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      prep  
1    anent     (Scot.)   as regards, concerned with, concerning, connected with, dealing with, on, re, referring to, regarding, relating to, relative to, respecting, touching, with respect to  
2    adjacent, beside, circa     (used with dates)   close to, near, nearby  
3    around, encircling, on all sides, round, surrounding  
4    all over, over, through, throughout  
      adv  
5    almost, approaching, approximately, around, close to, more or less, nearing, nearly, roughly  
6    from place to place, here and there, hither and thither, to and fro  
      adj  
7    active, around, astir, in motion, present, stirring  


about to     
intending to, on the point of, on the verge or brink of, ready to  
about-turn   , about-face     (U.S.)  
1   
      n   change of direction, reversal, reverse, right about (turn), turnabout, turnaround, U-turn, volte-face  
2   
      vb   change direction, do or perform a U-turn or volte-face, face the opposite direction, reverse, turn about or around, turn through 180 degrees, volte-face  
bring about     
accomplish, achieve, bring to pass, cause, compass, create, effect, effectuate, generate, give rise to, make happen, manage, occasion, produce, realize  
come about     
arise, befall, come to pass, happen, occur, result, take place, transpire     (informal)  
gad (about or around)     
gallivant, ramble, range, roam, rove, run around, stravaig     (Scot. & Northern English dialect)   stray, traipse     (informal)   wander  
go about  
1    circulate, move around, pass around, wander  
2    approach, begin, get the show on the road, set about, tackle, take the bit between one's teeth, undertake  
3    busy or occupy oneself with, devote oneself to  
hang about   , around  
1    dally, linger, loiter, roam, tarry, waste time  
2    associate with, frequent, hang out     (informal)   hang with     (informal, chiefly U.S.)   haunt, resort  
just about     
all but, almost, around, close to, nearly, not quite, practically, well-nigh  
knock about   , around  
1    ramble, range, roam, rove, traipse, travel, wander  
2    abuse, batter, beat up     (informal)   bruise, buffet, clobber     (slang)   damage, hit, hurt, lambast(e), maltreat, manhandle, maul, mistreat, strike, work over     (slang)   wound  
mess about   , around  
1    amuse oneself, dabble, fool (about or around), footle     (informal)   muck about     (informal)   piss about or around     (taboo slang)   play about or around, potter, trifle  
2    fiddle     (informal)   fool (about or around), interfere, meddle, piss about or around     (taboo slang)   play, tamper, tinker, toy  
see about  
1    attend to, consider, deal with, give some thought to, look after, see to, take care of  
2    investigate, look into, make enquiries, research  
set about  
1    address oneself to, attack, begin, get cracking     (informal)   get down to, get to work, get weaving     (informal)   make a start on, put one's shoulder to the wheel     (informal)   roll up one's sleeves, sail into     (informal)   set to, start, tackle, take the first step, wade into  
2    assail, assault, attack, belabour, lambast(e), mug     (informal)   sail into     (informal)  
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exp.
to be unable to think for oneself
used in a condescending way
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.
to be staggering
Das ist ein Hammer!
v.
to be lost
he went missing my dog went missing for three days
adj.
able to be seen
[US] Ex.: the car in front of us was visible because we had the lights on
n.
To surmount, to be victorious
adj.
not able to be mixed or combined
adj.
to be gutsy means to have guts
to be gutsy: avoir du cran
abbr. acron.
Short for "to be honest".
[Fam.]
n.
of or related to brahman
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
n.
a person paid by the state to work in the interests of the nation who considers it to be a ‘right’ to be able abuse his or her authority to ensure personal gain for himself or herself at the expense of the nation…
neologism ... created on some blog
v.
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
exp.
"to be up for it" means to be willing to participate
she's really up for it: elle est partante
exp.
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
slang
exp.
home is the best place to be no matter where it is
n.
Someone (usually a young man) who tries unsuccessfully to be funny by making lame jokes and doing stupid things
US English, colloquial
adj.
(about persons) not to be trusted; dangerous
n.
A grease nipple or grease fitting, usually mounted on bearings or other mechanical parts that regularly need to be lubricated. Named after its Austrian-born American inventor, Oscar U. Zerk.
[Tech.]
n.
to allege as a fact or prove to be true
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