—n. - chance or possibility of danger, loss, injury, etc. (health risk; risk of fire).
- person or thing causing a risk or regarded in relation to risk (is a poor risk). —v. - expose to risk.
- accept the chance of (risk getting wet).
- venture on. at risk exposed to danger. At one's (own) risk accepting responsibility, agreeing to make no claims. At the risk of with the possibility of (an adverse consequence). Put at risk expose to danger. Run a (or the) risk (often foll. By of) expose oneself to danger or loss etc. Take a risk (or risks) chance the possibility of danger etc. [french risque(r) from italian]
n. - religious or solemn observance, act, or procedure (burial rites).
- body of customary observances characteristic of a church etc. (latin rite). [latin ritus]
- of passage n. (often in pl.) Event marking a change or stage in life, e.g. Marriage.
abbr. Royal national lifeboat institution.
fund licence n. Disc displayed on a vehicle certifying payment of road tax.
- n. - a way with a prepared surface, for vehicles, pedestrians, etc. B part of this for vehicles only (step out into the road).
- one's way or route.
- (usu. In pl.) Piece of water near the shore in which ships can ride at anchor. any road dial. = *anyway 2, 3. Get out of the (or my etc.) Road dial. Stop obstructing a person. In the (or one's) road dial. Forming an obstruction. One for the road colloq. Final (esp. Alcoholic) drink before departure. On the road travelling, esp.
- sense n. Capacity for safe behaviour in traffic etc.
- sign n. Sign giving information or instructions to road users.
- tax n. Periodic tax payable on road vehicles.
- test —n. Test of a vehicle's roadworthiness. —v. (road-test) test (a vehicle) on the road.
—v. - ramble, wander.
- travel unsystematically over, through, or about. —n. Act of roaming; ramble. roamer n. [origin unknown]
—adj. (of esp. A horse) having a coat thickly interspersed with hairs of another colour. —n. Roan animal. [french]
—n. - a loud deep hoarse sound, as made by a lion. B similar sound.
- loud laugh. —v. - (often foll. By out) utter loudly or make a roar, roaring laugh, etc.
- travel in a vehicle at high speed, esp. With the engine roaring. [old english]
—n. - a long loose outer garment. B (often in pl.) This worn as an indication of rank, office, profession, etc.
- esp. Us dressing-gown. —v. (-bing) clothe in a robe; dress. [french]
and roll n. (also rock 'n' roll) popular dance-music originating in the 1950s with a heavy beat and often a blues element.
- n. - a hard material of the earth's crust, often exposed on the surface. B similar material on other planets.
- geol. Any natural material, hard or soft (e.g. Clay), consisting of one or more minerals.
- a projecting rock forming a hill, cliff, reef, etc. B (the rock) gibraltar.
- large detached stone.
- us stone of any size.
- firm and dependable support or protection.
- hard sweet usu. In the form of a peppermint-flavoured stick.
- slang precious stone, esp. A diamond. get one's rocks off coarse slang achieve (esp. Sexual) satisfaction. On the rocks colloq. - short of money.
- (of a marriage etc.) Broken down.
- (of a drink) served neat with ice-cubes. [french roque, roche]
- —v. - move gently to and fro; set, maintain, or be in, such motion.
- (cause to) sway; shake, oscillate, reel.
- distress, perturb (rocked by the news). —n. - rocking movement.
- spell of this.
- a = *rock and roll. B rock and roll-influenced popular music. rock the boat colloq. Disturb a stable situation. [old english]