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nowhere

  
1       adv   You use nowhere to emphasize that a place has more of a particular quality than any other places, or that it is the only place where something happens or exists.  
ADV with be, ADV after v, oft ADV cl/group     (emphasis)    Nowhere is language a more serious issue than in Hawaii..., This kind of forest exists nowhere else in the world..., If you are extremely rich, you could stay nowhere better than the Ruislip Court Hotel.     
2       adv   You use nowhere when making negative statements to say that a suitable place of the specified kind does not exist.  
be ADV, ADV after v, usu ADV to-inf, ADV adj/-ed to-inf  
There was nowhere to hide and nowhere to run..., I have nowhere else to go, nowhere in the world..., He had nowhere to call home.     
3       adv   You use nowhere to indicate that something or someone cannot be seen or found.  
be ADV, oft ADV to-inf, ADV adv/prep  
Michael glanced anxiously down the corridor, but Wilfred was nowhere to be seen..., The escaped prisoner was nowhere in sight...     
4       adv   You can use nowhere to refer in a general way to small, unimportant, or uninteresting places.  
ADV after v, from/to ADV  
...endless paths that led nowhere in particular., ...country roads that go from nowhere to nowhere.     
5       adv   If you say that something or someone appears from nowhere or out of nowhere, you mean that they appear suddenly and unexpectedly.  
from/out of ADV  
A car came from nowhere, and I had to jump back into the hedge just in time..., Houses had sprung up out of nowhere on the hills.     
6       adv   You use nowhere to mean not in any part of a text, speech, or argument.  
ADV before v, be ADV, oft ADV prep     (emphasis)    He nowhere offers concrete historical background to support his arguments..., Point taken, but nowhere did we suggest that this yacht's features were unique..., The most important issue for most ordinary people was nowhere on the proposed agenda.     
7    If you say that a place is in the middle of nowhere, you mean that it is a long way from other places.  
in the middle of nowhere      phrase   usu PHR after v, v-link PHR  
At dusk we pitched camp in the middle of nowhere.     
8    If you say that you are getting nowhere, or getting nowhere fast, or that something is getting you nowhere, you mean that you are not achieving anything or having any success.  
be getting nowhere             phrase   V inflects  
My mind won't stop going round and round on the same subject and I seem to be getting nowhere..., `Getting nowhere fast,' pronounced Crosby, `that's what we're doing.'..., Oh, stop it! This is getting us nowhere.     
9    If you use nowhere near in front of a word or expression, you are emphasizing that the real situation is very different from, or has not yet reached, the state which that word or expression suggests.  
nowhere near      phrase  
  (emphasis)   
He's nowhere near recovered yet from his experiences..., The chair he sat in was nowhere near as comfortable as the custom-designed one behind his desk.     
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getting  
1    Getting is the present participle of get.  
2    Getting on for means the same as nearly.  
  (BRIT)  
mainly SPOKEN  
getting on for      prep-phrase  
I've been trying to give up smoking for getting on for two years now..., It was getting on for two o'clock.     

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exp.
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family
exp.
be stupid
expression used when someone becomes irritating
v.
be exactly right
[Fam.] Ex.: Her guess was right on the money.
exp.
be in a good shape
exp.
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
slang
exp.
to be unable to think for oneself
used in a condescending way
exp.
if you can't be arsed to do something, you can't be bothered to do it (you are too lazy to do it)
colloquial, British, very common
exp.
be consumed by an emotion; experience an intense feeling
be beside oneself with joy/ grief/ anger etc.
exp.
to be left in a state of confusion or uncertainty
exp.
to be likely to do something
banks set to miss lending targets
n.
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
exp.
think alike about a certain topic; be aligned in opinions; feel the same way about smth.
id.
be more successful than others in a competitive situation or do things in advance in order to succeed in a competition.
That basketball team was ahead of the game that is why they won!
exp.
disappear ; be absent; leave (temporary or for good)
E.g. "Now, that the parents are out of the picture, we can throw a party". (meaning=Now, that the parents left, that they are no longer here) "James is out of the picture, him and Mary split up"
exp.
metaphoric expression for getting married
exp.
Slang expression meaning one being annoying.
"You`re a prick when you ask those questions."
exp.
behave in a manner that is commonly considered as specific to women
[Fam.] it is used most frequently when referring to men who show lack of courage or an excessive shyness or sensitivity. E.g Don't be a pussy; You're such a pussy
v.
to be lost
he went missing my dog went missing for three days
exp.
be a man
familiar
exp.
to be staggering
Das ist ein Hammer!
exp.
be kept waiting
exp.
be tone-deaf
comes from a pun related to Van Gogh (a painter) cutting off his left ear and the expression "have an ear for music" = be particularly good at learning music
exp.
lost; in the middle of nowhere
adj.
able to be seen
[US] Ex.: the car in front of us was visible because we had the lights on
id.
find it difficult to choose between two alternatives ; feel torn between two situations
Rosalie loved Cesar and David both equally, for different reasons, and was caught between two stools
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