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swivel {{Webster 1913}} etymology Middle English swyvel, swivel, from a derivative of Old English swīfan, + -el, an instrumental suffix. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (mechanical) A piece, as a ring or hook, attached to another piece by a pin, in such a manner as to permit rotation about the pin as an axis.
  2. (military) A small piece of ordnance, turning on a point or swivel; called also swivel gun. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (slang) strength of mind or character that enables one to overcome adversity; confidence; will Bob ain't got no swivel.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To swing or turn, as on a pin or pivot.
    • 2013, Delme Parfitt in Wales Online, Cardiff City 1 - 0 Swansea City: Steven Caulker heads Bluebirds to South Wales derby win (3 November 2013) As expected, Swansea began the game with some patient passing and the first chance fell to striker Michu in the fourth minute when he controlled a cross by Jonjo Shelvey and swivelled in the penalty box, only to fire over the bar.
swivelly etymology swivel + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) With a swivel motion.
    • 1984, Robert Duncan, The noise: notes from a rock 'n' roll era‎ ...Elvis, the truck driver with the curvy, vampy pout, the lady-killer revered for the kind of swivelly hips that once we admired only in ladies.
    • 2003, Tim Kennemore, Sabine‎ Restless, he spun the chair around - it was one of those swivelly office chairs that are brilliant for spinning...
    • 2008, Tricia Dower, Silent girl: stories‎ Henry seen dat boy talkin at you, de one wit a head as swivelly as a owl's. Seen him teachin you games. Seen you understands.
swizz Alternative forms: swiz etymology {{etystub}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) A swindle, disappointment. That packet only had ten sweets in it; what a swizz.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive) To swindle.
SWMBO
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{en-initialism}}
  1. (humorous) She who must be obeyed — one's wife or female partner.
anagrams:
  • wombs
swole Alternative forms: swoll pronunciation
  • (US) /swoʊl/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. (US South, AAVE) en-past of swell I ate until my belly was swole. His arm just swoll up
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pertaining to men showboating themselves in front of one another, sometimes before a fight. The swole boy aggravated me, so I laid him out.
  2. (slang) Having large, well-developed muscle.
  3. (slang) Having an erect penis Them titties got me swole.
  4. (slang, of the penis) erect swole dick
Synonyms: (having well-developed muscles) brawny, built, buff, buffed, buffed out, muscular
anagrams:
  • sowle
swoonsome
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) overwhelmingly sexually attractive
swoose etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An animal born to a male swan and a female goose
    • 1920 13 July, Daily Mail A bird prodigy of evil and hybrid character is the despair of a Norfolk farmer. It rejoices in the name of the “swoose”, a portmanteau word indicating its origin, for its father was a swan and its mother a goose. This ill-assorted pair had three children — three “sweese”.
    • 1928 John C. Phillips, "Another "Swoose" or Swan × Goose Hybrid," The Auk, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Jan., 1928), pp. 39-40 Mr. Peirce had already promised the bird to me, and so, during the summer, hearing that a more or less fabulous fowl had arrived from nowhere in particular, I visited the Park and Mr. Peirce’s long lost “Swoose.”
    • 1968 Samuel J. Sackett, "Another Cross-Fertilization Joke," Western Folklore, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Jan., 1968), pp. 50-51 And this one's a cross between a swan and a goose, and we call him a swoose.
    • 2000 Grace Marmor Spruch, Squirrels at My Window: Life With a Remarkable Gang of Urban Squirrels, Big Earth Publishing, p22 I had been the mistress of fourteen turtles over a number of years, and I could boast having been bitten by, along with the standard animals, a horse, a swoose, and a camel.
  2. (informal) A person or thing sharing the characteristics of two otherwise separate groups; a hybrid (also see Swoose)
    • 1970 James J. Zigerell, "The Community College in Search of an Identity," The Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 41, No. 9 (Dec., 1970), pp. 701-712 The associate in arts or A.A. degree, another "swoose," has quickly established itself as the community college degree in a degree-obsessed nation.
    • 1979 "A History of Cancer Control in the United States, 1946-1971: Appendixes," U.S. National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Control and Rehabilitation, p98 Well by the time all the cooks in that broth got through with it, by the time it emerged from the Congress, it was a "swoose." It was not swan and it was not goose, it was a "swoose." It was a "swoose" to its dying day, which hasn't quite arrived yet, but its [sic] imminent.
    • 2000 Claire Cloninger, Karla Worley, When the Glass Slipper Doesn't Fit, New Hope Publishers But Mom describes my life that year pretty accurately when she says that I had become a “swoose”- that is to say, not a swan and not a goose.
    • 2007 Susan Kelly, Now You Know, Pegasus Books, p229 "John calls teenagers 'sweese.'" "What?" "Neither swans nor geese."
  3. (slang) A stupid person (also see goose)
    • 1920 5 September, Wisconsin State Journal Much public interest is evinced in these queer birds and nowadays when an ill-tempered husband rouses his wife to the point of retaliation, she gives vent to her feelings in the culminating insult: “You swoose!”
    • 1948 27 March, Sid Sidenberg, "A Pitchman's Individualism Works Against Organization," The Billboard, p144. There would be but one result and that is the passers-by would regard him as just another one of those “swooses” standing on a box making nothingness noises they had been so accustomed to seeing and hearing.
swordsman etymology swords + man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person skilled at using sword in sport or combat; a fencer. He is a remarkable swordsman.
  2. A person who fight with a sword. Archers attempted to take down an unknown swordsman.
  3. (informal) A man who is a skillful or enthusiastic practitioner of sexual intercourse.
    • 2008, Mark Kirby, "Lordy, Lordy, This Woman is 40," GQ, Dec. 16 (retrieved 21 Dec. 2008), Jennifer Aniston is in control . . . and getting what she needs from a notorious swordsman eight years her junior.
Synonyms: (person who wields a sword) swordfighter, swordster, (skillful or enthusiastic practitioner of sexual intercourse) womanizer
hyponyms:
  • (person who wields a sword) swordstress, swordswoman
anagrams:
  • sandworms
swot etymology From sweat. pronunciation
  • (British) /swɒt/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang, British) To study with effort or determination.
