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't is

'T is
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  1. A common contraction of it is.
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't was

'T was
Definitions
  1. A contraction of it was.
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All is grist that comes to his mill

  • all that he has anything to do with is a source of profit. Colloq.
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animate being

  • noun a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
    brute; beast; animal; fauna; creature.
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as it is

  • adverb in the actual state of affairs and often contrary to expectations; as it is he was severely injured"
    • he might have been killed
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As it were

  • adverb as if it were really so
    so to speak.
    • she lives here, as it were
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  • (as if it were), a qualifying phrase used to apologize for or to relieve some expression which might be regarded as inappropriate or incongruous; in a manner.
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be active

  • verb be in a state of action
    move.
    • she is always moving
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be adrift

  • verb be in motion due to some air or water current
    blow; float; drift.
    • The leaves were blowing in the wind
    • the boat drifted on the lake
    • The sailboat was adrift on the open sea
    • the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore
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be after

  • verb have the will and intention to carry out some action
    plan.
    • He plans to be in graduate school next year
    • The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion
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be all and end all

  • noun the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim
    be all and end all.
    • profit is the be-all and end-all of business
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be amiss

  • verb interpret in the wrong way
    misinterpret; misunderstand; misconceive; misconstrue; misapprehend.
    • Don't misinterpret my comments as criticism
    • She misconstrued my remarks
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be at pains

  • verb try very hard to do something
    take pains.
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be born

  • verb come into existence through birth
    • She was born on a farm
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be due

  • verb be the result of
    flow from.
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be full

  • verb be sated, have enough to eat
    • I'm full--don't give me any more beans, please
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be given

  • verb have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
    run; incline; lean; tend.
    • She tends to be nervous before her lectures
    • These dresses run small
    • He inclined to corpulence
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be intimate

  • verb have sexual intercourse with
    love; fuck; sleep with; have it away; screw; have intercourse; get it on; lie with; hump; make love; make out; get laid; have a go at it; bonk; eff; have sex; jazz; know; have it off; bang; bed; do it; roll in the hay; sleep together.
    • This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm
    • Adam knew Eve
    • Were you ever intimate with this man?
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Be it so

  • a phrase of supposition, equivalent to suppose it to be so; or of permission, signifying let it be so. Shak.
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be on

  • verb appear in a show, on T.V. or radio
    get on.
    • The news won't be on tonight
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be on cloud nine

  • verb feel extreme happiness or elation
    walk on air; exult; jump for joy.
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be on the ball

  • verb be well-informed
    know the score; know what's going on; know what's what; be on the ball.
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be quiet

  • verb refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent
    shut up; close up; belt up; button up; clam up; dummy up; keep mum.
    • The children shut up when their father approached
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be sick

  • verb eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
    retch; regorge; disgorge; spew; vomit up; puke; honk; cat; purge; cast; spue; upchuck; vomit; sick; barf; regurgitate; throw up; chuck.
    • After drinking too much, the students vomited
    • He purged continuously
    • The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night
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be well

  • verb be healthy; feel good
    • She has not been well lately
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be with it

  • verb be well-informed
    know the score; know what's going on; know what's what; be on the ball.
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be-all

Be"-all` noun
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  1. The whole; all that is to be. Poetic Shak.
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be-all and end-all

  • noun the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim
    be all and end all.
    • profit is the be-all and end-all of business
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bes-antler

Bes-ant"ler noun
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  1. Same as Bez-antler.
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bouncing bess

  • noun plant of European origin having pink or white flowers and leaves yielding a detergent when bruised
    hedge pink; soapwort; Saponaria officinalis; bouncing Bet.
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bride-to-be

  • noun a woman who is engaged to be married
    fiancee.
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cause to be perceived

  • verb have perceptible qualities
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Circular are

  • any portion of the circumference of a circle.
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come into being

  • verb be born or come into existence
    come to life.
    • All these flowers come to life when the rains come
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Ere that, ∧ Or are

  • . Same as Ere. Shak.
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Ever is one

  • continually; constantly. Obs. Chaucer.
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extraterrestrial being

