Tom had won a toy at a raffle. He called his kids together to ask which one should have the present.
“Who is the most obedient?” he asked. “Who never talks back to mother? Who does everything she says?”
Five small voices answered in unison. “Okay, dad, you get the toy.”
n. - a periodic rise and fall of the sea due to the attraction of the moon and sun. B water as affected by this.
- time or season (usu. In comb.: whitsuntide).
- marked trend of opinion, fortune, or events. tide (-ding) over provide (a person) with what is needed during a difficult period. [old english, = *time]
—adj. (-ier, -iest) 1 neat, orderly.
- (of a person) methodical.
- colloq. Considerable (a tidy sum). —n. (pl. -ies) 1 receptacle for holding small objects etc.
- esp. Us cover for a chair-back etc. —v. (-ies, -ied) (also absol.; often foll. By up) put in good order; make (oneself, a room, etc.) Tidy. tidily adv. Tidiness n. [originally = timely etc., from *tide]
attrib. Adj. - (of a house) occupied subject to the tenant's working for its owner.
- (of a public house etc.) Bound to supply the products of a particular brewery only.
n. Row, rank, or unit of a structure, as one of several placed one above another (tiers of seats). tiered adj. [french tire from tirer draw, elongate]
n. Slight or petty quarrel. [origin unknown]
var. Of *tyke.
—n. - thin slab of concrete or baked clay etc. Used for roofing or paving etc.
- similar slab of glazed pottery, cork, linoleum, etc., for covering a wall, floor, etc.
- thin flat piece used in a game (esp. In mah-jong). —v. (-ling) cover with tiles. on the tiles colloq. Having a spree. tiler n. [latin tegula]
—prep. - up to or as late as (wait till six o'clock).
- up to the time of (faithful till death). —conj. - up to the time when (wait till i return).
- so long that (laughed till i cried). [old norse: related to *till3]
- n. Drawer for money in a shop or bank etc., esp. With a device recording the amount of each purchase. [origin unknown]
- v. Cultivate (land). tiller n. [old english, = strive for]
—v. - (cause to) assume a sloping position; heel over.
- (foll. By at) strike, thrust, or run at, with a weapon.
- (foll. By with) engage in a contest. —n. - tilting.
- sloping position.
- (of medieval knights etc.) Charging with a lance against an opponent or at a mark.
- attack, esp. With argument or satire (have a tilt at).
and a half n. One and a half times the normal rate of payment.
- bomb n. Bomb designed to explode at a pre-set time.
- capsule n. Box etc. Containing objects typical of the present time, buried for future discovery.
- clock n. Clock with a device for recording workers' hours of work.
- exposure n. Exposure of photographic film for longer than the slowest normal shutter setting.
- sheet n. Sheet of paper for recording hours of work etc.
- signal n. Audible signal of the exact time of day.
- signature n. Mus. Indication of tempo following a clef.
- switch n. Switch acting automatically at a pre-set time.
- zone n. Range of longitudes where a common standard time is used.
- —n. - indefinite continued progress of existence, events, etc., in the past, present, and future, regarded as a whole.
- progress of this as affecting persons or things.
- portion of time belonging to particular events or circumstances (the time of the plague; prehistoric times).
- allotted or available portion of time (had no time to eat).
- point of time, esp. In hours and minutes (the time is 7.30).
- (prec. By a) indefinite period.
- time or an amount of time as reckoned by a conventional standard (eight o'clock new york time; the time allowed is one hour).
- occasion (last time).
- moment etc. Suitable for a purpose etc. (the time to act). 10 (in pl.) Expressing multiplication (five times six is thirty). 11 lifetime (will last my time). 12 (in sing. Or pl.) Conditions of life or of a period (hard times). 13 slang prison sentence (is doing time). 14 apprenticeship (served his time). 15 period of gestation. 16 date or expected date of childbirth or death. 17 measured time spent in work. 18 a any of several rhythmic patterns of music. B duration of a note. —v. (-ming) 1 choose the time for.
- do at a chosen or correct time.
- arrange the time of arrival of.
- ascertain the time taken by. against time with utmost speed, so as to finish by a specified time. Ahead of time earlier than expected. All the time 1 during the whole of the time referred to (often despite some contrary expectation etc.).
- constantly. At one time 1 in a known but unspecified past period.
- simultaneously. At the same time 1 simultaneously.
- nevertheless. At times intermittently. For the time being until some other arrangement is made. Half the time colloq. As often as not. Have no time for 1 be unable or unwilling to spend time on.
- dislike. Have a time of it undergo trouble or difficulty. In no time 1 very soon.
- very quickly. In time 1 not late, punctual.
- in accordance with a given rhythm. Keep time move or sing etc. In time. Pass the time of day colloq. Exchange a greeting or casual remarks. Time after time 1 on many occasions.
- in many instances. Time and (or time and time) again on many occasions. The time of one's life period of exceptional enjoyment. Time out of mind a longer time than anyone can remember. Time was there was a time. [old english]