  2. (transitive, slang, UK, with up) To study something with effort or determination (swot up on). You should swot up on your French before travelling to Paris.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, British) one who swots
  2. (slang, British) work
  3. (slang, British) vigorous study at an educational institution
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anagrams:
  • ow'st, stow, tows, twos, wost, wots
swot vac {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: swotvac, swot-vac etymology From swot + vac ‘vacation’.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, education, informal) In secondary and tertiary education, a period of non-teaching prior to examinations.
    • 1968 John Burville Biggs, Information and human learning, Cassell Australia This is clearly what happens in the "swot-vac" phenomenon: the student rote-learns his material for just long enough to see the exam through.
    • 2003 Frank William Coaldrake, Maida Coaldrake & William Howard Coaldrake, Japan from war to peace: the Coaldrake records 1939-1956, Routledge, p234 In the old days it was probably quite a sound alternative to the "swot-vac" spent in cold towels and black coffee or benzedrine as done in Australia.
    • 2004 Joanne Horniman, Secret Scribbled Notebooks, Allen & Unwin, p28 I reminded her that it was the September holidays, and after that I was off on swot vac until the exams started.
    • 2006 Vaughan Nikitin, Wurruk: Reflections in Black and White, p249 She died during the swotvac before my third year exams.
Synonyms: (period of no teaching before exams) dead week (North America, slang), reading week (North America), revision week (Commonwealth)
swy etymology From German zwei.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, obsolete) A two-shilling coin.
  2. (Australia, games) Two-up. {{defdate}}
    • 1951, , , 1957, , [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=PNzPAAAAMAAJ&q=%22come+the+raw+prawn%22|%22comes+the+raw+prawn%22|%22coming+the+raw+prawn%22|%22came+the+raw+prawn%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22come+the+raw+prawn%22|%22comes+the+raw+prawn%22|%22coming+the+raw+prawn%22|%22came+the+raw+prawn%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SogvT6HcIOiSiAeT083SDg&redir_esc=y page 306], “…Coupla bastards come the raw prawn over me on the last lap up from Melbourne and I done me last bob at Swy.”
    • 1953, Tom Inglis Moore (editor), Australia Writes, page 3, “Then I come,” Kernow said, “and maybe I show you Old Australians how to play this — swy.”
    • 1990, Frank J. Hardy, Retreat Australia fair and other Great Australian Legends, page 121, ‘…You′d swear a butterflied penny was spinning, especially in the night, playing under lights, but a good ringkeeper or any experienced swy player can pick a butterflied penny from the genuine spinning article.’
  3. (Australia, slang) A two-year prison sentence.
symphony etymology From Old French simphonie, from Latin symphonia, from Ancient Greek συμφωνία 〈symphōnía〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈsɪm.fəˌni/, [ˈsɪɱ.fəˌni]
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. an extended piece of music of sophisticated structure, usually for orchestra
  2. harmony in music or colour, or a harmonious combination of element
  3. (US, informal) a symphony orchestra
anagrams:
  • hyponyms, physnomy
symptomology etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) symptomatology
synagogue {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: synagog (much rarer) etymology Old French synagoge, from Ancient Greek συναγωγή 〈synagōgḗ〉, from συνάγω 〈synágō〉, from σύν 〈sýn〉 + ἄγω 〈ágō〉 pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈsɪ.nəˌɡɑɡ/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A place where Jew meet for worship.
  2. A congregation of Jew for the purpose of worship or religious study.
coordinate terms:
  • mosque, church, temple, gurdwara, fire temple, mandir, jinja, House of Worship
synchro etymology Short for synchronization or synchronized
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports, informal) Any synchronize event, such as synchronized swimming
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. (electricity) A type of rotary electrical transformer that is used for measuring the angle of a rotating machine such as an antenna platform. In its general physical construction, it is much like an electric motor
anagrams:
  • chyrons
synth etymology Shortened from synthesizer. pronunciation
  • /sɪnθ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A musical synthesizer.
synthy etymology synth + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, music) Based upon, or resembling, the sound of a synthesizer.
syph etymology {{clipping}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Syphilis.
    • 1980, James Herbert, The Dark, Pan Books (1994), ISBN 9780330376204, page 229: But since Brother Martin, alias Marty Randall, had caught the syph three times in two years, his attitude had changed.
quotations:
  • {{seemoreCites}}
syphilis {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: syph (slang) etymology Modern Latin, originally the title of a poem by Girolamo Fracastoro concerning "Syphilus", the supposed first sufferer of the disease. pronunciation
  • /ˈsɪfɪlɪs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (disease) A disease spread via sexual activity, caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum.
Synonyms: great-pox (obsolete)
syphon the python
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, of a male) To urinate.
Synonyms: See also
system {{wikipedia}} etymology From late Latin systēma, from Ancient Greek σύστημα 〈sýstēma〉, from σύν 〈sýn〉 + ἵστημι 〈hístēmi〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈsɪstəm/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A collection of organized things; a whole composed of relationship among its member. exampleThere are eight planets in the [[solar system|solar system]].
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    1. (mathematics) A set of equation involving the same variables, which are to be solved simultaneously.
    2. (medicine) The body organ that contribute to a vegetative function.
    3. (music) A set of staff that indicate instrument or sound that are to be played simultaneously.
  2. A method or way of organizing or planning. exampleMany people believed communism was a good system until the breakup of the Soviet Union.
    • {{RQ:Brmnghm Gsmr}} As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    1. (derogatory) In the system: the mainstream culture, elite, or government of a state, or a combination of them, seen as oppressive to the individual.
      • {{quote-song}}
Synonyms: apparatus, arrangement, complex, composition, logistics, machinery, organization, set up, synthesis, structure
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • out of one's system
  • sociotechnical system theory
  • system dynamics
  • systems art
  • systems biology
  • systems categories
{{rel-mid}}
  • systems ecology
  • systems engineering
  • systems of measurement
  • systems science
  • systems theory
{{rel-bottom}}
related terms:
  • systematic
  • systematisation, systematization
  • systematise, systematize
statistics:
  • {{rank}}
T.O.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal) The Canadian city of Toronto. (Also TO.)
anagrams:
  • OT
T. Rex
proper noun: {{en-prop}}
  1. (informal) alternative spelling of T. rex
    • 2004, Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper, p. 374: I mean, not only are they found on Australia alone, like some kind of mutant evolutionary strain—they have the eyes of deer and the useless paws of a T. Rex.
