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      vb   past   , might   takes an infinitive without: to or an implied infinitive   used as an auxiliary  
1    to indicate that permission is requested by or granted to someone  
he may go to the park tomorrow if he behaves himself     
2    often foll by: well   to indicate possibility  
the rope may break, he may well be a spy     
3    to indicate ability or capacity, esp. in questions  
may I help you?     
4    to express a strong wish  
long may she reign     
5    to indicate result or purpose: used only in clauses introduced by that or so that  
he writes so that the average reader may understand     
6       another word for       might   1  
7    to express courtesy in a question  
whose child may this little girl be?     
8    be that as it may   in spite of that: a sentence connector conceding the possible truth of a previous statement and introducing an adversative clause  
be that as it may, I still think he should come     
9    come what may   whatever happens  
10    that's as may be   foll by a clause introduced by: but   that may be so  
     (Old English mæg, from magan: compare Old High German mag, Old Norse ma)  
It was formerly considered correct to use may rather than can when referring to permission as in: you may use the laboratory for your experiments, but this use of may is now almost entirely restricted to polite questions such as: may I open the window? The use of may with if in constructions such as your analysis may have been more credible if ... is generally regarded as incorrect, might being preferred: your analysis might have been more credible if ...  
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right granted to a general assembly to give an opinion on the salaries and bonuses of top managers
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
I can't understand it, I can't believe it, I can't accept it
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better
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.
to say, pronounce, speak
ex.: The child sounded out each word out loud as she read her book.
expression used to show full agreement on smth.
do or say something exactly right
My bestie put the nail on the head when she figured out why I was worried / Identifying the specific cause of the failure, the technician put the nail on the head
"It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much I want to hit them in the face with a shovel." Concept coming from the Marian Keyes novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close (2012).
say publicly that something should be done
I never advocate my opinion because I am shy to speak in front of many people.
abbr. acron.
I don't give a fuck
(british slang) "a strong drink" as in "i need a stiff whisky so pour me a real snorter", or (nautical slang) "a strong wind".
me too
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