A little boy comes home with his mother from a trip down town. Above his head he has a big bunch of balloons.
- Why do you need so many? - Asks his father. - Did not your mother and I teach you that you should save your money?
- I did not spend any! Its just that every time Mummy bought something the salesperson gave me a free balloon.
- peculiar notion. faddish adj. [probably from fiddle-faddle]
—n. - colloq. Tedious task.
- slang cigarette.
- (at public schools) junior boy who runs errands for a senior. —v. (-gg-) 1 (often foll. By out) colloq. Exhaust.
- (at public schools) act as a fag. [origin unknown]
- n. Us slang offens. Male homosexual. [abbreviation of *faggot]
n. (also fa) mus. Fourth note of a major scale. [latin famuli: see *gamut]
belt n. Belt driving a fan to cool the radiator in a vehicle.
- club n. Club of devotees.
- mail n. Letters from fans.
- —n. - apparatus, usu. With rotating blades, for ventilation etc.
- folding semicircular device waved to cool oneself.
- thing spread out like a fan (fan tracery). —v. (-nn-) 1 blow air on, with or as with a fan.
- (of a breeze) blow gently on.
- (usu. Foll. By out) spread out like a fan. [latin vannus winnowing-basket]
- n. Devotee of a particular activity, performer, etc. (film fan). [abbreviation of *fanatic]
(further, furthest or farther, farthest) —adv. - at, to, or by a great distance (far away; far off; far out).
- a long way (off) in space or time (are you travelling far?).
- to a great extent or degree; by much (far better; far too early). —adj. - remote; distant (far country).
- more distant (far end of the hall).
- extreme (far left). as far as 1 right up to (a place).
- to the extent that. By far by a great amount. A far cry a long way. Far from very different from being; almost the opposite of (far from being fat). Go far 1 achieve much.
- contribute greatly. Go too far overstep the limit (of propriety etc.). So far 1 to such an extent; to this point.
- until now. So (or in so) far as (or that) to the extent that. So far so good satisfactory up to now. [old english]
- and away adv. By a very large amount.
- and wide adv. Over a large area.
- east n. (prec. By the) china, japan, and other countries of e. Asia.
- gone adj. Colloq. Very ill, drunk, etc.
—n. - natural oily or greasy substance found esp. In animal bodies.
- part of meat etc. Containing this. —adj. (fatter, fattest) 1 corpulent; plump.
- containing much fat.
- a thick (fat book). B substantial (fat cheque).
- colloq. Iron. Very little; not much (a fat chance; a fat lot). —v. (-tt-) make or become fat. the fat is in the fire trouble is imminent. Kill the fatted calf celebrate, esp. At a prodigal's return (luke 15). Live off (or on) the fat of the land live luxuriously. fatless adj. Fatness n. Fattish adj. [old english]
—n. - transmission of an exact copy of a document etc. Electronically.
- copy produced by this. —v. Transmit in this way. [abbreviation of *facsimile]
n. Literary fairy. [latin fata pl., = goddesses of destiny]