english Idioms & Phrases


african american english

  • noun a nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States
    Black English Vernacular; African American Vernacular English; Black Vernacular; African American English; AAVE; Ebonics; Black English.
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african american vernacular english

  • noun a nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States
    Black English Vernacular; African American Vernacular English; Black Vernacular; African American English; AAVE; Ebonics; Black English.
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american english

  • noun the English language as used in the United States
    American; American language.
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basic english

  • noun a simplified form of English proposed for use as an auxiliary language for international communication; devised by C. K. Ogden and I. A. Richards
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black english

  • noun a nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States
    Black English Vernacular; African American Vernacular English; Black Vernacular; African American English; AAVE; Ebonics; Black English.
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black english vernacular

  • noun a nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States
    Black English Vernacular; African American Vernacular English; Black Vernacular; African American English; AAVE; Ebonics; Black English.
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black vernacular english

  • noun a nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States
    Black English Vernacular; African American Vernacular English; Black Vernacular; African American English; AAVE; Ebonics; Black English.
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body english

  • noun a motion of the body by a player as if to make an object already propelled go in the desired direction
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borough english

  • noun a former English custom by which the youngest son inherited land to the exclusion of his older brothers
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borough-english

Bor"ough-Eng"lish noun

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  1. (Eng. Law) A custom, as in some ancient boroughs, by which lands and tenements descend to the youngest son, instead of the eldest; or, if the owner have no issue, to the youngest brother. Blackstone.
Webster 1913

department of english

  • noun the academic department responsible for teaching English and American literature
    department of English.
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english bean

  • noun Old World upright plant grown especially for its large flat edible seeds but also as fodder
    Vicia faba; field bean; European bean; broad-bean plant; broad bean; broad-bean.
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English bond

  • (Arch.) See 1st Bond, n.,
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English breakfast tea

  • noun black tea grown in China
    congou; congou tea; congo.
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  • . See Congou.
Webster 1913

english bulldog

  • noun a sturdy thickset short-haired breed with a large head and strong undershot lower jaw; developed originally in England for bull baiting
    bulldog.
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english cavalry saddle

  • noun a saddle having a steel cantle and pommel and no horn
    English cavalry saddle.
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english channel

  • noun an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that forms a channel between France and Britain
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english civil war

  • noun civil war in England between the Parliamentarians and the Royalists under Charles I; 1644-1648
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english cocker spaniel

  • noun a small breed with wavy silky hair; originally developed in England
    cocker spaniel; cocker.
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english daisy

  • noun low-growing Eurasian plant with yellow central disc flowers and pinkish-white outer ray flowers
    common daisy; Bellis perennis.
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english department

  • noun the academic department responsible for teaching English and American literature
    department of English.
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english elm

  • noun broad spreading rough-leaved elm common throughout Europe and planted elsewhere
    Ulmus procera; European elm.
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english foxhound

  • noun an English breed slightly larger than the American foxhounds originally used to hunt in packs
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english hawthorn

  • noun European hawthorn having deeply cleft leaves and bright red fruits; widely cultivated in many varieties and often grown as impenetrable hedges; established as an escape in eastern North America
    Crataegus monogyna.
  • noun thorny Eurasian shrub of small tree having dense clusters of white to scarlet flowers followed by deep red berries; established as an escape in eastern North America
    may; Crataegus oxycantha; whitethorn; Crataegus laevigata.
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english hippocrates

  • noun English physician (1624-1689)
    Sydenham; Thomas Sydenham.
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English horn

  • noun a double-reed woodwind instrument similar to an oboe but lower in pitch
    cor anglais.
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  • . (Mus.) See Corno Inglese.
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english iris

  • noun bulbous iris native to the Pyrenees; widely cultivated for its large delicate flowers in various colors except yellow
    Iris xiphioides.
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english ivy

  • noun Old World vine with lobed evergreen leaves and black berrylike fruits
    Hedera helix; ivy; common ivy.
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english lady crab

  • noun crab of the English coasts
    Portunus puber.
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english language

  • noun an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the United States and most of the commonwealth countries
    English.
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english lavender

  • noun aromatic Mediterranean shrub widely cultivated for its lilac flowers which are dried and used in sachets
    Lavandula officinalis; Lavandula angustifolia.
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english muffin

  • noun round, raised muffin cooked on a griddle; usually split and toasted before being eaten
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english oak

  • noun medium to large deciduous European oak having smooth leaves with rounded lobes; yields hard strong light-colored wood
    common oak; Quercus robur; pedunculate oak.
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english people

  • noun the people of England
    English.
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english person