    • 2007, Douglas Preston, Tyrannosaur Canyon, p. 105: In this body of water lived a predator even bigger than she, the fifty-foot-long crocodilian known as Deinosuchus, the only animal capable of killing a T. Rex unwise enough to venture into the wrong body of water in pursuit of prey.
    • 2008, Victoria Minnich, Question Reality: An Investigation of Self-Humans-Environment, Part 2, p. 454: [I]f Terra introduced some T. Rexes from Cocos island in Jurassic Park, that would be considered kind of “unethical,” so might as well do it through government.
T. rex Alternative forms: (informal, nonstandard) T. Rex, T-rex, T-Rex pronunciation
  • [ˈtiː ɹɛks]
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A Tyrannosaurus rex.
t'internet Alternative forms: t’Internet (less common) etymology From t' + internet, in imitation of the of the Lancashire and Yorkshire dialect of north-western England. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈtɪntənɛt/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Northern England, informal or humorous) The .
    • 2004 March 26, 6:55pm: “James Bremner” (initial thread poster), rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan (Google group): Wargames on that there t’internet: The recent thread where nerd fought nerd over which geeky game was better got me to thinking about my own particular brand of geekery.
    • 2008 August 1, 8:21am: “Tickettyboo”, uk.people.silversurfers (Google group): Here we go again :-(: Mail order is not instant like t’internet is and it is still the way a lot of people like to buy things.
    • 2008 August 11, 10:33am: “Diablos Rojos”, alt.sports.soccer.chelseafc (Google group): OT: Perfect car for the missus (rude): Take a break from t’internet scrote and gather your thoughts, you’ve took one hell of a twatting this week. Nobody will think any less of you, well tbh they can’t as in most people’s opinions dogshit has more value.
ta etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • /tɑː/
  • {{rhymes}}
Alternative forms: taa
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial, chiefly, British, Irish, Australia and New Zealand) Thanks. exampleTa for the cup of tea.
The expression ta ta differs, meaning goodbye.
anagrams:
  • 'at, AT, at
tab pronunciation
  • /tæb/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 First attested 1607, of uncertain origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small flap or strip of material attached to something, for holding, manipulation, identification, etc.
    • 1993, Irvine Welsh: Trainspotting, p 333: He pulls off his belt, cursing as the studs catch in the tabs of his jeans.
  2. (by extension, graphical user interface) A navigational widget for switching between sets of controls or documents.
  3. (informal) A tablet, especially one containing illicit drugs.
  4. (British Army, military slang) A fast march or run with full kit.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Mark with a tab.
  2. (computing) To use the Tab key on a computer or typewriter to navigate the screen or page.
    • 2010, Chris Anderson, Pro Business Applications with Silverlight 4 (page 210) You can prevent a control from getting the focus when the user is tabbing between controls by settings its IsTabStop property to False.
  3. Short for tabulate.
etymology 2 Apocopation (shortening) of tabulation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A restaurant bill.
  2. (slang) Credit account, e.g., in a shop or bar. Put this round on my tab, will you, barman.
  3. Short for tabulator.
  4. (computing) A space character ({{unsupported}}) that extends to the next aligned column, traditionally used for tabulation.
etymology 3 Likely to have been formed by clipping the Geordie pronunciation of the word tobacco or alternatively from the brand name Ogden's Tabs.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie and Mackem) cigarette. Giv'is a tab man!
etymology 4 Shortening of tablature.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of note, commonly used for stringed instrument.
etymology 5 Derived from the Latin Cantabrigia (often shortened to Cantab.).
noun:
  1. {{rfv-sense}}(slang) A student of Cambridge University.
etymology 6 {{short for}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A tabloid newspaper.
    • 1999, George H. Douglas, The Golden Age of the Newspaper, p. 229: exampleBy 1926 the tabloid mania was at full tilt, and the tabs in New York went at each other with hammer and tong.
    • 2010, Robert Lusetich, Unplayable: An Inside Account of Tiger's Most Tumultuous Season: exampleThat is the attitude of the tabs: they cover the world's most important city.
anagrams:
  • abt
  • ATB
  • bat
  • TBA
tableclothy etymology tablecloth + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or typified by tablecloth.
    • 2004, Erica Munro, Guilty Feet (page 31) Always an ambitious dresser, this morning she'd got herself up in her favourite grass-green poncho, which was a Paisley-printed wool tableclothy affair, edged with short, matted black fringes.
    • 2004, William Black, Al Dente: The Adventures of a Gastronome in Italy (page 253) Rabbit meal number two was in the guidebooks' favourite restaurant, a serious, tableclothy sort of place, obviously proud of its three forks.
table-hop
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To move from table to table, in a restaurant etc, talking to the people at each one
related terms:
  • tablehopper
tablehopper Alternative forms: table-hopper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who table-hop
table-hopper Alternative forms: tablehopper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who table-hop
tabloid etymology From a trademark for a medicine compress into a tablet. See -oid.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (publishing) A newspaper having pages half the dimensions of the standard format, especially one that favours stories of a sensational nature over more serious news.
  2. (medicine, dated) A compressed portion of drug, chemical, etc.; a tablet.
Synonyms: scandal sheet, tab (colloquial), yellow press
antonyms:
  • broadsheet
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. In the format of a tabloid.
  2. Relating to a tabloid or tabloids.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampletabloid journalism
tabloidish etymology tabloid + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Characteristic of tabloid journalism; lurid and sensational.
    • 2006, Shirley Jump, The Bachelor Preferred Pastry (page 222) It was one of those tabloidish pieces filled with half-truths and exaggerations.
tabloidy etymology tabloid + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) In the style of a tabloid; sensationalistic.
tabnab
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, British, Navy) A small item of food offered at break time, normally the morning break.
