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Dracula sneeze etymology From a likening of the positioning of the arm during such a sneeze to stereotypical depictions of the fictional vampire Dracula holding one side of his cape over his face.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The act of sneezing into the crook of one's elbow so as to help prevent the spread of germ.
    • 2009, Patrick Cowles, "H1N1 plagues campuses", The Daily Titan (California State University, Fullerton), Volume 85, Issue 4, 9 September 2009, page 3: Wang also encouraged the use of the "Dracula sneeze," or sneezing into the crease of your elbow as you bring your arm to your face.
    • 2009, Jeremy B. Merrill & Russell M. Page, "Swine Flu Hogs Campus Spotlight", The Claremont Port Side (Claremont Colleges), Volume 7, Issue 1, October 2009, page 7: Regarding prevention, the school has begun encouraging sick community members to use the “Dracula sneeze,” sneezing into their elbows to avoid getting germs on their hands and then onto doorknobs and plumbing fixtures.
    • 2011, Phineas Mollod & Jason Tesauro, The Modern Gentleman, 2nd Edition: A Guide to Essential Manners, Savvy, and Vice, Ten Speed Press (2011), ISBN 9781607740193, page 177: Use a closed fist or assume the Dracula sneeze pose to temper germ transmission.
drag {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɹæɡ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English draggen, early Middle English dragen, confluence of Old English dragan and Old Norse draga; both from Proto-Germanic *draganą, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰerāgʰ-. Verb sense influenced due to association with the noun drag, related to Low German dragge. Cognate with Danish drægge, Danish drage, Swedish dragga, Swedish draga, Icelandic draga. More at draw.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To pull along a surface or through a medium, sometimes with difficulty.
  2. (intransitive) To move slowly. exampleTime seems to drag when you’re waiting for a bus.
  3. To act or proceed slowly or without enthusiasm; to be reluctant.
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  4. To move onward heavily, laboriously, or slowly; to advance with weary effort; to go on lingeringly.
    • Byron The day drags through, though storms keep out the sun.
    • Gay Long, open panegyric drags at best.
  5. To draw along (something burdensome); hence, to pass in pain or with difficulty.
    • Dryden have dragged a lingering life
  6. To serve as a clog or hindrance; to hold back.
    • Russell A propeller is said to drag when the sails urge the vessel faster than the revolutions of the screw can propel her.
  7. (computing) To move (an item) on the computer display by means of a mouse or other input device. exampleDrag the file into the window to open it.
  8. To inadvertently rub or scrape on a surface. exampleThe car was so low to the ground that its muffler was dragging on a speed bump.
  9. To perform as a drag queen or drag king.
  10. (soccer) To hit or kick off target.
    • November 17 2012, BBC Sport: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Arsenal were struggling for any sort of rhythm and Aaron Lennon dragged an effort inches wide as Tottenham pressed for a second.
  11. To fish with a dragnet.
  12. To break (land) by drawing a drag or harrow over it; to harrow.
  13. (figurative) To search exhaustively, as if with a dragnet.
    • Tennyson while I dragged my brains for such a song
related terms:
  • dragnet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Resistance of the air (or some other fluid) to something moving through it. When designing cars, manufacturers have to take drag into consideration.
  2. (countable, foundry) The bottom part of a sand casting mold.
  3. (countable) A device dragged along the bottom of a body of water in search of something, e.g. a dead body, or in fishing.
  4. (countable, informal) A puff on a cigarette or joint.
  5. (countable, slang) Someone or something that is annoying or frustrating; an obstacle to progress or enjoyment. Travelling to work in the rush hour is a real drag.
    • J. D. Forbes My lectures were only a pleasure to me, and no drag.
  6. (countable, slang) Someone or something that is disappointing.
  7. (countable, slang) Horse-drawn wagon or buggy. {{defdate}} {{rfquotek}}
  8. (countable, slang) Street, as in 'main drag'. {{defdate}}
  9. (countable) The scent-path left by dragging a fox, for training hounds to follow scents. to run a drag
  10. (countable, snooker) A large amount of backspin on the cue ball, causing the cue ball to slow down.
  11. A heavy harrow for breaking up ground.
  12. A kind of sledge for conveying heavy objects; also, a kind of low car or handcart. a stone drag
  13. (metallurgy) The bottom part of a flask or mould, the upper part being the cope.
  14. (masonry) A steel instrument for completing the dress of soft stone.
  15. (nautical) The difference between the speed of a screw steamer under sail and that of the screw when the ship outruns the screw; or between the propulsive effects of the different floats of a paddle wheel.
  16. Anything towed in the water to retard a ship's progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; especially, a canvas bag with a hooped mouth (drag sail), so used.
  17. A skid or shoe for retarding the motion of a carriage wheel.
  18. Motion affected with slowness and difficulty, as if clogged.
    • Hazlitt Had a drag in his walk.
etymology 2 Possibly from English drag because of the sensation of long skirts trailing on the floor, or from Yiddish טראָגן 〈trʼágn〉Douglas Harper, [http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=drag "camp (n.)"] in ''Online Etymology Dictionary'', 2001ff
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, slang) Women's clothing worn by men for the purpose of entertainment. {{defdate}} He performed in drag.
  2. (uncountable, slang) Any type of clothing or costume associated with a particular occupation or subculture. corporate drag
anagrams:
  • grad
draggy etymology drag + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. boring; dull.
  2. moving or developing very slowly.
  3. (slang) tiresome.
drag king etymology drag + king pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, LGBT) A female who dresses up in men's clothing, typically for public performance.
    • 1973, Abstracts in Anthropology, volume 4, Google Books: Part of an ongoing ethnography of an imperial sovereign court I am undertaking, this chapter explores the world of the lesbian drag king and the gendered performance she undertakes in this realm.
dragon {{commons}} etymology Borrowing from Old French dragon, from Latin dracō, from Ancient Greek δράκων 〈drákōn〉, probably from δρακεῖν 〈drakeîn〉, aorist active infinitive of δέρκομαι 〈dérkomai〉. pronunciation {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}}
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈdræɡən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A legendary serpentine or reptilian creature.
    1. In Western mythology, a gigantic beast, typically reptilian with leathery bat-like wings, lion-like claws, scaly skin and a serpent-like body, often a monster with fiery breath.
      • {{circa}} , : But as every well-brought-up prince was expected to kill a dragon, and rescue a princess, the dragons grew fewer and fewer till it was often quite hard for a princess to find a dragon to be rescued from.
    2. In Eastern mythology, a large, snake-like monster with the eyes of a hare, the horns of a stag and the claws of a tiger, usually beneficent.
      • 1913, , , chapter XIII: These tapestries were magnificently figured with golden dragons; and as the serpentine bodies gleamed and shimmered in the increasing radiance, each dragon, I thought, intertwined its glittering coils more closely with those of another.
  2. An animal of various species that resemble a dragon in appearance:
    1. (obsolete) A very large snake; a python.
    2. Any of various agamid lizard of the genera Draco, Physignathus or {{taxlink}}.
    3. A Komodo dragon.
  3. (astronomy, with definite article, often capitalized) The constellation Draco.
    • 1605, , , Act I, Scene 2: My father compounded with my mother vnder the Dragons taile, and my nativity was vnder Vrsa Maior.
  4. (pejorative) An unpleasant woman; a harridan. She’s a bit of a dragon.
  5. (with definite article, often capitalized) The (historical) Chinese empire or the People's Republic of China. Napoleon already warned of the awakening of the Dragon.
  6. (figuratively) Something very formidable or dangerous.
  7. A luminous exhalation from marshy ground, seeming to move through the air like a winged serpent.
  8. (military, historical) A short musket hooked to a swivel attached to a soldier's belt; so called from a representation of a dragon's head at the muzzle. {{rfquotek}}
  9. A variety of carrier pigeon.
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quotations:
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related terms: {{rel3}}
Synonyms: (legendary creature) drake, monster, serpent, wyrm, wyvern, lindworm, (unpleasant woman) battle-axe, bitch, harridan, shrew, termagant, virago
drag queen {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: dragqueen etymology drag + queen pronunciation
  • /ˈdɹæɡˌkwiːn/ {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A male who dresses up in women's clothing and makeup, typically in an exaggerated fashion and for public performance.
drag racing {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Straight lane racing on an official racetrack.
  2. (colloquial) Any illegal street racing.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of drag race
drain {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /dɹeɪ̯n/
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etymology From Middle English dreinen (verb) from Old English deahnian, from Proto-Germanic *draug-, akin to Old English drūgian, drūgaþ, Old English drȳge. More at dry.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A conduit allowing liquid to flow out of an otherwise contained volume. (chiefly, US, Canada) exampleThe drain in the kitchen sink is clogged.
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  2. (chiefly, UK) An access point or conduit for rainwater that drains directly downstream in a (drainage) basin without going through sewer or water treatment in order to prevent or belay floods.
  3. Something consuming resource and providing nothing in return. exampleThat rental property is a drain on our finances.
  4. (vulgar) An act of urination.
  5. (electronics) The name of one terminal of a field effect transistor (FET).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To lose liquid. The clogged sink drained slowly.
  2. (intransitive) To flow gradually. The water of low ground drains off.
  3. (transitive, ergative) To cause liquid to flow out of. Please drain the sink. It's full of dirty water.
  4. (transitive, ergative) To convert a perennially wet place into a dry one. They had to drain the swampy land before the parking lot could be built.
  5. (transitive) To deplete of energy or resources. The stress of this job is really draining me.
  6. (transitive) To draw off by degrees; to cause to flow gradually out or off; hence, to exhaust.
    • Francis Bacon Fountains drain the water from the ground adjacent.
    • Motley But it was not alone that he drained their treasure and hampered their industry.
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To filter.
    • Francis Bacon Salt water, drained through twenty vessels of earth, hath become fresh.
  8. (intransitive, pinball) To fall off the bottom of the playfield.
    • 1990, Steven A. Schwartz, Compute's Nintendo Secrets When a ball finally drains, it's gulped down by a giant gator beneath the set of flippers.
anagrams:
  • Darin, dinar, Drina, Indra, Nadir, nadir, Ndari, ranid
drain the lizard etymology From a supposed resemblance of the penis to a lizard.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, of a male) To urinate. Be right back. Gotta go drain the lizard.
drain the main vein
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) To urinate.
    • 2003, David Zielinski, A Genuine Monster, p. 232: I got to drain the main vein, kiddo, so you just stay put.
Synonyms: See also
drama {{wikipedia}} etymology From Ancient Greek δρᾶμα 〈drâma〉, from δράω 〈dráō〉. pronunciation
  • /dɹɑmə/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A composition, normally in prose, telling a story and intended to be represented by actor impersonating the character and speaking the dialogue
  2. Such a work for television, radio or the cinema (usually one that is not a comedy)
  3. Theatrical play in general
  4. A situation in real life that has the characteristics of such a theatrical play
  5. (slang) Rumor, lying or exaggerated reaction to life events; melodrama; an angry dispute or scene; intrigue or spiteful interpersonal maneuvering.
Synonyms: See also
anagrams:
  • damar
dramafest etymology drama + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A situation characterised by drama or histrionics.
