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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.'—`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.
someone who is providing advice and support for his mate when it comes to potential relationships/partners
n.
someone to whom everybody is turning when they need advice, help
[Fam.]
n.
term used in football when a player makes an acrobatic movement using his legs
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
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