One day Holmes and Watson are flying a dirigible balloon. It is foggy around, they have lost their way. Suddenly they see - a shepherd is grazing sheep below. The men are very glad and shout:
- The dear, tell us, please, where we are now?
- You are in the dirigible balloon.
- I understand... - Holmes says. - We are flying over Russia.
- But why? - Watson is surprised.
- It’s elementary, Buddy! Only a programmer could give such an exact and useless answer at the same time. And only in Russia programmers can look after sheep.
int. Used to stop or slow a horse etc. [var. Of *ho]
contr. - who had.
- who would.
objective case of *who.
v. (-pp-) slang 1 thrash.
- defeat. [origin unknown]
who n. - who or what each person is (know who's who).
- list with facts about notable persons.
n. Strip or thread feeding a flame with fuel. get on a person's wick colloq. Annoy a person. [old english]
awake adj. - fully awake.
- colloq. Wary, knowing.
- ball n. Cricket ball judged to be beyond the batsman's reach, so scoring a run.
- —adj. - having sides far apart, broad, not narrow (wide river; wide sleeve; wide angle).
- (following a measurement) in width (a metre wide).
- a extending far (wide range; wide experience). B considerable (wide margin).
- not restricted (a wide public).
- a liberal; unprejudiced (takes wide views). B not specialized; general.
- open to the full extent (wide eyes).
- (foll. By of) not within a reasonable distance of, far from (wide shot; wide of the target).
- (in comb.) Extending over the whole of (nationwide). —adv. - widely.
- to the full extent.
- far from the target etc. (shooting wide). —n. = *wide ball. give a wide berth to see *berth. Wide of the mark see *mark1. Wide open (often foll. By to) exposed (to attack etc.). The wide world all the world, great as it is. [old english]
n. (pl. Wives) 1 married woman, esp. In relation to her husband.