Upon entering the little country store, the stranger noticed a sign saying "DANGER! BEWARE OF DOG!" posted on the glass door.
Inside he noticed a harmless old hound dog asleep on the floor beside the cash register.
He asked the store manager, "Is that the dog folks are supposed to beware of?"
"Yep, that"s him," he replied.
The stranger couldn"t help but be amused.
"That certainly doesn"t look like a dangerous dog to me. Why in the world would you post that sign?"
"Because," the owner replied, "before I posted that sign, people kept tripping over him."
—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]