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means

  

      n  
1    functioning as sing or pl   the medium, method, or instrument used to obtain a result or achieve an end  
a means of communication     
2    functioning as pl   resources or income  
3    functioning as pl   considerable wealth or income  
a man of means     
4    by all means   without hesitation or doubt; certainly  
come with us by all means     
5    by means of   with the use or help of  
6    by no manner of means   definitely not  
he was by no manner of means a cruel man     
7    by no (or not by any) means   on no account; in no way  
by no means come!     


means of production  
      pl n   (in Marxist theory) the raw materials and means of labour (tools, machines, etc.) employed in the production process  
means test  
      n   a test involving the checking of a person's income to determine whether he qualifies for financial or social aid from a government  
   Compare       needs test  
  means-tested      adj  
ways and means  
      pl n  
1    the revenues and methods of raising the revenues needed for the functioning of a state or other political unit  
2    usually cap   a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives that supervises all financial legislation  
3    the methods and resources for accomplishing some purpose  
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n.
1. the state of being joined together 2. in logic, the connection of isolated facts by means of a general description or hypothesis which applies to them all
adj.
freaky means odd, strange, unusual
adj.
fit and proper means morally suitable
adj.
to be gutsy means to have guts
to be gutsy: avoir du cran
n.
used figuratively, a train crash means something disastrously bad
'this train crash of a policy'
n.
Total loss of reaction to the light of Pupillas , It means thar Brain is no more reactive. It means Cardiac Arrest, Cereabral Death or f the subject is conscient action of a Mydriatic Drug.
v.
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
n.
a humorous and old-fashioned word that means a chamber pot
Comes from the fact that the chamber pot 'gazunder' (= goes under) the bed
n.
sigle of "Air Launched Cruise Missile" that can find his target electronically by his own means at a long distance according to a memorized map of the landscape he has to pass over
can also be launched from the soil or the sea. they can be reprogrammed or destroyed during the fly by the "sender"
exp.
"to be up for it" means to be willing to participate
she's really up for it: elle est partante
exp.
When something is 'in the air', it means something exciting or significant is taking place or about to happen. Ex.: Spring is in the air - it's time for change!
adj.
when a shop is boarded up, it means it is no longer in business and that wooden planks have been nailed over its windows.
one in seven shops in the UK are boarded up
n.
a clusterfuck means several problems occurring at the same time
Mainly US usage, very colloquial/vulgar
exp.
means "that's just the way it is"
c'est comme ça, point barre
n.
means a liquid is not clear: this tea's got bits in it, I don't like yogurt with bits in it
assez proche de l'idée de 'il y a à boire et à manger'
exp.
to take OR bring somebody down a notch means to make them behave less arrogantly or proudly.
exp.
to take OR turn OR bring something down a notch means to decrease its intensity
n.
means a different approach or a welcome change to something. Ex.: anna has lots of wonderful ideas and motivation - she is a breath of fresh air.
[Fig.]
exp.
to rattle someone's cage means to do something that is likely to annoy them or unsettle them
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.
n.
this expression means 'he is very good at criticizing others but he can't accept criticism from others'
exp.
something that you say which means you cannot make a good quality product using bad quality materials
q.
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
adj.
petty and small-minded
adj.
in modern usage, especially among young people, also used disparagingly to mean 'rubbish' or 'ridiculous'
that is so gay: c'est nase

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