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somewhere

  
1       adv   You use somewhere to refer to a place without saying exactly where you mean.  
ADV after v, ADV with be, oft ADV cl/group, from ADV  
I've got a feeling I've seen him before somewhere..., I'm not going home yet. I have to go somewhere else first..., `Perhaps we can talk somewhere privately,' said Kesler..., Somewhere in Ian's room were some of the letters that she had sent him..., I needed somewhere to live in London.     
2       adv   You use somewhere when giving an approximate amount, number, or time.  
ADV prep  
Caray is somewhere between 73 and 80 years of age..., The W.H.O. safety standard for ozone levels is somewhere about a hundred...     
3    If you say that you are getting somewhere, you mean that you are making progress towards achieving something.  
be getting somewhere             phrase   V inflects  
At last they were agreeing, at last they were getting somewhere...     
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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.
to be left in a state of confusion or uncertainty
exp.
be consumed by an emotion; experience an intense feeling
be beside oneself with joy/ grief/ anger etc.
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."
v.
to be lost
he went missing my dog went missing for three days
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
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
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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