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they
     1. pron. (the third-person plural) A group of people, animals, plants or objects previously mentioned.
           Fred and Jane? They just arrived.   Dogs may bark if they want to be fed.   Plants wilt if they are not watered.
           I have a car and a truck, but they are both broken.
     2. pron. (the third-person singular, sometimes proscribed) A single person, previously mentioned, especially if of unknown or non-binary gender, but not if previously named and identified as male or female.
     3. pron. (indefinite pronoun, vague meaning) People; some people; people in general; someone, excluding the speaker.
           They say it’s a good place to live.
           They didn’t have computers in the old days.
           They should do something about this.
           They have a lot of snow in winter.
     4. det. (now Southern England dialect, or nonstandard) The, those.
     5. det. (US dialects including AAVE) Their.
     6. pron. (US dialectal) There (especially as an expletive subject of be).
here they are
as they met his
beat
     1. n. A stroke; a blow.
     2. n. A pulsation or throb.
           a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse
     3. n. A pulse on the beat level, the metric level at which pulses are heard as the basic unit. Thus a beat is the basic time unit of a piece.
     4. n. A rhythm.
     5. n. (music) specifically The rhythm signalled by a conductor or other musician to the members of a group of musicians.
     6. n. The interference between two tones of almost equal frequency
     7. n. (authorship) A short pause in a play, screenplay, or teleplay, for dramatic or comedic effect; a plot point or story development.
     8. n. The route patrolled by a police officer or a guard.
           to walk the beat
     9. n. (by extension) An area of a person's responsibility, especially
     10. n.          In journalism, the primary focus of a reporter's stories (such as police/courts, education, city government, business etc.).
     11. n. (dated) An act of reporting news or scientific results before a rival; a scoop.
     12. n. (colloquial, dated) That which beats, or surpasses, another or others.
           the beat of him
     13. n. (dated) A place of habitual or frequent resort.
     14. n. (archaic) A low cheat or swindler.
           a dead beat
     15. n. The instrumental portion of a piece of hip-hop music.
     16. n. (hunting) The act of scouring, or ranging over, a tract of land to rouse or drive out game; also, those so engaged, collectively.
     17. n. (fencing) A smart tap on the adversary's blade.
     18. v. To hit; strike
           As soon as she heard that her father had died, she went into a rage and beat the wall with her fists until her knuckles bled.
     19. v. To strike or pound repeatedly, usually in some sort of rhythm.
           He danced hypnotically while she beat the atabaque.
     20. v. (intransitive) To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
     21. v. (intransitive) To move with pulsation or throbbing.
     22. v. To win against; to defeat or overcome; to do better than, outdo, or excel (someone) in a particular, competitive event.
           Jan had little trouble beating John in tennis. He lost five games in a row.
           No matter how quickly Joe finished his test, Roger always beat him.
           I just can't seem to beat the last level of this video game.
     23. v. (intransitive, nautical) To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind.
     24. v. To strike (water, foliage etc.) in order to drive out game; to travel through (a forest etc.) for hunting.
     25. v. To mix food in a rapid fashion. Compare whip.
           Beat the eggs and whip the cream.
     26. v. (transitive, UK, In haggling for a price) of a buyer, to persuade the seller to reduce a price
           He wanted $50 for it, but I managed to beat him down to $35.
     27. v. To indicate by beating or drumming.
           to beat a retreat; to beat to quarters
     28. v. To tread, as a path.
     29. v. To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
     30. v. To be in agitation or doubt.
     31. v. To make a sound when struck.
           The drums beat.
     32. v. (military, intransitive) To make a succession of strokes on a drum.
           The drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters.
     33. v. To sound with more or less rapid alternations of greater and less intensity, so as to produce a pulsating effect; said of instruments, tones, or vibrations, not perfectly in unison.
     34. v. To arrive at a place before someone.
           He beat me there.
           The place is empty, we beat the crowd of people who come at lunch.
     35. v. (transitive, US, slang) to masturbate.
           This was the second time he beat off today.
     36. v. (intransitive, UK, slang) to have sexual intercourse.
           Bruv, She came in just as we started to beat.
     37. adj. (US slang) exhausted
           After the long day, she was feeling completely beat.
     38. adj. dilapidated, beat up
           Dude, you drive a beat car like that and you ain’t gonna get no honeys.
     39. adj. (gay slang) fabulous
           Her makeup was beat!