A British Merchant Navy Slang expression.
tabooed pronunciation
  • /tæ.ˈbuːd/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Forbidden; prohibited.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of taboo
tabooing pronunciation
  • /təˈbuːɪŋ/
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of taboo
taboos pronunciation
  • /təˈbuːz/
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of taboo
tabu
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of taboo
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative spelling of taboo
anagrams:
  • abut, tuba
tabued
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. alternative spelling of tabooed
tac
etymology 1 Compare tack.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, legal, obsolete) A kind of customary payment by a tenant. {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, slang) The drug cannabis.
anagrams:
  • act , act., Act., ACT
  • ATC
  • cat, Cat, CAT
  • TCA
tache
etymology 1 {{clipping}} or mustache. Alternative forms: tash (misspelling), 'tache pronunciation
  • (RP) /tɑːʃ/, {{rhymes}}
  • (US) /tæʃ/, {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Moustache, mustache.
Synonyms: stache, 'stache
etymology 2 From French tache spot. See tetchy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now rare) A spot, stain, or blemish.
    • 1993, Rikki Ducornet, The Jade Cabinet, Dalkey Archive Press, p. 95: Alone I cared for our mother who did little else but stare at taches on floor and ceiling.
etymology 3 See tack.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something used for taking hold or holding; a catch; a loop; a button.
anagrams:
  • cheat, teach, Teach, theca
tackle etymology From Middle English takel, from Middle Dutch or gml takel, perhaps related to Middle Dutch taken. Akin to Danish takkel, Swedish tackel. More at take. pronunciation
  • /ˈtækəl/, [ˈtʰækɫ̩]
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A system of ropes and blocks used to increase the force applied to the free end of the rope.
  2. (fishing, uncountable) Equipment (rod, reel, line, lure, etc.) used when angling.
  3. (uncountable, informal) By extension, any piece of equipment, particularly gadgetry.
    • 2004 June 24–30, "Jeff Gordon Never Gets Tired Of Seeing Face On Cheap Plastic Crap", , available in Embedded in America, ISBN 1400054567, page 193, ... an illuminated license-plate frame bearing his likeness, signature, and yellow number 24. "That there's a real nice piece of tackle. ..."
  4. (sports, countable) A play where a player attempts to take control over the ball from an opponent, as in rugby or football.
  5. (American football, countable) A play where a defender brings the ball carrier to the ground.
  6. (countable) Any instance in which one person forces another to the ground.
  7. (American football, uncountable) The offensive positions between each guard and end, offensive tackle.
  8. (American football, countable) A person play that position.
  9. (American football, uncountable) The defensive positions between two end, defensive tackle.
  10. (American football, countable) A person playing that position.
  11. (slang) A man's genitalia.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to face or deal with attempting to overcome or fight down The government's measures to tackle crime were insufficient.
  2. (sports) to attempt to take away a ball
  3. (American football) to bring a ball carrier to the ground
tacky pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Compare techy, tack a spot.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a substance, slightly sticky. This paint isn't dry yet - it's still a bit tacky.
  2. (colloquial) Of low quality. That market stall sells all sorts of tacky ornaments.
  3. (colloquial) In poor taste. That was a tacky thing to say.
  4. gaudy, flashy, showy, garish
  5. dowdy, shabbily dressed
  6. shabby, dowdy (in one's appearance)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{alt form}}
taco {{wikipedia}} etymology From Mexican Spanish taco. pronunciation
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈtɑko/ [ˈtʰɑkoʊ]
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈtækəʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A Mexican snack food; a small tortilla with some rice, beans, cheese, diced vegetables (usually tomatoes and lettuce, as served in the United States) and salsa.
  2. (US, slang) the vulva. also called pink taco
    • 2007, Various, Sex & Seduction: 20 Erotic Stories, Accent Press Ltd., page 130, ... while grinding her pink taco into my groin as if trying to gain even more of my sizable ...
    • 2009, Albert Mudrian, Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces, Da Capo Press, page 159 ...zombies have to eat and the best place to on any female is the pink taco.
  3. (US, slang) A yellow stain on shirt armpit caused by sweat or deodorant.
anagrams:
  • ATOC
  • Cato, CATO
  • coat
  • octa
taco bumper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A lesbian.
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taco fest etymology From a likening of the appearance of a hard taco shell to a woman's vulva.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derisive) A party or gathering at which the vast majority of the people are female.
coordinate terms:
  • brodeo, brodown, dickfest, sausage fest, sausage party
-tacular etymology From spectacular.
suffix: {{en-suffix}}
  1. (slang) A suffix used to form adjective denoting (often ironically) some type of exceptionality.
Synonyms: -riffic, -tastic
tadge
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A small amount; a bit. exampleCan you move to the left a tadge?
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) To a small extent (usually with "a"). exampleThe soup is a tadge too salty.
ta everso
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (British, colloquial) thanks a lot!
    • c2003: "Alan Ontario" (poster on BBC: Devon: Have your say messageboard, read at on 13 May 2006), Devon expats: news from abroad - Now that the links have been fixed I am able to bring up all the previous messages ... ta everso.
anagrams:
  • overeats
Taffia Alternative forms: Tafia etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (humorous, may be mildly offensive) Any group of Welsh people who practice nepotism or live in an ethnic enclave.
tag {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /tæɡ/
  • (North American also) /teɪɡ/, /tɛɡ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small label.
  2. A game played by two or more children in which one child (known as "it") attempts to catch one of the others, who then becomes "it".
  3. A skin tag, an excrescence of skin.
  4. A type of cardboard.
  5. Graffiti in the form of a stylized signature particular to the person who makes the graffiti.
  6. A dangling lock of sheep's wool, matted with dung; a dung tag.
  7. An attribution in narrated dialogue (eg, "he said").
  8. (chiefly, US) a vehicle number plate; a medal bearing identification data (animals, soldiers).
  9. (baseball) An instance of touching the baserunner with the ball or the ball in a gloved hand. The tag was applied at second for the final out.
  10. (computing) A piece of markup representing an element in a markup language. The tag provides a title for the Web page. The tag conveys sarcasm in Internet slang.