    • 2009, Andrea J. Buchanan, It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters (page 1) Having a girl felt natural to me, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't worry just the slightest that our relationship might be unavoidably, inescapably fraught—less the stuff of happy shopping trips and more the stuff of door-slamming dramafests.
drama llama
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A histrionic person. {{defdate}}
drama queen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) Any exaggeratedly dramatic person.
drank pronunciation
  • /dɹæŋk/
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  • (also) (US) /dɹeɪŋk/
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etymology 1 Pronunciation spelling of drink
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) dextromethorphan
  2. (slang) a drink, usually alcoholic
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-simple past of drink He drank a lot last night.
etymology 2 Compare drake.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, dialect) Wild oats, or darnel grass. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
dranks
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) plural of drank
draw {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɹɔː/
{{rhymes}}
  • (US) /dɹɔ/
  • (cot-caught) /dɹɒ/
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etymology From Middle English drawen, draȝen, dragen, from Old English dragan, from Proto-Germanic *draganą (compare West Frisian drage, Dutch dragen, German tragen ‘to carry’, Danish drage), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreǵ- 'to draw, pull' (compare Albanian dredh ‘to turn, spin’, Old Armenian դառնամ 〈daṙnam〉, Sanskrit ‘load’). See also drag, draught.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (heading) To move or develop something.
    1. To sketch; depict with lines; to produce a picture with pencil, crayon, chalk, etc. on paper, cardboard, etc.
    2. To deduce or infer. exampleHe tried to draw a conclusion from the facts.
    3. (intransitive) (of drinks, especially tea) To leave temporarily so as to allow the flavour to increase. exampleTea is much nicer if you let it draw for three minutes before pouring.
    4. (transitive) To take or procure from a place of deposit; to call for and receive from a fund, etc. exampleto draw money from a bank
    5. To take into the lungs; to inhale.
      • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes.…She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
      • 1979, Monty Python, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life So always look on the bright side of death / Just before you draw your terminal breath
    6. (used with prepositions and adverbs) To move; to come or go. exampleWe drew back from the cliff edge. exampleThe runners drew level with each other as they approached the finish line. exampleDraw near to the fire and I will tell you a tale.
    7. (transitive) To obtain from some cause or origin; to infer from evidence or reasons; to deduce from premises; to derive.
      • Edmund Burke (1729-1797) We do not draw the moral lessons we might from history.
    8. (transitive, obsolete) To withdraw.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Go, wash thy face, and draw thy action.
    9. (archaic) To draw up (a document). exampleto draw a memorial, a deed, or bill of exchange
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Clerk, draw a deed of gift.
  2. (heading) To exert or experience force.
    1. (transitive) To drag, pull.
      • 1913, Robert Barr (writer) , 4, [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL1796924W Lord Stranleigh Abroad] , ““[…] No rogue e’er felt the halter draw, with a good opinion of the law, and perhaps my own detestation of the law arises from my having frequently broken it.{{nb...}}””
      • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, , Chapter VIII Lys shuddered, and I put my arm around her and drew her to me; and thus we sat throughout the hot night. She told me of her abduction and of the fright she had undergone, and together we thanked God that she had come through unharmed, because the great brute had dared not pause along the danger-infested way.
      • {{RQ:Orwell Animal Farm}} At the last moment Mollie, the foolish, pretty white mare who drew Mr. Jones's trap, came mincing daintily in, chewing at a lump of sugar.
    2. (intransitive) To pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have force to move anything by pulling. exampleThis horse draws well. exampleA ship's sail is said to draw when it is filled with wind.
    3. To pull out (as a gun from a holster, or a tooth). exampleOne fine day in the middle of the night, / two dead men got up to fight. / Back to back they faced each other, / Drew their swords and shot each other.
    4. To undergo the action of pulling or dragging. exampleThe carriage draws easily.
    5. (archery) To pull back the bowstring and its arrow in preparation for shooting.
    6. (of curtains, etc.) To close. exampleYou should draw the curtains at night.
    7. (cards) To take the top card of a deck into hand. exampleAt the start of their turn, each player must draw a card.
  3. (heading, fluidic) To remove or separate or displace.
    1. To extract a liquid, or cause a liquid to come out, primarily water or blood. exampledraw water from a well;  draw water for a bath;  the wound drew blood
      • Bible, Gospel of John iv. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep.
      • George Cheyne (1671-1743) Spirits, by distillations, may be drawn out of vegetable juices, which shall flame and fume of themselves.
    2. To drain by emptying; to suck dry.
      • 1705, Richard Wiseman, Tumours, Gun Shot Wounds, &c. Sucking and drawing the breast dischargeth the milk as fast as it can be generated.
    3. (figurative) To extract; to force out; to elicit; to derive.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) until you had drawn oaths from him
    4. To sink in water; to require a depth for floating. exampleA ship draws ten feet of water.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Greater hulks draw deep.
    5. (intransitive, medicine, dated) To work as an epispastic; said of a blister, poultice, etc.
    6. (intransitive, dated) To have a draught; to transmit smoke, gases, etc. exampleA chimney or flue draws.
    7. (analogous) To consume, for example, power. exampleThe circuit draws three hundred watts.
  4. (heading) To change in size or shape.
    1. To extend in length; to lengthen; to protract; to stretch. exampleto draw a mass of metal into wire
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) How long her face is drawn!
      • John Richard Green (1837-1883) the huge Offa's dike which he drew from the mouth of Wye to that of Dee
    2. (intransitive) To become contracted; to shrink.
      • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) to draw into less room
  5. (heading) To attract or be attracted.
    1. To attract. exampleThe citizens were afraid the casino would draw an undesirable element to their town.  I was drawn to her.
      • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 5 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL5535161W Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.”
      • 1935, [https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/288354.George_Goodchild George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 5 , “By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.”
    2. (hunting) To search for game.
      • 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Penguin 2013, p.87: On one of my expeditions, after a stormy night, at the end of March, the hounds drew all day without finding a fox.
    3. To cause.
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    4. (intransitive) To exert an attractive force; to act as an inducement or enticement.
      • Joseph Addison (1672-1719) Keep a watch upon the particular bias of their minds, that it may not draw too much.
  6. (Usually as draw on or draw upon): to rely on; utilize as a source. exampleShe had to draw upon her experience to solve the problem.
    • John Jay (1745-1829) You may draw on me for the expenses of your journey.
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  7. To disembowel. exampleHe will be hanged, drawn and quartered.
    • William King (poet) (1663-1712) In private draw your poultry, clean your tripe.
  8. (transitive or intransitive) To end a game in a draw (with neither side winning). exampleWe drew last time we played.  I drew him last time I played him.  I drew my last game against him.
    • 1922, 2010, HTML, Edgar Rice Burroughs , [http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1153/1153-h/1153-h.htm The Chessmen of Mars] , The Gutenberg Project , “The game is won when a player places any of his pieces on the same square with his opponent's Princess, or when a Chief takes a Chief. It is drawn when a Chief is taken by any opposing piece other than the opposing Chief;{{nb...}}
  9. A random selection process.
    1. To select by the drawing of lots. exampleThe winning lottery numbers were drawn every Tuesday.
      • 1784, Edward Augustus Freeman, [https//archive.org/details/essayonparliamen00edinuoft An essay on parliamentary representation, and the magistracies of our boroughs royal:{{nb...}} Provided magistracies were filled by men freely chosen or drawn.
    2. (transitive) To win in a lottery or similar game of chance. exampleHe drew a prize.
    3. (poker) To trade in cards for replacements in draw poker games; to attempt to improve one's hand with future cards. See also draw out. exampleJill has four diamonds; she'll try to draw for a flush.
  10. (curling) To make a shot that lands in the house without hitting another stone.
  11. (cricket) To play (a short-length ball directed at the leg stump) with an inclined bat so as to deflect the ball between the legs and the wicket.
  12. (golf) To hit (the ball) with the toe of the club so that it is deflected toward the left.
  13. (billiards) To strike (the cue ball) below the center so as to give it a backward rotation which causes it to take a backward direction on striking another ball.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The result of a contest in which neither side has won; a tie. The game ended in a draw.
  2. The procedure by which the result of a lottery is determine. The draw is on Saturday.
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  3. Something that attracts e.g. a crowd.
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 1, {{gbooks}}: After It, Clara became one of the top box-office draws in Hollywood, but her popularity was short lived.
  4. (cricket) The result of a two-innings match in which at least one side did not complete all their innings before time ran out. Different from a tie.
  5. (golf) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves intentionally to the left. See hook, slice, fade
  6. (curling) A shot that lands in the house without hitting another stone.
  7. (geography) A dry stream bed that drains surface water only during periods of heavy rain or flooding.
    • 1918, , , Mirado Modern Classics, paperback edition, page 15 The garden, curiously enough, was a quarter of a mile from the house, and the way to it led up a shallow draw past the cattle corral.
  8. (colloquial) Cannabis.
  9. In a commission-based job, an advance on future (potential) commission given to an employee by the employer.
  10. (poker) A situation in which one or more players has four cards of the same suit or four out of five necessary cards for a straight and requires a further card to make their flush or straight.
    • Ryan Wiseman, page 82, Earn $30,000 Per Month Playing Online Poker: A Step-By-Step Guide to Single , “The player to your left immediately raises you the minimum by clicking the raise button. This action immediately suggests that he's on a draw
  11. The schedule of games in a - NRL Fixtures - 2011 NRL Draw
  12. (archery) The act of pulling back the strings in preparation of firing.
  13. (sports) The spin or twist imparted to a ball etc. by a drawing stroke.
Synonyms: (The result of a contest in which neither side has won) stalemate, (dry stream bed that drains water during periods of heavy precipitation) dry creek
anagrams:
  • ward, Ward
draw a long bow
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) To lie; to exaggerate.
{{Webster 1913}}
drawers pronunciation
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etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of drawer
  2. (pluralonly) Long underpants.
  3. (slang) Any clothing covering the legs, such as shorts, trousers, underpants or breeches.
anagrams:
  • redraws
  • rewards
  • warders
draw iron
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (basketball, slang) To hit the rim.
dreadnought {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: dreadnaught etymology Named after , the first battleship finished of this type, from dread + nought
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a battleship, especially of the World War I era, in which most of the firepower is concentrated in large guns that are of the same caliber.
  2. (informal) a type of warship heavier in armour or armament than a typical battleship
  3. One that is the largest or the most powerful of its kind.
  4. A garment made of thick woollen cloth that can defend against storm and cold.
  5. The cloth itself; fearnaught.
  6. A person who fears nothing.
  7. Something that assures against fear.
dreads
etymology 1 Abbreviation of dreadlocks. Mean “Rastafarian person” by synecdoche. Alternative forms: dreds pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (colloquial) dreadlocks
  2. (Rastafarianism) A Rastafarian person.
Synonyms: dreadlocks, locks
etymology 2 dread + s
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of dread
anagrams:
  • adders
  • readds
  • sadder
dreamboat etymology dream + boat pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈdriːmbəʊt/
  • (US) /ˈdriːmboʊt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) A good-looking and sexually attractive person. My new fella is such a dreamboat. He can dance, can sing, and is the captain of the school hockey team.
