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anywhere

  
1       adv   You use anywhere in statements with negative meaning to indicate that a place does not exist.  
ADV after v, be ADV, oft ADV cl/group  
I haven't got anywhere to live..., There had never been such a beautiful woman anywhere in the world.     
2       adv   You use anywhere in questions and conditional clauses to ask or talk about a place without saying exactly where you mean.  
ADV after v, be ADV, from ADV, oft ADV cl/group  
Did you try to get help from anywhere?..., If she wanted to go anywhere at all she had to wait for her father to drive her.     
3       adv   You use anywhere before words that indicate the kind of place you are talking about.  
ADV cl/group   (=anyplace)  
He'll meet you anywhere you want..., Let us know if you come across anywhere that has something special to offer.     
4       adv   You use anywhere to refer to a place when you are emphasizing that it could be any of a large number of places.  
ADV after v, be ADV     (emphasis)    Rachel would have known Julia Stone anywhere., ...jokes that are so funny they always work anywhere.     
5       adv   When you do not want to be exact, you use anywhere to refer to a particular range of things.  
ADV from/to n, ADV between pl-n, ADV up  
His shoes cost anywhere from $200 up..., My visits lasted anywhere from three weeks to two months.     
6       adv   You use anywhere in expressions such as anywhere near and anywhere close to to emphasize a statement that you are making.  
ADV adj/adv     (emphasis)    There weren't anywhere near enough empty boxes...     
7    If you say that someone or something is not getting anywhere or is not going anywhere, you mean that they are not making progress or achieving a satisfactory result.  
not be getting anywhere/not be going anywhere             phrase   V inflects  
The conversation did not seem to be getting anywhere...     
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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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Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family
exp.
wait for something, usually linked to a previous event, to happen; expect something that can not be avoided to happen
adj.
not able to be mixed or combined
exp.
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
slang
adj.
(about persons) not to be trusted; dangerous
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.
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.
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
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