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men Idioms & Phrases


  • noun the fruiting bodies of the fungi of the genus Xylaria
    dead-man's-fingers; Xylaria polymorpha.

Fifth monarchy men

  • (Hist.), a fanatical sect in England, of the time of the commonwealth, who maintained that there would be a fifth universal monarchy, during which Christ would reign on earth a thousand years.
Webster 1913

Free-borough men

  • (O.Eng. Law). See Friborg.
Webster 1913

Hoppo men

  • Chinese customhouse officers.
Webster 1913

men's furnishings

  • noun the drygoods sold by a haberdasher

men's room

  • noun a public toilet for men


Men"-pleas`er noun
  1. One whose motive is to please men or the world, rather than God. Eph. vi. 6.
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mens rea

  • noun (law) criminal intent; the thoughts and intentions behind a wrongful act (including knowledge that the act is illegal); often at issue in murder trials
    malice aforethought.

mens store

  • noun a store where men's clothes are sold
    clothing store; haberdashery store; haberdashery.

Merry men

  • followers; retainers. Obs.
    His merie men commanded he To make him bothe game and glee. Chaucer.
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  • noun Eurasian mountain plant with fleshy pink-tipped leaves and a cluster of yellow flowers
    Sedum rosea; rose-root.

Nine men's morris

  • . See Morris.
Webster 1913

Root-and-branch men

  • radical reformers; a designation applied to the English Independents (1641). See Citation under Radical, n., 2.
Webster 1913

Sump men

  • (Mining), the men who sink the sump in a mine.
Webster 1913

Twelve-men's morris

  • . See the Note under Morris.
Webster 1913

wise men

  • noun (New Testament) the sages who visited Jesus and Mary and Joseph shortly after Jesus was born; the Gospel According to Matthew says they were guided by a star and brought gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh; because there were three gifts it is usually assumed that there were three of them
  • noun a wise and trusted guide and advisor
    mentor; wise man.