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.
n. - firm or hard sweet made by boiling sugar, butter, etc.
- this substance. for toffee slang (prec. By can't etc.) (denoting incompetence) at all (they couldn't sing for toffee). [origin unknown]
n. - fastener for a garment consisting of a crosspiece which passes through a hole or loop.
- computing switch action that is operated the same way but with opposite effect on successive occasions. [origin unknown]
- switch n. Electric switch with a lever to be moved usu. Up and down.
n. - = *lavatory.
- process of washing oneself, dressing, etc. (at one's toilet). [french toilette diminutive of toile cloth]
- paper n. Paper for cleaning oneself after excreting.
- roll n. Roll of toilet paper.
- soap n. Soap for washing oneself.
- water n. Dilute perfume used after washing.
n. (pl. -es) 1 glossy red or yellow pulpy edible fruit.
- plant bearing this. [ultimately from mexican tomatl]
n. Boisterous girl who enjoys activities traditionally associated with boys. tomboyish adj. [from *tom]
n. Tit, esp. A blue tit.
n. - primitive drum beaten with the hands.
- tall drum used in jazz bands etc. [hindi tamtam, imitative]
—n. - fleshy muscular organ in the mouth used in tasting, licking, and swallowing, and (in man) for speech.
- tongue of an ox etc. As food.
- faculty of or tendency in speech (a sharp tongue).
- particular language (the german tongue).
- thing like a tongue in shape or position, esp.: a a long low promontory. B a strip of leather etc. Under the laces in a shoe. C the clapper of a bell. D the pin of a buckle. E a projecting strip on a board etc. Fitting into the groove of another. —v. (-guing) use the tongue to articulate (notes) in playing a wind instrument. find (or lose) one's tongue be able (or unable) to express oneself after a shock etc. Hold one's tongue see *hold1. With one's tongue in one's cheek insincerely or ironically. [old english]
n. Either of two small organs, one on each side of the root of the tongue. [latin]
adj. (-ier, -iest) having large, numerous, or prominent teeth.