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     1. art. One; any indefinite example of; used to denote a singular item of a group.
           There was a man here looking for you yesterday.
     2. art. Used in conjunction with the adjectives score, dozen, hundred, thousand, and million, as a function word.
           I've seen it happen a hundred times.
     3. art. One certain or particular; any single.Brown, Lesley, (2003)
           We've received an interesting letter from a Mrs. Miggins of London.
     4. art. The same; one.
           We are of a mind on matters of morals.
     5. art. Any, every; used before a noun which has become modified to limit its scope; also used with a negative to indicate not a single one.Lindberg, Christine A. (2007)
           A man who dies intestate leaves his children troubles and difficulties.
           He fell all that way, and hasn't a bump on his head?
     6. art. Used before plural nouns modified by few, good many, couple, great many, etc.
     7. art. Someone or something like; similar to; Used before a proper noun to create an example out of it.
           The center of the village was becoming a Times Square.
     8. prep. (archaic) To do with position or direction; In, on, at, by, towards, onto.
           Stand a tiptoe.
     9. prep. To do with separation; In, into.
           Torn a pieces.
     10. prep. To do with time; Each, per, in, on, by.
           I brush my teeth twice a day.
     11. prep. (obsolete) To do with method; In, with.
     12. prep. (obsolete) To do with role or capacity; In.
           A God’s name.
     13. prep. To do with status; In.
           King James Bible (II Chronicles 2:18)
             To set the people a worke.
     14. prep. (archaic) To do with process, with a passive verb; In the course of, experiencing.
           1964, Bob Dylan, The Times They Are a-Changin’
             The times, they are a-changin'.
     15. prep. (archaic) To do with an action, an active verb; Engaged in.
           1611, King James Bible, Hebrews 11-21
             Jacob, when he was a dying
     16. prep. (archaic) To do with an action/movement; To, into.
     17. v. (archaic, or slang) Have.
           I'd a come, if you'd a asked.
     18. pron. (obsolete, outside, England, and Scotland dialects) He.
     19. interj. A meaningless syllable; ah.
     20. prep. (archaic, slang) Of.
           The name of John a Gaunt.
     21. adv. (chiefly Scotland) All.
     22. adj. (chiefly Scotland) All.
with a stab
a conceited
     1. adj. Not large or big; insignificant; few in number.
           A small serving of ice cream.
           A small group.
           He made us all feel small.
     2. adj. (figuratively) Young, as a child.
           Remember when the children were small?
     3. adj. (writing, incomparable) Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters.
     4. adj. Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; paltry; mean.
     5. adj. Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short.
           a small space of time
     6. adj. topics, en, Size
     7. adv. In a small fashion.
     8. adv. In or into small pieces.
     9. adv. (obsolete) To a small extent.
     10. n. (rare) Any part of something that is smaller or slimmer than the rest, now usually with anatomical reference to the back.
     11. v. (obsolete, transitive) To make little or less.
     12. v. (intransitive) To become small; to dwindle.
it was small
she was small
     1. adj. Moving with speed, rapidity or swiftness, or capable of doing so; rapid; fast.
           I ran to the station – but I wasn't quick enough.
           He's a quick runner.
     2. adj. Occurring in a short time; happening or done rapidly.
           That was a quick meal.
     3. adj. Lively, fast-thinking, witty, intelligent.
           You have to be very quick to be able to compete in ad-lib theatrics.
     4. adj. Mentally agile, alert, perceptive.
           My father is old but he still has a quick wit.
     5. adj. Of temper: easily aroused to anger; quick-tempered.
     6. adj. (archaic) Alive, living.
     7. adj. (archaic) Pregnant, especially at the stage where the foetus's movements can be felt; figuratively, alive with some emotion or feeling.
     8. adj. Of water: flowing.
     9. adj. Burning, flammable, fiery.
     10. adj. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
     11. adj. (mining, of a vein of ore) productive; not "dead" or barren
     12. adv. quickly
     13. adv. (colloquial) with speed
           Get rich quick.
           Come here, quick!
     14. n. raw or sensitive flesh, especially that underneath finger and toe nails.
     15. n. plants used in making a quickset hedge
     16. n. The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible to serious injury or keen feeling.
     17. n. quitchgrass
     18. n. (cricket) A fast bowler.
     19. v. To amalgamate surfaces prior to gilding or silvering by dipping them into a solution of mercury in nitric acid.
