Upon entering the little country store, the stranger noticed a sign saying "DANGER! BEWARE OF DOG!" posted on the glass door.
Inside he noticed a harmless old hound dog asleep on the floor beside the cash register.
He asked the store manager, "Is that the dog folks are supposed to beware of?"
"Yep, that"s him," he replied.
The stranger couldn"t help but be amused.
"That certainly doesn"t look like a dangerous dog to me. Why in the world would you post that sign?"
"Because," the owner replied, "before I posted that sign, people kept tripping over him."
—interrog. Adv. - at what time? 2 on what occasion? 3 how soon? —rel. Adv. (prec. By time etc.) At or on which (there are times when i could cry). —conj. - at the or any time that; as soon as (come when you like; come when ready).
- although (why stand when you could sit?).
- after which; and then; but just then (was nearly asleep when the bell rang). —pron. What time?; which time (till when can you stay?; since when it has improved). —n. Time, occasion (fixed the where and when). [old english]
v. (-tt-) 1 sharpen (a tool).
- stimulate (the appetite or a desire etc.). [old english]
int. Expressing surprise, consternation, or relief. [imitative]
n. Watery liquid left when milk forms curds. [old english]
n. Hist. Member of the british reforming and constitutional party succeeded in the 19th c. By the liberal party. whiggery n. Whiggish adj. Whiggism n. [whiggamer, -more, nickname of 17th-c. Scots rebels]
n. - sudden fancy; caprice.
- capriciousness. [origin unknown]
n. (in sing. Or pl.) Gorse. [scandinavian]
hand n. - hand that holds the whip (in riding etc.).
- (usu. Prec. By the) advantage or control in a situation.
- —n. - lash attached to a stick for urging on animals or punishing etc.
- a member of a political party in parliament appointed to control its discipline and tactics. B whips' written notice requesting or requiring attendance for voting at a division etc., variously underlined according to the degree of urgency (three-line whip). C (prec. By the) party discipline and instructions (asked for the labour whip).
- dessert made with whipped cream etc.
- = *whipper-in. —v. (-pp-) 1 beat or urge on with a whip.
- beat (cream or eggs etc.) Into a froth.
- take or move suddenly, unexpectedly, or rapidly (whipped out a knife; whipped behind the door).
- slang steal.
- slang a excel. B defeat.
- bind with spirally wound twine.
- sew with overcast stitches. whip in bring (hounds) together. Whip on urge into action. Whip up excite or stir up. [low german or dutch]
n. Particle; least possible amount (not a whit better). [apparently = *wight]
- sunday n. Seventh sunday after easter, commemorating pentecost.
- —n. = *whitsuntide. —attrib. Adj. Of whitsuntide or whit sunday. [old english, = white]
(also whizz) —n. Sound made by a body moving through the air at great speed. —v. (-zz-) move with or make a whiz. [imitative]