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sooner

  
1    Sooner is the comparative of soon.  
2    You say the sooner the better when you think something should be done as soon as possible.  
the sooner the better      phrase  
Detective Holt said: `The kidnapper is a man we must catch and the sooner the better'.     
3    If you say that something will happen sooner or later   , you mean that it will happen at some time in the future, even though it might take a long time.      
sooner or later             phrase   PHR with cl   (=eventually)  
Sooner or later she would be caught by the police.     
4    If you say that no sooner has one thing happened than another thing happens, you mean that the second thing happens immediately after the first thing.  
no sooner             phrase   (=scarcely)  
No sooner had he arrived in Rome than he was kidnapped.     
5    If you say that you would sooner do something or you'd sooner do it, you mean that you would prefer to do it.  
would sooner/'d sooner      phrase   (=would rather)  
Ford vowed that he would sooner burn his factory to the ground than build a single vehicle for war purposes...      MODAL inf  
I'd sooner not talk about it...      MODAL not inf  
I'd sooner he didn't know till I've talked to Pete...      MODAL that  
I would sooner give up sleep than miss my evening class...      MODAL inf than inf  
I'd sooner not, if you don't mind.      MODAL not  
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sooner  
1    Sooner is the comparative of soon.  
2    You say the sooner the better when you think something should be done as soon as possible.  
the sooner the better      phrase  
Detective Holt said: `The kidnapper is a man we must catch and the sooner the better'.     
3    If you say that something will happen sooner or later, you mean that it will happen at some time in the future, even though it might take a long time.  
sooner or later      phrase   PHR with cl   (=eventually)  
Sooner or later she would be caught by the police.     
4    If you say that no sooner has one thing happened than another thing happens, you mean that the second thing happens immediately after the first thing.  
no sooner      phrase   (=scarcely)  
No sooner had he arrived in Rome than he was kidnapped.     
5    If you say that you would sooner do something or you'd sooner do it, you mean that you would prefer to do it.  
would sooner/'d sooner      phrase   (=would rather)  
Ford vowed that he would sooner burn his factory to the ground than build a single vehicle for war purposes...      MODAL inf  
I'd sooner not talk about it...      MODAL not inf  
I'd sooner he didn't know till I've talked to Pete...      MODAL that  
I would sooner give up sleep than miss my evening class...      MODAL inf than inf  
I'd sooner not, if you don't mind.      MODAL not  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
adv.
maximum; no more (or later) than; at the most
E.g.: You have to be back at 11 o'clock tops; The show lasted one hour tops
o.
talk to you later
n.
a potential benefit or disadvantage
n.
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
n.
Free On Board: A legal term meaning that when the seller loads merchandise for transportation, he bears full responsibility for it but if the merchandise is later lost or harmed, the buyer suffers the loss.
id.
Something that seems bad at first, like a fail or a misfortune, but later unexpectedly results in something good and beneficial
As for me I could say that was a double unbelievable blessing in disguise; firstly, the plane I missed crashed into the sea a few hours later and secondly, I met my future wife on the next flight!
v.
explain or bring up
adj.
without nationality or nations
the chambers dictionnary 10th edition.
adj.
rigorously strict or just
Ex.: The judge took the maliciousness of the crime into account and decided upon a rhadamanthine punishment.
n.
a clumsy or stupid person
adj.
suitable in quantity or quality
v.
to enchant or fascinate someone
[Liter.] US also "ensorcel"
n.
any distracting or deceptive maneuver
n.
of or related to brahman
exp.
it sounds interesting or attractive
v.
to subject (an industry) to a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and a supplier, usually via mobile technology
[Bus.] From the taxi company 'Uber', which pioneered this business model
v.
to visit unexpectedly or inconventiently
the whole family descended on us for the weekend
exp.
amongst other things said or stated
At the panel she stated her claims inter-alia
n.
characteristic of awesome people or things
id.
use your common sense or resourcefulness
id.
do or say something exactly right
My bestie hit the nail on the head when she figured out why I was worried / Identifying the specific cause of the failure, the technician hit the nail on the head
n.
person or tool who creates or translates subtitles
[Fam.]
n.
a leader in a race or competition
adj.
not able to be mixed or combined
n.
valuable virtual or digital assets in cyberspace
[Tech.]
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