  2. (slang) Anything considered highly desirable for its kind. My new car is a dreamboat.
dream factory
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, US) A film studio
dreamgirl
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One's ideal vision of a female companion
    • 1989 Joseph M. Curran - Hibernian Green on the Silver Screen The daughter of an Irish bricklayer became the American ideal: the dreamgirl of young, upward-bound males who yearned for the finer things of life
dreamy pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɹiː.mi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. As in a dream; resembling a dream.
  2. (colloquial) sexy; handsome; attractive I love the doctor in that American TV show: he is so dreamy!
  3. having a pleasant or romantic atmosphere
dress to kill
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  1. (idiomatic, informal) To dress up so as to impress others (especially of the opposite sex).
drifter etymology drift + er
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A person who moves from place to place or job to job.
  2. (nautical) A type of lightweight sail used in light winds like a spinnaker.
    • 1995, Ken Textor, The New Book of Sail Trim (page 85) In winds above 10 knots we usually run wing-and-wing with our 100 percent lapper set on a whisker pole opposite the mainsail. As the wind drops, we get out the drifter and set it flying to leeward (Fig. 1).
    • 1999, Lin Pardey, ‎Larry Pardey, Cost Conscious Cruiser: Champagne Cruising on a Beer Budget After trying a variety of light-wind sails, we've found the most versatile and simple one to be a nylon drifter.
    • 2000, Jim Howard, ‎Charles J. Doane, Handbook of Offshore Cruising (page 178) Some people recommend a medium- to lightweight 140- or 150-percent headsail, and others go for a drifter/reacher.
  3. (automotive) A driver who uses driving techniques to modify vehicle traction to cause a vehicle to slide or power slide rather than drive in line with the tires.
    • 2006, Paul Morton, How to Drift: The Art of Oversteer (page 32) However, sensing the available traction may actually be more important to a drifter.
    • 2007, Calvin Wan, Calvin Wan's Drifting Performance Handbook (page 132) For professional drifters looking for even more fine-tuning of their suspension setups, some companies offer more advanced two-way adjustable shocks…
    • 2009, Michael Bender, The Fast, the Fraudulent and the Fatal (page 50) While this method is used by a few drifters in rear-wheel drive cars, this technique is really the only way one can drift in a front-wheel drive car.
  4. (angling) One who takes part in drift fishing.
drill pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle Dutch drillen
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To create (a hole) by removing material with a drill tool. Drill a small hole to start the screw in the right direction.
  2. (intransitive) To practice, especially in a military context. They drilled daily to learn the routine exactly.
  3. (ergative) To cause to drill practice; to train in military arts. The sergeant was up by 6:00 every morning, drilling his troops.
    • Macaulay He [Frederic the Great] drilled his people, as he drilled his grenadiers.
  4. (transitive) To repeat an idea frequently in order to encourage someone to remember it. The instructor drilled into us the importance of reading the instructions.
  5. (intransitive) To investigate or examine something in more detail or at a different level Drill deeper and you may find the underlying assumptions faulty.
  6. (transitive) To hit or kick with a lot of power.
    • 2006, Joe Coon, The Perfect Game, He did get their attention when he drilled the ball dead center into the hole for an opening birdie.
    • 2007, Craig Cowell, Muddy Sunday, Without compromising he drilled the ball home, leaving Dynamos' ill-fated keeper diving for fresh air.
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  7. (slang, vulgar) To have sexual intercourse with; to penetrate. Is this going to take long? I've got a hot date to drill the flautist at the symphony tonight. - Brian Griffin,
  8. (transitive) To cause to flow in drills or rills or by trickling; to drain by trickling. waters drilled through a sandy stratum {{rfquotek}}
  9. (transitive) To sow (seeds) by dribbling them along a furrow or in a row.
  10. (transitive, obsolete) To entice or allure; to decoy; with on.
    • Addison She drilled him on to five-and-fifty, and will drop him in his old age …
  11. (transitive, obsolete) To cause to slip or waste away by degrees.
    • Jonathan Swift This accident hath drilled away the whole summer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tool used to remove material so as to create a hole, typically by plunging a rotating cutting bit into a stationary workpiece. exampleWear safety glasses when operating an electric drill.
  2. The portion of a drilling tool that drives the bit. exampleUse a drill with a wire brush to remove any rust or buildup.
  3. An agricultural implement for making holes for sow seed, and sometimes so formed as to contain seeds and drop them into the hole made.
  4. A light furrow or channel made to put seed into, when sowing.
  5. A row of seed sown in a furrow.
  6. An activity done as an exercise or practice (especially a military exercise).
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL5535161W Mr. Pratt's Patients] , ““[…] if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand that 'cause I'm paid for it. What I won't stand is to have them togs called a livery. […]””
    exampleRegular fire drills can ensure that everyone knows how to exit safely in an emergency.
  7. (obsolete) A small trickling stream; a rill.
    • Sandys Springs through the pleasant meadows pour their drills.
  8. Any of several mollusc, of the genus {{taxlink}}, that drill holes in the shells of other animals.
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  • drill bit
  • twist drill
  • drill press
  • drill down
etymology 2 Probably of African origin; compare mandrill.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An Old World monkey of West Africa, {{taxlink}}, similar in appearance to the mandrill, but lacking the colorful face.
etymology 3 From German Drillich.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A strong, durable cotton fabric with a strong bias (diagonal) in the weave.
Synonyms: chino
drink Alternative forms: drinck (obsolete) pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English drinken, from Old English drincan, from Proto-Germanic *drinkaną, *drengkan, of uncertain origin; possibly from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrenǵ-, nasalised variant of *dʰreǵ-. Cognate with Western Frisian drinke, Low German drinken, Dutch drinken, German trinken, Danish drikke.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive) To consume (a liquid) through the mouth. exampleHe drank the water I gave him. exampleYou can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
  2. (intransitive) To consume alcoholic beverage. exampleYou've been drinking, haven't you? exampleNo thanks, I don't drink.
    • Thackeray Bolingbroke always spoke freely when he had drunk freely.
    • Shakespeare I drink to the general joy of the whole table, / And to our dear friend Banquo.
  3. To take in (a liquid), in any manner; to suck up; to absorb; to imbibe.
    • Dryden Let the purple violets drink the stream.
  4. To take in; to receive within one, through the senses; to inhale; to hear; to see.
    • Tennyson to drink the cooler air
    • Shakespeare My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words / Of that tongue's utterance.
    • Alexander Pope Let me … drink delicious poison from thy eye.
  5. (obsolete) To smoke, as tobacco.
    • Taylor (1630) And some men now live ninety years and past, / Who never drank tobacco first nor last.
Synonyms: (consume (liquid) through the mouth) gulp, imbibe, quaff, sip, see also , (consume alcoholic beverages) drink alcohol
related terms:
  • drunken, drunk
etymology 2 From Old English drync, from Proto-Germanic *drunkiz, *drankiz. Compare Dutch drank.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A beverage. exampleI’d like another drink please.
  2. A (serve) alcoholic beverage. exampleCan I buy you a drink?
  3. The action of drinking, especially with the verbs take or have. exampleHe was about to take a drink from his root beer.
  4. A type of beverage (usually mixed). exampleMy favourite drink is the White Russian.
  5. Alcoholic beverages in general.
    • 1935, [https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/288354.George_Goodchild George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 1 , “She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill.”
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  6. (colloquial, with the) Any body of water. exampleIf he doesn't pay off the mafia, he’ll wear cement shoes to the bottom of the drink!
  7. (uncountable, archaic) Drinks in general; something to drink
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}}, Book of Matthew 25:35: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink
  • A plainer term than more elevated term beverage. Beverage is of French origin, while drink is of Old English origin, and this stylistic difference by origin is common; see list of English words with dual French and Anglo-Saxon variations.
Synonyms: (served beverage) beverage, see also , (served alcoholic beverage) beverage, see also , (action of drinking) gulp, sip, swig, (type of beverage) beverage, (alcoholic beverages in general) alcohol
drink alert
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) fair warning that information to follow may cause recipient to laugh unexpectedly and, if drinking, cause drink to exit the nose
    • 2001 August 16, Sue Bishop, “NG Has Value - Proof/Drink Alert”, in rec.equestrian, Usenet, A while back I heard a perfect description of the idiots who troll around in newsgroups. They are called Seagulls. They fly in, make a lot of noise, shit all over everything and then fly off.
  • This term is widely used on Usenet newsgroups in the subject headers of messages, to advise readers not to drink while reading the message contents.
Synonyms: spew alert
related terms:
  • spew
drinkathon etymology drink + athon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A prolonged session of drinking alcohol.
    • 2004, Robert Reid, Central America on a shoestring (page 52) The Weary Traveler has a messy Sunday night barbecue/drinkathon that attracts folks staying at the beach.
drinker pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Agent noun of drink; someone or something that drinks.
  2. Someone who drink alcoholic beverage on a regular basis, especially when to an extent that is likely to impair his or her well-being.
  3. A device from which animal can drink. a bell drinker a nipple drinker
  4. (slang) pub
    • 2011, Tony Black, Gutted (page 88) Antisocial behaviour? What the hell was that? In my day antisocial meant staying in to watch the footy on Scorsporl instead of going down the drinker.
drinkie Alternative forms: drinky
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, baby-talk) drink
anagrams:
  • dinkier
drinking man's degree etymology From the stereotype of a student who prefers to drink alcohol rather than study and attend lectures; rhymes with thinking man in terms like thinking man's crumpet.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal, humorous) A lower second class honours or 2.2 degree.
Synonyms: desmond
drink link
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, informal) An ATM machine.
drink run
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A short break that involves procuring drinks (non-alcoholi), and possibly snacks. It is similar to coffee break, but could be for any drinks, such as soft drink, sports drink, and energy drink.
drink the Kool-Aid Alternative forms: drink the Kool Aid etymology Referring to the cult movement, who committed mass suicide in 1978 by drinking Flavor Aid (not Kool-Aid as was believed then) laced with cyanide.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (derogatory) To give in to pressure from others by uncritically accepting their ideology.
    • 1999, Robert Young, Wendy Goldman Rohm, Under the Radar: How Red Hat Changed the Software Business Netscape, while willing to drink the open source Kool Aid, realized there were other important issues in the commercial sector.
    • 2007, Doug Giles, A Time to Clash: Papers from a Provocative Pastor ...essentially three options to choose from when you're confronted with the liberal hooey. The options are: 1. You can drink the campus Kool Aid...
    • 2008, Andrew C Billings, Olympic Media: Inside the Biggest Show on Television They "drink the Kool-Aid", as Lampley terms it, meaning that they buy into the Olympic experience.
    • 2008, James Howard Kunstler, World Made by Hand "Then we better not drink the Kool-Aid. Have you been drinking the Kool-Aid, Robert?"
drinky Alternative forms: drinkie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, baby-talk) drink
drinkypoo etymology drinky with poo as a further diminutive.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An alcoholic drink.
    • 1983, Douglas Messerli, Contemporary American fiction The other day we were readying to step next door for drinkypoos and an Also Sprach tape.
