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."
- this period extended slightly esp. For a holiday or visit etc.
n. Weighing of a boxer before a fight.
adj. (-ier, -iest) 1 heavy.
- (of utterances etc.) Deserving consideration.
- influential, authoritative. weightily adv. Weightiness n.
—n. Act of greeting or receiving gladly; kind or glad reception. —int. Expressing such a greeting. —v. (-ming) receive with a welcome. —adj. - that one receives with pleasure (welcome guest; welcome news).
- (foll. By to, or to + infin.) Cordially allowed or invited (you are welcome to use my car). make welcome receive hospitably. Outstay one's welcome stay too long as a visitor etc. You are welcome there is no need for thanks. [old english]
n. - well-being, happiness; health and prosperity (of a person or community etc.).
- (welfare) a welfare centre or office. B financial support given by the state. [from *well1, *fare]
- state n. - system whereby the state undertakes to protect the health and well-being of its citizens by means of grants, pensions, etc.
- country practising this system.
- work n. Organized effort for the welfare of the poor, disabled, etc.
n.pl. Colloq. Wellingtons. [abbreviation]
—adj. Of or in the west. —n. Film or novel about cowboys in western north america. westernmost adj.
n. (often in pl.) Swamps and other damp areas of land.