  • noun a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere
    alien; extraterrestrial.
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for the time being

  • adverb temporarily
    for the moment.
    • we'll stop for the time being
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Grand larcenyPetit larceny are

  • distinctions having reference to the nature or value of the property stolen. They are abolished in England.
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groom-to-be

  • noun a man who is engaged to be married
    fiance.
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has-been

  • noun someone who is no longer popular
    back-number.
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Honors are easy

  • (Card Playing), said when each side has an equal number of honors, in which case they are not counted as points.
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human being

  • noun any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
    human being; homo; human; man.
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human beings

  • noun all of the living human inhabitants of the earth
    humans; human race; humankind; mankind; world; humanity; man.
    • all the world loves a lover
    • she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women
  • noun any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
    human being; homo; human; man.
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If so be

  • in case.
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ill-being

  • noun lack of prosperity or happiness or health
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imaginary being

  • noun a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction
    imaginary creature.
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is-

Is-
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  1. . See Iso-.
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It is all up with him

  • it is all over with him; he is lost.
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It is neither, here nor there

  • it is neither in this place nor in that, neither in one place nor in another; hence, it is to no purpose, irrelevant, nonsense. mostly used to mean "irrelevant" Shak.
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It is no nay

  • there is no denying it. Obs.
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It is odds

  • it is probable. Obs. = "odds are" Jer. Taylor.
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It is reason

  • it is reasonable; it is right. Obs.
    Yet it were great reason, that those that have children should have greatest care of future times. Bacon.
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It is said, ∨ They say

  • it is commonly reported; it is rumored; people assert or maintain.
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Let bygones be bygones

  • let the past be forgotten.
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May be, ∧ It may be

  • are used as equivalent to possibly, perhaps, by chance, peradventure. See 1st Maybe.
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might-have-been

  • noun an event that could have occurred but never did
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mythical being

  • noun an imaginary being of myth or fable
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naked as the day one was born

  • adjective satellite as naked as at birth
    in one's birthday suit; in your birthday suit; mother-naked; naked as the day one was born.
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naked as the day you were born

  • adjective satellite as naked as at birth
    in one's birthday suit; in your birthday suit; mother-naked; naked as the day one was born.
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Not to be sneezed at

  • not to be despised or contemned; not to be treated lightly. Colloq. "He had to do with old women who were not to be sneezed at."
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So mote it be

  • so be it; amen; a phrase in some rituals, as that of the Freemasons.
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spiritual being

  • noun an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
    spiritual being.
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supernatural being

  • noun an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
    spiritual being.
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supreme being

  • noun the supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe; the object of worship in monotheistic religions
    God.
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take to be

  • verb look on as or consider
    regard as; look upon; think of; esteem; look on; repute.
    • she looked on this affair as a joke
    • He thinks of himself as a brilliant musician
    • He is reputed to be intelligent
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That is to say

  • adverb as follows
    to wit; videlicet; namely; viz..
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  • that is; in other words; otherwise.
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The anchor is acockbill

  • when it is suspended perpendicularly from the cathead, ready to be let go.
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The anchor is apeak

  • when the cable is drawn in do tight as to bring to ship directly over it.
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The anchor is atrip, or aweigh

  • when it is lifted out of the ground.
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The anchor is awash

  • when it is hove up to the surface of the water.
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The coast is clear

  • the danger is over; no enemy in sight. Dryden. Fig.: There are no obstacles. "Seeing that the coast was clear, Zelmane dismissed Musidorus." Sir P. Sidney.
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The die is cast

  • the hazard must be run; the step is taken, and it is too late to draw back; the last chance is taken.
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The time is up

  • the allotted time is past.
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time being

  • noun the present occasion
    nonce.
    • for the nonce
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To be hand and glove, ∨ in glove with

  • . See under Glove.
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To be (∨ keep) in with

  • . (a) To be close or near; as, to keep a ship in with the land. (b) To be on terms of friendship, familiarity, or intimacy with; to secure and retain the favor of. Colloq.
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To be, go, or run, on all fours

