A tough old cowboy told his grandson that if he wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a little gunpowder on his oatmeal every morning. The grandson did this religiously, and lived to the age of 93.
When he died he left 14 children, 28 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren… and a 15-foot hole in the wall of the crematorium.
- prefix (also oc- before c, of- before f, op- before p) esp. In words from latin, meaning: 1 exposure.
- meeting or facing.
- hindrance or concealment.
- finality or completeness. [latin ob towards, against, in the way of]
abbr. Officer commanding.
- see *ob-.
slang —n. Drug overdose. —v. (od's, od'd, od'ing) take an overdose. [abbreviation]
prep. Expressing: 1 origin or cause (paintings of turner; died of cancer).
- material or substance (house of cards; built of bricks).
- belonging or connection (thing of the past; articles of clothing; head of the business).
- identity or close relation (city of rome; a pound of apples; a fool of a man).
- removal or separation (north of the city; got rid of them; robbed us of £1000).
- reference or direction (beware of the dog; suspected of lying; very good of you; short of money).
- objective relation (love of music; in search of peace).
- partition, classification, or inclusion (no more of that; part of the story; this sort of book).
- description, quality, or condition (the hour of prayer; person of tact; girl of ten; on the point of leaving). 10 us time in relation to the following hour (a quarter of three). be of possess, give rise to (is of great interest). Of an evening (or morning etc.) Colloq. - on most evenings (or mornings etc.).
- at some time in the evenings (or mornings etc.). Of late recently. Of old formerly. [old english]
- see *ob-.
int. (also o) expressing surprise, pain, entreaty, etc. oh (or o) for i wish i had. [var. Of *o4]
int. Calling attention or expressing alarm etc. [var. Of *hoy]
(also okay) colloq. —adj. (often as int.) All right; satisfactory. —adv. Well, satisfactorily. —n. (pl. Oks) approval, sanction. —v. (ok's, ok'd, ok'ing) approve, sanction. [originally us: probably abbreviation of orl (or oll) korrect, jocular form of ‘all correct’]
suffix in the names of alcohols or analogous compounds. [from *alcohol and latin oleum oil]
abbr. Order of merit.
—prep. - (so as to be) supported by, attached to, covering, or enclosing (sat on a chair; stuck on the wall; rings on her fingers; leaned on his elbow).
- carried with; about the person of (have you a pen on you?).
- (of time) exactly at; during (on 29 may; on the hour; on schedule; closed on tuesday).
- immediately after or before (i saw them on my return).