The doctor explained to Jenkins that he had a serious ailment for which an operation was absolutely imperative.
The patient turned pale and asked, "Isn’t it very dangerous?"
"Yes," the doctor replied. "Five out of six who undergo this operation die, but as for you, you have nothing to worry about."
"Why not?" eagerly inquired the patient.
"Well, you’re sure to recover because my last five patients died," the doctor reassured him.
n. (in full pug-dog) dog of a dwarf breed with a broad flat nose and wrinkled face. [origin unknown]
—n. Humorous use of a word or words with two or more meanings; play on words. —v. (-nn-) (foll. By on; also absol.) Make a pun or puns with (words). [origin unknown]
—n. Young dog, wolf, rat, seal, etc. —v. (-pp-) (also absol.) (of a bitch etc.) Bring forth (young). [from *puppy]
n. Thick yellowish or greenish liquid produced from infected tissue. [latin pus puris]
—v. (-tt-; past and past part. Put) 1 move to or cause to be in a specified place or position (put it in your pocket; put the children to bed).
- bring into a specified condition or state (puts me in great difficulty).
- (often foll. By on, to) impose, enforce, assign, or apply (put a tax on beer; where do you put the blame?; put a stop to it; put it to good use).
- place (a person) or (refl.) Imagine (oneself) in a specified position (put them at their ease; put yourself in my shoes).
- (foll. By for) substitute (one thing) for (another).
- express in a specified way (to put it mildly).
- (foll. By at) estimate (an amount etc.) At so much (put the cost at £50).
- (foll. By into) express or translate in (words, or another language).
- (foll. By into) invest (money in an asset, e.g. Land). 10 (foll. By on) stake (money) on (a horse etc.). 11 (foll. By to) submit for attention (put it to a vote). 12 throw (esp. A shot or weight) as a sport. 13 (foll. By back, off, out to sea, etc.) (of a ship etc.) Proceed in a specified direction. —n. Throw of the shot etc. put about 1 spread (information, a rumour, etc.).
- naut. Turn round; put (a ship) on the opposite tack. Put across 1 communicate (an idea etc.) Effectively.
- (often in put it (or one) across) achieve by deceit. Put away 1 restore (a thing) to its usual or former place.
- lay (money etc.) Aside for future use.
- imprison or commit to a home etc.
abbr. Polyvinyl chloride.
abbr. Pressurized-water reactor.
n. Vessel for the consecrated bread of the eucharist. [greek puxis *box1]
bowler n. Cricket fast bowler.
- —n. - a single step in walking or running. B distance covered in this.
- speed in walking or running.
- rate of movement or progression.
- way of walking or running; gait (ambling pace). —v. (-cing) 1 a walk slowly and evenly (pace up and down). B (of a horse) amble.
- traverse by pacing.
- set the pace for (a rider, runner, etc.).
- (foll. By out) measure by pacing. keep pace (often foll. By with) advance at an equal rate (to). Put a person etc. Through his (or her) paces test a person's qualities in action etc. Set the pace determine the speed; lead. [french pas from latin passus]
- prep. (in stating a contrary opinion) with due respect to (the person named). [latin, ablative of pax peace]
ice n. Crowded floating ice in the sea.
- —n. - a collection of things wrapped up or tied together for carrying. B = *backpack.
- set of packaged items.
- usu. Derog. Lot or set (pack of lies; pack of thieves).
- set of playing-cards.
- group of hounds, wild animals, etc.
- organized group of cub scouts or brownies.
- rugby team's forwards.
- = *face-pack.
- = *pack ice. —v. - (often foll. By up) a fill (a suitcase, bag, etc.) With clothes etc. B put (things) in a bag or suitcase, esp. For travelling.
- (often foll. By in, into) crowd or cram (packed a lot into a few hours; packed in like sardines).
- (esp. In passive; often foll. By with) fill (restaurant was packed; fans packed the stadium; packed with information).
- cover (a thing) with packaging.
- be suitable for packing.
- colloq. A carry (a gun etc.). B be capable of delivering (a forceful punch).
- (of animals or rugby forwards) form a pack. pack in colloq. Stop, give up (packed in his job). Pack it in (or up) colloq. End or stop it. Pack off send (a person) away, esp. Summarily. Pack them in fill a theatre etc. With a capacity audience. Pack up colloq. - stop functioning; break down.
- retire from an activity, contest, etc. Send packing colloq. Dismiss summarily. [low german or dutch]
- v. Select (a jury etc.) Or fill (a meeting) so as to secure a decision in one's favour. [probably from *pact]