Meaning of AS in English

AS

I. preposition

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a critic hails sth/sb as sth (= describes someone or something as very good )

Critics hailed the film as a brilliant portrayal of American society at that time.

act as a catalyst

They hope his election will act as a catalyst for reform.

act as a consultant (= be a consultant on a particular project )

He acted as a historical consultant on the film.

act as an incentive (= be an incentive )

The chance of promotion acts as an incentive for many employees.

act as...a deterrent

The small fines for this type of crime do not act as much of a deterrent .

acted as...intermediary

Jackson acted as an intermediary between the two parties.

acting as agents

We’re acting as agents for Mr Watson.

acts as camouflage

The whiteness of the arctic fox acts as camouflage , hiding it from its enemies.

act/serve as a go-between

A UN representative will act as a go-between for leaders of the two countries.

almost as...as

He’s almost as old as I am.

almost as...as

He’s almost as old as I am.

appear as a witness

He appeared as an expert witness at several government enquiries.

as a favour to sb (= because you want to be kind, not because you have to )

She delivered the parcel as a favour to her sister.

as a general rule

I hate paperwork as a general rule .

as a mark of respect (= as a sign of respect, especially for someone who has just died )

Flags were flown at half mast as a mark of respect for the dead seamen.

as a matter of principle (= because of moral beliefs about right and wrong )

As a matter of principle one should never yield to terrorism.

as a person

I like her as a person , but not as a boss.

as a safety precaution (= in order to prevent accidents from happening, when this is possible but not very likely )

A fence was put around the lake as a safety precaution.

as a souvenir of

I bought a model of the Eiffel Tower as a souvenir of Paris.

as a starter

We had soup as a starter , followed by steak.

as appropriate

Mark box 1 or 2, as appropriate .

as arranged

Matthew arrived at 2 o'clock as arranged.

As befits

As befits a castle of such national importance, there are many stories connected with its history.

as black as pitch (= very dark )

The night was as black as pitch .

as black as pitch (= very dark )

The night was as black as pitch .

as cool as a cucumber

She looks efficient and as cool as a cucumber .

as cool as a cucumber

She looks efficient and as cool as a cucumber .

as daft as a brush (= extremely silly )

She’s as daft as a brush .

as daft as a brush (= extremely silly )

She’s as daft as a brush .

as deaf as a post informal (= completely deaf )

He won’t hear you - he’s as deaf as a post.

as deaf as a post informal (= completely deaf )

He won’t hear you - he’s as deaf as a post.

as different as chalk and cheese

The two brothers are as different as chalk and cheese .

as different as chalk and cheese

The two brothers are as different as chalk and cheese .

as easy as pie/ABC/falling off a log (= very easy )

as easy as pie/ABC/falling off a log (= very easy )

as expected (= in the way that was planned or thought likely to happen )

Tickets have not been selling as well as expected.

as far afield as

They were exporting as far afield as Alexandria.

as far afield as

They were exporting as far afield as Alexandria.

As far as I can make out

As far as I can make out , he has never been married.

As far as I can make out

As far as I can make out , he has never been married.

As far as I know (= used when you think something is true but are not sure )

As far as I know , they’re arriving on Saturday .

As far as I know (= used when you think something is true but are not sure )

As far as I know , they’re arriving on Saturday .

as far as possible (= as much as possible )

We’ve kept the original features of the house as far as possible .

as far as possible (= as much as possible )

We’ve kept the original features of the house as far as possible .

as far as the eye could see (= all the distance you could see )

The plains stretched for as far as the eye could see .

as far as the eye could see (= all the distance you could see )

The plains stretched for as far as the eye could see .

as far back as

The first petrol-driven car was produced as far back as 1883.

as far back as

The first petrol-driven car was produced as far back as 1883.

as fast as...legs could carry (= running as quickly as he could )

Johnny ran off as fast as his legs could carry him .

as fast as...legs could carry (= running as quickly as he could )

Johnny ran off as fast as his legs could carry him .

as fit as a fiddle (= very fit )

She’s over eighty now, but still as fit as a fiddle .

as fit as a fiddle (= very fit )

She’s over eighty now, but still as fit as a fiddle .

as fresh as a daisy (= not tired and ready to do things )

Despite his busy day he arrived looking as fresh as a daisy .

as fresh as a daisy (= not tired and ready to do things )

Despite his busy day he arrived looking as fresh as a daisy .

as good as dead/ruined/useless etc

This carpet’s as good as ruined.

as good as dead/ruined/useless etc

This carpet’s as good as ruined.

as good as done/finished etc

The summer’s as good as over.

as good as done/finished etc

The summer’s as good as over.

as good as gold (= very good )

The kids were as good as gold .

as good as gold (= very good )

The kids were as good as gold .

as good as new (= in perfect condition )

Once the boat’s repaired, it’ll be as good as new .

as good as new (= in perfect condition )

Once the boat’s repaired, it’ll be as good as new .

as I mentioned earlier

As I mentioned earlier, it will cost a lot of money.