    • 1997, John Lanchester, The Debt to Pleasure Time for a drinkypoo.
    • 2007, Olin Thompson, SS Wolfhound He won't get any drinkypoos out here, Rick said and smiled. He'll be sober as a judge by the time we get to Taiwan.
    • 2007, Anna E. Brooke, Nathalie Jordi, Lauren Sommer, Anna Sussman, MTV France Whether you fancy a quick drinkypoo after a stroll around the market, or you want to listen to live jazz on a Saturday night...
drip {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  1. (intransitive) To fall one drop at a time. exampleListening to the tap next door drip all night drove me mad!
  2. (intransitive) To leak slowly. exampleDoes the sink drip, or have I just spilt water over the floor?
  3. (transitive) To let fall in drops. exampleAfter putting oil on the side of the salad, the chef should drip a little vinegar in the oil. exampleMy broken pen dripped ink onto the table.
    • Jonathan Swift Which from the thatch drips fast a shower of rain.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL5535161W Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Philander went into the next room…and came back with a salt mackerel that dripped brine like a rainstorm. Then he put the coffee pot on the stove and rummaged out a loaf of dry bread and some hardtack.”
  4. (intransitive, usually, with with) To have a superabundance of valuable things. exampleThe Old Hall simply drips with masterpieces of the Flemish painters. exampleThe duchess was dripping with jewels.
  5. (intransitive, of the weather) To rain lightly. exampleThe weather isn't so bad. I mean, it's dripping, but you're not going to get so wet.
  6. (intransitive) To be wet, to be soaked.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A drop of a liquid. I put a drip of vanilla extract in my hot cocoa.
  2. (medicine) An apparatus that slowly releases a liquid, especially one that releases drugs into a patient's bloodstream (an intravenous drip). He's not doing so well. The doctors have put him on a drip.
  3. (colloquial) A limp, ineffectual, boring or otherwise uninteresting person. He couldn't even summon up the courage to ask her name... what a drip!
  4. A falling or letting fall in drops; act of dripping.
    • Byron the light drip of the suspended oar
  5. (architecture) That part of a cornice, sill course, or other horizontal member, which projects beyond the rest, and has a section designed to throw off rainwater.
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (finance) Dividend reinvestment program; a type of financial investing
drive {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology From Middle English driven, from Old English drīfan, from Proto-Germanic *drībaną, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreybʰ-, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer-. Cognate with Scots drive, Northern Frisian driwe, Saterland Frisian drieuwe, Western Frisian driuwe, Dutch drijven, Low German drieven, German treiben, Danish/Norwegian drive, Swedish driva, Icelandic drífa.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To impel or urge onward by force; to push forward; to compel to move on. to drive sheep out of a field
    • Jowett (Thucyd.) A storm came on and drove them into Pylos.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To direct a vehicle powered by a horse, ox or similar animal.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “We drove back to the office with some concern on my part at the prospect of so large a case. Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.”
  3. (transitive) To cause animals to flee out of. {{rfex}} exampleThe beaters drove the brambles, causing a great rush of rabbits and other creatures.
  4. (transitive) To move (something) by hit it with great force. exampleYou drive nails into wood with a hammer.
  5. (transitive) To cause (a mechanism) to operate. exampleThe pistons drive the crankshaft.
  6. (transitive, ergative) To operate (a wheeled motorize vehicle). exampledrive a car
  7. (transitive) To motivate; to provide an incentive for. exampleWhat drives a person to run a marathon?
  8. (transitive) To compel (to do something). exampleTheir debts finally drove them to sell the business.
  9. (transitive) To cause to become.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “One morning I had been driven to the precarious refuge afforded by the steps of the inn, after rejecting offers from the Celebrity to join him in a variety of amusements. But even here I was not free from interruption, for he was seated on a horse-block below me, playing with a fox terrier.”
    exampleThis constant complaining is going to drive me to insanity.   You are driving me crazy!
  10. (intransitive, cricket, tennis, baseball) To hit the ball with a drive.
  11. (intransitive) To travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle. exampleI drive to work every day.
  12. (transitive) To convey (a person, etc) in a wheeled motorized vehicle. exampleMy wife drove me to the airport.
  13. (intransitive) To move forcefully.
    • Dryden Fierce Boreas drove against his flying sails.
    • Prescott under cover of the night and a driving tempest
    • Tennyson Time driveth onward fast, / And in a little while our lips are dumb.
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  14. To urge, press, or bring to a point or state.
    • Tennyson enough to drive one mad
    • Sir Philip Sidney He, driven to dismount, threatened, if I did not do the like, to do as much for my horse as fortune had done for his.
  15. To carry or to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute.
    • Collier The trade of life can not be driven without partners.
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  16. To clear, by forcing away what is contained.
    • Dryden to drive the country, force the swains away
  17. (mining) To dig horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel. {{rfquotek}}
  18. (obsolete) To distrain for rent.
Synonyms: (herd (animals) in a particular direction) herd, (cause animals to flee out of), (move something by hitting it with great force) force, push, (cause (a mechanism) to operate) move, operate, (operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle)), (motivate, provide an incentive for) impel, incentivise/incentivize, motivate, push, urge, (compel) compel, force, oblige, push, require, (cause to become) make, send, (travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle), (convey (a person, etc) in a wheeled motorized vehicle) take
related terms:
  • drave
  • drift
  • driven
  • drove
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}}Self-motivation; ability coupled with ambition. exampleCrassus had wealth and wit, but Pompey had drive and Caesar as much again.
  2. Violent or rapid motion; a rushing onward or away; especially, a forced or hurried dispatch of business.
    • Matthew Arnold The Murdstonian drive in business.
  3. An act of driving animal forward, to be captured, hunt etc.
    • 1955, Robin Jenkins, The Cone-Gatherers, Canongate 2012, p. 79: Are you all ready?’ he cried, and set off towards the dead ash where the drive would begin.
  4. (military) A sustained advance in the face of the enemy to take a strategic objective. exampleNapoleon's drive on Moscow was as determined as it was disastrous.
  5. A motor that does not take fuel, but instead depends on a mechanism that stores potential energy for subsequent use. exampleSome old model trains have clockwork drives.
  6. A trip made in a motor vehicle. exampleIt was a long drive.
  7. A driveway. exampleThe mansion had a long, tree-lined drive.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “We expressed our readiness, and in ten minutes were in the station wagon, rolling rapidly down the long drive, for it was then after nine. We passed on the way the van of the guests from Asquith.”
  8. A type of public roadway. exampleBeverly Hills’ most famous street is Rodeo Drive.
  9. (dated) A place suitable or agreeable for driving; a road prepared for driving.
  10. (psychology) Desire or interest.
  11. (computing) An apparatus for read and writing data to or from a mass storage device such as a disk, as a floppy drive.
  12. (computing) A mass storage device in which the mechanism for reading and writing data is integrated with the mechanism for storing data, as a hard drive, a flash drive.
  13. (golf) A stroke made with a driver.
  14. (baseball, tennis) A ball struck in a flat trajectory.
  15. (cricket) A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a vertical arc, through the line of the ball, and hitting it along the ground, normally between cover and midwicket.
  16. (soccer) A straight level shot or pass.
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  17. A charity event such as a fundraiser, bake sale, or toy drive
  18. (typography) An impression or matrix formed by a punch drift.
  19. A collection of objects that are driven; a mass of log to be float down a river.
  • In connection with a mass-storage device, originally the word "drive" referred solely to the reading and writing mechanism. For the storage device itself, the word "disk" was used instead. This remains a valid distinction for components such as floppy drives or CD drives, in which the drive and the disk are separate and independent items. For other devices, such as hard disks and flash drives, the reading, writing and storage components are combined into an integrated whole, and can not be separated without destroying the device. In these cases, the words "disk" and "drive" are used interchangeably.
Synonyms: (self-motivation) ambition, enthusiasm, get-up-and-go, motivation, self-motivation, verve, (sustained advance in the face of the enemy) attack, push, (motor that does not take fuel) engine, mechanism, motor, (trip made in a motor vehicle) ride, spin, trip, (driveway) approach, driveway, (public roadway) avenue, boulevard, road, street, (psychology: desire, interest) desire, impetus, impulse, urge, (computing: mass-storage device) disk drive, (golf term), (baseball term) line drive, (cricket term)
antonyms:
  • (self-motivation) inertia, lack of motivation, laziness, phlegm, sloth
anagrams:
  • diver
  • rived
drive-off Alternative forms: drive off
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of leaving a gas station without paying after filling the tank.
  2. The act of leaving a gas station with the hose nozzle still inserted into the gas-tank fill spout.
  3. A contest or comparison of cars or drivers.
  4. A place where one can conveniently pull off the road.
anagrams:
  • off drive
driver etymology From Middle English. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɹaɪ.və(ɹ)/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈdɹaɪvɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who drives something, in any sense of the verb to drive.
  2. Something that drives something, in any sense of the verb to drive.
  3. A person who drives a motorized vehicle such as a car or a bus.
  4. A person who drives some other vehicle.
  5. (computing) A program that acts as an interface between an application and hardware, written specifically for the device it controls.
  6. (golf) A golf club used to drive the ball a great distance.
  7. (nautical) a kind of sail, smaller than a fore and aft spanker on a square-rigged ship, a driver is tied to the same spars.
  8. A mallet.
  9. A tamping iron.
  10. A cooper's hammer for driving on barrel hoop.
driver's license {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (US) A document issued to a specific person by a government authority, permitting this person to drive one or more classes of motor vehicle on public roads and highway. As the licence generally has a photograph of the licensee, it is generally used as an identification document, and may be required when making credit purchases, cashing check, applying for employment etc.
Synonyms: (Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Malta, Pakistan, UK) driving licence, (Australia, Canada, New Zealand) driver's licence
drive the porcelain bus etymology Humorous euphemism associating the position of the hands on a toilet seat while vomiting with holding a steering wheel.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic, humorous) To vomit, especially while drunk or hung over.
Synonyms: See also
drive-through Alternative forms: drive through, drive-thru (US)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of an establishment, providing service to occupants of automobile while still in their still-running vehicle. I switched banks so that I could use a drive-through branch near my home.
  2. Of a feature of such an establishment (especially a window), adapted to provide such service. The restaurant's drive-through window had a turntable of bulletproof glass designed to allow transactions while preventing robberies.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An establishment, especially a restaurant, providing drive-through service. Since I was pressed for time, I picked up burgers at a drive-through on the way home.
  2. The window of such an establishment adapted for such purpose. "Please pull forward and pay at the drive-through", said the attendant upon taking my order.
driving test
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A test required in order to acquire a driver's licence
drizzle etymology Perhaps a back-formation from dryseling, a dissimilated variant of Middle English drysning, from Old English drysnan, related to Old English drēosan, making it cognate to modern English droze and drowse. pronunciation
  • /ˈdrɪz.l/
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  1. (ambitransitive) To rain lightly; to shed slowly in minute drops or particles.
    • Shakespeare The air doth drizzle dew.
  2. (cooking) To pour slowly and evenly, especially with oil or honey in cooking. The recipe says to toss the salad and then drizzle it in olive oil. The recipe says to toss the salad and then drizzle olive oil on it.
