A man goes into a pet shop to buy a parrot.
The shop owner points to three identically looking parrots on a perch and says:
"The parrot on the left costs $500."
"Why does the parrot cost so much?", asks the guest.
The owner says,
"Well, the parrot knows how to use a computer."
The man then asks about the next parrot. He is told that this one costs $1000, because it can do everything the other parrot can do, plus it knows how to use the UNIX operating system.
Naturally, the increasingly startled man asks about the third parrot. He is told that it costs $2000. Needless to say this begs the question,
"What can it do?"
To which the owner replies,
"To be honest I have never seen it do a thing, but the other two call him boss!"
—v. (-bb-) 1 move something, esp. One's hand, with firm pressure over the surface of.
- (usu. Foll. By against, in, on, over) apply (one's hand etc.) In this way.
- clean, polish, chafe, or make dry, sore, or bare by rubbing.
- (foll. By in, into, through, over) apply (polish etc.) By rubbing.
- (often foll. By together, against, on) move with contact or friction or slide (objects) against each other.
- (of cloth, skin, etc.) Become frayed, worn, sore, or bare with friction. —n. - act or spell of rubbing (give it a rub).
- impediment or difficulty (there's the rub). rub along colloq. Cope or manage routinely. Rub down dry, smooth, or clean by rubbing. Rub it in (or rub a person's nose in it) emphasize or repeat an embarrassing fact etc. Rub off 1 (usu. Foll. By on) be transferred by contact, be transmitted (his attitudes have rubbed off on me).
- remove by rubbing. Rub out erase with a rubber. Rub shoulders with associate with. Rub up 1 polish.
- brush up (a subject or one's memory). Rub up the wrong way irritate. [low german]
abbr. Royal ulster constabulary.
v. (rues, rued, rueing or ruing) repent of; wish to be undone or non-existent (esp. Rue the day). [old english]
- n. Evergreen shrub with bitter strong-scented leaves. [greek rhute]
n. - thick floor covering, usu. Smaller than a carpet.
- thick woollen coverlet or wrap. pull the rug from under deprive of support; weaken, unsettle. [probably scandinavian]
baba n. Sponge cake soaked in rum syrup.
- n. Spirit distilled from sugar-cane or molasses. [origin unknown]
—v. (-nn-; past ran; past part. Run) 1 go with quick steps, never having both or all feet on the ground at once.
- flee, abscond.
- go or travel hurriedly or briefly (i'll just run down to the shops).
- a advance by or as by rolling or on wheels, or smoothly or easily. B (cause to) be in action or operation or go in a specified way (left the engine running; ran the car into a tree).
- be current or operative (lease runs for 99 years).
- travel on its route (train is running late).
- (of a play etc.) Be staged or presented (now running at the apollo).
- extend; have a course, order, or tendency (road runs by the coast; prices are running high).
- a (often absol.) Compete in (a race). B finish a race in a specified position. 10 (often foll. By for) seek election (ran for president). 11 flow (with) or be wet; drip (with) (walls running with condensation). 12 a cause (water etc.) To flow. B fill (a bath) thus. 13 spread rapidly (ink ran over the table). 14 traverse (a course, race, or distance). 15 perform (an errand). 16 publish (an article etc.) In a newspaper etc. 17 direct or manage (a business etc.). 18 own and use (a vehicle) regularly. 19 transport in a private vehicle (ran me to the station). 20 enter (a horse etc.) For a race. 21 smuggle (guns etc.). 22 chase or hunt. 23 allow (an account) to accumulate before paying. 24 (of a dyed colour) spread from the dyed parts. 25 a (of a thought, the eye, the memory, etc.) Pass quickly (ideas ran through my mind). B pass (one's eye) quickly (ran my eye down the page). 26 (of tights etc.) Ladder. 27 (of esp. The eyes or nose) exude liquid. —n. - running.
- short excursion.
- distance travelled.
- general tendency.
- regular route.
- continuous stretch, spell, or course (run of bad luck).
- (often foll. By on) high general demand (run on the dollar).
- quantity produced at one time (print run).
- average type or class (general run of customers). 10 point scored in cricket or baseball. 11 (foll. By of) free use of or access to (run of the house). 12 a animal's regular track. B enclosure for fowls etc. C range of pasture. 13 ladder in tights etc. 14 mus. Rapid scale passage. 15 (in full the runs) colloq. Diarrhoea. on the run fleeing. Run about 1 bustle, hurry.
- (esp. Of children) play freely. Run across happen to meet or find. Run after 1 pursue at a run.
- pursue, esp. Sexually. Run along colloq. Depart. Run around 1 take from place to place by car etc.
- (often foll. By with) slang engage in esp. Promiscuous sexual relations. Run away 1 (often foll. By from) flee, abscond.
- mentally evade (a problem etc.). Run away with 1 carry off.
- win easily.
- deprive of self-control, carry away.
- consume (money etc.).
- (of a horse) bolt with (a rider etc.).
- leave home to have a relationship with (esp. Another person's husband or wife). Run down 1 knock down.
- reduce the numbers etc. Of.
- (of an unwound clock etc.) Stop.
- discover after a search.
- colloq. Disparage. Run dry 1 cease to flow.
- = run out 1. Run for it seek safety by fleeing. Run (or good run) for one's money 1 vigorous or close competition.
- some return for outlay or effort. Run the gauntlet see *gauntlet2. Run high (of feelings) be strong. Run in 1 run (an engine or vehicle) carefully when new.
- colloq. Arrest. Run in the family (of a trait) be common in a family. Run into 1 collide with.
- reach as many as (a usu. High figure). Run into the ground colloq.
—n. - deep track made by the passage of wheels.
- established (esp. Tedious) practice or routine (in a rut). —v. (-tt-) mark with ruts. [probably french: related to *route]
- —n. Periodic sexual excitement of a male deer etc. —v. (-tt-) be affected with rut. [latin rugio roar]
n. - a cereal plant. B grain of this used for bread and fodder.
- (in full rye whisky) whisky distilled from fermented rye. [old english]
meeting n. Sequence of horse-races at one place.
- relations n.pl. Relations between members of different races in the same country.
- riot n. Outbreak of violence due to racial antagonism.
- —n. - contest of speed between runners, horses, vehicles, ships, etc.
- (in pl.) Series of these for horses, dogs, etc., at a fixed time on a regular course.
- contest between persons to be first to achieve something.
- a strong current in the sea or a river. B channel (mill-race). —v. (-cing) 1 take part in a race.
- have a race with.
- try to surpass in speed.
- (foll. By with) compete in speed with.
- cause to race.
- a go at full or excessive speed. B cause to do this.
- (usu. As racing adj.) Follow or take part in horse-racing (a racing man). [old norse]
- n. - each of the major divisions of humankind, each having distinct physical characteristics.
- fact or concept of division into races.
- genus, species, breed, or variety of animals or plants.
- group of persons, animals, or plants connected by common descent.
- any great division of living creatures (the human race). [italian razza]
—n. - framework, usu. With rails, bars, etc., for holding things.
- cogged or toothed bar or rail engaging with a wheel or pinion etc.
- hist. Instrument of torture stretching the victim's joints. —v. - (of disease or pain) inflict suffering on.
- hist. Torture (a person) on the rack.
- place in or on a rack.
- shake violently.
- injure by straining. on the rack suffering acute mental or physical pain. Rack one's brains make a great mental effort. [low german or dutch]
- n. Destruction (esp. Rack and ruin). [from *wrack]
- v. (often foll. By off) draw off (wine, beer, etc.) From the lees. [provençal arracar from raca stems and husks of grapes, dregs]