As I recall

As I recall , it was you who suggested this idea in the first place.

as instructed (= as she had been told )

Eva went straight to the hotel, as instructed .

As it turned out (= used to say what happened in the end )

As it turned out , he passed the exam quite easily.

as light as a feather (= very light )

She was as light as a feather to carry.

as light as a feather (= very light )

She was as light as a feather to carry.

(as) likely as not spoken (= very probably )

As likely as not, the meeting will take place in the village pub.

(as) likely as not spoken (= very probably )

As likely as not, the meeting will take place in the village pub.

as little as possible

My lawyer advised me to say as little as possible .

as little as possible

My lawyer advised me to say as little as possible .

as long as possible

The fruit should be left on the tree as long as possible .

as long as possible

The fruit should be left on the tree as long as possible .

as long as possible

Try to keep going for as long as possible .

as long as possible

Try to keep going for as long as possible .

as long as your arm (= a very long list )

He owes money to a list of people as long as your arm .

as long as your arm (= a very long list )

He owes money to a list of people as long as your arm .

as long as...could

She tried to stay awake for as long as she could .

as long as...could

She tried to stay awake for as long as she could .

as long as...want

You can stay for as long as you want .

as long as...want

You can stay for as long as you want .

as mad as a hatter/March hare (= completely crazy )

as mad as a hatter/March hare (= completely crazy )

(as) mad as hell (= a rude way of saying very angry )

(as) mad as hell (= a rude way of saying very angry )

as miserable as sin British English (= very miserable )

as miserable as sin British English (= very miserable )

as much as...possibly can

We shall be contributing as much as we possibly can to the campaign.

as much as...possibly can

We shall be contributing as much as we possibly can to the campaign.

as normal (= used to emphasize that something happens very regularly )

John and Liz were late as normal.

as plain as day/the nose on your face (= very clear )

as plain as day/the nose on your face (= very clear )

as promised

He reappeared two hours later, as promised .

as quiet as a mouse (= very quiet )

I’ll be as quiet as a mouse .

as quiet as a mouse (= very quiet )

I’ll be as quiet as a mouse .

as sb sees it/the way sb sees it (= used to give someone’s opinion )

As I see it, you don’t have any choice.

The way I see it, we have two options.

as silent as the grave (= completely silent in a mysterious or uncomfortable way )

as silent as the grave (= completely silent in a mysterious or uncomfortable way )

as soon as possible

Try and get the car fixed as soon as possible .

as soon as possible

Try and get the car fixed as soon as possible .

as stiff as a board (= very stiff )

The next morning I was as stiff as a board .

as stiff as a board (= very stiff )

The next morning I was as stiff as a board .

as stubborn as a mule (= very stubborn )

Paul can be as stubborn as a mule .

as stubborn as a mule (= very stubborn )

Paul can be as stubborn as a mule .

as the days/weeks/years go by

As the weeks went by, I became more and more worried.

as the fancy takes you (= whenever you want )

Because of its high cost, a carpet is not an item that you change as the fancy takes you .

as the...wore on

I was feeling more tired as the night wore on .

(as) thick as two short planks (= very stupid )

(as) thick as two short planks (= very stupid )

as things stand (= at present )

As things stand at the moment, I have no intention of becoming a candidate myself.

as things turned out (= used to say what happened or was discovered in the end )

Obviously, there had to be some mistake. As things turned out, there was.

as time goes by

Things will get easier as time goes by .

as time goes on (= as time passes )

I understood him better as time went on.

as to how

They had a number of suggestions as to how the service could be improved.

as to whether

The question arose as to whether this behaviour was unlawful.

as tough as nails/as tough as old boots (= very tough )

He’s as tough as nails – a good man to have on the team.

as tough as nails/as tough as old boots (= very tough )

He’s as tough as nails – a good man to have on the team.

as tough as nails/as tough as old boots (= very tough )

He’s as tough as nails – a good man to have on the team.

as tough as nails/as tough as old boots (= very tough )

He’s as tough as nails – a good man to have on the team.

as ugly as sin (= very ugly )

Nick’s dog is as ugly as sin .

as ugly as sin (= very ugly )

Nick’s dog is as ugly as sin .

As we have seen

As we have seen in chapter four, women’s pay is generally less than men’s.

as we know it

The museum outlines the development of the city as we know it today.

as well it might

This caused a few gasps, as well it might .

As you can see

As you can see , the house needs some work doing on it.

as you please

With the Explorer pass, you can get on and off the bus as you please .

as you/we know

‘I’m divorced, as you know,’ she said briefly.

as...as usual

She ate twice as much as usual .

as...as usual

She ate twice as much as usual .

