A rookie police officer was out for his first ride with an experienced partner. A call came in telling them to disperse some people who were loitering.
The officers drove to the street and observed a small crowd standing on a corner. The rookie rolled down his window and said, "Let"s get off the corner people."
A few glances, but no one moved, so he barked again, "Let"s get off that corner... NOW!"
Intimidated, the group of people began to leave, casting puzzled stares in his direction.
Proud of his first official act, the young policeman turned to his partner and asked, "Well, how did I do?"
"Pretty good," chuckled the vet, "especially since this is a bus stop."
—v. (-zing) stupefy, bewilder. —n. State of bewilderment. [old norse]
n. - day (6 june 1944) on which allied forces invaded n. France.
- important or decisive day. [d for day]
beat adj. Colloq. Exhausted.
- duck n. Slang unsuccessful or useless person or thing.
- end n. - closed end of road, passage, etc.
- (often, with hyphen, attrib.) Hopeless situation, job, etc.
- heat n. - race in which competitors tie.
- result of such a race.
- language n. Language no longer spoken, e.g. Latin.
- letter n. Law or practice no longer observed or recognized.
- loss n. Colloq. Useless person or thing.
- man's handle n. (also dead man's pedal) device on an electric train disconnecting the power supply if released.
- march n. Funeral march.
- on adj. Exactly right.
- reckoning n. Calculation of a ship's position from the log, compass, etc., when visibility is bad.
- set n. Determined attack. be dead set against strongly oppose. Be dead set on be determined to do or get.
- shot n. Person who shoots extremely accurately.
- weight n. (also dead-weight) 1 a inert mass. B heavy burden.
- debt not covered by assets.
- total weight carried on a ship.
- wood n. Colloq. Useless person(s) or thing(s).
- —adj. - no longer alive.
- colloq. Extremely tired or unwell.
- numb (fingers are dead).
- (foll. By to) insensitive to.
- no longer effective or in use; extinct.
- (of a match, coal, etc.) Extinguished.
- a lacking force or vigour. B (of sound) not resonant.
- quiet; lacking activity (dead season). 10 (of a microphone, telephone, etc.) Not transmitting sounds. 11 (of a ball in a game) out of play. 12 abrupt, complete (come to a dead stop; a dead calm; dead certainty). —adv. - absolutely, completely (dead on target; dead tired).
- colloq. Very, extremely (dead easy). —n. Time of silence or inactivity (dead of night). as dead as the (or a) dodo entirely obsolete. Dead to the world colloq. Fast asleep; unconscious. [old english]
mute n. Deaf and dumb person.
—v. (past and past part. Dealt) 1 (foll. By with) a take measures to resolve, placate, etc. B do business with; associate with. C discuss or treat (a subject).
- (often foll. By by, with) behave in specified way (dealt honourably by them).
- (foll. By in) sell (deals in insurance).
- (often foll. By out, round) distribute to several people etc.
- (also absol.) Distribute (cards) to players.
- administer (was dealt a blow).
- assign, esp. Providentially (were dealt much happiness). —n. - (usu. A good or great deal) colloq. A large amount (good deal of trouble). B considerably (great deal better).
- colloq. Business arrangement; transaction.
- specified treatment (a rough deal).
- a dealing of cards. B player's turn to do this. [old english]
- n. - fir or pine timber, esp. As boards of a standard size.
- board of this. [low german]
n. - a head of the chapter of a cathedral or collegiate church. B (usu. Rural dean) clergyman supervising parochial clergy.
- a college or university official with disciplinary and advisory functions. B head of a university faculty or department or of a medical school. [latin decanus]
- var. Of *dene.
—adj. - a beloved or much esteemed. B as a merely polite or ironic form (my dear man).
- as a formula of address, esp. Beginning a letter (dear sir).
- (often foll. By to) precious; cherished.
- (usu. In superl.) Earnest (my dearest wish).
- a expensive. B having high prices. —n. (esp. As a form of address) dear person. —adv. At great cost (will pay dear). —int. Expressing surprise, dismay, pity, etc. (dear me!; oh dear!). for dear life desperately. dearly adv. [old english]
n. - money etc. Owed (debt of gratitude).
- state of owing (in debt; get into debt). in a person's debt under obligation to a person. [latin debeo debit- owe]
- of honour n. Debt not legally recoverable, esp. A sum lost in gambling.