worth one's salt meaning, worth one's salt definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( salts    plural & 3rd person present)   ( salting    present participle)   ( salted    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-uncount   Salt is a strong-tasting substance, in the form of white powder or crystals, which is used to improve the flavour of food or to preserve it. Salt occurs naturally in sea water.  
Season lightly with salt and pepper., ...a pinch of salt.     
2       verb   When you salt food, you add salt to it.  
Salt the stock to your taste and leave it simmering very gently.      V n  
  salted      adj   usu ADJ n  
Put a pan of salted water on to boil.     
3       n-count   Salts are substances that are formed when an acid reacts with an alkali.  
usu pl  
The rock is rich in mineral salts.     
    Epsom salts  
    smelling salts  
5    If you take something with a pinch of salt, you do not believe that it is completely accurate or true.  
take sthg with a pinch of salt      phrase   V inflects  
The more miraculous parts of this account should be taken with a pinch of salt.     
6    If you say, for example, that any doctor worth his or her salt would do something, you mean that any doctor who was good at his or her job or who deserved respect would do it.  
worth one's salt             phrase   n PHR  
Any coach worth his salt would do exactly as I did.     
7    If someone or something rubs salt into the wound, they make the unpleasant situation that you are in even worse, often by reminding you of your failures or faults.  
rub salt into the wound      phrase   V and wound inflect  
I had no intention of rubbing salt into a friend's wounds, so all I said was that I did not give interviews.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
1       v-link worth amount   If something is worth a particular amount of money, it can be sold for that amount or is considered to have that value.  
These books might be worth £80 or £90 or more to a collector..., The contract was worth £25 million a year.     
2       comb in quant   Worth combines with amounts of money, so that when you talk about a particular amount of money'sworth of something, you mean the quantity of it that you can buy for that amount of money.  
QUANT of n  
I went and bought about six dollars' worth of potato chips...     
      Worth is also a pronoun., pron  
`How many do you want?'—`I'll have a pound's worth.'     
3       comb in quant   Worth combines with time expressions, so you can use worth when you are saying how long an amount of something will last. For example, a week's worth of food is the amount of food that will last you for a week.  
QUANT of n  
You've got three years' worth of research money to do what you want with...     
      Worth is also a pronoun., pron  
There's really not very much food down there. About two weeks' worth.     
4       v-link worth -ing   If you say that something is worth having, you mean that it is pleasant or useful, and therefore a good thing to have.  
He's decided to get a look at the house and see if it might be worth buying..., Most things worth having never come easy.     
5       v-link worth n/-ing   If something is worth a particular action, or if an action is worth doing, it is considered to be important enough for that action.  
I am spending a lot of money and time on this boat, but it is worth it..., This restaurant is well worth a visit..., It is worth pausing to consider these statements from Mr Davies.     
6       n-uncount   Someone's worth is the value, usefulness, or importance that they are considered to have.  
FORMAL   usu with poss  
He had never had a woman of her worth as a friend...     
7    If you do something for all you are worth, you do it with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.  
for all sb is worth      phrase   V inflects  
We both began waving to the crowd for all we were worth..., Push for all you're worth!     
8    If you add for what it's worth to something that you say, you are suggesting that what you are saying or referring to may not be very valuable or helpful, especially because you do not want to appear arrogant.  
for what it's worth      phrase   PHR with cl  
I've brought my notes, for what it's worth.     
9    If an action or activity is worth someone's while, it will be helpful, useful, or enjoyable for them if they do it, even though it requires some effort.  
worth sb's while      phrase   v-link PHR   (=worthwhile)  
It might be worth your while to go to court and ask for the agreement to be changed...     
    worth your weight in gold  

Self-worth is the feeling that you have good qualities and have achieved good things.      n-uncount  
Try not to link your sense of self-worth to the opinions of others.     

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    aid, assistance, avail, benefit, credit, desert(s), estimation, excellence, goodness, help, importance, merit, quality, usefulness, utility, value, virtue, worthiness  
2    cost, price, rate, valuation, value  
1    futility, insignificance, paltriness, triviality, unworthiness, uselessness, worthlessness, wretchedness  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
stop talking; refrain from saying something
be kept waiting
to lose one's temper
very familiar
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
make a lot of efforts to understand something
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"
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
get rid of a strong feeling towards something or someone
[Informal] If you have done something wrong, tell him and get it out of your system. After the break up, it took him some while to get her out of his system.
snubbing people by using one's mobile phone
[Neologism] portmanteau word : phone + snubbing
go for something, take one's chances
the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating "brrr" sound
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.
to attempt or take on a task that is way to big and beyond one's capability
I wonder if that craftsman will be able to fulfil the three commitments he took on at the same time; in my opinion he bites off more than he can chew!
Abandoning something that one has intimate knowledge of for something unknown and probably highly risky to one's well-being.
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
posting a picture of one's pet on social media, with a sign describing the animal's wrongdoing
more specific: cat shaming or dog shaming
symbolically killing one’s internet unique identity.
Affectionate term used to address or refer to one's girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, etc. The acronym means Before Anything Else.
[Fam.] Exemple: I love you, bae.
a photo of one's suntanned legs usually taken with a smartphone and shared on social media
[Neologism] combination of "legs" and "selfie". Legsies are commonly used to brag about one's vacation
a poetic or humorous way of expressing one's fervent wish for somehting
oh for a bit of sunshine!
the fear of being unable to use one's mobile phone
This can happen when losing the device, when out of battery, credit or network coverage
dominant position, use of an office with power and influence to expose or impose one's views
canned by Theodore Roosevelt
act in accordance with what is set verbally; apply what one's preaching for; double words by action;
often used in combination with "talk the talk".
to get rid of one's frustration (for example by doing something violent or impulsive)
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
Used to express one's enthusiasm about a new person, or a new thing such as an idea, plan, invention or innovation
The way she goes on about him!; you'd think he was the greatest thing since sliced bread / Wow! this video game is the best thing since sliced bread!
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
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