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.
- (foll. By to + infin.) About to (ready to burst).
- provided beforehand. —adv. (usu. In comb.) Beforehand; so as not to require doing when the time comes for use etc. (is ready packed; ready-mixed concrete; ready-made family). —n. (pl. -ies) slang (prec. By the) = *ready money. —v. (-ies, -ied) make ready, prepare. at the ready ready for action. Make ready prepare. [old english]
n. - formal kingdom.
- domain (realm of myth). [latin *regimen]
v. (also absol.) Arm again, esp. With improved weapons. rearmament n.
—n. - person who fights against, resists, or refuses allegiance to, the established government.
- person or thing that resists authority or control. —attrib. Adj. - rebellious.
- of rebels.
- in rebellion. —v. (-ll-; us -l-) (usu. Foll. By against) 1 act as a rebel; revolt.
- feel or display repugnance. [latin: related to *re-, bellum war]
—v. (-dd-; past and past part. Rebid) bid again. —n. - act of rebidding.
- bid so made.
n. (pl. Rebuses) representation of a word (esp. A name) by pictures etc. Suggesting its parts. [latin rebus, ablative pl. Of res thing]
v. (-tt-) 1 refute or disprove (evidence or a charge).
- force or turn back; check. rebuttal n. [anglo-french rebuter: related to *butt1]