     40. adj. (slang) boring
     41. adj. (slang) ugly
     42. n. A beatnik.
well, can you beat the women!
Us
     1. n. plural of U
     2. pron. (personal) Me and at least one other person; the objective case of we.
     3. pron. (colloquial) Me.
           Give us a look at your paper.
           Give us your wallet!
     4. pron. (Northern England) Our.
           We'll have to throw us food out.
     5. det. The speakers/writers, or the speaker/writer and at least one other person.
           It's not good enough for us teachers.
     6. n. plural of u
last
     1. adj. Final, ultimate, coming after all others of its kind.
           “Eyes Wide Shut” was the last film to be directed by Stanley Kubrick.
     2. adj. Most recent, latest, last so far.
           The last time I saw him, he was married.
           I have received your note dated the 17th last, and am responding to say that....   (archaic usage)
     3. adj. Farthest of all from a given quality, character, or condition; most unlikely, or least preferable.
           He is the last person to be accused of theft.
           The last person I want to meet is Helen.
           More rain is the last thing we need right now.
     4. adj. Being the only one remaining of its class.
           Japan is the last empire.
     5. adj. Supreme; highest in degree; utmost.
     6. adj. Lowest in rank or degree.
           the last prize
     7. det. The (one) immediately before the present.
           We went there last year.
     8. det. (of a day of the week) Closest to seven days (one week) ago.
           It's Wednesday, and the party was last Tuesday; that is, not yesterday, but eight days ago.
     9. adv. Most recently.
           When we last met, he was based in Toronto.
     10. adv. (sequence) after everything else; finally
           I'll go last.
           last but not least
     11. v. (transitive, obsolete) To perform, carry out.
     12. v. (intransitive) To endure, continue over time.
           Summer seems to last longer each year.
           They seem happy now, but that won't last long.
     13. v. (intransitive) To hold out, continue undefeated or entire.
           I don't know how much longer we can last without reinforcements.
     14. n. A tool for shaping or preserving the shape of shoes.
     15. v. To shape with a last; to fasten or fit to a last; to place smoothly on a last.
           to last a boot
     16. n. (obsolete) A burden; load; a cargo; freight.
     17. n. (obsolete) A measure of weight or quantity, varying in designation depending on the goods concerned.
     18. n. (obsolete) An old English (and Dutch) measure of the carrying capacity of a ship, equal to two tons.
     19. n. A load of some commodity with reference to its weight and commercial value.
she said at last
the last present he sent
year
     1. n. A solar year, the time it takes the Earth to complete one revolution of the Sun (between 365.24 and 365.26 days depending on the point of reference).
           we moved to this town a year ago;  I quit smoking exactly one year ago
     2. n. (by extension) The time it takes for any astronomical object (such as a planet, dwarf planet, small Solar System body, or comet) in direct orbit around a star (such as the Sun) to make one revolution
           Mars goes around the sun once in a Martian year, or 1.88 Earth years.
     3. n. A period between set dates that mark a year, from January 1 to December 31 by the Gregorian calendar, from Tishiri 1 to Elul 29 by the Jewish calendar, and from Muharram 1 to Dhu al-Hijjah 29 or 30 by
           A normal year has 365 full days, but there are 366 days in a leap year.
           I was born in the year 1950.
           This Chinese year is the year of the Rooster.
     4. n. A scheduled part of a calendar year spent in a specific activity.
           During this school year I have to get up at 6:30 to catch the bus.
     5. n. (sciences) A Julian year, exactly 365.25 days, represented by "a".
     6. n. A level or grade in school or college.
           Every second-year student must select an area of specialization.
           The exams in year 12 at high school are the most difficult.
     7. n. The proportion of a creature's lifespan equivalent to one year of an average human lifespan (see also dog year).
           Geneticists have created baker's yeast that can live to 800 in yeast years.
year after year
year after year
So
     1. n. A Mon-Khmer-speaking people of Laos and Thailand.
     2. conj. In order that.
           Eat your broccoli so you can have dessert.
     3. conj. With the result that; for that reason; therefore.
           I was hungry so I asked if there was any more food.
           He ate too much cake, so he fell ill.
           He wanted a book, so he went to the library.
           “I need to go to the bathroom.”―“So go!”
     4. conj. (archaic) Provided that; on condition that, as long as.
     5. adv. To the (explicitly stated) extent that.
           It was so hot outside that all the plants died.  He was so good, they hired him on the spot.
     6. adv. (informal) To the (implied) extent.