As...had predicted

As Liz had predicted , the rumours were soon forgotten.

as/if/when the need arises (= if or when something becomes necessary )

Team members move from job to job as the need arises.

as...rightly said

I was, as you rightly said , the smallest boy in the class.

be arrested/imprisoned/shot etc as a spy

Anyone caught working with the Resistance was shot as a spy.

be (as) safe as houses British English (= be completely safe )

Your money will be as safe as houses.

be (as) safe as houses British English (= be completely safe )

Your money will be as safe as houses.

be hailed (as) a hero (= people say you are a hero )

He was hailed a hero after saving the young girl’s life.

be registered (as) unemployed/disabled etc British English (= be on an official list of a particular group )

be seen/regarded as essential

These measures are seen as essential for national security.

be tipped as sb's successor (= be said to be a possible or likely successor )

When Tizard was about to retire as chairman, Cockcroft was tipped as his successor.

came as something of

The news came as something of a surprise.

choose a leader/choose sb as leader

The party is meeting to choose a new leader.

clean as a whistle (= very clean )

The place was clean as a whistle.

collectively known as

Rain, snow, and hail are collectively known as precipitation.

come as a blow to sb

His sudden death came as a huge blow to us all.

come as a relief

The court's decision came as a huge relief to Microsoft.

come as a shock (= be very unexpected )

The collapse of the company came as a shock to us all.

come as a surprise (= be surprising )

The announcement came as a surprise to most people.

come as no surprise (= not be surprising )

It came as no surprise when Lester got the job.

come as no surprise

The news will come as no surprise to his colleagues.

come to/rise to/achieve prominence (as sth)

She first came to prominence as an artist in 1989.

commonly known as

Nitrous oxide is commonly known as laughing gas.

crown sb (as) king/queen etc

In 1896 Nicholas was crowned as Tsar.

deride sb as sth

The party was derided as totally lacking in ideas.

describe sb/sth as (being/having) sth

After the operation her condition was described as comfortable.

The youth is described as being 18 to 19 years old.

drunk as a lord ( also drunk as a skunk ) (= very drunk )

He turned up one morning, drunk as a lord.

dry as a bone/bone dry (= completely dry )

These plants need some water – they’re dry as a bone.

elect a leader/elect sb as leader

He was elected leader of his country by a huge majority.

elect sb (as) president/leader/mayor etc

In 1768, John Wilkes was elected as their Member of Parliament.

every bit as much as

I loved him every bit as much as she did.

every bit as much as

I loved him every bit as much as she did.

express sth as a percentage

The number is expressed as a percentage of the total population of the country.

feel as if/as though

When his dad left, he felt as though his world had turned upside-down.

feel as if/as though

When his dad left, he felt as though his world had turned upside-down.

feel as if/as though

My leg feels as if it’s broken.

feel as if/as though

My leg feels as if it’s broken.

flat as a pancake (= very flat )

The countryside near there is flat as a pancake .

for as long as...live

I’ll never forget this for as long as I live .

for as long as...live

I’ll never forget this for as long as I live .

formerly known as

Kiribati, formerly known as the Gilbert Islands

from what I can gather/as far as I can gather (= this is what I believe to be true )

She’s his niece, from what I can gather.

from what I can gather/as far as I can gather (= this is what I believe to be true )

She’s his niece, from what I can gather.

gave it up as a bad job (= stopped trying because success seemed unlikely )

The ground was too hard to dig so I gave it up as a bad job .

get as far as doing sth

They had got as far as painting the kitchen.

get as far as doing sth

They had got as far as painting the kitchen.

give sth as a present

I was given this book as a present.

had...pegged as

I’d had him pegged as a troublemaker.

half as much again (= the same in addition to half that amount )

The amount of crime is about half as much again as it was in 1973.

held up as a model

The school is held up as a model for others.

high as a kite (= strongly affected by drugs or alcohol )

Steve was as high as a kite .

hold sb up as an example (= use someone as a good example of something )

He was held up as an example to the younger athletes.

in as many days/weeks/games etc

A great trip! We visited five countries in as many days in five days .

in such a way/manner that/as to do sth

He lectured in such a way that many in the audience found him impossible to understand.

inasmuch as

Ann is guilty, inasmuch as she knew what the others were planning.

it looks as if/as though/like (= it seems likely that )

It looks as if it might rain later.

It looks like they won’t be needing us any more.

it looks as if/as though/like (= it seems likely that )

It looks as if it might rain later.

It looks like they won’t be needing us any more.

It seemed as if

It seemed as if the end of the world had come.

it strikes sb as strange/odd etc that

It struck me as odd that the man didn’t introduce himself before he spoke.

it’s fine as it is

‘Do you want chili sauce on it?’ ‘No, it’s fine as it is , thanks.’

just as many

They say the people of Los Angeles speak 12 languages and teach just as many in the schools.

(just) as you wish (= used in formal situations to tell someone you will do what they want )

‘I’d like it to be ready by six.’ ‘Just as you wish, sir.’

