     
8       conj   You use when in order to introduce a fact or comment which makes the other part of the sentence rather surprising or unlikely.   (=although)  
Our mothers sat us down to read and paint, when all we really wanted to do was to make a mess...     
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n.
Free On Board: A legal term meaning that when the seller loads merchandise for transportation, he bears full responsibility for it but if the merchandise is later lost or harmed, the buyer suffers the loss.
n.
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
exp.
state securities laws
exp.
expression used when nothing is going well
exp.
when you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.
n.
A simple, undefined reply when an ignorant comment or action is made. Source:
n.
When men have quality time together, and do "guy" things.
[Slang] related to bro-mance
n.
someone who is providing advice and support for his mate when it comes to potential relationships/partners
n.
When men have quality time together, and do "guy" things
exp.
an expression used to when you are about to cry
[Slang] Ex. : oh my creys!
n.
new trend in computing to take into account the environmental aspect when designing IT systems.
n.
someone to whom everybody is turning when they need advice, help
[Fam.]
exp.
You say 'top that!' when you have achieved something and you want to challenge other people to do better
I know four celebrities - top that!
exp.
When something is 'in the air', it means something exciting or significant is taking place or about to happen. Ex.: Spring is in the air - it's time for change!
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 portmanteau of 'employer' and 'voyeurism'. signifies the act of searching for an employer or the practice of an employer when looking to fill positions. The term places an emphasis on the secretive connotation of the word 'voyeur', denoting a clandestine and thus superior form of employment search
[Tech.] Ex.: Employerism is what one must engage in, if one wishes to embark upon a more productive job hunt!
exp.
expression used when referring to someone's profession, background, social class or life experience
E.g: People from all walks of life will participate to the event
vi.
When a large group of competing corporations hope to use the government to protect or enhance their interests.
Economic Term.
n.
term used in football when a player makes an acrobatic movement using his legs
n.
a brief moment when one does not remember something or is confused
exp.
an often humorous expression of indignation when something stupid or annoying happens
Wigs for dogs? Whatever next?
n.
when a person kills someone then takes their own life it is referred to as a murder suicide
n.
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
exp.
(about a movie or TV series) reach a point when, due to a unauthentic scene, it loses the appreciation of the public
made popular by "Indiana Jones" whose hero survives an explosion by hiding in a fridge
n.
unconventional monetary policy used by central banks to stimulate the national economy when conventional monetary policy has become ineffective.
v.
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
n.
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.
exp.
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
exp.
it's said when someone has done things in the wrong order
q.
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
exp.
lose contact

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