  • (Fig.), to be on the same footing; to correspond (with) exactly; to be alike in all the circumstances to be considered. "This example is on all fours with the other." "No simile can go on all fours." Macaulay.
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To be, ∨ go, long of the market, To be on the long side of the market

  • etc. (Stock Exchange), to hold stock for a rise in price, or to have a contract under which one can demand stock on or before a certain day at a stipulated price; opposed to short in such phrases as, to be short of stock, to sell short, etc. Cant See Short.
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To be, ∨ To stand, a tiptoeon tiptoe

  • to be awake or alive to anything; to be roused; to be eager or alert; as, to be a tiptoe with expectation.
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To be abroad

  • . (a) To be wide of the mark; to be at fault; as, you are all abroad in your guess. (b) To be at a loss or nonplused.
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To be acknown

  • (often with of or on), to acknowledge; to confess. Obs.
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To be acquainted with

  • to be possessed of personal knowledge of; to be cognizant of; to be more or less familiar with; to be on terms of social intercourse with.
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To be after

  • to be in pursuit of in order to reach or get; as, he is after money.
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To be aknow

  • to acknowledge; to confess. Obs.
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To be all squares

  • to be all settled. Colloq. Dickens.
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To be astern of the reckoning

  • to be behind the position given by the reckoning
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To be at a loss

  • to be in a state of uncertainty.
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To be at a stand

  • to be stationary or motionless; to be at a standstill; hence, to be perplexed; to be embarrassed.
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To be at cross-purposes

  • to misunderstand or to act counter to one another without intending it; said of persons.
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To be at home on any subject

  • to be conversant or familiar with it.
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To be at loggerheads, To fall to loggerheads, ∨ To go to loggerheads

  • to quarrel; to be at strife.
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To be at six and sevenat sixes and sevens

  • to be in disorder. Bacon. Shak. Swift.
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To be at square

  • to be in a state of quarreling. Obs. Nares.
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To be at the boiling point

  • to be very angry.
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To be at the bottom of

  • to be the cause or originator of; to be the source of. Usually in an opprobrious sense. J. H. Newman.
    He was at the bottom of many excellent counsels. Addison.
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To be at the heels of

  • to pursue closely; to follow hard: as, hungry want is at my heels. Otway.
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To be at the mercy of

  • to be wholly in the power of.
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To be beside one's self

  • to be out ob one's wits or senses.
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To be better off

  • to be in a better condition.
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To be born in the purple

  • to be of princely birth; to be highborn.
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To be brought to bed

  • to be delivered of a child; often followed by of; as, to be brought to bed of a son.
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To be burned out

  • to suffer loss by fire, as the burning of one's house, store, or shop, with the contents.
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To be confined

  • to be in childbed.
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To be dead

  • to die. Obs.
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To be down at the heel

  • to be slovenly or in a poor plight.
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To be down on

  • to dislike and treat harshly. Slang, U.S.
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To be friends with

  • to have friendly relations with. "He's . . . friends with Cæsar." Shak.
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To be from

  • to have come from; as, from what place are you ? I am from Chicago.
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To be game

  • . (a) To show a brave, unyielding spirit. (b) To be victor in a game. Colloq.
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To be gathered to one's people, ∨ to one's fathers

  • to die. Gen. xxv. 8.
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To be great

  • (with one), to be intimate or familiar (with him). Bacon.
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To be hand and glove with

  • to be intimately associated or on good terms with. "Hand and glove with traitors." J. H. Newman.
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To be ill off, To be badly off

  • to be in poor condition.
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To be in

  • to be at home; as, Mrs. A. is in.
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To be in a pickle

  • to be in disagreeable position; to be in a condition of embarrassment, difficulty, or disorder. "How cam'st thou in this pickle?" Shak.
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To be in alt

  • to be in an exalted state of mind.
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To be in bad odor

  • to be out of favor, or in bad repute.
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To be in conclave

  • to be engaged in a secret meeting; said of several, or a considerable number of, persons.
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To be in for it

  • . (a) To be in favor of a thing; to be committed to a course. (b) To be unable to escape from a danger, penalty, etc. Colloq.
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To be in full feather

  • to be in full dress or in one's best clothes. Collog.
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To be in high feather