  3. (slang) To urinate.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Light rain.
  2. (physics, weather). Very small, numerous, and uniformly dispersed water drops, mist, or sprinkle. Unlike fog droplets, drizzle falls to the ground. It is sometimes accompanied by low visibility and fog. No longer pouring, the rain outside slowed down to a faint drizzle.
  3. (slang) Water. Stop drinking all of my drizzle!
  4. A cake onto which icing, honey or syrup has been drizzled in an artistic manner.
    • Felicity Cloake Drizzle is not normally good news. Not when it's falling from the sky, not when it's replacing a decent helping of sauce, and especially not when it's found on a menu in close proximity to the words "balsamic vinegar". Deliciously sticky, sweet and sour lemon drizzle cake is the one, and very honourable, exception.
    • 2009, Jules Stanbridge, Sugar and Spice The rest of the day is spent trying to concentrate on ingredient labels, ordering supplies, baking some fairy cakes for a hen party and two lemon drizzles, one for a new baby and one for an old dear's birthday.
dro etymology Abbreviaton of hydroponic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. abbreviation of hydroponic
  2. (slang) Marijuana grown hydroponically.
    • 2005, (featuring ), "", : They upset for sho', cause they think they know / That they catching me with plenty of the drank and dro
anagrams:
  • dor , D. Or., ord, RDO, rod, Rod
drongo {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 {{wikipedia}}
etymology {{rfe}} Alternative forms: drongoe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any bird of the family Dicruridae.
etymology 2 From an Australian racehorse named Drongo, apparently after the bird (specifically, after the , Dicrurus bracteatus). The horse (foaled 1921, retired 1925) ran poorly, and by transference anyone slow-witted or clumsy became a drongo."''Drongo''", entry in '''1970''', Bill Wannan, ''Australian Folklore'', Lansdowne Press, reprint 1979, ISBN 0-7018-1309-1, page 200.
  • Alternatively, from putative RAAF slang drongo (a recruit), similarly after the bird."''drongo''", entry in '''2007''', Eric Partridge, Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor, ''The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English'', [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=7UIjVGcSe8MC&pg=PA220&dq=%22drongo|drongos%22+-intitle:%22wagtail%22+-inauthor:%22willy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4eftToT9GsaPiAfYkK2zBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22drongo|drongos%22%20-intitle%3A%22wagtail%22%20-inauthor%3A%22willy%22&f=false page 120].
  • Another suggested derivation is the Scottish Gaelic drongair.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang, pejorative) A fool, an idiot.
    • 2010, Graham Seal, Great Australian Stories: Legends, Yarns and Tall Tales, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=kUEzm_xj3loC&pg=PA191&dq=%22drongo|drongos%22+-intitle:%22wagtail%22+-inauthor:%22willy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aN7tTsDUC8etiQer6fyhBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22drongo|drongos%22%20-intitle%3A%22wagtail%22%20-inauthor%3A%22willy%22&f=false page 191], In another story, the drongo is working for a farmer when the boss decides it is time to build another windmill. The drongo agrees to help but asks the farmer if he thinks it really makes sense to have two windmills. ‘What do you mean?’ the farmer asked. ‘Well, says the drongo, ‘there′s barely enough wind to operate the one you already have, so I doubt there′ll be enough to work two of them.’
    • 2010, John Timpson, Upside Down Management: A Common Sense Guide to Better Business, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=f8t7Cv4EDSoC&pg=PT78&dq=%22drongo|drongos%22+-intitle:%22wagtail%22+-inauthor:%22willy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aN7tTsDUC8etiQer6fyhBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22drongo|drongos%22%20-intitle%3A%22wagtail%22%20-inauthor%3A%22willy%22&f=false unnumbered page], One drongo executive can do harm enough, but things get worse when they start recruiting people like themselves.
Synonyms: (clumsy fool; idiot) cretin, doilem (Geordie), dufus, fool, glaik (Geordie), idiot, mong
anagrams:
  • Gordon
  • Grodno
drongoe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, pejorative) alternative spelling of drongo
dronkie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) drunkard
drool pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to secrete saliva in anticipation of food
  2. to secrete saliva upon seeing something nice That boy is so attractive I drool whenever I see him
  3. to talk nonsense
Synonyms: (emit saliva): slaver, slobber, drivel
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. saliva trickling from the mouth
anagrams:
  • dolor
drool bucket
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, derogatory) A person with low intelligence or no common sense; an idiot.
Synonyms: See also .
drooly pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Producing an excess of drool.
    • 2007, A. L. Niflhaim, Gail McLeod - Christmas in Distress page 85 Nestor leans down and pats NJ on the head and NJ jumps right up in his lap and gives him a big slurpy, drooly doggy kiss right on his face.
    • 1998, Anne McCracken, Mary Semel - A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies page 58 Only I remember how my baby gurgled with joy at age three months and gave me a drooly, lop-sided grin when I entered her pretty sunshine-yellow room …
drop {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /dɹɒp/
  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /dɹɑp/, [ˈd͡ʒɹɑp]
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etymology From Old English dropa, from Proto-Germanic *drupô. The verb is from Old English dropian, from the noun.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small mass of liquid just large enough to hold its own weight via surface tension, usually one that falls from a source of liquid. Put three drops of oil into the mixture.
  2. The space or distance below a cliff or other high position into which someone or something could fall. On one side of the road was a 50-foot drop.
  3. A fall, descent; an act of dropping. That was a long drop, but fortunately I didn't break any bones.
    • {{quote-news}} It moved in surges, like a roller coaster on a series of drops and high-banked turns.
  4. A place where items or supplies may be left for others to collect, sometimes associated with criminal activity; a drop-off point. I left the plans at the drop, like you asked.
  5. An instance of dropping supplies or making a delivery, sometimes associated with delivery of supplies by parachute. The delivery driver has to make three more drops before lunch.
  6. (chiefly, British) a small amount of an alcoholic beverage; or when used with the definite article (the drop), alcoholic spirits in general. He usually enjoys a drop after dinner. It doesn't matter where you're from; anyone who enjoys the drop is a friend of mine.
  7. (Ireland, informal) A single measure of whisky.
  8. A small, round, sweet piece of hard candy, e.g. a lemon drop; a lozenge.
  9. (American football) A dropped pass. Yet another drop for the Tiger tight end.
  10. (American football) Short for drop-back or drop back. The Tiger quarterback took a one-step drop, expecting his tight end to be open.
  11. In a woman, the difference between bust circumference and hip circumference; in a man, the difference between chest circumference and waist circumference.
  12. (video games, online gaming) Any item dropped by defeated enemies.
  13. (music) A point in a song, usually electronic styled music such as dubstep, house and trance, where everything is played at once, also known highlight, or climax.
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  14. (US, banking, dated) an unsolicited credit card issue
  15. The vertical length of a hanging curtain.
  16. That which resembles or hangs like a liquid drop: a hanging diamond ornament, an earring, a glass pendant on a chandelier, etc.
  17. (architecture) A gutta.
  18. A mechanism for lowering something, such as: a trapdoor; a machine for lowering heavy weights onto a ship's deck; a device for temporarily lowering a gas jet; a curtain which falls in front of a theatrical stage; etc.
  19. A drop press or drop hammer.
  20. (engineering) The distance of the axis of a shaft below the base of a hanger.
  21. (nautical) The depth of a square sail; generally applied to the course only. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To fall in droplet (of a liquid). {{defdate}}
    • Spenser The kindly dew drops from the higher tree, / And wets the little plants that lowly dwell.
  2. (transitive) To drip (a liquid). {{defdate}}
    • Creech The trees drop balsam.
    • Sterne The recording angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever.
  3. (intransitive) Generally, to fall (straight down). {{defdate}} exampleA single shot was fired and the bird dropped from the sky.
  4. (transitive, ergative) To let fall; to allow to fall (either by releasing hold of, or losing one's grip on). {{defdate}} exampleDon't drop that plate!   The police ordered the men to drop their weapons.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops.
    • Bible, Psalms lxviii. 8 The heavens … dropped at the presence of God.
  6. (intransitive) To sink quickly to the ground. {{defdate}} exampleDrop and give me thirty push-ups, private!   If your clothes are on fire, stop, drop and roll.
  7. (intransitive) To fall dead, or to fall in death.
    • Digby Nothing, says Seneca, so soon reconciles us to the thoughts of our own death, as the prospect of one friend after another dropping round us.
  8. (intransitive) To come to an end (by not being kept up); to stop. {{defdate}}
    • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew: Maisie's faith in Mrs. Wix for instance had suffered no lapse from the fact that all communication with her had temporarily dropped.
  9. (transitive) To mention casually or incidentally, usually in conversation. {{defdate}} exampleThe moderator would drop hints whenever the students struggled.   She would sometimes drop off to sleep straight after dinner.
  10. (transitive, slang) To part with or spend (money). {{defdate}}
    • 1949, The Atlantian, v 8, Atlanta: United States Penitentiary, p 41: The question was: Who put the most in the collection box? The wealthy guy, who dropped a “C” note, or the tattered old dame who parted with her last tarnished penny.
    • 2000, Lisa Reardon, Blameless: A Novel, Random House, p 221: I forked over the $19.25. I was in no position to be dropping twenties like gumdrops but I deserved something good from this crappy morning.
  11. (transitive) To cease concerning oneself over; to have nothing more to do with (a subject, discussion etc.). {{defdate}} exampleI'm tired of this subject. Will you just drop it?
    • S. Sharp They suddenly drop't the pursuit.
    • Thackeray that astonishing ease with which fine ladies drop you and pick you up again
    • Sir Walter Scott The connection had been dropped many years.
  12. (intransitive) To lessen, decrease, or diminish in value, condition, degree, etc. {{defdate}}
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 17 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL1097634W The Mirror and the Lamp] , “This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything. In a moment she had dropped to the level of a casual labourer.”
    exampleThe stock dropped 1.5% yesterday.   We can take our vacation when the price of fuel drops.   Watch for the temperature to drop sharply, then you'll know the reaction is complete.
  13. (transitive) To let (a letter etc.) fall into a postbox; to send (a letter or message). {{defdate}} exampleDrop me a note when you get to the city.
  14. (transitive) To make (someone or something) fall to the ground from a blow, gunshot etc.; to bring down, to shoot down. {{defdate}}
    • 1846, ed. by G. W. Nickisson, “Elephant-Shooting in Ceylon”, in , vol. XXXIII, no. CXCVII page 562: ...if the first shot does not drop him, and he rushes on, the second will be a very hurried and most likely ineffectual one... page 568 ...with a single shot he dropped him like a master of the art.
    • 1892, Alexander A. A. Kinloch, Large Game Shooting in Thibet, the Himalayas, Northern and Central India, page 126 As with all other animals, a shot behind the shoulder is the most likely to drop the beast on the spot…
    • 1921, Daniel Henderson, Boone of the Wilderness, page 54 He dropped the beast with a bullet in its heart.
    • 1985, Beastie Boys, : The piano player's out, the music stopped / His boy had beef, and he got dropped...
