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noun phrase


      n     (Grammar)   a constituent of a sentence that consists of a noun and any modifiers it may have, a noun clause, or a word, such as a pronoun, that takes the place of a noun,   (Abbrev.)    NP  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
a    a word or group of words that refers to a person, place, or thing or any syntactically similar word  
b    (as modifier)  
a noun phrase        (Abbrevs.)    N, n      Related adj       nominal  
     (C14: via Anglo-French from Latin nomen name)  
  nounal      adj  
  nounally      adv  
  nounless      adj  

abstract noun  
      n   a noun that refers to an abstract concept, as for example kindness  
   Compare       concrete noun  
collective noun  
      n   a noun that is singular in form but that refers to a group of people or things  
Collective nouns are usually used with singular verbs: the family is on holiday; General Motors is mounting a big sales campaign. In British usage, however, plural verbs are sometimes employed in this context, esp. where reference is being made to a collection of individual objects or persons rather than to the group as a unit: the family are all on holiday. Care should be taken that the same collective noun is not treated as both singular and plural in the same sentence: the family is well and sends its best wishes or the family are all well and send their best wishes, but not the family is well and send their best wishes  
common noun  
      n     (Grammar)   a noun that refers to each member of a whole class sharing the features connoted by the noun, as for example planet, orange, and drum  
   Compare       proper noun  
concrete noun  
      n   a noun that refers to a material object, as for example horse  
   Compare       abstract noun  
count noun  
      n     (Linguistics, logic)   a noun that can be qualified by the indefinite article, and may be used in the plural, as telephone and thing but not airs and graces or bravery  
   Compare       mass noun       sortal  
mass noun  
      n   a noun that refers to an extended substance rather than to each of a set of isolable objects, as, for example, water as opposed to lake. In English when used indefinitely they are characteristically preceded by some rather than a or an; they do not have normal plural forms  
   Compare       count noun  
noun phrase  
      n     (Grammar)   a constituent of a sentence that consists of a noun and any modifiers it may have, a noun clause, or a word, such as a pronoun, that takes the place of a noun,   (Abbrev.)    NP  
proper noun   , name  
      n   the name of a person, place, or object, as for example Iceland, Patrick, or Uranus  
   Compare       common noun  
Related adj  
verbal noun  
      n   a noun derived from a verb, such as smoking in the sentence smoking is bad for you  
   See also       gerund  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
endearment phrase used for someone we find sweet
[Fam.] syn.: sweetie, pumpkin, cutie, cutesy pie
phrase meant to emphasize the speaker's self-assurance
syn.: you can bet on it; trust me; you can count on it; I'm telling you...
- (usually of a person) lacking in intelligence, common sense, or just in general awareness; clumsy or idiotic. - [colloquial] [noun] a person that displays these character traits. - [informal] used for emphasis when something is dull, irritating, or nonsensical.
1) "I thought that I was stupid for failing my exam, but at least I tried," 2) "That's not how you do it, stupid!" 3) "I'm tired of this stupid computer!"
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
a false acronym created "backwards", i.e. from a phrase deliberately invented to generate the acronym, e.g. posh "port out starboard home".
misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from a mishearing (of the lyrics of a song for example)
Comes from "and Lady Mondegreen", a misinterpretation of the line "and laid him on the green" from the Scottish ballad "The Bonnie Earl O' Moray".
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
the phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse the user of profanity or curses in the presence of those offended by it under the pretense of the words being part of a foreign language
Syn.: excuse my French
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