A man speaks frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"
"Is this her first child?" the doctor queries.
"No, you idiot!" the man shouts. "This is her husband!"
- having adequate reason for a belief or assertion.
- (foll. By of) confident in anticipation or knowledge of.
- reliable or unfailing.
- (foll. By to + infin.) Certain.
- undoubtedly true or truthful. —adv. Colloq. Certainly. be sure (in imper. Or infin.; foll. By that + clause or to + infin.) Take care to; not fail to. For sure colloq. Certainly. Make sure make or become certain; ensure. Sure enough colloq. In fact; certainly. To be sure admittedly; indeed, certainly. sureness n. [french from latin securus]
—n. Foam of the sea breaking on the shore or reefs. —v. Practise surfing. surfer n. [origin unknown]
v. Slang (also sus) (-ss-) (usu. Foll. By out) 1 investigate, inspect.
- work out; realize. on suss on suspicion (of having committed a crime). [abbreviation]
—n. - a absorbent pad used in surgery. B specimen of a secretion taken for examination.
- mop etc. For cleaning or mopping up. —v. (-bb-) 1 clean with a swab.
- (foll. By up) absorb (moisture) with a swab.
- mop clean (a ship's deck) [dutch]
n. - slang booty of burglars etc.
- austral. & nz traveller's bundle.
- festoon of flowers, foliage, drapery, etc. swagged adj. [probably scandinavian]
past of *swim.
—n. Large usu. White water-bird with a long flexible neck. —v. (-nn-) (usu. Foll. By about, off, etc.) Colloq. Move or go aimlessly, casually, or with a superior air. [old english]
(also swop) —v. (-pp-) exchange or barter. —n. - act of swapping.
- thing for swapping or swapped. [originally = ‘hit’, imitative]
—v. (-tt-) 1 crush (a fly etc.) With a sharp blow.
- hit hard and abruptly. —n. Swatting blow. [dial. Var. Of *squat]
—v. - (cause to) lean or move unsteadily from side to side.
- oscillate; waver.
- a control the motion or direction of. B influence; rule over. —n. - rule, influence, or government (hold sway).