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!"
- chain n. Line of people formed for passing things along, as a protest, etc.
- nature n. General characteristics and feelings of mankind.
- rights n.pl. Rights held to be common to all.
- shield n. Person(s) placed in the line of fire in order to discourage attack.
- —adj. - of or belonging to the species homo sapiens.
- consisting of human beings (the human race).
- of or characteristic of humankind, esp. As being weak, fallible, etc. (is only human).
- showing warmth, sympathy, etc. (is very human). —n. Human being. [latin humanus]
adj. (of the air or climate) warm and damp. [latin humidus]
(brit. Humour) —n. - a quality of being amusing or comic. B the expression of humour in literature, speech, etc.
- (in full sense of humour) ability to perceive or express humour.
- state of mind; inclination (bad humour).
- (in full cardinal humour) hist. Each of the four fluids (blood, phlegm, choler, melancholy), thought to determine a person's physical and mental qualities. —v. Gratify or indulge (a person or taste etc.). out of humour displeased. humourless adj. [latin humor moisture]
int. & n. Inarticulate sound of doubt or dissatisfaction. [imitative]
n. Organic constituent of soil formed by the decomposition of vegetation. [latin, = soil]
—v. Bend or arch into a hump. —n. - intuitive feeling or idea.
- hump. [origin unknown]
—n. - great or eager haste.
- (with neg. Or interrog.) Need for haste (there is no hurry; what's the hurry?). —v. (-ies, -ied) 1 move or act hastily.
- cause to hurry.
adj. (-ier, -iest) 1 (of a person or voice) dry in the throat; hoarse.
- of or full of husks.
- dry as a husk.
- tough, strong, hefty. huskily adv. Huskiness n.
- n. (pl. -ies) dog of a powerful breed used in the arctic for pulling sledges. [perhaps from corruption of *eskimo]
n. (pl. -ies) derog. Impudent or promiscuous girl or woman. [contraction of *housewife]