A porter in a British hotel comes upon an American tourist impatiently jabbing at the button for the lift.
"Sir, the lift will be here in a moment."
"Lift? Lift?" replies the American. "Oh, you mean the elevator."
"No sir, here we call it a lift."
"Well, as it was invented in the United States, it’s called an elevator."
"Yes sir, but as the language was invented here, it’s called a lift."
—v. (-ping) 1 clean or dry the surface of by rubbing.
- rub (a cloth) over a surface.
- spread (a liquid etc.) Over a surface by rubbing.
- (often foll. By away, off, etc.) A clear or remove by wiping. B erase or eliminate completely. —n. - act of wiping.
- piece of specially treated material for wiping (antiseptic wipes). wipe down clean (a wall etc.) By wiping. Wipe the floor with colloq. Inflict a humiliating defeat on. Wipe off annul (a debt etc.). Wipe out 1 destroy, annihilate, obliterate.
- clean the inside of. Wipe up 1 dry (dishes etc.).
- take up (a liquid etc.) By wiping. [old english]
netting n. Netting of meshed wire.
- wool n. Mass of fine wire for scouring or rubbing down.
- —n. - a metal drawn out into a thread or thin flexible rod. B piece of this. C (attrib.) Made of wire.
- length of this for fencing or to carry an electric current etc.
- (often foll. By up) install electrical circuits in (a building, equipment, etc.).
- colloq. Telegraph. get one's wires crossed become confused and misunderstood. [old english]
adj. (-ier, -iest) 1 sinewy, untiring.
- like wire; tough, coarse. wiriness n.
guy n. Colloq. Know-all.
- man n. Wizard, esp. One of the magi.
- suffix forming adjectives and adverbs of manner (clockwise; lengthwise) or respect (moneywise).
- adj. - having, showing, or dictated by wisdom.
- prudent, sensible.
- having knowledge (often in comb.: streetwise; worldly-wise).
- suggestive of wisdom.
- us colloq. Alert, crafty. be (or get) wise to colloq. Be (or become) aware of. None the wiser knowing no more than before. Put wise (often foll. By to) colloq. Inform (of). Wise up esp. Us colloq. Put or get wise. wisely adv. [old english]
- n. Archaic way, manner, or degree. in no wise not at all. [old english]
—v. - (often foll. By for) have or express a desire or aspiration for (wish for happiness).
- have as a desire or aspiration (i wish i could sing).
- want or demand (i wish to go; i wish you to do it).
- express one's hopes for (wish you success).
- (foll. By on, upon) colloq. Foist on. —n. - a desire, request. B expression of this.
- thing desired. best (or good) wishes hopes felt or expressed for another's happiness etc. [old english]
n. - small bundle or twist of straw etc.
- small separate quantity of smoke, hair, etc.
- small thin person etc. wispy adj. (-ier, -iest). [origin uncertain]
prep. Expressing: 1 instrument or means used (cut with a knife).
- a association or company (lives with his mother; works with shell). B parting of company (dispense with).
- cause (shiver with fear).
- possession (man with dark hair; filled with water).
- understanding (are you with me?). 10 reference or regard (be patient with them; how are things with you?). away (or in or out etc.) With (as int.) Take, send, or put (a person or thing) away (or in or out etc.). With it colloq. - up to date.
- alert and comprehending. With that thereupon. [old english]
n. - plant yielding a blue dye.
- dye from this. [old english]
past of *wake1.
n. High open uncultivated land or moor. [old english]