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  ( ills    plural  )
1       adj   Someone who is ill is suffering from a disease or a health problem.  
usu v-link ADJ  
In November 1941 Payne was seriously ill with pneumonia...     
      People who are ill in some way can be referred to as, for example, the mentally ill., n-plural   the adv N  
I used to work with the mentally ill...     
2       n-count   Difficulties and problems are sometimes referred to as ills.  
FORMAL   usu pl, usu with supp  
His critics maintain that he's responsible for many of Algeria's ills.     
3       n-uncount   Ill is evil or harm.  
LITERARY   They say they mean you no ill.     
4       adv   Ill means the same as `badly'.  
FORMAL   ADV with v  
The company's conservative instincts sit ill with competition.     
5       adj   You can use ill in front of some nouns to indicate that you are referring to something harmful or unpleasant.  
FORMAL   ADJ n   (=bad)  
She had brought ill luck into her family...     
6    If you say that someone can ill afford   to do something, or can ill afford    something, you mean that they must prevent it from happening because it would be harmful or embarrassing to them.         
can ill afford             phrase   PHR to-inf, PHR n  
It's possible he won't play but I can ill afford to lose him...     
7    If you fall ill or are taken ill, you suddenly become ill.  
fall ill/be taken ill      phrase   V inflects  
Shortly before Christmas, he was mysteriously taken ill...     
    to speak ill of someone  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
afford     ( affords    3rd person present)   ( affording    present participle)   ( afforded    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you cannot afford something, you do not have enough money to pay for it.  
My parents can't even afford a new refrigerator...      V n  
We couldn't afford to buy a new rug.      V to-inf  
2       verb   If you say that you cannot affordto do something or allow it to happen, you mean that you must not do it or must prevent it from happening because it would be harmful or embarrassing to you.  
We can't afford to wait...      V to-inf  
The country could not afford the luxury of an election.      V n  
3       verb   If someone or something affords you an opportunity or protection, they give it to you.  
FORMAL   This affords us the opportunity to ask questions about how the systems might change...      V n n  
It was a cold room, but it afforded a fine view of the Old City.      V n  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    bear, spare, stand, sustain  
2    bestow, furnish, give, grant, impart, offer, produce, provide, render, supply, yield  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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take an action that will complicate things; do something with a negative impact
Very quickly; almost instantaneously
expression used to show full agreement on smth.
to attempt or take on a task that is way to big and beyond one's capability
I wonder if that craftsman will be able to fulfil the three commitments he took on at the same time; in my opinion he bites off more than he can chew!
a player who asks too many funny questions that can be related as being stupid
Origin of the word is a "newbie" that can be shortened as a Newb
Expression used when faced with somebody else's stupidity or inadequacy. It can be used to convey dismay, disappointment, ridicule, or disapproval.
[Hum.];[Fam.] When someone does something stupid, instinctively, your palm hits your own face or forehead. That entire series of action is now reduced to a single word: facepalm.
underaged girl looking mature, that can thus bring somebody to jail if he is caught in a relationship with her
made with Jail and Bait
drinking out of a can or a bottle without touching it with the lips, by pouring the content from distance
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.
tempting someone with promise of reward (an attractive person in general) to reveal information or to test one's partner loyalty, faithfulness : can be for lovers, business partners, espionage
set of words and word groups together with their definition, translation, grammar category or usage examples, and which can be searched through an index or a search engine
Built up System within the web, whereby one’s web assts can be gathered and stored.
a person you can go to for help, advice or information
a single place where you can find everything you need, usually found in different places
(#BD) In humanocracy, a revocable delegate member of a group of 25 delegators, chosen and controlled by them. 25 basis delegates can choose a council delegate.
Anarchists in Spain have chosen basis delegates in 1936. Similar delegates have been chosen during many struggles of the people : shop stewards in UK, revocable delegates in Italy during the 70th.
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
legal exclusive right of a person in pure virtual property which he can dispose of with its free will.
(#CD) In humanocracy, a revocable delegate member of a group of 25 basis delegates, chosen and controlled by them. 25 council delegates can choose a deputy-delegate.
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
law of evolution, only the fittest survive, the ones that can adapt
a humorous way of recommending someone not to pursue something at which they are unlikely to be good or successful and thus, to rather stick to what they can do best, namely, their job
Ex.: Although she had poured her whole heart and soul into her singing at the karaoke, her somewhat cruel but nonetheless lucid friends told her: 'don't give up the day job!'
do something which puts you in a very difficult situation and limits the way that you can act
the show is over, you can go home, the main purpose of your presence is gone
was used in Elvis concerts to prevent people from waiting an encore
wait for something, usually linked to a previous event, to happen; expect something that can not be avoided to happen
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.
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better
Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme and radical actions
The prime minister stated: 'Drastic times call for drastic measures' in order to justify the extremely unpopular austerity actions introduced by the government during the recession
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