     20. v. (transitive, archaic, poetic) To quicken.
he was quick to ask
those towels get dirty awful quick
     1. v. To cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.
           As soon as you bite that sandwich, you'll know how good it is.
     2. v. To hold something by clamping one's teeth.
     3. v. (intransitive) To attack with the teeth.
           That dog is about to bite!
     4. v. (intransitive) To behave aggressively; to reject advances.
           If you see me, come and say hello. I don't bite.
     5. v. (intransitive) To take hold; to establish firm contact with.
           I needed snow chains to make the tires bite.
     6. v. (intransitive) To have significant effect, often negative.
           For homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages, rising interest will really bite.
     7. v. (intransitive, of a fish) To bite a baited hook or other lure and thus be caught.
           Are the fish biting today?
     8. v. (intransitive, metaphor) To accept something offered, often secretly or deceptively, to cause some action by the acceptor.
           I've planted the story. Do you think they'll bite?
     9. v. (intransitive, transitive, of an insect) To sting.
           These mosquitoes are really biting today!
     10. v. (intransitive) To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent.
           It bites like pepper or mustard.
     11. v. To cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure, in a literal or a figurative sense.
           Pepper bites the mouth.
     12. v. (intransitive) To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing.
     13. v. (intransitive) To take or keep a firm hold.
           The anchor bites.
     14. v. To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to.
           The anchor bites the ground.
     15. v. (intransitive, slang) To lack quality; to be worthy of derision; to suck.
           This music really bites.
     16. v. (transitive, informal, vulgar) To perform oral sex on. Used in invective.
           You don't like that I sat on your car? Bite me.
     17. v. (intransitive, AAVE, slang) To plagiarize, to imitate.
           He always be biting my moves.
     18. n. The act of biting.
     19. n. The wound left behind after having been bitten.
           That snake bite really hurts!
     20. n. The swelling of one's skin caused by an insect's mouthparts or sting.
           After just one night in the jungle I was covered with mosquito bites.
     21. n. A piece of food of a size that would be produced by biting; a mouthful.
           There were only a few bites left on the plate.
     22. n. (slang) Something unpleasant.
           That's really a bite!
     23. n. (slang) An act of plagiarism.
           That song is a bite of my song!
     24. n. A small meal or snack.
           I'll have a quick bite to quiet my stomach until dinner.
     25. n. (figuratively) aggression
     26. n. The hold which the short end of a lever has upon the thing to be lifted, or the hold which one part of a machine has upon another.
     27. n. (colloquial, dated) A cheat; a trick; a fraud.
     28. n. (colloquial, dated, slang) A sharper; one who cheats.
     29. n. (printing) A blank on the edge or corner of a page, owing to a portion of the frisket, or something else, intervening between the type and paper.
snake bite
     1. adj. Infatuated; fond of or attracted to.
           He was very taken with the girl, I hear.
     2. adj. (informal) In a serious romantic relationship.
           I can't ask her out, she's taken.
     3. v. past participle of take
true, he had only just taken it up
the change had taken place almost overnight
          1. v. To get into one's hands, possession or control, with or without force.
                They took Charlton's gun from his cold, dead hands.
                I'll take that plate off the table.
          2. v.          To seize or capture.
                        take the guards prisoner
                        take prisoners
                        After a bloody battle, they were able to take the city.
          3. v.          To catch or get possession of (fish or game).
                        took ten catfish in one afternoon
          4. v.          (transitive, cricket) To catch the ball; especially as a wicket-keeper and after the batsman has missed or edged it.
          5. v.          To appropriate or transfer into one's own possession, sometimes by physically carrying off.
                        Billy took her pencil.
          6. v.          To exact.
                        take a toll
                        take revenge
          7. v.          To capture or win (a piece or trick) in a game.
                        took the next two tricks
                        took Smith's rook
          8. v. To receive or accept (something) (especially something given or bestowed, awarded, etc).
                took third place
                took bribes
                The camera takes 35mm film.
          9. v.          To receive or accept (something) as payment or compensation.
                        The store doesn't take checks.
                        She wouldn't take any money for her help.
                        Do you take credit?
                        The vending machine only takes bills, it doesn't take coins.
          10. v.          To accept and follow (advice, etc).
                        take my advice
          11. v.          To receive into some relationship.
                        take a wife
                        The school only takes new students in the fall.