Just as (= at the exact moment when )

Just as I opened the door, the telephone started to ring.

keen as mustard (= very keen )

She was new in the job and keen as mustard .

look as if/as though/like

He looked as if he hadn’t washed for a week.

look as if/as though/like

He looked as if he hadn’t washed for a week.

make...up as...go along (= think of things to say as I am speaking )

I’ve given talks so many times that now I just make them up as I go along .

making...up as...went along

He was making the story up as he went along.

mean sth as a compliment

When I said she’d lost weight, I meant it as a compliment.

not trust sb an inch/not trust sb as far as you can throw them (= not trust someone at all )

not trust sb an inch/not trust sb as far as you can throw them (= not trust someone at all )

nowhere near as...as

She’s nowhere near as pretty as you are.

nowhere near as...as

She’s nowhere near as pretty as you are.

nutty as a fruitcake (= completely crazy )

She’s nutty as a fruitcake .

on an equal footing (with sb/sth)/on the same footing (as sb/sth) (= in the same state or condition as other people or things )

The new law puts women on an equal legal footing with men.

Many of the old polytechnics are now on the same footing as universities.

opinion is divided as to/on/over sth (= people have different opinions about it )

Opinion was divided as to whether the program will work.

pissed as a newt/pissed out of your head (= extremely drunk )

play as a team

One reason for the 49ers’ success is that they play as a team.

popularly known as

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is popularly known as the Mormon Church.

portray sb as a victim (= to write or talk about someone as though they are not responsible for their bad situation )

She was portrayed as the victim of a loveless marriage.

put sb/sth forward as a candidate (= suggest someone for election )

He allowed his name to be put forward as a candidate for governor.

put up...as collateral

We put up our home as collateral in order to raise the money to invest in the scheme.

Quick as a flash (= very quickly )

Quick as a flash she replied, ‘That’s not what I’ve heard!’

quoted as an example of

The nurses’ union was quoted as an example of a responsible trade union.

quoted as saying

A military spokesman was quoted as saying that the border area is now safe.

regard/consider sth as crucial

The city was regarded as crucial to the area’s defence.

regular as clockwork (= always at the same time )

He phones us every Sunday at six, regular as clockwork .

resemble nothing so much as sth (= look or seem rather like something )

The building resembled nothing so much as giant beehive.

seeing as it’s you (= used to agree humorously to someone’s request )

Oh, all right, seeing as it’s you .

serve as a basis for sth

The document will serve as a basis for negotiations.

serve as a warning

Her death should serve as a warning to other young people.

serve as/act as a reminder (= be a reminder )

The photograph will serve as a lovely reminder of your visit.

serve as/act as a reminder (= be a reminder )

The photograph will serve as a lovely reminder of your visit.

so as not to

We went along silently on tiptoe so as not to disturb anyone.

solid as a rock (= extremely solid )

The frame is as solid as a rock .

speak as a parent/teacher etc

Speaking as a medical man, I'd advise you to take some exercise every day.

stand as a candidate for sth (= compete for a position in an election )

Lee stated that he did not intend to stand as a candidate in the presidential elections.

Strange as it may seem

Strange as it may seem , I actually prefer cold weather.

such as it is/such as they are etc

We will look at the evidence, such as it is, for each of these theories.

such as it is/such as they are etc

We will look at the evidence, such as it is, for each of these theories.

such as this/these

There is now a greater awareness of problems such as these.

such as? (= used to ask someone to give an example )

‘There are lots of useful things you could do.’ ‘Such as?’

take it as read/given (= assume that something is correct or certain, because you are sure that this is the case )

It isn’t official yet, but you can take it as read that you’ve got the contract.

take sth as evidence/proof (of sth)

The presence of dust clouds has been taken as evidence of recent star formation.

take...as gospel (= don’t believe everything she says )

Don’t take everything she says as gospel .

taken as a given

The concept is taken as a given in social studies.

took...as an insult (= thought it was meant to be an insult )

Their offer was so low I took it as an insult .

treat sb as an individual

Each student must be treated as an individual.

treated/recognized/accepted etc as such

Birth is a natural process, and should be treated as such.

twice as high/big/large etc (as sth)

Interest rates are twice as high as those of our competitors.

twice as high/big/large etc (as sth)

Interest rates are twice as high as those of our competitors.

twice as many/much (as sth)

They employ 90 people, twice as many as last year.

twice as many/much (as sth)

They employ 90 people, twice as many as last year.

twice/three times etc as many

The company now employs four times as many women as men.

use sth as a precedent

Latin America was afraid that the invasion of Panama would be used as a precedent.

use sth as an excuse

She never complained or used her illness as an excuse.

used...as a punching bag

a young wife whose husband used her as a punching bag

variously described as/known as/called etc sth

the phenomena variously known as ‘mass culture’, ‘popular culture’, or the ‘public arts’

variously described as/known as/called etc sth

the phenomena variously known as ‘mass culture’, ‘popular culture’, or the ‘public arts’

warm as toast

You’ll be as warm as toast in that sleeping bag.

went as planned (= happened the way it had been planned )

The wedding was fine and everything went as planned .

where/if/as applicable

Ms/Miss/Mrs/Mr Please delete as applicable.

white as a sheet (= extremely pale )

Are you OK? You’re white as a sheet .

widely regarded as (= considered by many people to be )

Edith was widely regarded as eccentric.

with as much...as he could muster

‘It’s going to be fine,’ replied David, with as much confidence as he could muster .

with as much...as he could muster

‘It’s going to be fine,’ replied David, with as much confidence as he could muster .