  11. (computing) A keyword, term, or phrase associated with or assigned to data, media, and/or information enabling keyword-based classification; often used to categorize content. I want to add genre and artist tags to the files in my music collection.
  12. Any slight appendage, as to an article of dress; something slight hanging loosely.
  13. A metallic binding, tube, or point, at the end of a string, or lace, to stiffen it.
  14. The end, or catchword, of an actor's speech; cue.
  15. Something mean and paltry; the rabble.
  16. A sheep in its first year. {{rfquotek}}
  17. (biochemistry) Any short peptide sequence artificially attached to proteins mostly in order to help purify, solubilize or visualize these proteins.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To label (something).
  2. (transitive, graffiti) To mark (something) with one’s tag.
  3. (transitive) To remove dung tags from a sheep. Regularly tag the rear ends of your sheep.
  4. (transitive, baseball, colloquial) To hit the ball hard. He really tagged that ball.
  5. (transitive, baseball) To put a runner out by touching them with the ball or the ball in a gloved hand. He tagged the runner for the out.
  6. (transitive, computing) To mark with a tag (metadata for classification). I am tagging my music files by artist and genre.
  7. To follow closely, accompany, tag along.
    • 1906, O. Henry, A tall young man came striding through the park along the path near which she sat. Behind him tagged a boy carrying a suit-case.
  8. (transitive) To catch and touch (a player in the game of tag).
  9. (transitive) To fit with, or as if with, a tag or tags.
    • Macaulay He learned to make long-tagged thread laces.
    • Dryden His courteous host … / Tags every sentence with some fawning word.
  10. To fasten; to attach. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 From Aramaic תגא 〈ţgʼ〉. {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A decoration drawn over some Hebrew letters in Jewish scrolls.
anagrams:
  • gat, GTA, TGA
tagger pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who tag.
    • Francis Edward Abernethy, Texas Toys and Games (page 111) The teacher then calls on each one of the tagged to identify his tagger. If a student cannot guess correctly, he must sit down.
  2. A person who writes graffiti using his or her tag.
  3. (comptheory) A component of a parser that tag words.
  4. (computing) A program that adds tag for purposes of categorization, e.g. to a music collection.
  5. (slang) The penis.
  6. (in the plural) Sheets of tin or other plate which run below the gauge. {{rfquotek}}
  7. A device for removing taglock from sheep. {{rfquotek}}
  8. That which is pointed like a tag.
    • Cotton hedgehogs' or porcupines' small taggers
anagrams:
  • garget
tag soup
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, Internet, informal) Poorly structured code in a markup language that uses tag (such as HTML), especially when it violate specification.
related terms:
  • spaghetti code
tag team
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) Two people act alternate to accomplish some task.
  2. (slang, vulgar) A gangbang.
related terms:
  • tag-team
anagrams:
  • meta tag, metatag
taig {{wikipedia}} etymology From the Irish first name Tadhg, and thus probably cognate to Teagan and Tegan.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, especially, Scotland and Northern Ireland, derogatory) A Catholic.
anagrams:
  • gait, Gita
tail
etymology 1 From Middle English tail, tayl, teil, from Old English tæġel, tæġl, from Proto-Germanic *taglaz, *taglą, from Proto-Indo-European *doḱ- 〈*doḱ-〉, from Proto-Indo-European *deḱ- 〈*deḱ-〉. Cognate with Scots tail, Dutch teil, Low German tagel, German Zagel, Danish dialectal tavl, Swedish tagel, Norwegian tagl, Icelandic tagl, Gothic 𐍄𐌰𐌲𐌻 〈𐍄𐌰𐌲𐌻〉. In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.
pronunciation
  • /teɪl/
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  • Homophone: tale
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus. Most primates have a tail and fangs.
  2. The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin.
  3. An object or part of an object resembling a tail in shape, such as the thong on a cat-o'-nine-tails.
    • {{rfdate}}, Harvey: Doretus writes a great praise of the distilled waters of those tails that hang on willow trees.
  4. The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage.
  5. Specifically, the visible stream of dust and gas blown from a comet by the solar wind.
  6. The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.
  7. (statistics) The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.
  8. One who surreptitious follow another.
  9. (cricket) The last four or five batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.
  10. (typography) The lower loop of the letter in the Roman alphabet, as in g, q or y.
  11. (chiefly, in the plural) The side of a coin not bearing the head; normally the side on which the monetary value of the coin is indicated; the reverse.
  12. (mathematics) All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on. A sequence (a_n) is said to be frequently 0 if every tail of the sequence contains 0.
  13. (now colloquial, chiefly US) The buttocks or backside.
    • 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte: By Goddis sydes, syns I her thyder broughte, / She hath gote me more money with her tayle / Than hath some shyppe that into Bordews sayle.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, I.49: They were wont to wipe their tailes {{transterm}} (this vaine superstition of words must be left unto women) with a sponge, and that's the reason why Spongia in Latine is counted an obscene word{{nb...}}.
  14. (slang) The male member of a person or animal. After the burly macho nudists' polar bear dip, their tails were spectacularly shrunk, so they looked like an immature kid's innocent tail.
  15. (slang, uncountable) Sexual intercourse. I'm gonna get me some tail tonight.
  16. (kayaking) The stern; the back of the kayak.
  17. The back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xxviii. 13: The Lord will make thee the head, and not the tail.
  18. A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
    • {{rfdate}}, Walter Scott: "Ah," said he, "if you saw but the chief with his tail on."
  19. (anatomy) The distal tendon of a muscle.
  20. A downy or feathery appendage of certain achen, formed of the permanent elongated style.
  21. (surgery) A portion of an incision, at its beginning or end, which does not go through the whole thickness of the skin, and is more painful than a complete incision; called also tailing.
  22. One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.
  23. (nautical) A rope splice to the strap of a block, by which it may be lash to anything.
  24. (music) The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem. {{rfquotek}}
  25. (mining) A tailing.
  26. (architecture) The bottom or lower portion of a member or part such as a slate or tile.
  27. (colloquial, dated) A tailcoat.
Synonyms: (slang, uncountable: sexual intercourse) ass, poontang, poon, tang, pussy, punani
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To follow and observe surreptitiously. Tail that car!
