The local sheriff was looking for a deputy, so Homer – who was not exactly the sharpest nail in the bucket – went in to try out for the job.
"Okay," the sheriff drawled, "Homer, what is 1 and 1?"
"11," he replied.
The sheriff thought to himself, "That"s not what I meant, but he"s right."
"What two days of the week start with the letter "T"?"
"Today and tomorrow."
He was again surprised that Homer supplied a correct answer that he had never thought of himself.
"Now Homer, listen carefully: Who killed Abraham Lincoln?"
Homer looked a little surprised himself, then thought really hard for a minute and finally admitted, "I don"t know."
"Well, why don"t you go home and work on that one for a while?"
So, Homer wandered over to the pool hall where his pals were waiting to hear the results of the interview. Homer was exultant.
"It went great! First day on the job and I"m already working on a murder case!"
—v. (-sing) (usu. Foll. By into) fall back or sink again (into a worse state after improvement). —n. Relapsing, esp. A deterioration in a patient's condition after partial recovery. [latin labor laps- slip]
adj. Connected, esp. By blood or marriage.
v. Learn again.
—v. (-sing) 1 (often foll. By from) set free; liberate, unfasten.
- allow to move from a fixed position.
- a make (information, a recording, etc.) Publicly available. B issue (a film etc.) For general exhibition. —n. - liberation from a restriction, duty, or difficulty.
- handle or catch that releases part of a mechanism.
- news item etc. Made available for publication (press release).
- a film or record etc. That is released. B releasing or being released in this way. [french relesser from latin relaxo *relax]
v. (-ving) 1 bring or give relief to.
- mitigate the tedium or monotony of.
- release (a person) from a duty by acting as or providing a substitute.
- (foll. By of) take (esp. A burden or duty) away from (a person). relieve one's feelings use strong language or vigorous behaviour when annoyed. Relieve oneself urinate or defecate. relieved adj. [latin relevo raise again, alleviate]
n. (pl. -s) = *relief 6. [italian rilievo: related to *relief]
v. (past and past part. -lit) light (a fire etc.) Again.
n.pl. - what remains after other parts have been removed or used etc.
- relics of antiquity, esp. Of buildings.
- dead body.
v. (-ies, -ied) marry again. remarriage n.
n. - small remaining quantity.
- piece of cloth etc. Left when the greater part has been used or sold. [french: related to *remain]