While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft.
Spotting and old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted,
"Are there any gators around here?!"
"Naw," the man hollered back, "they ain"t been around for years!"
Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore.
About halfway there he asked the guy,
"How"d you get rid of the gators?"
"We didn"t do nothin"," the beachcomber said. "The sharks got "em."
n. (pl. -ies) small fish with ventral fins joined to form a disc or sucker. [greek kobios *gudgeon1]
n. - person or thing that goes (slow goer).
- (often in comb.) Person who attends, esp. Regularly (churchgoer).
- colloq. A lively or persevering person. B sexually promiscuous person.
adj. Colloq. (of a dancer, music, etc.) In modern style; lively, erotic, and rhythmic.
foil n. Gold beaten into a thin sheet.
- leaf n. Gold beaten into a very thin sheet.
- medal n. Medal of gold, usu. Awarded as first prize.
- plate n. - vessels made of gold.
- material plated with gold.
- standard n. System by which the value of a currency is defined in terms of gold.
- —n. - precious yellow metallic element.
- colour of gold.
- a coins or articles made of gold. B wealth.
- something precious or beautiful.
- = *gold medal. —adj. - made wholly or chiefly of gold.
- coloured like gold. [old english]
ball n. - ball used in golf.
- colloq. Small ball used in some electric typewriters to carry the type.
- club n. - club used in golf.
- association for playing golf.
- premises of this.
- —n. Game in which a small hard ball is driven with clubs into a series of 18 or 9 holes with the fewest possible strokes. —v. Play golf. golfer n. [origin unknown]
adj. - (of time) past (not until gone nine).
- a lost; hopeless. B dead.
- colloq. Pregnant for a specified time (already three months gone).
- slang completely enthralled or entranced, esp. By rhythmic music, drugs, etc. be gone depart; leave temporarily (cf. *begone). Gone on slang infatuated with. [past part. Of *go1]
n. - metal disc with a turned rim, giving a resonant note when struck.
- saucer-shaped bell.
- slang medal. [malay]
book n. (prec. By the) the bible.
- faith n. Sincerity of intention.
- friday n. Friday before easter sunday, commemorating the crucifixion.
- humour n. Genial mood.
- job n. Fortunate state of affairs.
- nature n. Friendly disposition.
- will n. Intention that good will result (see also *goodwill).
- works n.pl. Charitable acts.
- —adj. (better, best) 1 having the right or desired qualities; adequate.
- a (of a person) efficient, competent (good at french; good driver). B effective, reliable (good brakes).
- a kind. B morally excellent; virtuous (good deed). C well-behaved (good child).
- enjoyable, agreeable (good party; good news).
- thorough, considerable (a good wash).
- a not less than (waited a good hour). B considerable in number, quality, etc. (a good many people).
- beneficial (milk is good for you).
- a valid, sound (good reason). B financially sound (his credit is good).
- in exclamations of surprise (good heavens!). 10 (sometimes patronizing) commendable, worthy (good old george; my good man). 11 in courteous greetings and farewells (good morning). —n. - (only in sing.) That which is good; what is beneficial or morally right (only good can come of it; what good will it do?).
- (in pl.) A movable property or merchandise. B things to be transported. C (prec. By the) colloq. What one has undertaken to supply (esp. Deliver the goods). —adv. Us colloq. Well (doing pretty good). as good as practically. Be (a certain amount) to the good have as net profit or advantage. For good (and all) finally, permanently. Good for 1 beneficial to; having a good effect on.
- able to perform.
- able to be trusted to pay. Good riddance see *riddance. Have the goods on a person slang have information about a person giving one an advantage over him or her. In good faith with honest or sincere intentions. In good time 1 with no risk of being late.
- (also all in good time) in due course but without haste. To the good having as profit or benefit. [old english]
slang —n. - foolish or stupid person.
- mistake. —v. - bungle.
- blunder. [latin gufus coarse]
n. Slang 1 stupid person.
- esp. Us ruffian hired by racketeers etc. [origin uncertain]