The general went out to find that none of his GIs were there. One finally ran up, panting heavily.
"Sorry, sir! I can explain, you see I had a date and it ran a little late. I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but it broke down, found a farm, bought a horse but it dropped dead, ran 10 miles, and now I"m here."
The general was very skeptical about this explanation but at least he was here so he let the G.I. go.
Moments later, eight more GIs came up to the general panting, he asked them why they were late.
"Sorry, sir! I had a date and it ran a little late, I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but it broke down, found a farm, bought a horse but it dropped dead, ran 10 miles, and now I"m here."
The general eyed them, feeling very skeptical but since he let the first guy go, he let them go, too.
A ninth GI jogged up to the general, panting heavily. "Sorry, sir! I had a date and it ran a little late, I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but..."
"Let me guess," the general interrupted, "it broke down."
"No," said the G.I., "there were so many dead horses in the road, it took forever to get around them."
- (as a unit of map-scale) so many inches representing 1 mile.
- small amount (usu. With neg.: would not yield an inch). —v. Move gradually. every inch entirely (looked every inch a queen). Within an inch of almost to the point of. [old english from latin uncia *ounce]
comb. Form indian; indian and.
n. Colloq. Information. [abbreviation]
adj. (-ier, -iest) of, as black as, or stained with ink. inkiness n.
abbr. Jesus of nazareth, king of the jews. [latin iesus nazarenus rex iudaeorum]
Abbr. = *instant adj.
- (the 6th inst.).
prep. - expressing motion or direction to a point on or within (walked into a tree; ran into the house).
- expressing direction of attention etc. (will look into it).
- expressing a change of state (turned into a dragon; separated into groups).
- after the beginning of (five minutes into the game).
- colloq. Interested in. [old english: related to *in, *to]
n. - ninth letter of the greek alphabet (i, i).
- (usu. With neg.) A jot. [greek iota]
facto adv. By that very fact. [latin]
n. - circular coloured membrane behind the cornea of the eye, with a circular opening (pupil) in the centre.
- plant of a family with bulbs or tuberous roots, sword-shaped leaves, and showy flowers.
- adjustable diaphragm for regulating the size of a central hole, esp. For the admission of light to a lens. [greek iris iridos rainbow]