  • to be in high spirits. Collog.
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To be in leading strings

  • to be in a state of infancy or dependence, or under the guidance of others.
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To be in liquor

  • to be intoxicated.
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To be in mischief

  • to be doing harm or causing annoyance.
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To be in one's cups

  • to be drunk.
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To be in the doldrums

  • to be in a state of listlessness ennui, or tedium.
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To be in the straw

  • to be brought to bed, as a pregnant woman. Slang archaic? Similar is "a roll in the hay"
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To be in the swim

  • to be in a favored position; to be associated with others in active affairs. Colloq.
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To be in the wind

  • to be suggested or expected; to be a matter of suspicion or surmise. Colloq.
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To be in touch

  • to be in contact, or in sympathy.
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To be is luck

  • to receive some good, or to meet with some success, in an unexpected manner, or as the result of circumstances beyond one's control; to be fortunate.
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To be lever than

  • . See Had as lief, under Had.
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To be master of one's self

  • to have entire self-control; not to be governed by passion.
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To be meet with

  • to be even with; to be equal to. Obs.
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To be no more

  • to have ceased to be; as, Cassius is no more; Troy is no more.
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To be of acquaintance

  • to be intimate.
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To be of opinion

  • to think; to judge.
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To be off

  • . (a) To depart; to escape; as, he was off without a moment's warning. (b) To be abandoned, as an agreement or purpose; as, the bet was declared to be off. Colloq.
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To be off color

  • to be of a wrong color. to be mildly obscene
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To be off one's food

  • to have no appetite. (Colloq.)
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To be off one's rocker

  • to be insane.
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To be off the hinges

  • to be in a state of disorder or irregularity; to have lost proper adjustment.
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To be on a foundation

  • to be entitled to a support from the proceeds of an endowment, as a scholar or a fellow of a college.
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To be on a high horse

  • to be on one's dignity; to bear one's self loftily. Colloq.
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To be on edge

  • to be eager, impatient, or anxious.
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To be on foot

  • to be in motion, action, or process of execution.
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To be on her beam ends

  • to incline, as a vessel, so much on one side that her beams approach a vertical position.
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To be on short commons

  • to have small allowance of food. Colloq.
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To be on speaking terms

  • to be slightly acquainted.
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To be on the anvil

  • to be in a state of discussion, formation, or preparation, as when a scheme or measure is forming, but not matured.
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To be on the carpet

  • to be under consideration; to be the subject of deliberation; to be in sight; an expression derived from the use of carpets as table cover.
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To be on the defensive, To stand on the defensive

  • to be or stand in a state or posture of defense or resistance, in opposition to aggression or attack.
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To be on the fence

  • to be undecided or uncommitted in respect to two opposing parties or policies. Colloq.
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To be on the mending hand

  • to be convalescent or improving.
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To be on the move

  • to bustle or stir about. Colloq.
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To be on the qui vive

  • to be on guard; to be watchful and alert, like a sentinel.
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To be on the rack

  • to suffer torture, physical or mental.
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To be on the stretch

  • to be obliged to use one's utmost powers.
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To be on the tenters, ∨ on the tenter-hooks

  • to be on the stretch; to be in distress, uneasiness, or suspense. Hudibras.
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To be on the watch

  • to be looking steadily for some event.
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To be one flesh

  • to be closely united as in marriage; to become as one person. Gen. ii. 24.
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To be one's own man

  • to have command of one's self; not to be subject to another.
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To be one's own master

  • to be at liberty to act as one chooses without dictation from anybody.
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To be one's own mistress

  • to be exempt from control by another person.
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To be or lie on one's back

  • to be helpless .
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To be out at the heels

  • to have on stockings that are worn out; hence, to be shabby, or in a poor plight. Shak.
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To be out of her reckoning

  • to be at a distance from the place indicated by the reckoning; said of a ship.
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To be out of one's head

  • to be temporarily insane.
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To be pleased inwith

  • to have complacency in; to take pleasure in.
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To be pleased to do a thing

  • to take pleasure in doing it; to have the will to do it; to think proper to do it.
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to be precise