           I need a piece of cloth so long. = this long
     7. adv.          (informal) Very (positive clause).
                   He is so good!
     8. adv.          (informal) Very (negative clause).
                   It’s not so bad. i.e. it's acceptable
     9. adv.          (slang) Very much.
                   But I so want to see the Queen when she visits our town!  That is so not true!
     10. adv. In a particular manner.
           Place the napkin on the table just so. If that's what you mean, then say so; (or do so).
     11. adv. In the same manner or to the same extent as aforementioned; also.
           Just as you have the right to your free speech, so I have the right to mine.  Many people say she's the world's greatest athlete, but I don't think so.  "I can count backwards from on
     12. adv. (with as) To such an extent or degree; as.
           so far as;  so long as;  so much as
     13. adj. True, accurate.
           That is so.  You are responsible for this, is that not so?
     14. adj. In that state or manner; with that attribute. A proadjective that replaces the aforementioned adjective phrase.
     15. adj. (dated, UK, slang) Homosexual.
           Is he so?
     16. interj. Used after a pause for thought to introduce a new topic, question or story.
           So, let's go home.
           So, what'll you have?
           So, there was this squirrel stuck in the chimney...
     17. interj. (Short for) so what.
           "You park your car in front of my house every morning." — "So?".
     18. interj. Used to connect previous conversation or events to the following question.
           So how does this story end?
           So, everyone wants to know - did you win the contest or not?
     19. interj. (archaic) Be as you are; stand still; (used especially to cows; also used by sailors.)
     20. pron. abbreviation of someone
     21. n. (music) A syllable used in solfège to represent the fifth note of a major scale.
     22. n. (foods) A type of dairy product made in Japan between the seventh and 10th centuries.
this
     1. det. The (thing) here (used in indicating something or someone nearby).
           This classroom is where I learned to read and write.
     2. det. The known (thing) (used in indicating something or someone just mentioned).
           They give the appearance of knowing what they're doing. It's this appearance that lets them get away with so much.
     3. det. The known (thing) (used in indicating something or someone about to be mentioned).
           When asked what he wanted for his birthday, he gave this reply: “…”
     4. det. A known (thing) (used in first mentioning a person or thing that the speaker does not think is known to the audience). Compare with "a certain ...".
           I met this woman the other day who's allergic to wheat. I didn't even know that was possible!
           There's just this nervous mannerism that Bob has with his hands, and it drives me crazy.
     5. det. (Of a unit of time) which is current.
           It snowed this week.
     6. adv. To the degree or extent indicated.
           I need this much water.
           We've already come this far, we can't turn back now.
     7. pron. The thing, item, etc. being indicated.
           This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune,—often the surfeit of our own behaviour,—we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars(...) — Sh
     8. n. (philosophy) Something being indicated that is here; one of these.
     9. interj. (Internet slang) Indicates the speaker's strong approval or agreement with the previous material.
by this time I
look at this door
year
     1. n. A solar year, the time it takes the Earth to complete one revolution of the Sun (between 365.24 and 365.26 days depending on the point of reference).
           we moved to this town a year ago;  I quit smoking exactly one year ago
     2. n. (by extension) The time it takes for any astronomical object (such as a planet, dwarf planet, small Solar System body, or comet) in direct orbit around a star (such as the Sun) to make one revolution
           Mars goes around the sun once in a Martian year, or 1.88 Earth years.
     3. n. A period between set dates that mark a year, from January 1 to December 31 by the Gregorian calendar, from Tishiri 1 to Elul 29 by the Jewish calendar, and from Muharram 1 to Dhu al-Hijjah 29 or 30 by
           A normal year has 365 full days, but there are 366 days in a leap year.
           I was born in the year 1950.
           This Chinese year is the year of the Rooster.
     4. n. A scheduled part of a calendar year spent in a specific activity.
           During this school year I have to get up at 6:30 to catch the bus.
     5. n. (sciences) A Julian year, exactly 365.25 days, represented by "a".
     6. n. A level or grade in school or college.
           Every second-year student must select an area of specialization.
           The exams in year 12 at high school are the most difficult.
     7. n. The proportion of a creature's lifespan equivalent to one year of an average human lifespan (see also dog year).
           Geneticists have created baker's yeast that can live to 800 in yeast years.
year after year
year after year
Win
     1. n. (colloquial) A Winchester firearm.
     2. v. (obsolete, transitive) To conquer, defeat.
