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  • screw (one's) courage to the sticking place
    To remain bold, resolute, determined, and courageous, especially in the face of possible danger, difficulty, hardship, or adversity. Taken from a line in Shakespeare's Macbeth: "We fail! But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we'll not fail." Watch the video
  • rubber jungle
    An aviation term among pilots and airline crew for the effect created when the rubber oxygen masks in a commercial aircraft deploy from its ceiling. Watch the video

RSS Word of the Day

  • intoxication
    Definition: (noun) A temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol. Synonyms: drunkenness, inebriety, insobriety, tipsiness. Usage: Kevin drank beer after beer, heedless of the hangover that would undoubtedly follow his intoxication. Discuss
  • unbridled
    Definition: (adjective) Not restrained or controlled. Synonyms: unchecked, uncurbed, ungoverned. Usage: My own spirits were high, and I bounded along with feelings of unbridled joy and hilarity.

RSS Word Origins

  • oak
    rambunctious - Once rumbustious and robusteous, it is probably based on Latin robus, "oak"—implying strength—and can describe a person or animal. More...robust - Comes from Latin meaning "oak" and "oaken." More...tan - From a Latin word for "oak," it first referred to the crushed bark of the oak or other trees, especially in its use […]
  • news
    gazette - A gazzetta, a Venetian coin of little value, gave rise to the phrase gazzetta de la novita, "halfpennyworth of news," which eventually gave us gazette. More...silly season - Any slow news period characterized by trivial news or no news. More...tidings - Probably comes from Old Norse tithindi, "news of events." More...report - To […]
  • trifle
    bagatelle - From French or Italian for "trick" or "trifle." More...burlesque - From French, which got it from Italian burlesco, a derivative of burla, "joke, fun"—which may have come from Latin burra, "trifle." More...trifle - In the sense of the dessert, it gets its name from being a "light" confection. More...trifle - From French truffle/truffe, […]
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