  2. (architecture) To hold by the end; said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; with in or into
  3. (nautical) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; said of a vessel at anchor. This vessel tails downstream.
  4. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.
    • Fuller Nevertheless his bond of two thousand pounds, wherewith he was tailed, continued uncancelled.
  5. To pull or draw by the tail. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 From xno, probably from a shortened form of entail.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (legal) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed. estate tail
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (legal) Limitation of inheritance to certain heir. tail male — limitation to male heirs in tail — subject to such a limitation
anagrams:
  • alit, ital, lati, LIAT, tali
tailbone {{wikipedia}} etymology tail + bone.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The final fused vertebra at the base of the spine; the coccyx.
tail dragger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) one who delay or is constantly late.
  2. (aviation) alternative form of taildragger
Tail End Charlie Alternative forms: Tail-End Charlie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British, slang, in World War II) the last aircraft in a formation
  2. (chiefly, British, slang, in World War II) the rear gunner in a bomber
  3. The man guard the rear of a patrol.
tail gunner
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who operates the gun or guns in the tail of a military aircraft, usually a bomber.
  2. (colloquial) One whose function in an organization is to defend it from attackers, for example, in public relations or public affairs.
  • In modern aircraft, such weapons would not be operated by dedicated personnel.
Synonyms: rear gunner, Tail End Charlie
anagrams:
  • unaltering
tails pronunciation
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of tail
  2. (slang) Short for tailcoat.
    • So I'm putting on my top hat, tying on my white tie, brushing off my tails. - Chorus from Top Hat, White Tie and Tails (Irving Berlin)
  3. The side of a coin that doesn't bear the picture of the head of state or similar Tails, I win.
  4. (mining) tailings; waste
antonyms:
  • (side of coin): heads
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of tail
anagrams:
  • A list, A-list, litas
taint pronunciation
  • /teɪnt/
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etymology 1 From Latin tingere, tinctum via French teint (past participle of teindre)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A contamination, decay or putrefaction, especially in food
  2. A mark of disgrace, especially on one's character; blemish
  3. (obsolete) tincture; hue; colour
  4. (obsolete) infection; corruption; deprivation He had inherited from his parents a scrofulous taint, which it was beyond the power of medicine to remove. — Macaulay.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To contaminate or corrupt (something) with an external agent, either physically or morally.
    • Shakespeare His unkindness may defeat my life, / But never taint my love.
  2. (transitive) To spoil (food) by contamination.
  3. (transitive) To be infected or corrupted; to be touched by something corrupting.
    • Shakespeare I cannot taint with fear.
  4. (transitive) To be affected with incipient putrefaction. Meat soon taints in warm weather.
etymology 2 From French atteinte. Compare with attaint.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect.
  2. An injury done to a lance in an encounter, without its being broken; also, a breaking of a lance in an encounter in a dishonorable or unscientific manner.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To damage, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner.
    • Massinger Do not fear; I have / A staff to taint, and bravely.
  2. (transitive) To hit or touch lightly, in tilting.
    • Ld. Berners They tainted each other on the helms and passed by.
  3. (intransitive) To thrust ineffectually with a lance.
etymology 3 Reportedly from the phrase “'tain't your balls and 'tain't your ass”.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The perineum.
    • 2000 June 17, "Marc Newman" (username), "Re: Americas are overated", in talk.politics.guns, Usenet: Sorry you feel that way. But since your mother sucks cocks in hell if I go there I won't be rotting.....I'll be on line right behind you hoping to get another good head job from your Mom or Sister....if you can remember which is which.......(Moms the one with the beard on her taint)
    • 2005 July 14, "Noodles Jefferson" (username), "Re: My Wife's Raw Comments", in rec.sport.pro-wrestling, Usenet: Even her taint's raw?
    • 2010 February 22, "Duchamanos" (username), "Re: Huck Finn 2010-anyone going?", in rec.sport.disc, Usenet: Did you know that guy has absolutely no tan lines? He'll show his taint to prove it!
anagrams:
  • tinta, titan, Titan
Taiwanese etymology From Taiwan + ese pronunciation
  • (UK) /taɪwəˈniːz/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˌtaɪwɑˈniːz/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to Taiwan.
Taiwan and Taiwanese are both widely used as attributives, e.g. Taiwan/Taiwanese culture, the Taiwan/Taiwanese government, Taiwan/Taiwanese food, etc.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person from Taiwan; usually plural.
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The popular name of the variant of Hokkien spoken in Taiwan, the native language of the Hoklo.
take a dump
verb: {{head}}
  1. (coarse, slang) To defecate.
take a leak
verb: {{head}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic, vulgar) To urinate.
take a load off etymology Abbreviation of take a load off one's feet, seemingly.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To go from a stand position to a sit one.
Synonyms: sit, sit down
take a long walk on a short pier
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, pejorative, colloquial) Used to tell someone to go away, or that their request will not be met.
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Synonyms: get lost, go jump in the lake
take a look
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, intransitive) To examine or observe. Can you take a look at the engine to see what's wrong?
Synonyms: have a look
take a picture, it will last longer
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (informal) an ironic statement said after being stare at for a long time.
    • 2004, Steve L. Case, The Youth Worker's Big Book of Case Studies Byron wasn't aware he was staring as long as he was. His manager saw him and gathered all the girls behind the counter together and had them stare at Byron. Finally she said, "Byron, take a picture; it will last longer." Byron was startled out of his daydream and the girls all laughed at him.
take a pill
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, often, in imperative) To change one's attitude or expressed feeling.
take a powder
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, US, colloquial) To leave in a hurry; run away; scram; depart without taking leave or notify anyone, often with a connotation of avoid something unpleasant or shirk responsibility.
    • 1933, Raymond Chandler, Blackmailers Don't Shoot, Collected Stories, Everyman's Library (2002), p. 20: Macdonald spoke slowly, bitterly. "The kidnapping is one too many for me, Costello. I don't want any part of it. I'm takin' a powder from this toy mob. I took a chance that bright boy might side me."
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 66: First Mrs Hitchcock packed up and took a powder, and there was hell to pay.