Without so much as (= he did not even say thank you as he should have done )

Without so much as a word of thanks, Ben turned and went back into the office .

work as a consultant

We have 170 staff working as computer consultants to clients.

work as a spy

He died while working as a government spy.

work as a team

You have to learn to work as a team.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(as) dead as a dodo

I wrote back, Paz said, I told him, Dada dead as dodo eat your hat.

The campaign was as dead as a dodo .

(as) dead as a doornail

If looks could kill, Dooley Barlowe would have dropped him right there, dead as a doornail .

She looked dead as a doornail .

There we were, messing around with his things, and all the time he was dead as a doornail in Paris.

(as) hard as nails

Hard as nails he may be but don't let anyone tell you Hank hasn't got a sense of humour.

Beautiful but hard as nails, she'd thought then.

Willie O'Connor is as hard as nails and Liam Simpson takes no prisoners.

(as) large as life

As large as life and death, both funny and sad - and not a little dangerous.

He had been standing large as life beside Lady Usk, and it was plain that he knew her identity.

I looked up - he was standing nearby, large as life.

Oh, Lee, you're as large as life.

There were the words, as large as life and often twice as sane.

(as) near as damn it

(as) solid/steady as a rock

It was as solid as rock .

It was simply not admissible that something as blatantly solid as a rock could have come from the heavens.

Peter was as steady as a rock , keeping the ball on the fairway and hitting nearly every green in regulation.

Skipper Alan Kernaghan again led by example, with Nicky Mohan solid as a rock alongside him.

The door was solid as rock .

(as) sure as hell

I'm sure as hell not gonna do it.

Alan, if I could get you out of there, I sure as hell would.

And they sure as hell don't understand any of us.

But it will sure as hell make him think twice before risking it.

Goddamn that tune, it sure as hell sounds familiar!

I as sure as hell don't want it.

I don't think I scare easily, but I sure as hell scared myself that weekend.

Not even that low humming sound which I knew sure as hell wasn't the thermostat on the fridge.

They sure as hell don't need your paper and even less journalists like Steven Wells with his repetitive, egotistical comments!

(as) to the manner born

A lofty and spacious carriage, the G slips from rough country into a more courtly role as if to the manner born.

(for) as long as

Caldwell says she will continue lecturing as long as people want to listen.

Hongkongers will not complain as long as the Li family shares continue to benefit from it.

None of this is likely to change the dynamics of stadium-bidding, as long as the sports-league cartels distort the market.

Take it back to your hotel; keep it as long as you need.

The company believes it is at least twice as long as any private sector award so far.

The image which had been so preserved for, well for as long as anyone could remember, was suddenly shattered.

This took as long as running the neural network, just over two hours.

You have to let them do it their way as long as they are going in the right direction.

(just) as ..., so ...

(just) out of interest/as a matter of interest

(right/as if) on cue

And, as if on cue , I did.

And, on cue , he heard the sound of hoofbeats ` on the wind.

Dead on cue the runner hurries over to Eli to answer his question.

Right on cue , a butterfly flew up to the plants we were looking at and landed!

She passed a couple of groundskeepers, who turned as if on cue for a second look.

She should have become angry with him for his persistence, on cue , but for some reason she didn't.

The boys slashed, jumped, and shouted with enthusiasm and on cue .

The sky, as if on cue , was overcast.

I thought as much

"Andy failed his driving test." "I thought as much when I saw his face."

I must confess I felt a trifle guilty about your lonely watch: nothing to report? I thought as much.

I/you might as well be hanged for a sheep as (for) a lamb

When in Rome (, do as the Romans do)

a nod's as good as a wink

act as a brake on sth

In April 1992 they persuaded Boris Yeltsin to put three industrialists into the government to act as a brake on the free-marketeers.

Post-war development of parachutes acting as brakes on jet aircraft are also covered in this rarely written about subject.

To what extent do girls act as brakes on, or motivators of, delinquent behaviour in masculine adolescent gang-culture, for example?

Unfortunately, widespread foot-dragging continues to act as a brake on debt relief.

as (of) yet

As yet , no starting date has been set.

As of yet , we don't believe it was a drive-by shooting.

Local election results have not as yet been announced.

There are no details available as of yet .

But, as yet , the food hasn't reached Save because there are no lorries to transport it.

However as yet they are untried in the context of insider dealing, and are likely to prove difficult to sustain.

No one seems to agree how consumers will respond to this long-delayed format that, as yet , can not record.

