A man went to the Police Station wishing to speak with the burglar who had broken into his house the night before.
"You"ll get your chance in court," said the sergeant.
"No, no no!" said the man. "I want to know how he got into the house without waking my wife. I"ve been trying to do that for years!"
n. (pl. -s) slang offens. Foreigner, esp. A spaniard, portuguese, or italian. [spanish diego = james]
n. (in full dáil eireann) lower house of parliament in the republic of ireland. [irish, = assembly (of ireland)]
n. Low platform, usu. At the upper end of a hall. [latin *discus disc, (later) table]
n. Valley. [old english]
n. - (dame) a title given to a woman holding any of several orders of chivalry. B woman holding this title.
- comic middle-aged female pantomime character, usu. Played by a man.
- us slang woman. [latin domina lady]
—v. - (often absol. Or as int. Of anger or annoyance, = may god damn) curse (a person or thing).
- doom to hell; cause the damnation of.
- condemn, censure (review damning the book).
- a (often as damning adj.) (of circumstance, evidence, etc.) Show or prove to be guilty. B be the ruin of. —n. - uttered curse.
- slang negligible amount. —adj. & adv. Colloq. = *damned. damn all slang nothing at all. Damn well colloq. (for emphasis) simply (damn well do as i say). Damn with faint praise commend feebly, and so imply disapproval. I'm (or i'll be) damned if colloq. I certainly do not, will not, etc. Not give a damn see *give. Well i'm (or i'll be) damned colloq. Exclamation of surprise etc. [latin damnum loss]
course n. (also damp-proof course) layer of waterproof material in a wall near the ground, to prevent rising damp.
- squib n. Unsuccessful attempt to impress etc.
- —adj. Slightly wet. —n. Slight diffused or condensed moisture, esp. When unwelcome. —v. - make damp; moisten.
- (often foll. By down) a temper; mute (damps my enthusiasm). B make (a fire) burn less strongly by reducing the flow of air to it.
- reduce or stop the vibration of (esp. Strings of a musical instrument). damply adv. Dampness n. [low german]
n. - native or national of denmark.
- hist. Viking invader of england in the 9th–11th c. [old norse]
adj. Disagreeably damp and cold. dankly adv. Dankness n. [probably scandinavian]