    • 1971, Louis-Ferdinand D. Celine, Death on the Installment Plan, p. 446: Our idea was that once the storm had subsided we'd take a powder one night with our dough. . . We'd take our stuff and give ourselves a change of air. . . move to a different neighborhood.
    • 1979, Dan McCall, Beecher: A Novel, p. 162: "Mr. Tilton said you told him you would take a powder." "Take a powder?" said Henry. "I once heard a man from Nevada tell me he would take a powder, meaning he was leaving town."
    • 2000, Barbara Weltman, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business, p. 271, But when you suffer losses, Uncle Sam may take a powder.
    • 2004, Robert Hough, Hogie Wyckoff, The Final Confession of Mabel Stark, p. 418: Go on, now. Scram. Take a powder. And don't come back till people on the street start wishing you a good afternoon.
take a shit
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, colloquial) To defecate. Man, I have to take a shit real bad.
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar, colloquial, UK) To fail or malfunction. I had to use the stairs because the lift took a shit this morning.
Synonyms: (fail, malfunction) crap out
take a whizz
verb: to take a whizz
  1. (slang) To urinate
take care
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To be cautious, careful or prudent.
  2. (intransitive) To mind, or be in charge of something.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (when leaving) good-bye (literally, take care of yourself)
anagrams:
  • caretake
take care of
verb: {{head}}
  1. (transitive) To look after, to provide care for. My elderly mother needs to be taken care of.
  2. (transitive) To deal with, handle. Can somebody take care of the customers while I clean this mess?
  3. (transitive, slang, euphemistic) To kill. In the motion picture The Godfather gangster Virgil Sollozzo took care of Luca Brasi by having him strangled.
Synonyms: (look after) care for, nurse, (handle) attend to, (kill (slang)) bump off, knock off, wax
taked
verb: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, colloquial) en-simple past of take
takedown {{wikipedia}} etymology A bare nominalization of the verb take down.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A taking down: the arrest of a suspect by a police officer.
  2. (martial arts) A taking down: an act of bringing one's opponent to the ground by grabbing one or both legs and applying a rearward bending moment.
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  3. Enforced removal of material from a website, etc.
    • 2001, Charles H. Kennedy, An introduction to U.S. telecommunications law The DMCA also gives the targets of notice-and-takedown complaints a limited opportunity to have access to their materials restored.
take for
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To regard. Does he take me for a fool?
  2. To consider mistakenly. Sorry, I took you for someone else.
  3. (colloquial) To defraud, to rip off. Pinkett angry that George betrayed trust, took him for $100K.
related terms:
  • take for granted
  • take for a ride
take for a ride
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) to deceive someone
Synonyms: take for a drive
take it easy {{rfm}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic) To relax or rest. I'm going to stay home Saturday and take it easy.
  2. (idiomatic, in imperative form, as a directive) Immediately calm yourself down; your state of panic does not help. Take it easy. It's just a game.
  3. (idiomatic, in imperative form, informal, farewell) A farewell (for part or closing). I'm going home now. Take it easy.
Synonyms: (greeting) take care, (directive) chill, (greeting on parting) so long
take it outside
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To take a fight to a more violent level, especially by moving it to an outside place. If you want a piece of me, let's take it outside!
take it up the ass
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, idiomatic) To be the recipient of anal sex. She doesn't take it up the ass? Dealbreaker.
  2. (vulgar, idiomatic) To be cheated or treated unfairly. I've really been having to keep my head down to avoid really having to take it up the ass too hard at work.
taken {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈteɪkən/
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  • {{hyphenation}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Infatuated; fond of or attracted to. He was very taken with the girl, I hear.
  2. (informal) In a monoamorous relationship I can't ask her out, she's taken.
verb: {{head}}
  1. past participle of take
statistics:
  • {{rank}}
take on
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To acquire, bring in, or introduce. The ship took on cargo in Norfolk yesterday.
  2. (idiomatic) To begin to have or exhibit. In the dark, the teddy bear took on the appearance of a fearsome monster.
  3. (idiomatic) To assume responsibility for. I'll take on the project if no one else will.
  4. (idiomatic) To attempt to fight or compete. I don't recommend taking on that bully, since he's bigger than you are.
  5. (intransitive, colloquial) To catch on, do well; to become popular.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 225: He had enough money to stock it well, and it took on; but the side of the business he did best on was his travelling shop.
  6. (intransitive, idiomatic) To show emotion, to grieve or be concerned about something or someone.
    • 1851, , , But I am one of those that never take on about princely fortunes, and am quite content if the world is ready to board and lodge me, while I am putting up at this grim sign of the Thunder Cloud.
anagrams:
  • aketon, no-take
take one's tongue out of someone's ass etymology An extension of the idiom lick someone's ass
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) To stop flattering someone (especially a superior) in an obsequious manner, and to support their every opinion.
take one for the team pronunciation
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etymology By analogy with sports teams when a player makes a sacrifice for the benefit of the team
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To accept some chore or hardship for the sake of one's friend or colleague.
Synonyms: take it like a man
take out
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of takeout
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To remove. examplePlease take out the trash before the whole house starts to smell.
    • {{RQ:BLwnds TLdgr}} Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self. It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
  2. To escort someone on a date. exampleLet me take you out for dinner.
  3. (idiomatic) To immobilize with force.
  4. (slang, idiomatic) To kill or destroy.
  5. (transitive) To obtain by application by a legal or other official process. exampletake out a loan;  take out medical insurance;  take out a membership;  take out a patent
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anagrams:
  • outtake
take someone's head off
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To berate.
takes one to know one
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (childish) A childish retort to a negative accusation, implying the accuser shares the fault Bob: You're a queer! Tony: Takes one to know one!
take that
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) Used to express an imminent attack by whoever is speaking. And now I'm going to hit you with my karate chop! Take that!
Take Thatter etymology take that + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A member of the English boy band Take That.
    • 2007, "UK boys shine at premiere", The Mirror (UK), 31 July 2007: Take Thatters Mark Owen and Gary Barlow - who provide the movie's theme tune Rule The World - were joined by David Walliams, Jonathan Ross, Jason Flemyng and Vinnie Jones.