     3. v. (transitive, intransitive) To reach some destination or object, despite difficulty or toil (now usually intransitive, with preposition or locative adverb).
     4. v. To triumph or achieve victory in (a game, a war, etc.).
     5. v. To gain (a prize) by succeeding in competition or contest.
           to win the jackpot in a lottery;  to win a bottle of wine in a raffle
     6. v. To obtain (someone) by wooing; to make an ally or friend of (frequently with over).
     7. v. (intransitive) To achieve victory.
           Who would win in a fight between an octopus and a dolphin?
     8. v. To obtain (something desired).
           The company hopes to win an order from the government worth over 5 million dollars.
     9. v. To cause a victory for someone.
           The success of the economic policies should win Mr. Smith the next elections.
           The policy success should win the elections for Mr. Smith.
     10. v. (transitive, mining) To extract (ore, coal, etc.).
     11. n. gain; profit; income
     12. n. wealth; owndom; goods
     13. n. an individual victory (opposite of a loss)
           Our first win of the season put us in high spirits.
     14. n. (slang) a feat, an (extraordinary) achievement (opposite of a fail)
     15. n. (Scotland) Pleasure; joy; delight.
     16. v. (transitive, Scotland) To dry by exposure to the wind.
was
     1. v. first-person singular past of be.
     2. v. third-person singular past of be.
I was told that
when she was a girl
     be
          1. v. (intransitive, now literary) To exist; to have real existence.
          2. v. (with there, or dialectally it, as dummy subject) To exist.
                There is just one woman in town who can help us. (or, dialectally:) It is just one woman in town who can help us.
          3. v. (intransitive) To occupy a place.
                The cup is on the table.
          4. v. (intransitive) To occur, to take place.
                When will the meeting be?
          5. v. (intransitive, in perfect tenses, without predicate) Elliptical form of "be here", "go to and return from" or similar.
                The postman has been today, but my tickets have still not yet come.
                I have been to Spain many times.
                Moscow, huh? I've never been, but it sounds fascinating.
          6. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to indicate that the subject and object are the same.
                Knowledge is bliss.
                Hi, I’m Jim.
          7. v. (transitive, copulative, mathematics) Used to indicate that the values on either side of an equation are the same.
                3 times 5 is fifteen.
          8. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to indicate that the subject plays the role of the predicate nominal.
                François Mitterrand was president of France from 1981 to 1995.
          9. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to connect a noun to an adjective that describes it.
                The sky is blue.
          10. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to indicate that the subject has the qualities described by a noun or noun phrase.
                The sky is a deep blue today.
          11. v. (transitive, auxiliary) Used to form the passive voice.
                The dog was drowned by the boy.
          12. v. (transitive, auxiliary) Used to form the continuous forms of various tenses.
                The woman is walking.
                I shall be writing to you soon.
                We liked to chat while we were eating.
          13. v. (archaic, auxiliary) Used to form the perfect aspect with certain intransitive verbs, most of which indicate motion. Often still used for "to go".
          14. v. (transitive, auxiliary) Used to form future tenses, especially the future periphrastic.
                I am to leave tomorrow.
                I would drive you, were I to obtain a car.
          15. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to link a subject to a measurement.
                This building is three hundred years old.
                I am 75 kilograms.
                He’s about 6 feet tall.
          16. v. (transitive, copulative, with a cardinal numeral) Used to state the age of a subject in years.
                I’m 20. (= I am 20 years old.)
          17. v. (with a dummy subject) it Used to indicate the time of day.
                It is almost eight. (= It is almost eight o’clock.)
                It’s 8:30 read eight-thirty in Tokyo.
                What time is it there? It’s night.
          18. v. (With since) Used to indicate passage of time since the occurrence of an event.
                It has been three years since my grandmother died. (similar to My grandmother died three years ago, but emphasizes the intervening period)
                It had been six days since his departure, when I received a letter from him.
          19. v. (often, impersonal, with it as a dummy subject) Used to indicate weather, air quality, or the like.
                It is hot in Arizona, but it is not usually humid.
                Why is it so dark in here?
          20. v. (dynamic/lexical "be", especially in progressive tenses, conjugated non-suppletively in the present tense, see usage notes) To exist or behave in a certain way.
                "What do we do?" "We be ourselves.".
                Why is he being nice to me?
payback
     1. n. An act of revenge.
           They beat us last year, so this year's win was payback.
     2. n. A benefit, reward, a form of recompense.
     3. n. A return on investment
     4. n. (rare) A refund, reimbursement
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