                        The therapist wouldn't take him as a client.
          12. v.          (transitive, intransitive, legal) To receive or acquire (property) by law (e.g. as an heir).
          13. v. To remove.
                take two eggs from the carton
          14. v.          To remove or end by death; to kill.
                        The earthquake took many lives.
                        The plague took rich and poor alike.
                        Cancer took her life.
                        He took his life last night.
          15. v.          To subtract.
                        take one from three and you are left with two
          16. v. To have sex with.
          17. v. To defeat (someone or something) in a fight.
                Don't try to take that guy. He's bigger than you.
                The woman guarding us looks like a professional, but I can take her!
          18. v. To grasp or grip.
                He took her hand in his.
          19. v. To select or choose; to pick.
                Take whichever bag you like.
                She took the best men with her and left the rest to garrison the city.
                I'll take the blue plates.
                I'll take two sugars in my coffee, please.
          20. v. To adopt (select) as one's own.
                She took his side in every argument.
                take a stand on the important issues
          21. v. To carry or lead (something or someone).
                She took her sword with her everywhere she went.
                I'll take the plate with me.
          22. v.          (transitive, especially of a vehicle) To transport or carry; to convey to another place.
                        The next bus will take you to Metz.
                        I took him for a ride
                        I took him down to London.
          23. v.          (transitive, of a path, road, etc.) To lead (to a place); to serve as a means of reaching.
                        These stairs take you down to the basement.
                        Stone Street took us right past the store.
          24. v.          To pass (or attempt to pass) through or around.
                        She took the steps two or three at a time/
                        He took the curve / corner too fast.
                        The pony took every hedge and fence in its path.
          25. v.          To escort or conduct (a person).
                        He took her to lunch at the new restaurant, took her to the movies, and then took her home.
          26. v.          (reflexive) To go.
          27. v. To use as a means of transportation.
                take the ferry
                I took a plane.
                He took the bus to London, and then took a train to Manchester.
                He's 96 but he still takes the stairs.
          28. v. (obsolete) To visit; to include in a course of travel.
          29. v. To obtain for use by payment or lease.
                She took a condo at the beach for the summer.
                He took a full-page ad in the Times.
          30. v.          To obtain or receive regularly by (paid) subscription.
                        They took two magazines.
                        I used to take The Sunday Times.
          31. v. To consume.
          32. v.          To receive (medicine) into one's body, e.g. by inhalation or swallowing; to ingest.
                        take two of these and call me in the morning
                        take the blue pill
                        I take aspirin every day to thin my blood.
          33. v.          To partake of (food or drink); to consume.
                        The general took dinner at seven o'clock.
          34. v. To experience, undergo, or endure.
          35. v.          To undergo; to put oneself into, to be subjected to.
                        take sun-baths
                        take a shower
                        She made the decision to take chemotherapy.
          36. v.          To experience or feel.
                        She takes pride in her work.
     1. prep. Against.
           He picked a fight with the class bully.
     2. prep. In the company of; alongside, close to; near to.
           He went with his friends.
     3. prep. In addition to; as an accessory to.
           She owns a motorcycle with a sidecar.
     4. prep. Used to indicate simultaneous happening, or immediate succession or consequence.
     5. prep. In support of.
           We are with you all the way.
     6. prep. (obsolete) To denote the accomplishment of cause, means, instrument, etc; – sometimes equivalent to by.
           slain with robbers
     7. prep. Using as an instrument; by means of.
           cut with a knife
     8. prep. (obsolete) Using as nourishment; more recently replaced by on.
     9. prep. Having, owning.
     10. adv. Along, together with others, in a group, etc.
           Do you want to come with?
     11. adv. -->
     12. n. alternative form of withe
with a sigh
with a stab
     1. art. Definite grammatical article that implies necessarily that an entity it articulates is presupposed; something already mentioned, or completely specified later in that same sentence, or assumed already
           I’m reading the book. (Compare I’m reading a book.)
           The street in front of your house. (Compare A street in Paris.)
           The men and women watched the man give the birdseed to the bird.
     2. art.          Used before a noun modified by a restrictive relative clause, indicating that the noun refers to a single referent defined by the relative clause.
                    The street that runs through my hometown.
     3. art. Used before an object considered to be unique, or of which there is only one at a time.
           No one knows how many galaxies there are in the universe.
           God save the Queen!
