Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Numbers give meanings

One sided : partial, unfair

One way : requiring no reciprocal action

First aid : emergency treatment before the regular medical

treatment available

One-off : only happening once

One-horse town : a small, old fashioned and boring town

One-liner : a short joke, a funny remark

First footer : the first person to enter a house in the New Year

Second banana : a person in a subservient position

Two-faced : double-dealing, false

Two-way street : situation, depends on co-operation of two people

Three-ring circus : a confused situation due to too much activity

Third party :someone who is not one of the two main people

Fourth dimension : time

Four-eyes : one who wears glasses

Four-flusher : someone who cheats others

Fifth column : a group of people who work secretly for the enemy

Fifth wheel : one who is superfluous, unnecessary or burdensome

To take five : to stop working for a few minutes

At sixes and sevens : in utter confusion or disorder

In seventh heaven : to be supremely happy

Behind the eighth ball : in a highly disadvantageous or dangerous position

On cloud nine : to be extremely happy

Dressed (up) to the nines : wearing the best or most formal clothes

Ten to one chance : very probably

Be ten a penny : a dime a dozen, to be very common, not unusual

Ten-strike : a stroke of great success, a very profitable bargain

Eleventh hour : at the last possible moment, just in time

Talk nineteen to the dozen : to talk very quickly and without stopping

Forty winks : a short sleep, esp. after dinner

Go fifty-fifty : share the cost of something equally

Hundreds of : a lot of

Wife in a thousand : a perfect wife

Look like a million dollars : to look very attractive

On somebody’s last legs : to be very ill, likely to die soon


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