One evening Sherlock Holmes was going along the street and suddenly saw a man down…
- It’s certain, this gentleman is very tired after work… or he is dead drunk… or he is after being with a woman, … — reflected Holmes. As it’s Sunday today, he can’t be coming back from work… At such a late hour all shops are closed, and he couldn’t buy alcohol. So he is coming back from a woman. But in this remote place there are only two women — Watson’s wife and mine. Consequently, as I’m coming back from Watson’s wife, …
- Watson, rascal, get up!!!
—n. - playing-card etc. With a single spot and generally signifying ‘one’.
- a person who excels in some activity. B pilot who has shot down many enemy aircraft.
- (in tennis) unreturnable stroke (esp. A service). —adj. Slang excellent. within an ace of on the verge of. [latin as unity]
—n. - something done; a deed.
- process of doing (caught in the act).
- item of entertainment.
- pretence (all an act).
- main division of a play etc.
- a decree of a legislative body. B document attesting a legal transaction. —v. - behave (acted wisely).
- perform an action or function; take action (act as referee; brakes failed to act; he acted quickly).
- (also foll. By on) have an effect (alcohol acts on the brain).
- a perform a part in a play, film, etc. B pretend.
- a play the part of (acted othello; acts the fool). B perform (a play etc.). C portray (an incident) by actions. act for be the (esp. Legal) representative of. Act of god natural event, e.g. An earthquake. Act up colloq. Misbehave; give trouble (car is acting up). Get one's act together slang become properly organized; prepare. Put on an act colloq. Make a pretence. [latin ago act- do]
suffix forming nouns of state or quality (accuracy; piracy), or an instance of it (conspiracy; fallacy). [french -acie, latin -acia, -atia, greek -ateia]
v. - join (one thing to another) as an increase or supplement.
- put together (numbers) to find their total.
- say further. add in include. Add up 1 find the total of.
- (foll. By to) amount to.
- colloq. Make sense. [latin addo]
n. Fuss, busy activity; trouble. [from *at, *do1: originally in much ado = much to do]
n. (brit adze) tool like an axe, with an arched blade at right angles to the handle. [old english]
adv. Naut. & aeron. At or towards the stern or tail. [earlier baft]