    • 1992, Dan Parkinson, Dust on the Wind, page 164 With a quick clench of the fist on Joey's throat, Bodie dropped him. The man crumpled to the ground…
    exampleMake any sudden movements and I will drop you!
  15. (transitive, linguistics) To fail to write, or (especially) to pronounce (a syllable, letter etc.). {{defdate}} exampleCockneys drop their aitches.
  16. (cricket, of a fielder) To fail to make a catch from a batted ball that would have lead to the batsman being out. exampleWarne dropped Tendulkar on 99. Tendulkar went on to get a century next ball
  17. (transitive, slang) To swallow (a drug), particularly LSD. {{defdate}} exampleThey had never dropped acid.
  18. (transitive) to dispose (of); get rid of; to remove; to lose exampleI dropped ten pounds and an obnoxious fiancée.
  19. (transitive) to eject; to dismiss; to cease to include, as if on a list. exampleI've been dropped from the football team.
  20. (transitive, slang) To impart. exampleI drop knowledge wherever I go.   Yo, I drop rhymes like nobody's business.
  21. (transitive, music, colloquial) To release to the public. exampleThey dropped "Hip-Hop Xmas" in time for the holidays.
  22. (transitive, music) To play a portion of music in the manner of a disc jockey. exampleThat guy can drop the bass like a monster.   I love it when he drops his funky beats.
  23. (intransitive, music, colloquial) To enter public distribution. example"Hip-Hop Xmas" dropped in time for the holidays.
  24. (transitive, music) To tune (a guitar string, etc.) to a lower note.
  25. (transitive) To cancel or end a scheduled event, project or course exampleI had to drop calculus because it was taking up too much of my time and I couldn't go anymore.
  26. (transitive, fast food) To cook, especially by deep-frying or grilling. exampleDrop a basket of fries.
  27. (intransitive, of a voice) To lower in timbre, often relating to puberty.
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    exampleBilly's voice dropped suddenly when he turned 12.
  28. (intransitive, of a sound or song) To lower in pitch, tempo, key, or other quality. exampleThe song, 180 beats per minute, drops to 150 BPM near the end.   My synthesizer makes the notes sound funny when they drop below C2.
  29. (intransitive, of people) To visit informally; used with in or by.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “He used to drop into my chambers once in a while to smoke, and was first-rate company. When I gave a dinner there was generally a cover laid for him. I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me.”
    exampledrop by soon;   drop in on her tomorrow
  30. To give birth to. to drop a lamb
  31. To cover with drops; to variegate; to bedrop.
    • Milton their waved coats dropped with gold
  32. (slang, of the testicles) To hang lower and begin producing sperm due to puberty.
anagrams:
  • dorp
  • prod, Prod
drop a bollock
verb: {{head}}
  1. (British, idiomatic, intransitive, coarse slang) To make a mistake.
drop a bomb
verb: {{head}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: drop, bomb
  2. (idiomatic) alternative form of drop a bombshell
    • 2004, Mahdi Obeidi, Kurt Pitzer, Bomb in My Garden: The Secrets of Saddam's Nuclear Mastermind, page 93, Three hours after Hussein Kamel left, he called my office and dropped a bomb on me. “President Saddam has asked to see you in person,” he said.
  3. (UK, slang, euphemistic) To fart.
    • 2004, Bart King, Chris Sabatino, The Big Book of Boy Stuff, page 129, Let's say you're at school and you accidentally drop a bomb in class. Try coughing or dropping a book to cover up the sound.
  4. (US, slang, euphemistic) To release faeces from the bowels; to excrete
    • 1989, Brian King, The Conceptual Structure of Emotional Experience in Chinese, Lulu.com, page 66, To drop a bomb in the public toilet.
    • 2004, Michael Ryan, The Dirtiest Toilet Humor Book Ever, iUniverse, page 7, I had to drop a bomb! What the hell was I going to do? So I pulled down my bathing suit, lying on my back, with my ass in the water, and shat.
    • 1998, ʻĀrīyā Chumsāi, ʻĀrīyā Sirisōphā, Mūat Po̜p =: Boot Camp - English title: Basic training (Military education), Fiučhœ̄ Phaplitching, page 79, ...prepare your backpack and MAYBE spare a minute to drop a bomb in the toilet?
drop acid
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) to take LSD.
anagrams:
  • acid drop
drop a deuce
verb: {{head}}
  1. (coarse, slang) To defecate.
Synonyms: defecate, (void one’s bowels) (slang) crap, (obsolete) drite, (slang) dump, (informal) pinch a loaf, (informal, humorous) drop a bomb, (informal, humorous) drop the kids off at the pool, (vulgar) shit, (vulgar) shite, (vulgar) take a shit, (slang) take a dump, (informal) , See also
drop a dime etymology See dime#Etymology 2
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) To make a phone call, usually calling the police to report another's activities. He was in the back for a few minutes. Turned out he was dropping a dime on Ralph.
    • 1995, , 00:26:00: We got a crowd of black, white customers, out-of-state license plates, what have you. Somebody gonna check that out. They gonna drop a dime on me, call 911. With my jacket, I can't go back to jail.
related terms:
  • dime-dropper
  • dime on
drop kick {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australian rules football, rugby, American football) A kick made by dropping the ball on the ground and kicking it as it bounce up.
  2. (Australia, NZ, slang, derogatory) An insignificant, contemptible or unfashionable person; a loser; used as a general insult.
    • 1989, , , 2010, page 28, ‘I asked you to look after her for me, you drop-kick, not poison her.’
    • 2002, , , page 102, ‘Of course not, you drop kick,’ says Jen. “Ectoplasmic” means “like a ghost”. An ectoplasmic elephant would be invisible. So how could you see one anyway?’
    • 2003, David Metzenthen, Boys of Blood & Bone, unnumbered page, ‘…I′m its godfather. Darce, too, although he doesn′t know it yet, but he will when he gets back, the bludger. Geez, I hope the kid has your brown eyes, Lanse.’ Andy snorted a laugh. ‘Yeah, you drop-kick. Still, it′s probably gunna need all the friends it can get. So you′re on. Don′t be stingy with the presents.’
Alternative forms: drop-kick
coordinate terms:
  • drop punt
  • punt
  • field goal or field-goal (North American rules football)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative spelling of drop-kick
droppings
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. animal excrement
drop science
verb: {{head}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: drop, science I was finding college too hard, so I dropped science and switched to an easier course.
  2. (slang, hip-hop) To show off one's talent and ability, as if to educate others.
    • 1992, SPIN (volume 8, number 4, page 49) Her rapid-fire delivery and syncopation allows her to coast past hardcore beats as she drops science with her new school feminism.
    • 2007, Urb (volume 17, issues 148-150, page 52) His back catalog inspired 2005's self-published gem Rakim Told Me: Hip-Hop Wax Facts Straight From the Original Artists, a collection of legendary rap acts dropping science on their most celebrated records.
drop the kids off at the pool
verb: {{head}}
  1. (humorous, euphemistic) To defecate.
Synonyms: See also
drop top Alternative forms: drop-top, droptop etymology A rhyming colloquial form derived from the fact that the roof (top) of the car drops.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, US) A convertible car, the roof of which can be folded down to form an open-top vehicle.
drop trow
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) to pull down one's trousers (pants)
drought Alternative forms: drouth etymology From Old English drūġaþ. Cognate with Dutch droogte, Low German Dröögde. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɹaʊt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A period of below average rainfall, longer and more severe than a dry spell.
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  2. (by extension, informal) A longer than expected term without success, particularly in sport.
drudge etymology From Middle English druggen, which is possibly related to Old English drēogan. pronunciation
  • /dɹʌdʒ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who works in a low servile job.
  2. (pejorative) Someone who works for (and may be taken advantage of by) someone else.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to labour in (or as in) a low servile job
    • Otway Rise in our toils and drudge away the day.
    • Macaulay He gradually rose in the estimation of the booksellers for whom he drudged.
drug pronunciation
  • (UK) /dɹʌɡ/, [dɹʌɡ], [d͡ʒɹʌɡ]
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etymology 1 From Middle English drogge, from Middle French drogue, from Old French drogue, drocque, from Middle Dutch or gml droge, as in droge vate, mistaking droge for the contents, which were wontedly dried herbs, plants or wares. Droge comes from Middle Dutch droghe, from odt drōgi, from Proto-Germanic *draugiz. Cognate with English dry, Dutch droog, German trocken.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pharmacology) A substance used to treat an illness, relieve a symptom, or modify a chemical process in the body for a specific purpose. Aspirin is a drug that reduces pain, acts against inflammation and lowers body temperature. The revenues from both brand-name drugs and generic drugs have increased.
    • Milton whence merchants bring their spicy drugs
  2. A psychoactive substance, especially one which is illegal and addictive, ingest for recreational use, such as cocaine.
    • 1971, , Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Harper Perennial 2005 edition, page 3: We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.
    • March 1991, unknown student, "Antihero opinion", SPIN, page 70: You have a twelve-year-old kid being told from the time he's like five years old that all drugs are bad, they're going to screw you up, don't try them. Just say no. Then they try pot.
    • 2005, Thomas Brent Andrews, The Pot Plan: Louie B. Stumblin and the War on Drugs, Chronic Discontent Books, ISBN 0976705605, page 19: The only thing working against the poor Drug Abuse Resistance Officer is high-school students. ... He'd offer his simple lesson: Drugs are bad, people who use drugs are bad, and abstinence is the only answer.
  3. Anything, such as a substance, emotion{{,}} or action, to which one is addict.
    • 2005, Jack Haas, Om, Baby! : a Pilgrimage to the Eternal Self, page 8: Inspiration is my drug. Such things as spirituality, booze, travel, psychedelics, contemplation, music, dance, laughter, wilderness, and ribaldry — these have simply been the different forms of the drug of inspiration for which I have had great need …
    • 2009, Niki Flynn, Dances with Werewolves, page 8: Fear was my drug of choice. I thrived on scary movies, ghost stories and rollercoasters. I dreamed of playing the last girl left alive in a slasher film — the one who screams herself hoarse as she discovers her friends' bodies one by one.
    • 2010, Kesha Rose Sebert (Ke$ha), with Pebe Sebert and Joshua Coleman (Ammo), Your Love Is My Drug
    • 2011, Joslyn Shy, Introducing the Truth, page 5: The truth is...eating is my drug. When I am upset, I eat...when I am sad, I eat...when I am happy, I eat.
  4. Any commodity that lies on hand, or is not salable; an article of slow sale, or in no demand.
    • Fielding But sermons are mere drugs.
    • Dryden And virtue shall a drug become.
  • Adjectives often used with "drug": dangerous, illicit, illegal, psychoactive, generic, hard, veterinary, recreational
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To administer intoxicating drugs to, generally without the recipient's knowledge or consent. She suddenly felt strange, and only then realized she'd been drugged.
  2. (transitive) To add intoxicating drugs to with the intention of drugging someone. She suddenly felt strange. She realized her drink must have been drugged.
  3. (intransitive) To prescribe or administer drugs or medicines. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 Germanic ablaut formation, cognate with Dutch droeg, German trug, Swedish drog, Old English drōg.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of drag You look like someone drug you behind a horse for half a mile.
