Once Holmes was visited by the person with a request for help. He was in a worn suit, a shirt with shabby cuffs and an old top head on his head. Holmes refused to help him. When the man left, disappointed Watson jumped on his friend:
- Sherlock, you are a great detective. How could you refuse to help the poor man?
- My dear friend, he was not absolutely poor. It his purse there was 115 pounds and 25 pence.
- But how do you know ?
- It is elementary, Buddy. Let’s count it together.
n. (pl. -im or -s) jewish name for a non-jew. [hebrew, = people]
abbr. General post office.
arabic n. Gum exuded by some kinds of acacia.
- —n. - a viscous secretion of some trees and shrubs. B adhesive substance made from this.
- us chewing gum.
- = *gumdrop.
- = *gum arabic.
- = *gum-tree. —v. (-mm-) 1 (usu. Foll. By down, together, etc.) Fasten with gum.
- apply gum to. gum up colloq. Interfere with the smooth running of. [greek kommi from egyptian kemai]
- n. (usu. In pl.) Firm flesh around the roots of the teeth. [old english]
- n. by gum! Colloq. By god! [corruption of god]
dog n. Dog trained to retrieve game shot by sportsmen.
- —n. - weapon consisting of a metal tube from which bullets or other missiles are propelled with great force, esp. By a contained explosion.
- starting pistol.
- device for discharging insecticide, grease etc., in the required direction.
- member of a shooting-party.
- us gunman. —v. (-nn-) 1 a (usu. Foll. By down) shoot (a person) with a gun. B shoot at with a gun.
- go shooting.
- (foll. By for) seek out determinedly to attack or rebuke. go great guns colloq. Proceed vigorously or successfully. Stick to one's guns colloq. Maintain one's position under attack. [perhaps an abbreviation of the scandinavian woman's name gunnhildr, applied to cannon etc.]
—n. - the intestine.
- (in pl.) The bowel or entrails.
- (in pl.) Colloq. Personal courage and determination; perseverance.
- slang stomach, belly.
- (in pl.) A contents. B essence.
- a material for violin strings etc. B material for fishing-lines made from the silk-glands of silkworms.
- (attrib.) A instinctive (a gut reaction). B fundamental (a gut issue). —v. (-tt-) 1 remove or destroy the internal fittings of (a house etc.).
- remove the guts of (a fish). hate a person's guts colloq. Dislike a person intensely. [old english]
n. Slang = *governor 7. [abbreviation]
—n. - colloq. Man; fellow.
- effigy of guy fawkes burnt on 5 nov. —v. Ridicule. [guy fawkes, name of a conspirator]
- —n. Rope or chain to secure a tent or steady a crane-load etc. —v. Secure with a guy or guys. [probably low german]
n. Colloq. - gymnasium.
- gymnastics. [abbreviation]
n. - scottish celt.
- gaelic-speaking celt. [gaelic gaidheal]
—n. - a stick with an iron hook for landing large fish. B barbed fishing-spear.
- spar to which the head of a fore-and-aft sail is bent. —v. Seize (a fish) with a gaff. [provençal gaf hook]
- n. Slang blow the gaff reveal a plot or secret. [origin unknown]