There is no necessity as yet .

There wasn't as yet that co-operation and warmth between them, although no doubt being on the road would bring that.

They had a fair daughter as yet unmarried.

Vic and Emelia split up and now Sarah has dumped Julia for an as yet unnamed new man.

Victorine Meurent lived in another system of reference, in a narrative as yet unformulated and uncodified, but not uninhabited.

as a consequence (of sth)/in consequence (of sth)

as a matter of course/routine

Voters expected as a matter of course that candidates would not keep all their promises.

Blood samples should be taken to measure the client's electrolyte and urea levels as a matter of routine.

By May first, I was able to walk from ten to twelve yards as a matter of routine.

Enemy redoubts were strewn with booby traps as a matter of course.

If they meet as a matter of course throughout the year they can review and plan on a regular basis.

Search at the police station should not be undertaken as a matter of routine but only where justified under Lindley v. Rutter.

Their general health is better and they do not suffer repeated or unwanted pregnancies as a matter of course.

They are very learned about cooking in San Francisco-people seem to expect as a matter of course things which we consider luxurious.

as a matter of fact

As a matter of fact, I have the woman's name written down somewhere.

Well, as a matter of fact, I heard he's still going out with Julie.

And, as a matter of fact, the U. S. Golf Association was delighted.

I like almost all women, as a matter of fact.

It rained all weekend, as a matter of fact, and on the Monday morning I got a shock.

Saw her awhile back at the Community Theater, as a matter of fact.

The wife of a prominent banker, his own banker as a matter of fact, said the banker liked mashed potatoes.

We all were, as a matter of fact.

Yes, it seemed to, as a matter of fact.

You know as a matter of fact there is nothing as old as crookedness.

as a matter of interest

as a matter of sth

Beauty mainly torments us, as a matter of fact.

Before the Act the courts had, as a matter of sentencing practice, isolated two different types of affray.

Ford executives are reluctant to say as matter of corporate policy.

Governors were kept informed but as a decision of the headteachers rather than as a matter of right.

He hit the deck, moulding himself into the shadow as a matter of conditioned reflex.

In the Court of Appeal the majority held that, as a matter of construction, the clause did not apply.

So, as a matter of fact, did Ted Tollner.

They have agreed to look into the pensioner's plight as a matter of urgency if Miss Early gets in touch.

as a matter of urgency

The level of crime in our town is unhealthy and must be eliminated as a matter of urgency.

Any essential communication should be sent in writing and all letters of acceptance should be sent in as a matter of urgency.

Close monitoring of disk usage, together with improved training in file management, must be introduced as a matter of urgency.

Fundamental constitutional reconstruction was called for as a matter of urgency.

Is there not now a good case for strengthening the frontier wire, as a matter of urgency?

Now the county council has backed a new drive to recruit more retained firefighters, as a matter of urgency.

Please could you look into it as a matter of urgency.

That procedure should be streamlined as a matter of urgency.

They have agreed to look into the pensioner's plight as a matter of urgency if Miss Early gets in touch.

as a whole

The U.S. population, as a whole , is very mobile compared to other countries.

But the divide on issues between Bush and the people as a whole remains spectacular.

Capitalists were forced to concede the wage rises which for the system as a whole were needed to sustain accumulation.

I do not see it like that, and I am sure that the nation as a whole would not either.

I hope that this allocation reflects the wishes of the House as a whole .

They interact as wholes , not as bits.

We should also think about the problems of the world as a whole , which cause mass migration in the first place.

as always

as best you can

I'll deal with the problem as best I can.

I cleaned the car up as best I could, but it still looked a mess.

We'll have to manage as best we can without you.

And her reaction to her illness was, as best I can glean, fraught with fear, discouragement, and depression.

I would therefore be grateful if you could refer back to the letter I wrote and respond as best you can.

It is therefore necessary to locate as best we can the final resting place or incidence of the major types of taxes.

Only a proportion of them are successful and the rest must struggle as best they can to obtain mates.

Our culture has no Obon ready-made, but we are filling in as best we can.

Then you gently and gradually work the new feather on, positioning it to match the original plumage as best you can.

We must also imagine our way into myth, as best we can, like actors in a play.

You just have to wait and catch your moment or piece things together as best you can.

as blind as a bat

Didn't you see me coming? You must be as blind as a bat!

I'm as blind as a bat without my glasses.

as bright as a button

She was as bright as a button.

Some of them are frail physically but are as bright as a button in their minds.

as clear as mud

Joe's directions are as clear as mud.

What this really means, of course, is still as clear as mud.

as common as muck

as distinct from sth

Entrepreneurial strategies - as distinct from their managerial implementation - centre on investment, marketing and the form of company organisation.

I have seldom felt the need to recognise these as distinct from rise-fall and fall-rise respectively.

I want it to go on because I've just recently begun to enjoy it as distinct from experiencing it.