    • 2007, "Robbie's cracked", The Mirror (UK), 4 August 2007: And when it rains it pours for Robbie, who spells out his dinner disaster. The former Take Thatter groans: "I had a prawn incident. I had stuff coming out of my mouth and everywhere else in my body."
    • 2010, Emily Herbert, Stephen Gately and Boyzone - Blood Brothers 1976-2009, John Blake Publishing Ltd (2010), ISBN 9781843582137, unnumbered page: When the four remaining Take Thatters, sans Robbie, decided to give it a go again, no one had any idea what the public's reaction might be.
take the back track
verb: {{head}}
  1. (informal, dated) To retrace one's steps; to retreat.
Synonyms: backtrack
take the fall
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  1. (idiomatic, informal, sports, especially boxing) To willingly lose a match, as in a fixed fight.
  2. (idiomatic, informal) To bear the blame or punishment for a failure or a misdeed. It was good of him to take the fall for you like that, I just wonder if he will come out of this one unscathed.
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take the mickey {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: take the Michael, take the mick etymology From Cockney rhyming slang "to take the Mickey Bliss" (for take the piss)
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  1. (intransitive, British, slang) To ridicule or mock. Are you takin' the mickey? You'll get yer 'ead bashed in.
    • 2008, newspaper, Who's laughing now?, by Kenneth Nguyen For the last eight years, taking the mickey out of George Bush has been great, victimless fun. Like taking candy from babies or shooting aquatically-challenged fish in size-challenged barrels.
take the pee
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  1. (idiomatic, somewhat, vulgar) To mock; to make fun of.
Synonyms: take the piss (slightly more vulgar)
take the piss etymology Possibly from piss-proud. Figuratively, to be piss-proud is to have false pride, thus 'taking the piss out of' is to deflate their false pride, usu. through disparagement or mockery.{{reference-book | title=World Wide Words: Take the piss | last=Quinion | first=Michael | authorlink=Michael Quinion | url=http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-tak2.htm | accessdate=2011-01-07 | date=1999-08-14}} As the piss-proud metaphor became dated, 'taking the piss out of someone' came to refer to disparagement or mockery itself, regardless of the pride of the subject. Eventually the shortened, intransitive form 'taking the piss' became common.
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  1. (Australia, NZ, British, coarse, slang, idiomatic, transitive) To tease, ridicule or mock (someone).
    • 1987, Judy Vermorel, Sex Pistols: the inside story‎, p.16 You know, cos he was like taking the piss out of them and they took the piss out of him.
    • 1999, Carole Zucker, In the company of actors: reflections on the craft of acting‎, p.152 A lot of that stuff that people take the piss out of all the time is actually useful.
  2. (Australia, NZ, British, coarse, slang, idiomatic, intransitive) To subject those present to teasing, ridicule or mockery, or to show contempt.
    • 2008, Will Swanton, Some Day: Inside the Dream Tour and Mick Fanning's 2007 Championship Win‎, He's either taking it easy or taking the piss by arriving at the eleventh hour.
  • As this phrase may be found offensive, it is often bowdlerised to take the pee or censored in print as “take the p***” or, less commonly, “take the p—”. A common jocular euphemism is extract the urine, a formal equivalent of the literal meaning of the words.
Synonyms: take the mickey
take the rap
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  1. (slang) To be blamed or punished for something, especially for the wrongful actions of another; to willingly allow oneself to be so blamed or punished.
taking it up the ass
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  1. present participle of take it up the ass
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  1. (vulgar, slang) assuming a passive role in anal sex Taking it up the ass is just about Randy's favorite thing in the world.
tale pronunciation
  • /ˈteɪl/
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etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old English talu, from Proto-Germanic *talō, from Proto-Indo-European *del-. Cognate with Dutch taal, German Zahl, Danish tale, Icelandic tala, Latin dolus, Ancient Greek δόλος 〈dólos〉, Albanian dalloj, Kurdish til, Old Armenian տող 〈toġ〉. Related to tell, talk.
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  1. (obsolete) Number.
  2. (obsolete) Account; estimation; regard; heed.
  3. (obsolete) Speech; language.
  4. (obsolete) A speech; a statement; talk; conversation; discourse.
  5. (legal, obsolete) A count; declaration.
  6. (rare or archaic) Numbering; enumeration; reckoning; account; count.
    • John Dryden Both number twice a day the milky dams; And once she takes the tale of all the lambs.
  7. (rare or archaic) A number of things considered as an aggregate; sum.
  8. (rare or archaic) A report of any matter; a relation; a version.
  9. An account of an asserted fact or circumstance; a rumour; a report, especially an idle or malicious story; a piece of gossip or slander; a lie.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 7 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL1097634W The Mirror and the Lamp] , ““A very welcome, kind, useful present, that means to the parish. By the way, Hopkins, let this go no further. We don't want the tale running round that a rich person has arrived. Churchill, my dear fellow, we have such greedy sharks, and wolves in lamb's clothing. […]””
    exampleDon't tell tales!
  10. A rehearsal of what has occurred; narrative; discourse; statement; history; story. examplethe Canterbury Tales
  11. A number told or counted off; a reckoning by count; an enumeration.
    • Hooker the ignorant, … who measure by tale, and not by weight
    • Milton And every shepherd tells his tale, / Under the hawthorn in the dale.
    • Carew In packing, they keep a just tale of the number.
    • 1843 Thomas Carlyle, , book 2, ch. 5, Twelfth Century They proceeded with some rigour, these Custodiars; took written inventories, clapt-on seals, exacted everywhere strict tale and measure
  12. (slang) The fraudulent opportunity presented by a confidence man to the mark (sense 3.3) of a confidence game.
etymology 2 From Middle English talen, from Old English talian, from Proto-Germanic *talōną, from Proto-Indo-European *del-. Cognate with German zählen, Swedish tala, Icelandic tala.
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  1. (dialectal or obsolete) To speak; discourse; tell tale.
  2. (dialectal, chiefly, Scotland) To reckon; consider (someone) to have something.
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  1. alternative form of tael
anagrams:
  • et al., ETLA, late, leat, tael, teal, tela

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