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leg

  

      n  
1   
a    either of the two lower limbs, including the bones and fleshy covering of the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella  
b    (as modifier)  
leg guard, leg rest         Related adj       crural  
2    any similar or analogous structure in animals that is used for locomotion or support  
3    this part of an animal, esp. the thigh, used for food  
leg of lamb     
4    something similar to a leg in appearance or function, such as one of the four supporting members of a chair  
5    a branch, limb, or part of a forked or jointed object  
6    the part of a garment that covers the leg  
7    a section or part of a journey or course  
8    a single stage, lap, length, etc., in a relay race  
9      (Austral. and N.Z.)   either one of two races on which a cumulative bet has been placed  
10    either the opposite or adjacent side of a right-angled triangle  
11      (Nautical)  
a    the distance travelled without tacking  
b    (in yacht racing) the course between any two marks  
12    one of a series of games, matches, or parts of games  
13      (Cricket)  
a    the side of the field to the left of a right-handed batsman as he faces the bowler  
b    (as modifier)  
a leg slip, leg stump     
14    give (someone) a leg up         
a    to help (someone) to climb an obstacle by pushing upwards  
b    to help (someone) to advance  
15    not have a leg to stand on   to have no reasonable or logical basis for an opinion or argument  
16    on his, its,etc., last legs   (of a person or thing) worn out; exhausted  
17    pull (someone's) leg  
Informal   to tease, fool, or make fun of (someone)  
18    shake a leg  
Informal  
a    to hurry up: usually used in the imperative  
b    to dance  
19    show a leg  
Informal   to get up in the morning  
20    stretch one's legs      See       stretch       17  
      vb   , legs, legging, legged  
21    tr  
Obsolete   to propel (a canal boat) through a tunnel by lying on one's back and walking one's feet along the tunnel roof  
22    leg it  
Informal   to walk, run, or hurry  
     (C13: from Old Norse leggr, of obscure origin)  
  leglike      adj  
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give

  
1    accord, administer, allow, award, bestow, commit, confer, consign, contribute, deliver, donate, entrust, furnish, grant, hand over or out, make over, permit, present, provide, purvey, supply, vouchsafe  
2    announce, be a source of, communicate, emit, impart, issue, notify, pronounce, publish, render, transmit, utter  
3    demonstrate, display, evidence, indicate, manifest, offer, proffer, provide, set forth, show  
4    allow, cede, concede, devote, grant, hand over, lend, relinquish, surrender, yield  
5    cause, do, engender, lead, make, occasion, perform, produce  
6    bend, break, collapse, fall, recede, retire, sink  
  
Antonyms     
   accept, get, hold, keep, receive, take, withdraw  


give away     
betray, disclose, divulge, expose, grass     (Brit. slang)   grass up     (slang)   inform on, leak, let out, let slip, let the cat out of the bag     (informal)   put the finger on     (informal)   reveal, shop     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   uncover  
give in     
admit defeat, capitulate, collapse, comply, concede, quit, submit, succumb, surrender, yield  
give off     
discharge, emit, exhale, exude, produce, release, send out, smell of, throw out, vent  
give out  
1    discharge, emit, exhale, exude, produce, release, send out, smell of, throw out, vent  
2    announce, broadcast, communicate, disseminate, impart, make known, notify, publish, shout from the rooftops     (informal)   transmit, utter  
give up     
abandon, call it a day or night, capitulate, cease, cede, cut out, desist, despair, fall by the wayside, forswear, hand over, kick     (informal)   kiss (something) goodbye, leave off, quit, relinquish, renounce, resign, say goodbye to, step down     (informal)   stop, surrender, throw in the sponge, throw in the towel, waive  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
be very expensive; cost a lot
exp.
give a phone call
E.g.: Just give me a ring when you want to go out.
exp.
have a powerful impact on someone; impress; generate an emotion (positive, but also negative)
it can be used to describe a feeling of fear or a positive emotion; e.g.: "This violin music gives me the chills" or "Being all alone in that old house after dark...it gave me the chills."
exp.
do not take into account, disregard, ignore on purpose, avoid, dismiss
E.g: His boss asked him for a report, but he gave it the go-by.
exp.
find a a partner for someone and act as an intermediary for the two persons to meet
exp.
meet someone by chance
E.g.I ran into James the other day when I was shopping (meaning=I met James without planning it, by chance)
exp.
take credit for another person's accomplishment
exp.
get seriously involved in a relationship
exp.
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
n.
someone who talks too much
[Australia] ; [NZ]
exp.
yell at someone; attack someone verbally or physically
[Slang];[UK]
exp.
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
adj.
brought into servitude; slave to someone
n.
someone who works as a dishwasher
[Slang]
exp.
deliberately make things difficult for someone; sabotage
adv.
someone who is always trying to please others
"He`s always been a people pleaser."
n.
endearment phrase used for someone we find sweet
[Fam.] syn.: sweetie, pumpkin, cutie, cutesy pie
exp.
polite expression offering to do something for someone
v.
give credit to; to say an event caused something else.
Eg.: I attribute my illness to my friend who coughed at me.
n.
right granted to a general assembly to give an opinion on the salaries and bonuses of top managers
[Bus.]
exp.
(in an organization) set up a more informal structure/workflow/environment; give up on communication protocols between departments
[Bus.]
n.
someone who loves being in the sun, sunbathing etc
exp.
quit disobeying; start acting like someone would want to
E.g. Finally, her husband has come to heel and they will buy a new car, as she wants.
exp.
caressing someone by touching his/her skin with the eyelashes
exp.
something used to make someone do what you want
We can use the money as a bargaining chip in the negotiations.
exp.
expression used to label someone as young and unexperienced
exp.
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.

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