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amber

  

      n  
1   
a    a yellow or yellowish-brown hard translucent fossil resin derived from extinct coniferous trees that occurs in Tertiary deposits and often contains trapped insects. It is used for jewellery, ornaments, etc.  
b    (as modifier)  
an amber necklace         Related adj       succinic  
2    fly in amber          a strange relic or reminder of the past  
3   
a    a medium to dark brownish-yellow colour, often somewhat orange, similar to that of the resin  
b    (as adj.)  
an amber dress     
4    an amber traffic light used as a warning between red and green  
     (C14: from Medieval Latin ambar, from Arabic `anbar ambergris)  
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fly   [2]  
      n   pl   , flies  
1    any dipterous insect, esp. the housefly, characterized by active flight  
   See also       horsefly       blowfly       tsetse fly       crane fly  
2    any of various similar but unrelated insects, such as the caddis fly, firefly, dragonfly, and chalcid fly  
3      (Angling)   a lure made from a fish-hook dressed with feathers, tinsel, etc., to resemble any of various flies or nymphs: used in fly-fishing  
   See also       dry fly       wet fly  
4    (in southern Africa) an area that is infested with the tsetse fly  
5    drink with the flies     (Austral)  
slang   to drink alone  
6    fly in amber             See       amber       2  
7    fly in the ointment  
Informal   a slight flaw that detracts from value, completeness, or enjoyment  
8    fly on the wall   a person who watches others, while not being noticed himself  
9    there are no flies on him, her, etc  
Informal   he, she, etc., is no fool  
     (Old English fleoge; related to Old Norse fluga Old High German flioga; see fly1)  
  flyless      adj  

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amber  
      n  
1   
a    a yellow or yellowish-brown hard translucent fossil resin derived from extinct coniferous trees that occurs in Tertiary deposits and often contains trapped insects. It is used for jewellery, ornaments, etc.  
b    (as modifier)  
an amber necklace         Related adj       succinic  
2    fly in amber   a strange relic or reminder of the past  
3   
a    a medium to dark brownish-yellow colour, often somewhat orange, similar to that of the resin  
b    (as adj.)  
an amber dress     
4    an amber traffic light used as a warning between red and green  
     (C14: from Medieval Latin ambar, from Arabic `anbar ambergris)  


amber fluid  
      n     (Austral)  
slang   beer  
amber gambler  
      n     (Brit)  
informal   a driver who races through traffic lights when they are at amber  

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exp.
a problem, a trouble, a hiccup
the fly in the ointment that summer was the terrible weather: l' ennui cet été là fut le mauvais temps.
v.
make something succeed strongly and rapidly
id.
the carrot is more effective than the stick
exp.
The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.

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