This great captain, whose merit was acknowledged equally by friends and foes, received the appellation of the Achilles of England.
Academic junk food—(coll.) college degree courses of no academic value to students. He describes the disintegration of the curriculum into limitless numbers of “interdisciplinary studies” programs that are often academic junk food. Junk food—food, as potato chips, hamburgers, and hot dogs, that is high in calories but of little nutritional value. Many schools are selling […]
Abut against something—rest against the end part of something firmly. The posterior extrascapulars also abut anteriorly against this median bone, but without touching each other, so that the commissure does not cross the midline. Abut on something—(of a plot of land, etc.) border on something; lie next to something. Mexico abuts on some of the […]
Absorbed by something— 1. (of liquids or substances) soaked up by something. The chemical agent, whether it be mustard gas or nerve gas, can be absorbed by the skin. 2. (of people or things) incorporated into something. The surrounding villages have been absorbed by the growing city. Absorbed with something—(also: absorbed in something ) deeply […]
absence of mind the mental state of preoccupation, which causes one to do smth. without realizing it. Through absence of mind he walked out of the shop and left his purchases on the counter. presence of mind mental alertness which enables one to act quickly in an emergency. With great presence of mind he grabbed […]
absence from being temporarily away from a place. I have no one capable of acting for me in my absence from home. absence in 1. staying temporarily at some place. During my absence in France, I find that new words have been introduced into our parliamentary language. 2. lack or nonexistence in something. For Jane, a […]
Above suspicion too highly respected to be suspected of a crime or wrongdoing. He was a respected academic and above suspicion. Under suspicion considered as possibly guilty of a crime or wrongdoing. The police intercepted the traffic on the roads to examine vehicles under suspicion. On suspicion (arrest or detain somebody) on the ground of […]