be used to doing something—be accustomed to doing smth.: He is quite used to working hard. used to do something—said of a constant or frequent practice in the past: He used to come every Friday and order a pint of bitter.
Empirical means verifiable or provable by means of observation or experiment. No empirical evidence exists to suggest the accused was anywhere near the crime. Imperial means relating to or suggestive of an empire or a sovereign. Unfortunately, they acted on their imperial impulses and invaded the small country.
Empathy is the ability to relate to someone. Having been poor as a child, Harry Chapin always had empathy for the hungry. Sympathy means feeling sorry for someone. The club conveyed its sympathy to the widow with a gift basket.
Dig, delve, spade, grub, excavate mean to use a spade or similar utensil in breaking up the ground to a point below the surface and in turning or removing the earth or bringing to the surface of something below it.
be up for something— 1. (of a house, car, etc.) intended for sale or repairs: How long has this house been up for sale? 2. be considered for a position, a job, etc.: I believe he’s up for re-admission to the society at the next committee meeting. 3. facing criminal charges: I hear the gardener […]
Emollient refers to a softening, soothing, or less harsh effect. He took a more emollient approach than his harsh predecessor. Emolument refers to salary, wages, or perquisites. The emolument rate for late-night work will be increased.
be under the delusion— 1. hold a false opinion or belief: Anyone who is under the delusion that corrupt governments are only in the Third World has better think again. 2. hold a belief that may be a symptom of madness: He was charged with shoplifting but the man was under the delusion that the […]
be under the cat’s paw—live under the control of some domineering person: She might claim adulthood in every sense of the word…. She would no longer be under the cat’s paw of her stepmother. make a cat’s paw of someone—make another person a tool or instrument to accomplish one’s own purpose: She simply made a […]
Eminent means distinguished, famous, or prominent. Eminent scientists have serious concerns about the coral reefs. Immanent means inherent or present within the universe. The theologian suggests that God is immanent in all life forms. Imminent means about to happen or threatening. The bidders tell us the government contract award is imminent.