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story Idioms & Phrases


adventure story

  • noun a story of an adventure
    heroic tale.
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Attic story

  • . See Attic, n.
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blue story

  • noun an indelicate joke
    dirty joke; blue story; blue joke.
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Cock and bull story, an extravagant

  • boastful story; a canard.
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cock-and-bull story

  • noun an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
    fairytale; cock-and-bull story; fairy tale; song and dance.
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detective story

  • noun a narrative about someone who investigates crimes and obtains evidence leading to their resolution
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dirty story

  • noun an indelicate joke
    dirty joke; blue story; blue joke.
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fairy story

  • noun a story about fairies; told to amuse children
    fairytale; fairy tale.
  • noun an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
    fairytale; cock-and-bull story; fairy tale; song and dance.
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Fish story

  • a story which taxes credulity; an extravagant or incredible narration. Colloq. U.S. Bartlett.
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funny story

  • noun an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line)
    funny story; funny remark; funny.
    • she told a funny story
    • she made a funny
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good story

  • noun an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line)
    funny story; funny remark; funny.
    • she told a funny story
    • she made a funny
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Ground story

  • . Same as Ground floor (above).
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lead story

  • noun a news story of major importance
    lead.
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life story

  • noun an account of the series of events making up a person's life
    life; biography; life history.
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love story

  • noun a story dealing with love
    romance.
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mystery story

  • noun a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie
    mystery; whodunit.
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news story

  • noun an article reporting news
    news article; newspaper article.
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over-story

O`ver-sto`ry noun
Definitions
  1. (Arch.) The clearstory, or upper story, of a building.
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Second story, Story floor

  • in America, the second range of rooms from the street level. This, in England, is called the first floor, the one beneath being the ground floor.
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shaggy dog story

  • noun a long rambling joke whose humor derives from its pointlessness
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short story

  • noun a prose narrative shorter than a novel
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sob story

  • noun a sentimental story (or drama) of personal distress; designed to arouse sympathy
    sob stuff.
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Story post

  • (Arch.), a vertical post used to support a floor or superincumbent wall.
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story-teller

Sto"ry-tell`er noun
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  1. One who tells stories; a narrator of anecdotes,incidents, or fictitious tales; as, an amusing story-teller.
  2. An historian; -- in contempt. Swift.
  3. A euphemism or child's word for "a liar."
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story-telling

Sto"ry-tell`ing adjective
Definitions
  1. Being accustomed to tell stories. -- n. The act or practice of telling stories.
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story-writer

Sto"ry-writ`er noun
Definitions
  1. One who writes short stories, as for magazines.
  2. An historian; a chronicler. Obs. "Rathums, the story-writer." 1 Esdr. ii. 17.
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