    • 2005, Diane Wilson, An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers (ISBN 1603580417), page 193: When Blackburn called, I drug the telephone cord twenty feet out of the office and sat on the cord while I talked with him.
  • Random House says that is "nonstandard" as the past tense of drag. Merriam-Webster once ruled that in this construction was "illiterate" but have since upgraded it to "dialect". The lexicographers of New World, American Heritage{{,}} and Oxford make no mention of this word.
etymology 3
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A drudge.
    • William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens Hadst thou, like us from our first swath, proceeded / The sweet degrees that this brief world affords / To such as may the passive drugs of it / Freely command, thou wouldst have plunged thyself / In general riot …
drug addict
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person with a chemical or psychological dependency on a drug, especially one which is illegal or improper procured.
drug dealer etymology {{-er}} {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who illegal sells drugs.
druggie pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) A drug addict or abuser.
Synonyms: See also
druggo etymology drug + o
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang, derogatory) A user of illicit drug.
    • 2005, The Bulletin, Issues 6464-6472, page 19: Loganlea, where Rosleigh's five children grew up, is a battler's zone at the far south of Brisbane. According to James, a place you just want to get out of. "There's heaps of trouble around this area. Armed robberies, heaps of druggos. …
    • 2006, Kate Hansen, "About the Threads", in Phoenix 2006: The University of Sydney Writers Journal, Sydney University Press (2006), ISBN 9781920898434, page 129: The dog's not happy either. It's pulling on the lead, whimpering and shaking, like a druggo desperate for another fix.
    • 2007, Laura Hockley, Shattered Illusions: Elizabeth, Lulu.com (2007), ISBN 9781847535825, page 80: “Lucy keeps saying that I'm a druggo. But I only do shit at parties....” I looked down at the joint in my hand. “Well, usually. These are special circumstances. …
Synonyms: See also .
drum etymology 1535, back-formation from drumslade from Middle Dutch trommelslach, from trommel + slach (Dutch slag). Alternate etymology traces drum directly from Middle Dutch tromme or gml trumme. Akin to Middle High German trumme, trumbe, Old High German trumba. More at trumpet. pronunciation
  • /ˈdɹʌm/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A percussive musical instrument spanned with a thin covering on at least one end for striking, forming an acoustic chamber, affecting what materials are used to make it.
  2. Any similar hollow, cylindrical object.
  3. In particular, a barrel or large cylindrical container for liquid transport and storage. The restaurant ordered ketchup in 50-gallon drums.
  4. (obsolete or historical) A social gathering or assembly held in the evening.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 631: Another misfortune which befel poor Sophia, was the company of Lord Fellamar, whom she met at the opera, and who attended her to the drum.
  5. (architecture) The encircling wall that supports a dome or cupola
  6. (architecture) Any of the cylindrical block that make up the shaft of a pillar
  7. A drumfish.
  8. (slang, UK) A person's home.
  9. (AU slang) A tip, a piece of information.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, page 258: ‘he is the darndest little speaker we got, so better sit there and listen to him while he gives you the drum and if you clean out your earholes you might get a bit of sense into your heads.’
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To beat a drum.
  2. (ambitransitive) To beat with a rapid succession of strokes. The ruffed grouse drums with his wings.
    • Washington Irving drumming with his fingers on the arm of his chair
  3. (transitive) To drill or review in an attempt to establish memorization. He’s still trying to drum Spanish verb conjugations into my head.
  4. To throb, as the heart. {{rfquotek}}
  5. To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to draw or secure partisans, customers, etc.; used with for.
drunk pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /drʌŋk/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. In a state of intoxication caused by the consumption of excessive alcohol, usually by drink alcoholic beverage.
  2. (usually followed by with or on) Elated or emboldened. Drunk with power he immediately ordered a management reshuffle.
    • Macaulay drunk with recent prosperity
  3. Drenched or saturated with moisture or liquid.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xxxii. 42 I will make mine arrows drunk with blood.
Synonyms: (intoxicated from alcohol) blitzed, drunken, ebrious, hammered, pissed, snockered, tipsy, wasted, smashed; see also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A habitual drinker, especially one who is frequently intoxicated.
    • 1971, William S. Burroughs, The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead, page 10 Another drunk is sleeping in dangerous proximity to a brush fire.
  2. A drinking-bout; a period of drunkenness.
    • 1858, "A Scarcity of Jurors—Cangemi's Third Trial," New York Times, 8 Jun., p. 4: Gen. G. had been on a long drunk from July last until Christmas.
  3. A drunken state.
    • 2006, Patrick McCabe, Winterwood, Bloomsbury 2007, p. 10: Here – help yourself to another drop there, Redmond! By the time we've got a good drunk on us there'll be more crack in this valley than the night I pissed on the electric fence!
Synonyms: (habitual drinker) alcoholic, drunkard, pisshead, piss artist, sot; see also
verb: {{head}}
  1. past participle of drink
  2. (Southern US) en-simple past of drink
drunk and disorderly
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (legal, of conduct) Illegal because of public intoxication
  2. (informal, of a person) Drunk, and exhibiting disorderly conduct in a public place The student celebrated his exam success by drinking heavily and finally was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
drunkard etymology drunk + ard.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (somewhat derogatory) A person who is habitually drunk.
Synonyms: alcoholic, dipsomaniac, pisshead, tosspot, See also
antonyms:
  • abstain
  • teetotaller
  • temperance
  • on the wagon
  • pioneer
related terms:
  • drunk
  • drunken
drunk as a cunt
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (simile, vulgar) Extremely drunk.
drunk as a skunk etymology Although skunk might refer to the aroma of alcohol etc, the rhyme seems to have motivated this idiom.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) Highly inebriated.
  • This term follows the common pattern of omitting the first "as" of the full form "as drunk as a skunk".
Synonyms: drunk as a lord
drunk as Chloe etymology Possibly a reference to the Chloe mentioned in the poetry of .1968 [1892], Henry Frederic Reddall, ''Fact, Fancy, and Fable: A New Handbook for Ready Reference on Subjects Commonly Omitted from Cyclopaedias'', [http://books.google.com/books?id=h9rXAAAAMAAJ&q=%22drunk+as+Chloe%22+-intitle:%22%22&dq=%22drunk+as+Chloe%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=w8C3TpLdD6jYmAXvsrnjAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CFIQ6AEwCTgK page 176], — '''Drunk as Chloe'''. This saying probably refers to the lady of that name, notorious for her drinking habits, so often mentioned by Matthew Prior in his poems.
  • Australian vernacular usage (reported by Partridge and others) is influenced by, and often thought to refer to, the well-known nude painting , which was hung briefly (in 1883) at the , and later (from 1908) at the hotel, Melbourne.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, Australia, colloquial, simile) Very drunk.
    • 1823, Drink, entry in Jon Badcock, Slang: A Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the Pit, or Bon-Ton, page 71, Drunk as Chloe; she must have been an uproarious lass.
    • 1840, , , , The Journal of Old Barnes, the Pantaloon: On a trip to Paris, in 1830, in Bentley's Miscellany, Volume 5, page 466, Sorry to observe that Seymour had ‘been at his tricks,’ and was as drunk as Chloe ! — as the saying is ; but as to who Chloe was, my reading never informed me.
    • 1859, , Volume 8, page 40, They were all as drunk as Chloe, and I being a little in a sympathetic condition, they took me into their confidence.
    • 1896, , Sentimental Tommy, 2007, The Echo Library, page 99, They passed many merry-makers homeward bound, many of them following a tortuous course, for the Scottish toper gives way first in the legs, the Southron in the other extremity, and thus between them could be constructed a man wholly sober and another as drunk as Chloe.
    • 1904, , Parliamentary Debates, page 53, It was a regular thing for many of the clergy to be as drunk as Chloe on Saturday night, get through their sermon on Sunday morning, and get drunk and sober again before the evening.
drunked up
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) drunk
Synonyms:
drunkenness etymology drunken + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A state of being drunk
Synonyms: See also
antonyms:
  • soberness; see also
related terms:
  • drunk
  • drunkard
  • drunken
Drunksville Alternative forms: drunksville etymology drunk + ville
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A notional town representing the state of being intoxicated.
    • 1967, Charles Nuetzel, Hollywood Nymph, Wildside Press (2007), ISBN 9780809501373, page 46: "Hell we are!" She laughed, almost happily. "Where to?" "A bar—a hotel room—a bed. Drunksville—and Sexville."
    • 2008, Ben Thompson, Alarms, Madison (2008), page 154: Max was in the express lane to Drunksville, there was no doubt about it, not anymore.
    • 2010, Lew Bryson, Pennsylvania Breweries, Stackpole Books (2010), ISBN 9780811736411, page 298: Get something to eat: Drinking big beers on an empty gut is a fast ticket to Drunksville—and the food at beer fests is usually pretty good.
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druther etymology A corruption of I'd rather or 'd rather.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) singular of druthers
    • 2004, Sherry H. Penney, James D. Livingston, A Very Dangerous Woman: Martha Wright and Women's Rights, The teacher told Martha that she had invited a neighboring planter to send his children to her school, but "he said 'Me & my wife had no eddication, nor any of my gals, but I would rather they never would have any, than go to school with niggers.' So he had his druther!"48
  • The plural form druthers (which see also) is much more common.
verb: {{head}} (no infinitive, tenses, or participles)
  1. (US, informal, often jocular) Would rather; would prefer to. I'd druther stay home today. We druther go swimming than go to school.
    • 1884, , , The old gentleman was for going along with me, but I said no, I could drive the horse myself, and I druther he wouldn't take no trouble about me.
    • 1903, , , "He's no slouch at dog-breakin', that's wot I say," one of the men on the wall cried enthusiastically. "Druther break cayuses any day, and twice on Sundays," was the reply of the driver, as he climbed on the wagon and started the horses.
related terms:
  • druthers
druthers etymology A blend of would or 'd and rather in a dialect pronunciation pronunciation
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noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (US, informal, often jocular) Wishes, preference, or way. If I had my druthers I’d eat in a restaurant every night of the week.
    • 1929, Harry McClintock, "If I Had My Druthers" "If I had my druthers, I would not be a king. I'd druther be just what I am than any other thing."
    • 1950, Alice Walworth Graham, The Natchez woman: "If you had your druthers—" Old Lew was always saying, "If I had my druthers, gimme one of them there Shevrolics."
    • 1957, Society of Arts and Crafts, Theatre Arts, Volume 41‎, page 29: "If I had my druthers," he informs us, "I'druther be myself — not because I'm anythin' special, just because it's convenient."
    • 1977, Carole Mayhall, From the Heart of a Woman: If I'd had my "druthers," our engagement would not have been two and one half years long. But schooling made our druthers invalid.
  • The singular form "druther" is used with the same meaning, but much more rarely.
  • The noun "druthers" is sometimes used in conjunction with the verb "druther" for increased comic effect. If I've got my druthers, I'd druther not. or, alternatively, If I've got my druthers, I druther not.
