A man was driving down the road with twenty penguins in the back seat.
The police stop him and say that he can’t drive around with the penguins in the car and should take them to the zoo.
The man agrees and drives off.
The next day the same man is driving down the road with twenty penguins in the back and again he is stopped by the same police officer who says, "Hey! I thought I told you to take those to the zoo."
The man replies, "I did. Today I’m taking them to the movies."
- oblong mass of metal (esp. Iron or lead) from a smelting-furnace.
- slang derog. Police officer. —v. (-gg-) colloq. Eat (food) greedily. buy a pig in a poke acquire something without previous sight or knowledge of it. Pig it colloq. Live in a disorderly or filthy fashion. Pig out (often foll. By on) esp. Us slang eat gluttonously. [old english]
abbr. Personal identification number (for use with a cashcard etc.).
- —n. - small thin pointed piece of metal with a round or flattened head used (esp. In sewing) for holding things in place, attaching one thing to another, etc.
- peg of wood or metal for various purposes.
- (in idioms) something of small value (not worth a pin).
- (in pl.) Colloq. Legs. —v. (-nn-) 1 a (often foll. By to, up, together) fasten with a pin or pins. B transfix with a pin, lance, etc.
- (usu. Foll. By on) put (blame, responsibility, etc.) On (a person etc.).
- (often foll. By against, on, etc.) Seize and hold fast. pin down 1 (often foll. By to) bind (a person etc.) To a promise, arrangement, etc.
- force (a person) to declare his or her intentions.
- restrict the actions of (an enemy etc.).
- specify (a thing) precisely. Pin one's faith (or hopes etc.) On rely implicitly on. [latin pinna point etc.]
—n. Seed of an apple, pear, orange, grape, etc. —v. (-pp-) remove the pips from (fruit etc.). pipless adj. [abbreviation of *pippin]
- n. Short high-pitched sound, usu. Electronically produced, esp. As a time signal. [imitative]
- v. (-pp-) colloq. - hit with a shot.
- (also pip at the post) defeat narrowly or at the last moment. [origin unknown]
- n. - any of the spots on a playing-card, dice, or domino.
- star (1–3 according to rank) on the shoulder of an army officer's uniform. [origin unknown]
- n. - disease of poultry etc.
- colloq. Fit of disgust or bad temper (esp. Give one the pip). [low german or dutch]
bull terrier n. Small american dog noted for ferocity.
- of the stomach n. Depression below the breastbone.
- —n. - a deep hole in the ground, usu. Large. B coalmine. C covered hole as a trap for animals.
- hollow on a surface, esp. An indentation of the skin.
- a = orchestra pit (see *orchestra 2). B usu. Hist. Seating at the back of the stalls.
- (the pits) slang worst imaginable place, situation, person, etc.
- a area at the side of a track where racing cars are serviced and refuelled. B sunken area in a workshop floor for access to a car's underside. —v. (-tt-) 1 (usu. Foll. By against) set (one's wits, strength, etc.) In competition.
- (usu. As pitted adj.) Make pits, scars, craters, etc. In.
- put into a pit. [old english from latin puteus well]
- v. (-tt-) (usu. As pitted adj.) Remove stones from (fruit). [origin uncertain]
abbr. (also plc) public limited company.
abbr. Palestine liberation organization.
abbr. Public lending right.
n. (pl. -ies) 1 thickness or layer of cloth or wood etc.
- strand of yarn or rope etc. [french pli: related to *plait]
- v. (-ies, -ied) 1 use or wield (a tool, weapon, etc.).
- work steadily at (ply one's trade).
- (foll. By with) a supply continuously (with food, drink, etc.). B approach repeatedly (with questions, etc.).
- a (often foll. By between) (of a vehicle etc.) Travel regularly to and fro. B work (a route) thus.
- (of a taxi-driver etc.) Attend regularly for custom (ply for hire). [from *apply]