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cat

  
[1]  
      n  
1      (Also called)    domestic cat   a small domesticated feline mammal, Felis catus (or domesticus), having thick soft fur and occurring in many breeds in which the colour of the fur varies greatly: kept as a pet or to catch rats and mice  
2      (Also called)    big cat   any of the larger felines, such as a lion or tiger  
3    any wild feline mammal of the genus Felis, such as the lynx or serval, resembling the domestic cat,   (Related adj)        feline  
4    Informal   a woman who gossips maliciously  
5    Slang   a man; guy  
6      (Nautical)   a heavy tackle for hoisting an anchor to the cathead  
7    a short sharp-ended piece of wood used in the game of tipcat  
8       short for       catboat  
9    Informal   short for caterpillar (the vehicle)  
10       short for       cat-o'-nine-tails  
11    a bag of cats     (Irish)  
informal   a bad-tempered person  
she's a real bag of cats this morning     
12    fight like Kilkenny cats   to fight until both parties are destroyed  
13    let the cat out of the bag   to disclose a secret, often by mistake  
14    like a cat on a hot tin roof or on hot bricks   in an uneasy or agitated state  
15    like cat and dog   quarrelling savagely  
16    look like something the cat brought in   to appear dishevelled or bedraggled  
17    not a cat in hell's chance   no chance at all  
18    not have room to swing a cat   to have very little space  
19    put, set, etc., the cat among the pigeons          to introduce some violently disturbing new element  
20    play cat and mouse   to play with a person or animal in a cruel or teasing way, esp. before a final act of cruelty or unkindness  
21    rain cats and dogs   to rain very heavily  
      vb   , cats, catting, catted  
22    tr   to flog with a cat-o'-nine-tails  
23    tr     (Nautical)   to hoist (an anchor) to the cathead  
24    intr      a slang word for       vomit  
     (Old English catte, from Latin cattus; related to Old Norse köttr, Old High German kazza, Old French chat, Russian kot)  
  catlike      adj  
  cattish      adj  
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among

  
, amongst  
1    amid, amidst, in association with, in the middle of, in the midst of, in the thick of, midst, surrounded by, together with, with  
2    between, to each of  
3    in the class of, in the company of, in the group of, in the number of, out of  
4    by all of, by the joint action of, by the whole of, mutually, with one another  

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n.
something that is bottom-up originates among the lower-ranking members of a hierarchy and moves upwards to affect those higher up
n.
the preferred terminology used among the management hierarchy of a business establishment in reference to native ideas and common interests related to their particular field.
syn.: slang, jargon
v.
deploy, put out
v.
passer à la casserole , coucher
[US];[Slang];[Fam.] I couldn't get a cool guy , no matter how much i put out
adv. adj.
looking good; having a look that was obviously well taken care of.
e.g a very well put together woman (adj.) You look well put together (adj.)
id.
put a stop to something
exp.
faire des avances à qn.
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.
n.
competitive set: a group of other brands offering a similar product or service, to the same consumers
n.
roads etc crowded with holidaymakers
exp.
to be likely to do something
banks set to miss lending targets
n.
set of virtual assets belonging to an user
[Tech.]
n.
someone who loves being in the sun, sunbathing etc
n.
1. a fashion enthusiast; someone who sets or follows trends; 2. woman working in the fashion domain (as a designer, journalist, model etc.); 3. woman passionate about shopping;
adj.
in modern usage, especially among young people, also used disparagingly to mean 'rubbish' or 'ridiculous'
that is so gay: c'est nase
n.
padlocks that couples lock on a bridge or fence among others to symbolise their love
n.
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
adv.
A formal word that is put in the beginning of sentence that has a similar meaning to furthermore, therefore, and from now on
I like ice-cream; Hence, I have lots of ice-cream cups in my fridge
n.
has been put in a place where everybody can see it.
There are many kinds of species on display in the zoo,lets go and visit there.
v.
to look for or expose information about a person's past, usually bad, and to therefore bring that person down or put them in a bad light
n.
to concentrate and to sacrifice
n.
very thin fabric used for theatre backdrops, translucent curtains etc
n.
a body part is a part of a human body, usually one that has been cut or torn from the body in a violent incident (such as an accident, an explosion, etc)
n.
one of several parts that together make up a whole machines, system etc.
A component that is vital for my life is a computer because i use it everyday to do homework and email.
n.
someone who, most of the time, carries a device enabling him to capture his day-by-day experiences (such as a photo camera, mobile phone etc.)
v.
having similar qualities or a similar size, position etc to something else.
When I was in 8th grade in Japan, I broke down my right hand, so I needed to write everything by my left hand and my left hand writing did not correspond with my right one.
n.
expression used for describing a perfect compatibility (between people, things, factors etc.)
exp.
use the authority given by a position (in society, in a company etc.) to determine someone to act in a certain manner
E.g: He is not eager to attend the event, but he has to be there because his boss pulled rank on him.
n.
1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.

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