The doctor explained to Jenkins that he had a serious ailment for which an operation was absolutely imperative.
The patient turned pale and asked, "Isn’t it very dangerous?"
"Yes," the doctor replied. "Five out of six who undergo this operation die, but as for you, you have nothing to worry about."
"Why not?" eagerly inquired the patient.
"Well, you’re sure to recover because my last five patients died," the doctor reassured him.
- solicit the custom of (a person) or for (a thing), esp. Sell (tickets) at a price higher than the official one.
- spy out the movements and condition of racehorses in training. —n. Person who touts, esp. Tickets. [old english, = peep]
clerk n. Us & hist. Official in charge of the records etc. Of a town.
- crier n. = *crier 2.
- gas n. Manufactured gas for domestic and commercial use.
- hall n. Headquarters of local government, with public meeting rooms etc.
- house n. - town residence, esp. Of a person with a house in the country.
- terrace house.
- house in a planned group in a town.
- n. - a densely populated built-up defined area, between a city and a village in size. B densely populated area, esp. As opposed to the country.
- a london or the chief city or town in an area (went up to town). B central business area in a neighbourhood. go to town colloq. Do something with great energy or enthusiasm. On the town colloq. Enjoying night-life in a town. [old english]
- planning n. Planning of the construction and growth of towns. town planner n.
colloq. —n. Traditional jazz. —adj. Traditional. [abbreviation]
n. - (also tramcar) electrically-powered passenger road vehicle running on rails.
- four-wheeled vehicle used in coalmines. [low german and dutch trame beam]
—n. - device, often baited, for catching animals.
- trick betraying a person into speech or an act.
- arrangement to catch an unsuspecting person.
- device for hurling an object, e.g. A clay pigeon, into the air to be shot at.
- compartment from which a greyhound is released at the start of a race.
- device that sends a ball into the air.
- curve in a downpipe etc. That fills with liquid and forms a seal against the return of gases.
- two-wheeled carriage (pony and trap).
- = *trapdoor. 10 slang mouth (esp. Shut one's trap). —v. (-pp-) 1 catch (an animal) in a trap.
- catch or catch out (a person) by means of a trick etc.
- stop and retain in or as in a trap.
- provide (a place) with traps. [old english]
- n. (in full trap-rock) dark-coloured igneous rock. [swedish]
n. - flat board, usu. With a raised rim, for carrying dishes.
- shallow lidless box for papers or small articles, sometimes forming a drawer in a cabinet etc. [old english]