An elementary school teacher sends this note to all parents on the first day of school.
"If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I will promise not to believe everything your child says happens at home.
- landing-place. [french levee past part. Of lever raise: related to *levy]
crossing n. Crossing of a railway and a road, or two railways, at the same level.
- pegging n. Equality of scores etc.
- —n. - horizontal line or plane.
- height or value reached; position on a real or imaginary scale (eye level; sugar level; danger level).
- social, moral, or intellectual standard.
- plane of rank or authority (talks at cabinet level).
- instrument giving a line parallel to the plane of the horizon.
- level surface.
- flat tract of land. —adj. - flat and even; not bumpy.
- (often foll. By with) a on the same horizontal plane as something else. B having equality with something else.
- even, uniform, equable, or well-balanced. —v. (-ll-; us -l-) 1 make level.
- (also absol.) Aim (a missile or gun).
- (also absol.; foll. By at, against) direct (an accusation etc.). do one's level best colloq. Do one's utmost. Find one's level reach the right social, intellectual, etc. Position. Level down bring down to a standard. Level off make or become level. Level out make or become level. Level up bring up to a standard. On the level 1 honestly, without deception.
- honest, truthful. On a level with 1 in the same horizontal plane as.
- equal with. [latin diminutive of libra balance]
—n. - bar resting on a pivot, used to prise.
- bar pivoted about a fulcrum (fixed point) which can be acted upon by a force (effort) in order to move a load.
- projecting handle moved to operate a mechanism.
- means of exerting moral pressure. —v. - use a lever.
- (often foll. By away, out, up, etc.) Lift, move, etc. With a lever. [latin levo raise]
n.pl. (also levi's propr.) Type of (orig. Blue) denim jeans or overalls reinforced with rivets. [levi strauss, name of the manufacturer]
n. Climbing plant of tropical forests. [french]
—n. - law a published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation. B act of publishing this.
- false and defamatory misrepresentation or statement. —v. (-ll-; us -l-) 1 defame by libellous statements.
- law publish a libel against. libellous adj. [latin libellus diminutive of liber book]
n. - constellation and seventh sign of the zodiac (the scales).
- person born when the sun is in this sign. [latin, = pound weight]