This double formation was popularized by the American cartoonist (1909-1979) in the long-running comic strip and was also featured in the song "If I Had my Druthers" in (1956).
related terms:
  • druther
dry pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /dɹaɪ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English drye, drie, dri, drige, dryge, druȝe, Old English drȳġe, from Proto-Germanic *drūgiz, *draugiz, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰerǵʰ-, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer-. Cognate with Scots dry, drey, Northern Frisian drüg, driig, drüüg, dröög, drüch, Saterland Frisian druuch, Western Frisian droech, Dutch droog, Low German dröög, German trocken, Icelandic draugur. Related also to Western Frisian drege, Danish drøj, Swedish dryg, Icelandic drjúgur, Latin firmus. See also drought, drain, dree. Alternative forms: drie (obsolete)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Free from liquid or moisture. exampleCould you hand me a dry towel? exampleMy throat feels itchy and dry. exampleCover the chicken as it bakes or it'll get too dry.
    • Addison The weather, we agreed, was too dry for the season.
    • Prescott Not a dry eye was to be seen in the assembly.
  2. (chemistry) Free of water in any state; anhydrous. exampleDry alcohol is 200 proof.
  3. Thirsty; needing drink.
    • William Shakespeare Give the dry fool drink.
  4. (of an alcoholic beverage) Lacking sugar or low in sugar; not sweet. exampleI like to take a dry sherry before lunch on Sundays.
  5. Maintaining temperance; void or abstinent from alcoholic beverages. exampleA former alcoholic, he's been dry for almost a year now. exampleYou'll have to drive out of this dry county to find any liquor. exampleIt was a dry house.
  6. (of a person or joke) Subtly humorous, yet without mirth.
    • Washington Irving He was rather a dry, shrewd kind of body.
  7. (of a scientist or his laboratory) Not working with chemical or biological matter, but, rather, doing computation.
  8. (masonry) Built without mortar; dry-stone.
    • 1937, The Hobbit, 0261102214, J.R.R. Tolkien, page 241, “[A]lready the gate was blocked with a wall of squared stones laid dry, but very thick and very high, across the opening.”
  9. (of animals) Not giving milk. exampleThe cow is dry.
  10. Lacking interest or amusement; barren; unembellished. examplea very dry lecture on archaeology
    • Alexander Pope These epistles will become less dry, more susceptible of ornament.
  11. (fine arts) Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or lacking delicate contours and soft transitions of colour.
Synonyms: (free from liquid or moisture) arid, parched
antonyms:
  • (free from liquid or moisture) wet
  • (abstinent from alcohol) wet
  • (of a scientist or lab: doing computation) wet
etymology 2 From Old English dryġan, from dryġe
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To lose moisture. The clothes dried on the line.
  2. (transitive) To remove moisture from. Devin dried her eyes with a handkerchief.
  3. (ambitransitive, figurative) To cease or cause to cease. Their sources of income dried up. The stream of chatter dried up.
  4. (obsolete, intransitive) To be thirsty.
    • c. 1390, William Langland, Piers Plowman, I: And drynke whan þow dryest · ac do nouȝt out of resoun.
dry as a dead dingo's donger
adjective: {{head}} ( drier than a dead dingo’s donger, no superlative)
  1. (Australia, simile, informal) Very dry, extremely dry.
    • 2008, Di Morrissey, Heart of the Dreaming, page 376, ‘Not on a Sunday, mate. Town's as dry as a dead dingo′s donger. This is Queensland,’ explained one of the station hands.
    • 2010, Jessica Rudd, Campaign Ruby, page 181, ‘It′s been an absolute bloody stinker today, hasn′t it?’ said the tanned octogenarian in an almost indecipherable Australian accent. ‘Dry as a dead dingo′s donger.’
    • 2010, Peter FitzSimons, Tobruk, eBook, unnumbered page, Not a blade of anything seemed to grow in those parts; the whole place was as dry as a dead dingo′s donger, and yet, somehow, just, the local population seemed to hang on.
  2. (Australia, simile, informal) Very thirsty.
    • 2001, David Franklin, Looking for Sarah Jane Smith, unnumbered page, ‘No worries,’ Frank said, paying for his drink. ‘Boy, I need this. I′m drier than a dead dingo′s donger.’
    • 2005, Patrick Taylor, Now and in the Hour of Our Death, page 70, “Let′s have a bottle.” Tim leant across and whispered, “I′m as dry as a dead dingo′s donger.”
    • 2010, Gabrielle Lord, The Sharp End, unnumbered page, ‘Christ, I need a beer,’ Brennan muttered. ‘I'm dry as a dead dingo′s donger.’
Synonyms: dry as a nun's nasty
dry as a nun's nasty etymology Referring to the practice of sexual abstinence.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (Australia, simile, informal, vulgar) Very dry.
Synonyms: dry as a dead dingo's donger
dry guillotine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical, slang) Forced deportation to a penal colony, especially as a punishment during the French Revolution.
    • 1989, Ralph Gibson, A Social History of French Catholicism, Routledge 1989, p. 52: Nor could they forget the 200-odd priests massacred in the Paris prisons in September 1792, [...] or the 118 who never came back from the dry guillotine that was French Guiana.
    • 2002, Colin Jones (historian), The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 517: It disposed of political opponents mainly through the ‘dry guillotine’ of deportation rather than by physical liquidation.
drygulch Alternative forms: dry gulch, dry-gulch etymology Because in the American West, outlaws often killed people as they passed through a dry gulch; or because cattle rustlers drove stolen animals off the edge of such a gulch. (ref. John Ayto 1998) pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈdɹʌɪɡʌltʃ/
  • (US) /ˈdɹaɪ.ɡʌltʃ/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, slang) To murder; to attack, assault, especially in an ambush.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, p. 77: ‘Then one of them got into the car and dry-gulched me.’
    • 2006, , Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 722-3: You've delivered yourselves into the hands of capitalists and Christers, and anybody wants to change any of that steps across ’at frontera, they're drygulched on the spot—though I'm sure you'd know how to avoid that, Dwayne.
drygulcher etymology dry + gulch + -er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) In the Wild West, a hired assassin who shoot his targets from a conceal location.
dry lunch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (England, slang) A contemptible or uncool person.
    • 2009, : Bex: Who's the dry lunch? Dom: That's Terry. He's the one you headbutted. Bex: Oi, lunch, show us your face.
dry-tool
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (climbing) climbing bare rock using ice-climbing equipment
  2. (coarse, slang) sexual intercourse in absence of lubricant
DS
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pathology) initialism of drug susceptible or initialism of drug sensitive
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (medical, usually, used attributively) double strength
  2. (Australia, NZ) Douglas Score. (points ranking for deer antlers).
  3. detective sergeant, a police rank used in Commonwealth countries
  4. (video games) Nintendo DS
  5. (slang, UK)
  6. (logic) disjunctive syllogism
    • 2004 August, J. L. Schellenberg, “The Atheist’s Free Will Offence” in the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, volume 56, № 1, pages 11–12 Let ‘F’ stand for the state of affairs that consists in finite persons possessing and exercising free will. Let ‘p’ stand for ‘God exists’; ‘q’ for ‘F obtains’; ‘r’ for ‘F poses a serious risk of evil’; and ‘s’ for ‘There is no option available to God that counters F.’ With this in place, the argument may be formalized as follows:(1) [(p & q) & r] → s Premiss(2) ~s        Premiss(3) ~[(p & q) & r]   1, 2 MT(4) ~(p & q) v ~r    3 DM(5) r         Premiss(6) ~(p & q)      4, 5 DS(7) ~p v ~q      6 DM(3) follows from the conjunction of (1) and (2) by modus tollens; De Morgan’s law applied to (3) yields (4); (4) and (5) together lead to (6) by disjunctive syllogism; and another application of De Morgan’s law takes us from (6) to the final conclusion, according to which either God exists or there is free will (but not both).
  7. (music) dal segno
antonyms:
  • (pathology) DR
related terms:
  • (policing) DCI, DI, DC
anagrams:
  • sd, SD, S.D.
DT's {{wikipedia}}
{{initialism-old}}: DT's
  1. delirium tremens, symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
  2. (Australia, slang) dick togs, the style of men's swimwear.
anagrams:
  • DST
  • std, STD
  • TDS
dual SIM {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: dual-SIM etymology dual + SIM (i.e. Subscriber Identity Module)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (mobile phones) holding two SIM card
dub {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /dʌb/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From a Late Old English (11th century) word dubban perhaps borrowed from Old French aduber, adober "equip with arms; adorn" (also 11th century, Modern French adouber), of uncertain origin, but possibly from a Frankish *, cognate with Icelandic dubba (dubba til riddara). Compare also drub for an English reflex of the Germanic word. The modern sense of "to name" is from the 1590s.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To confer knighthood; the conclusion of the ceremony was marked by a tap on the shoulder with the sword.
  2. (transitive) To name, to entitle, to call.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} As a matter of fact its narrow ornate façade presented not a single quiet space that the eyes might rest on after a tiring attempt to follow and codify the arabesques, foliations, and intricate vermiculations of what some disrespectfully dubbed as “near-aissance.”
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  3. (transitive) To deem.
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) A man of wealth is dubbed a man of worth.
  4. To clothe or invest; to ornament; to adorn.
    • Morte d'Arthure His diadem was dropped down / Dubbed with stones.
  5. (heading) To strike, rub, or dress smooth; to dab.
    1. To dress with an adze. exampleto dub a stick of timber smooth
    2. To strike cloth with teasel to raise a nap. {{rfquotek}}
    3. To rub or dress with grease, as leather in the process of curry it. {{rfquotek}}
    4. To dress a fishing fly. {{rfquotek}}
  6. To prepare (a gamecock) for fighting, by trimming the hackle and cutting off the comb and wattle.
etymology 2 From a shortening of the word double.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a copy from an original or master audio tape.
  2. To copy the audio track onto a film.
  3. To replace the original soundtrack of a film with a synchronized translation
  4. To mix audio tracks to produce a new sound; to remix.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music) A mostly instrumental remix with all or part of the vocals removed.
  2. (music) A style of reggae music involving mixing of different audio tracks.
  3. (music) A growing trend of music from 2009 to current in which bass distortion is synced off timing to electronic dance music.
  4. (slang) A piece of graffiti in metallic colour with a thick black outline.
    • 2001, Nancy Macdonald, The Graffiti Subculture (page 84) … we climbed up the scaffolding and did these gold little dubs and you couldn't see them.
    • 2011, Justin Rollins, The Lost Boyz: A Dark Side of Graffiti (page 34) The year 1998 was alive with graffiti and trains pulling up with dubs on their sides.
etymology 3 Compare Irish dobhar, Welsh dŵr.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, dialect) A pool or puddle. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 4 From shortening of double dime.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A twenty dollar sack of marijuana.
  2. (slang) A wheel rim measuring 20 inches or more.
etymology 5
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) A blow. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a noise by brisk drumbeat.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher Now the drum dubs.
anagrams:
  • BDU
  • bud, Bud
Dubya etymology Representing a southern United States pronunciation of W, the middle initial of . pronunciation
  • /ˈdʌb.jə/
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proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (often, derogatory) A nickname for George W. Bush.

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