     4. art. Used before a superlative or an ordinal number modifying a noun, to indicate that the noun refers to a single item.
           That was the best apple pie ever.
     5. art.          Added to a superlative or an ordinal number to make it into a substantive.
                    That apple pie was the best.
     6. art. Introducing a singular term to be taken generically: preceding a name of something standing for a whole class.
     7. art. Used before an adjective, indicating all things (especially persons) described by that adjective.
           Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.
     8. art. Used to indicate a certain example of (a noun) which is usually of most concern or most common or familiar.
           No one in the whole country had seen it before.
           I don't think I'll get to it until the morning.
     9. art. Used before a body part (especially of someone previously mentioned), as an alternative to a possessive pronoun.
           A stone hit him on the head. (= “A stone hit him on his head.”)
     10. art. When stressed, indicates that it describes an object which is considered to be best or exclusively worthy of attention.
           That is the hospital to go to for heart surgery.
     11. adv. 1=With a comparative ormore and a verb phrase, establishes a parallel with one or more other such comparatives.
           The hotter the better.
           The more I think about it, the weaker it looks.
           The more money donated, the more books purchased, and the more happy children.
           It looks weaker and weaker, the more I think about it.
     12. adv. 1=With a comparative, and often withfor it, indicates a result more like said comparative. This can be negated withnone.
           It was a difficult time, but I’m the wiser for it.
           It was a difficult time, and I’m none the wiser for it.
           I'm much the wiser for having had a difficult time like that.
the manuscript
said the detective
     1. n. The foremost side of something or the end that faces the direction it normally moves.
     2. n. The side of a building with the main entrance.
     3. n. A field of activity.
     4. n. A person or institution acting as the public face of some other, covert group.
           Officially it's a dry-cleaning shop, but everyone knows it's a front for the mafia.
     5. n. (meteorology) The interface or transition zone between two airmasses of different density, often resulting in precipitation. Since the temperature distribution is the most important regulator of atmos
     6. n. (military) An area where armies are engaged in conflict, especially the line of contact.
     7. n. (military) The lateral space occupied by an element measured from the extremity of one flank to the extremity of the other flank.
     8. n. (military) The direction of the enemy.
     9. n. (military) When a combat situation does not exist or is not assumed, the direction toward which the command is faced.
     10. n. (obsolete) A major military subdivision of the Soviet Army.
     11. n. (informal) An act, show, façade, persona: an intentional and false impression of oneself.
           He says he likes hip-hop, but I think it's just a front.
           You don't need to put on a front. Just be yourself.
     12. n. (historical) That which covers the foremost part of the head: a front piece of false hair worn by women.
     13. n. The most conspicuous part.
     14. n. (obsolete) The beginning.
     15. n. (UK) a seafront or coastal promenade.
     16. n. (obsolete) The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face.
     17. n. (slang) The bellhop whose turn it is to answer a client's call, which is often the word "front" used as an exclamation.
     18. n. (slang) A grill (qual, jewellery worn on front teeth).
     19. adj. Located at or near the front.
           The front runner was thirty meters ahead of her nearest competitor.
     20. adj. (comparable, phonetics) Pronounced with the highest part of the body of the tongue toward the front of the mouth, near the hard palate (most often describing a vowel).
           The English word smallcaps - dress has a front vowel in most dialects.
     21. v. (intransitive, dated) To face (on, to); to be pointed in a given direction.
     22. v. To face, be opposite to.
     23. v. To face up to, to meet head-on, to confront.
     24. v. To adorn the front of; to put on the front.
     25. v. (phonetics, transitive, intransitive) To pronounce with the tongue in a front position.
     26. v. (linguistics, transitive) To move (a word or clause) to the start of a sentence.
     27. v. (intransitive, slang) To act as a front (for); to cover (for).
     28. v. To lead or be the spokesperson of (a campaign, organisation etc.).
     29. v. (transitive, colloquial) To provide money or financial assistance in advance to.
     30. v. (intransitive, slang) To assume false or disingenuous appearances.
     31. v. To deceive or attempt to deceive someone with false or disingenuous appearances (on).
     32. v. To appear before, as in to front court.
he moved toward the door into the front room
I must be getting those things from the front-room closet
     1. n. plural of tooth
     2. n. (plural only) The ability to be enforced, or to be enforced to any useful effect.
and with his teeth gleaming through his grey beard in a horrible grin
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