A musical director was having a lot of trouble with one drummer. He talked and talked and talked with the drummer, but his performance simply didn"t improve.
Finally, before the whole orchestra, he said, "When a musician just can"t handle his instrument and doesn"t improve when given help, they take away the instrument, and give him two sticks, and make him a drummer."
A stage whisper was heard from the percussion section: "And if he can"t handle even that, they take away one of his sticks and make him a conductor."
- eye characterized by the colour of the iris (has blue eyes).
- region round the eye (eyes swollen from weeping).
- (in sing. Or pl.) Sight.
- particular visual ability (a straight eye).
- thing like an eye, esp.: a a spot on a peacock's tail. B a leaf bud of a potato.
- calm region at the centre of a hurricane etc.
- hole of a needle. —v. (eyes, eyed, eyeing or eying) (often foll. By up) watch or observe closely, esp. Admiringly or with suspicion. all eyes watching intently. An eye for an eye retaliation in kind. Have an eye for be discerning about. Have one's eye on wish or plan to procure. Have eyes for be interested in; wish to acquire. Keep an eye on 1 watch.
- look after. Keep an eye open (or out) (often foll. By for) watch carefully. Keep one's eyes open (or peeled or skinned) watch out; be on the alert. Make eyes (or sheep's eyes) (foll. By at) look amorously or flirtatiously at. One in the eye (foll. By for) disappointment or setback. See eye to eye (often foll. By with) agree. Set eyes on see. Up to the (or one's) eyes in deeply engaged or involved in. With one's eyes shut (or closed) with little effort. With an eye to with a view to. [old english]
other pron. One another.
- way adj. (of a bet) backing a horse etc. To win or to come second or third.
- —adj. Every one of two or more persons or things, regarded separately (five in each class). —pron. Each person or thing (each of us). [old english]
marshal n. President of the college of heralds, with ceremonial duties.
- n. British nobleman ranking between marquis and viscount. earldom n. [old english]
v. - bring in as income or interest.
- be entitled to or obtain as the reward for work or merit. earner n. [old english]
—n. - facility, effortlessness.
- a freedom from pain or trouble. B freedom from constraint. —v. (-sing) 1 relieve from pain or anxiety.
- (often foll. By off, up) a become less burdensome or severe. B begin to take it easy. C slow down; moderate one's behaviour etc.
- a relax; slacken; make a less tight fit. B move or be moved carefully into place (eased it into position). at ease 1 free from anxiety or constraint.
- mil. In a relaxed attitude, with the feet apart. [latin: related to *adjacent]
end n. Part of london east of the city. east ender n.
- —n. - a point of the horizon where the sun rises at the equinoxes. B compass point corresponding to this. C direction in which this lies.
- (usu. The east) a countries to the east of europe. B states of eastern europe.
- eastern part of a country, town, etc. —adj. - towards, at, near, or facing the east.
- from the east (east wind). —adv. - towards, at, or near the east.
- (foll. By of) further east than. to the east (often foll. By of) in an easterly direction. [old english]
chair n. Large comfortable armchair.
- street n. Colloq. Affluence.
- —adj. (-ier, -iest) 1 not difficult; not requiring great effort.
- free from pain, trouble, or anxiety.
- free from constraint; relaxed and pleasant.
- compliant. —adv. With ease; in an effortless or relaxed manner. —int. Go or move carefully. easy on the eye (or ear etc.) Colloq. Pleasant to look at (or listen to etc.). Go easy (foll. By with, on) be sparing or cautious. I'm easy colloq. I have no preference. Take it easy 1 proceed gently.
- relax; work less. easiness n. [french: related to *ease]
chamber n. Enclosure with sound-reflecting walls.
- —n. (pl. -es) 1 a repetition of a sound by the reflection of sound waves. B sound so produced.
- reflected radio or radar beam.
- close imitation or imitator.
- circumstance or event reminiscent of an earlier one. —v. (-es, -ed) 1 a (of a place) resound with an echo. B (of a sound) be repeated; resound.
- repeat (a sound) thus.
- a repeat (another's words). B imitate the opinions etc. Of. [latin from greek]