Originally, chamber music meant secular music, or that of the court as distinct from that of the Church.

Piaget allows two years for the development of sensorimotor intelligence as distinct from conceptual intelligence.

The buffers and draw gear were spring type, as distinct from india rubber as used on some.

There were increasing demands for a national policy for the unemployed as distinct from central support of local efforts.

They are a major and fundamental component of the system of the unconscious, as distinct from the conscious and preconscious systems.

as dull as ditchwater

as ever

as far as I can judge

as far as it goes

What Kroll said was accurate, as far as it goes.

My country has adopted individual rights in principle, but as far as it goes, it means men, not women.

That's as far as it goes with me.

That is encouraging as far as it goes.

This self-defense strategy is fine as far as it goes, but it addresses only half of the prevention equation.

Virtually all of it is right as far as it goes.

We push it as far as it goes.

as far as sb is concerned

As far as I'm concerned , this is the council's decision, not mine.

It's a good deal, as far as I'm concerned .

as far as sth

Boatmen traded goods up the Missouri River as far as Yellowstone.

If Apollo would give it the matter was settled as far as he was concerned.

If you live right, death is a joke to you as far as fear is concerned.

In the fetal ovary the eggs progress as far as prophase I-and then they arrest.

Severely ill patients are given support in hospitals, their symptoms being relieved as far as possible, and most eventually recover.

That is encouraging as far as it goes.

The bomb which ripped apart bus No. 18 in the capital hurled bodies as far as 50 yards.

The principle that justice should, as far as possible, be open is central to our system of criminal justice.

Uncle Michael was the kind of man who believed he owned as far as he could see.

as far as sth is concerned

As far as bilingual education is concerned , the schools are not doing a good enough job.

Where taxes are concerned , savings bonds are better than certificates of deposit.

as fast as his/her legs could carry him/her

She ran to her mother as fast as her legs could carry her.

as few as 5/10 etc

But if every worker made pins separately, the factory might make as few as 10 or at the most 200.

Infection can result from ingestion of as few as 10 cysts.

The number of bodies that will be left standing is unclear but could be as few as 10.

as follows

The winners in the color photography category are as follows: J. Robinson, D. Smith, R. Lewis.

A rather similar, and equally mistaken, line of thought which might appeal is as follows .

These targets may be analysed on the basis of buying process roles, as follows .

Using the terminology derived from holography, we can reinterpret these waves as follows .

as friendly/cheerful/miserable etc as ever

The lads were as cheerful as ever but guarded, like the possessors of unwelcome news.

as good a time/place etc as any

as good as

And, worse yet, not as good as himself just a few years back.

Are the Cowboys as good as they are going to get?

It was not of museum quality, but it was as good as it needed to be.

Montana may not be as good as it was 20 years ago.

Now she proved to be as good as, or even better than, her word!

Second, I am learned in letters, as good as any man.

Seen through 9-year-old eyes, that's as good as an invitation.

The bacon sandwiches are as good as ever, but Sokha's smile is missing.

as happy as a clam

as hard/tough as nails

Willie O'Connor is as hard as nails and Liam Simpson takes no prisoners.

as if I cared!

as if/as though/like you own the place

as important/clear/big etc as anything

Ecumenically it is as important as anything .

as is sb's wont

As was his wont , Churchill drank scotch with water, but no ice.

Organic causes were ruled out so, as is his wont , he sat down and talked to her.

as it happens/it just so happens

as late as sth

Du Pont was seen walking from room to room in the house as late as midnight, officials said.

He could party as late as he wanted, come and go as he pleased.

Individuals accounted for more than three-quarters of trading as late as three years ago.

Installed in 1906, I saw the piping in full service as late as 1985.

It was as if they had left it as late as possible to take maximum advantage of credit.

Snow may linger as late as mid-July.

The cabinet was informed as late as possible; even ministers on the poll-tax review committee were not told what was coming.

The return of Communists to power seemed possible even as late as the presidential runoff between Zyuganov and Yeltsin in July.

as like as not/like enough

as little as £5/3 months/10 feet etc

as long as you like/as much as you like etc

as long as your arm

Instead of hiring child care I traded it with other parents: I had a list as long as my arm .

Mr Linley stuck out a microphone as long as his arm , right up to those ragged jaws.

My record's as long as my arm - even longer.

as luck would have it

As luck would have it, it rained the next day and the game was canceled.

As luck would have it, there were two seats left on the last flight.

This was the first time I had ever seen a panda, and as luck would have it, I had my camera with me.

But, as luck would have it, for them anyway, no buses ran on Sunday.

But, as luck would have it, I didn't have an opportunity to follow up my intention at the time.

Somewhere in the Great Hall, as luck would have it, were two managing directors from Salomon Brothers.

This particular shoe, as luck would have it, is a flip-flop.

as many

Art dealers too left the city, and as many artists as could afford the fare.

Flocks of as many as one hundred wild turkeys, each weighing up to forty pounds, abounded in the woods.