  • adverb in actual fact
    properly speaking; strictly speaking.
    • properly speaking, they are not husband and wife
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To be reported, ∨ To be reported of

  • to be spoken of; to be mentioned, whether favorably or unfavorably. Acts xvi. 2.
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To be rid of

  • to be free or delivered from.
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To be seized of

  • to have possession, or right of possession; as, A B was seized and possessed of the manor of Dale. "Whom age might see seized of what youth made prize." Chapman.
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To be shot of

  • to be discharged, cleared, or rid of. Colloq. "Are you not glad to be shot of him?"
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to be sure

  • adverb admittedly
    no doubt; without doubt.
    • to be sure, he is no Einstein
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To be sure, ∨ Be sure

  • certainly; without doubt; as, Shall you do? To be sure I shall.
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To be sweet on

  • to have a particular fondness for, or special interest in, as a young man for a young woman. Colloq. Thackeray.
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To be taken in, ∨ with the manner

  • . A corruption of to be taken in the mainor. See Mainor. To be taken in the very act. Obs. See Mainor.
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To be taken aback

  • . (a) To be driven backward against the mast; said of the sails, also of the ship when the sails are thus driven. (b) To be suddenly checked, baffled, or discomfited.
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To be taken aback, To take advantage of, To take air, etc.

  • See under Aback, Advantage, etc.
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To be the death of

  • to be the cause of death to; to make die. "It was one who should be the death of both his parents." Milton.
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To be tied to a wife's or mother's apron strings

  • to be unduly controlled by a wife or mother.
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To be turned of

  • be advanced beyond; as, to be turned of sixty-six.
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To be under a cloud

  • to be under suspicion or in disgrace; to be in disfavor.
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To be under hatches

  • to be confined below in a vessel; to be under arrest, or in slavery, distress, etc.
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To be under the mahogany

  • to be so drunk as to have fallen under the table. Eng.
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To be under way, ∨ To have way

  • (Naut.), to be in motion, as when a ship begins to move.
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To be up in

  • to be informed about; to be versed in. "Anxious that their sons should be well up in the superstitions of two thousand years ago." H. Spencer.
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To be up to

  • . (a) To be equal to, or prepared for; as, he is up to the business, or the emergency. Colloq. (b) To be engaged in; to purpose, with the idea of doing ill or mischief; as, I don't know what he's up to. Colloq.
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To be upon one's good behavior, To be put upon one's good behavior

  • to be in a state of trial, in which something important depends on propriety of conduct.
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To be upon the bones of

  • to attack. Obs.
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To be upsides with

  • to be even with. Prov. Eng. & Scot. Sir W. Scott. T. Hughes.
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To be well off

  • to be in good condition.
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To be with child

  • to be pregnant.
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To be without rebuke

  • to live without giving cause of reproof or censure; to be blameless.
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To be wrapped up in

  • to be wholly engrossed in; to be entirely dependent on; to be covered with.
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To bless with, To be blessed with

  • to favor or endow with; to be favored or endowed with; as, God blesses us with health; we are blessed with happiness.
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To let be

  • to omit, or leave untouched; to let alone. "Let be, therefore, my vengeance to dissuade."
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To line bees

  • to track wild bees to their nest by following their line of flight.
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To tang bees

  • to cause a swarm of bees to settle, by beating metal to make a din.
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well-being

  • noun a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous
    eudaemonia; wellbeing; welfare; upbeat; eudaimonia.
    • the town was finally on the upbeat after our recent troubles
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Well"-be`ing noun
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  1. The state or condition of being well; welfare; happiness; prosperity; as, virtue is essential to the well-being of men or of society.
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Were it not for, ∨ If it were not for

  • leaving out of account; but for the presence or action of. "Moral consideration can no way move the sensible appetite, were it not for the will." Sir M. Hale.
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what is more

  • adverb in addition; furthermore, their quality is improving"; moreover, mice nested there"
    moreover; furthermore.
    • computer chess games are getting cheaper all the time
    • the cellar was dark
    • what is more, there's no sign of a change
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What is up?

  • What is going on? Slang
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would-be

  • adjective satellite unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition
    manque.
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