A tough old cowboy told his grandson that if he wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a little gunpowder on his oatmeal every morning. The grandson did this religiously, and lived to the age of 93.
When he died he left 14 children, 28 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren… and a 15-foot hole in the wall of the crematorium.
n. (pl. -ies) slang foolish or inept person. [origin uncertain]
—n. - ballroom dance in triple time performed by couples revolving with sliding steps.
- music for this. —v. - dance a waltz.
- (often foll. By in, out, round, etc.) Colloq. Move easily, lightly, casually, etc. waltz off with colloq. - steal.
- win easily. [german walzer from walzen revolve]
var. Of *-ward.
adj. (-ier, -iest) 1 too watery or weak.
- lacking vigour or intensity. washily adv. Washiness n.
contr. Was not.
disposal unit n. Device fitted to a sink etc. For disposing of household waste.
- paper n. Used or valueless paper.
- pipe n. Pipe to carry off waste material.
- product n. Useless by-product of manufacture or of an organism.
- —v. (-ting) 1 use to no purpose or with inadequate result or extravagantly.
- fail to use (esp. An opportunity).
- (often foll. By on) a give (advice etc.) Without effect. B (often in passive) fail to be appreciated or used properly (she was wasted on him; feel wasted in this job).
- wear gradually away; make or become weak.
- devastate. —adj. - superfluous; no longer needed.
- not inhabited or cultivated. —n. - act of wasting.
- waste material.
- waste region.
- being used up; diminution by wear.
- = *waste pipe.
—v. - keep the eyes fixed on.
- keep under observation; follow observantly.
- (often foll. By for) be in an alert state; be vigilant.
- (foll. By over) look after; take care of. —n. - small portable timepiece for carrying on the wrist or in a pocket.
- state of alert or constant observation or attention.
- naut. A usu. Four-hour spell of duty. B (in full starboard or port watch) each of the halves into which a ship's crew is divided to take alternate watches.
- hist. Watchman or watchmen. on the watch for waiting for (an anticipated occurrence). Watch it (or oneself) colloq. Be careful. Watch out (often foll. By for) be on one's guard. watcher n. (also in comb.). [old english: related to *wake1]
bus n. Boat carrying passengers on a regular run on a river, lake, etc.
- chestnut n. Corm from a sedge, used in chinese cookery.
- jump n. Jump over water in a steeplechase etc.
- lily n. Aquatic plant with floating leaves and flowers.
- main n. Main pipe in a water-supply system.
- melon n. Large dark-green melon with red pulp and watery juice.
- polo n. Game played by swimmers, with a ball like a football.
- table n. = *water-level 2.
- —n. - colourless transparent liquid compound of oxygen and hydrogen.
- liquid consisting chiefly of this and found in seas and rivers, in rain, and in secretions of organisms.
- expanse of water; a sea, lake, river, etc.
- (in pl.) Part of a sea or river.
- (often as the waters) mineral water at a spa etc.
- state of a tide.
- solution of a specified substance in water (lavender-water).
- transparency and brilliance of a gem.
- (attrib.) A found in or near water. B of, for, or worked by water. C involving, using, or yielding water. 10 (usu. In pl.) Amniotic fluid, released during labour. —v. - sprinkle or soak with water.
- take in a supply of water. by water using a ship etc. For transport. Like water in great quantity, profusely. Make one's mouth water cause one's saliva to flow, stimulate one's appetite or anticipation. Of the first water of the finest quality or extreme degree. Water down 1 dilute.
- make less forceful or horrifying. Water under the bridge past events accepted as irrevocable. [old english]
v. - be or become unsteady; begin to give way.
- be irresolute.
- (of a light) flicker. [old norse: related to *wave]