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.
- succession; series. [latin: related to *progress]
—adj. - moving forward.
- proceeding step by step; cumulative (progressive drug use).
- a favouring rapid political or social reform. B modern; efficient (a progressive company).
- (of disease, violence, etc.) Increasing in severity or extent.
- (of taxation) increasing with the sum taxed.
- (of a card-game, dance, etc.) With periodic changes of partners.
- gram. (of a tense) expressing action in progress, e.g. Am writing, was writing. —n. (also progressive) advocate of progressive political policies. progressively adv. [french or medieval latin: related to *progress]
n. - forbidding or being forbidden.
- edict or order that forbids.
- (usu. Prohibition) legal ban on the manufacture and sale of alcohol, esp. In the us (1920–33). prohibitionist n. (in sense 3).