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Pronounced ðər, STRONG ðeər for meanings 1 and 2, and ðeər for meanings 3 to 20.     
1       pron   There is used as the subject of the verb `be' to say that something exists or does not exist, or to draw attention to it.  
PRON be n  
There are roadworks between Camblesforth and Carlton..., Are there some countries that have been able to tackle these problems successfully?..., There were differences of opinion, he added, on very basic issues...     
2       pron   You use there in front of certain verbs when you are saying that something exists, develops, or can be seen. Whether the verb is singular or plural depends on the noun which follows the verb.  
PRON v n  
There remains considerable doubt over when the intended high-speed rail link will be complete..., There appeared no imminent danger...     
3       convention   There is used after `hello' or `hi' when you are greeting someone.  
Oh, hi there. You must be Sidney.     
4       adv   If something is there, it exists or is available.  
be ADV, oft ADV for n, ADV to-inf  
The group of old buildings on the corner by the main road is still there today..., The book is there for people to read and make up their own mind...     
5       adv   You use there to refer to a place which has already been mentioned.  
be ADV, ADV with v, n ADV, oft prep ADV  
The next day we drove the 33 miles to Siena (the Villa Arceno is a great place to stay while you are there) for the Palio..., `Come on over, if you want.'<emdash10001`How do I get there?'..., It's one hell of a train trip, about five days there and back...     
6       adv   You use there to indicate a place that you are pointing to or looking at, in order to draw someone's attention to it.  
ADV with be, ADV after v, oft prep ADV  
There it is, on the corner over there..., There she is on the left up there..., The toilets are over there, dear...     
7       adv   You use there in expressions such as `there he was' or `there we were' to sum up part of a story or to slow a story down for dramatic effect.  
SPOKEN   ADV cl  
So there we were with Amy and she was driving us crazy...     
8       adv   You use there when speaking on the telephone to ask if someone is available to speak to you.  
ADV with be  
Hello, is Gordon there please?     
9       adv   You use there to refer to a point that someone has made in a conversation.  
ADV after v  
I think you're right there John...     
10       adv   You use there to refer to a stage that has been reached in an activity or process.  
ADV with cl, oft prep ADV  
We are making further investigations and will take the matter from there...     
11       adv   You use there to indicate that something has reached a point or level which is completely successful.  
be ADV, ADV after v  
We had hoped to fill the back page with extra news; we're not quite there yet..., Life has not yet returned to normal but we are getting there.     
12       adv   You can use there in expressions such as there you go or there we are when accepting that an unsatisfactory situation cannot be changed.  
SPOKEN   ADV cl  
I'm the oldest and, according to all the books, should be the achiever, but there you go...     
13       adv   You can use there in expressions such as there you go and there we are when emphasizing that something proves that you were right.  
SPOKEN   ADV cl     (emphasis)    You see? There you go. That's why I didn't mention it earlier. I knew you'd take it the wrong way...     
14    You use there again to introduce an extra piece of information which either contradicts what has been said or gives an alternative to it.  
there again      phrase   PHR cl  
At 18 stone, I can't run around the way I used to. There again, some people say I never did...     
15    Phrases such as there you go again are used to show annoyance at someone who is repeating something that has annoyed you in the past.  
SPOKEN  
there you go again      phrase   V inflects  
`There you go again, upsetting the child!' said Shirley...     
16    You can add `so there' to what you are saying to show that you will not change your mind about a decision you have made, even though the person you are talking to disagrees with you.  
INFORMAL  
so there      phrase   cl PHR  
I think that's sweet, so there.     
17    If something happens there and then or then and there, it happens immediately.  
there and then/then and there      phrase   PHR after v, PHR with cl  
Many felt that he should have resigned there and then...     
18    You say `there there' to someone who is very upset, especially a small child, in order to comfort them.  
SPOKEN  
there there      convention  
`There, there,' said Mum. `You've been having a really bad dream.'     
19    You say `there you are' or `there you go' when you are offering something to someone.  
SPOKEN  
there you are/go      convention  
  (formulae)   
Nora picked up the boy, and gave him a biscuit. `There you are, Lennie, you take the nice biscuit.'     
20    If someone is there for you, they help and support you, especially when you have problems.  
INFORMAL  
be there for someone      phrase   V inflects  
Despite what happened in the past I want her to know I am there for her.     


out-there     
Someone or something that is out-there is very extreme or unusual.  
INFORMAL      adj   (=way-out)  
...various artists with out-there names like Furry Green Lamppost.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
there is more room on the outside than on the inside q.
This expression means it is better to let one's emotions out, rather than bottled up inside. It is also often said when someone has gas.
this is just something my grandmother would say in cajun french

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exp.
there is something really obvious that no one talks about
exp.
ça ne sert à rien de pleurer ; ce qui est fait est fait ; inutile de se lamenter sur une chose qu'on ne peut pas changer
exp.
acronyme de "there is no alternative"
phrase chère jadis à Mme THATCHER reprise au G20 de novembre 2011 contre le Premier ministre grec et son référendum
id.
when sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem
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