  • noun a native or inhabitant of England
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english plantain

  • noun an Old World plantain with long narrow ribbed leaves widely established in temperate regions
    narrow-leaved plantain; ribwort; ripple-grass; buckthorn; Plantago lanceolata; ribgrass.
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english primrose

  • noun plant of western and southern Europe widely cultivated for its pale yellow flowers
    Primula vulgaris.
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english professor

  • noun someone who teaches English
    English professor.
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english revolution

  • noun the revolution against James II; there was little armed resistance to William and Mary in England although battles were fought in Scotland and Ireland (1688-1689)
    Bloodless Revolution; Glorious Revolution.
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english runner bean

  • noun long bean pods usually sliced into half-inch lengths; a favorite in Britain
    runner bean; scarlet runner; scarlet runner bean.
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english ryegrass

  • noun European perennial grass widely cultivated for pasture and hay and as a lawn grass
    Lolium perenne; perennial ryegrass.
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english saddle

  • noun a saddle having a steel cantle and pommel and no horn
    English cavalry saddle.
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english setter

  • noun an English breed having a plumed tail and a soft silky coat that is chiefly white
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english sole

  • noun highly valued almost pure white flesh
    lemon sole.
  • noun popular pale brown food flatfish of the Pacific coast of North America
    lemon sole; Parophrys vitulus.
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english sonnet

  • noun a sonnet consisting three quatrains and a concluding couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab cdcd efef gg
    Shakespearean sonnet; Elizabethan sonnet.
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english sparrow

  • noun small hardy brown-and-grey bird native to Europe
    house sparrow; Passer domesticus.
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english springer

  • noun a breed having typically a black-and-white coat
    English springer.
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english springer spaniel

  • noun a breed having typically a black-and-white coat
    English springer.
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english system

  • noun a system of weights and measures based on the foot and pound and second and pint
    British system; British Imperial System.
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english teacher

  • noun someone who teaches English
    English professor.
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english toy spaniel

  • noun British breed having a long silky coat and rounded head with a short upturned muzzle
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english violet

  • noun European violet typically having purple to white flowers; widely naturalized
    Viola odorata; garden violet; sweet violet.
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English walnut

  • noun Eurasian walnut valued for its large edible nut and its hard richly figured wood; widely cultivated
    Persian walnut; Juglans regia; Circassian walnut; English walnut.
  • noun nut with a wrinkled two-lobed seed and hard but relatively thin shell; widely used in cooking
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  • . (Bot.) See under Walnut.
Webster 1913

english walnut tree

  • noun Eurasian walnut valued for its large edible nut and its hard richly figured wood; widely cultivated
    Persian walnut; Juglans regia; Circassian walnut; English walnut.
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english yew

  • noun predominant yew in Europe; extraordinarily long-lived and slow growing; one of the oldest species in the world
    Taxus baccata; Old World yew.
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english-gothic

  • noun a Gothic style in 14th and 15th century England; characterized by vertical lines and a four-centered (Tudor) arch and fan vaulting
    perpendicular style; perpendicular; English-Gothic.
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english-gothic architecture

  • noun a Gothic style in 14th and 15th century England; characterized by vertical lines and a four-centered (Tudor) arch and fan vaulting
    perpendicular style; perpendicular; English-Gothic.
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english-speaking

  • adjective satellite able to communicate in English
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english-weed

  • noun South African bulbous wood sorrel with showy yellow flowers
    Oxalis pes-caprae; Oxalis cernua; Bermuda buttercup.
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indo-english

In`do-Eng"lish adjective

Etymology
Indo- + English.
Definitions
  1. Of or relating to the English who are born or reside in India; Anglo-Indian.
Webster 1913

king's english

  • noun English as spoken by educated persons in southern England
    King's English.
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middle english

  • noun English from about 1100 to 1450
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modern english

  • noun English since about 1450
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new english bible

  • noun a modern English version of the Bible and Apocrypha
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old english

  • noun English prior to about 1100
    Anglo-Saxon.
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old english sheepdog

  • noun large sheepdog with a profuse shaggy bluish-grey-and-white coat and short tail; believed to trace back to the Roman occupation of Britain
    bobtail.
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oxford english

  • noun the dialect of English spoken at Oxford University and regarded by many as affected and pretentious
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oxford english dictionary

  • noun an unabridged dictionary constructed on historical principles
    OED; O.E.D..
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queen's english

  • noun English as spoken by educated persons in southern England
    King's English.
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scots english

  • noun the dialect of English used in Scotland
    Scots; Scottish.
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The King's, ∨ Queen's, English

  • . See under King.
Webster 1913