He posted more than twice as many as Owens.

In fact let more pupils in, as many as you can.

In its submission to the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice, the association claimed as many as 700 prisoners could be innocent.

Judgement must be suspended and as many ideas as possible, nomatterhow fanciful, collected and recorded, from any source.

There was division among the Roman catholic episcopate as well and as many favoured the system as were against it.

We need to examine each sheet of adjectives and rework as many of the negatives into positives as we can.

as many as 50/1,000 etc

A single neuron can communicate with as many as 50, 000 other nerve cells in this way.

Do not be surprised if you reject as many as 50 percent of the candidates at this stage.

During much of that time he lived and traveled incognito under perhaps as many as 50 assumed names.

Each of these may be scored for as many as 50 categories and repeated for say 30 individuals.

I have observed as many as 50 in a procession a metre or more in length.

More gregarious than most falcons and social breeding, as many as 50 birds sometimes hunting together.

Ravenstonedale area provided as many as 1000 pairs of stockings a week at the height of the stocking trade.

The children leave single-file, and Josh logs as many as 50 pats in a good minute.

as miserable/ugly/guilty as sin

as much

as much again

But Catherine, 31, and 56-year-old Fatal Attraction star Michael spent more than half as much again.

But they want to raise at least as much again for work on related disorders.

In school we are spending nearly half as much again, in real terms per pupil, as in 1979.

Social Progress Health spending is half as much again as it was in 1979, after taking account of inflation.

That could be nearly as much again.

The Government is spending over half as much again more than Labour did when they were last in power.

The line shot out, half as much again.

This is half as much again as last year.

as much as 10/100 etc

Analysts say Athens accounted for as much as 10 per cent of investment by emerging market funds.

It plans to slash as much as 10 percent of its payroll.

Led by Microsoft, the Nasdaq Composite Index rose as much as 10. 63 to 1017. 87.

The biggest of beetles, the hercules, reaches the same sort of size and weighs as much as 100 grams.

The bonus portion alone has amounted to as much as 100 percent or more of base earnings.

The difference between these two - the full spread - can be as much as 10 or 11 percent.

The Nasdaq Composite Index fell for a third day, dropping as much as 10. 53 to 988. 29.

These segments remain attached while they mature, eventually forming a chain that may be as much as 10 metres long.

as much/as many/the same again

as nice/as stupid etc as they come

as often as not

Hits us below the belt as often as not.

In fact, as often as not, customers were more interested in the software than the hardware.

In the small coal communities, the pit was as often as not the sole source of wage-earning incomes.

Instead, I follow my country's football progress as often as not alone.

It's the men now, as often as not, who hear the biological clock ticking loudest.

Lies, as often as not.

The farm worker has himself contributed, though as often as not by leaving the industry rather than by joining a trade union.

Young people do not want to live in them, when as often as not work means agriculture or nothing.

as old as Methuselah

as one

The whole team stood up as one and marched out of the room.

as one man

The crowd rise to their feet as one man .

The... whole North arose as one man ....

Undaunted, Athletico played as one man .

as opposed to sth

The tax system favors the very rich as opposed to ordinary working people.

Analysts believe that the healthy results can be attributed to an increase in trade as opposed to interest rate fluctuations.

Another point is to give the medication on a scheduled as opposed to an as-needed basis.

It stumbled commercially, reaching only No. 28, as opposed to the No. 2 peak of the first album.

Let the stretch the absolute from your leg as opposed to being your leg.

Melville uses the eyes of the whale to suggest something of the duality of nature as opposed to the Singularity of man.

The mindset is to go after the person complaining, as opposed to the issue.

The squarish wings, as opposed to the swept, triangular variety, suggests A-10s or 37 fighter-trainers.

as per sth

as per usual

Alicia was late, as per usual .

He said he'd phone, but he won't. As per usual !

I'm in trouble at work, as per usual .

She was three hours late as per usual .

Same old jolly camp-fire life went on as per usual .

as per usual/normal

Besides which, you've missed the point as per usual: to speak is to admit existence.

Same old jolly camp-fire life went on as per usual.

as plain as a pikestaff

as pleased as Punch

as pleased as punch

He's as pleased as punch about the baby.

He had landed a contract as pleased as Punch , and I made a feast for his friends.

He was a strong, healthy lad and as pleased as punch to be working with Dad.

as pretty/smart etc as the dickens

as regards sth

as sb/sth goes

$40 a ticket isn't bad as football tickets go .

He's not bad, as politicians go .

as sober as a judge

as soon as

I came as soon as I heard the news.

He reappeared as soon as the battlefield situation improved.

I can't see any way out but a subscription list, to be organised as soon as possible.

She had three husbands, the first with political aspirations whom the Democrats dumped as soon as she did.

The hospitals rush these lower-paid workers on the hospital floor as soon as possible.

The index then rose steadily during the recession itself, but fell as soon as the recovery got under way.

There are still a few more places available if you are interested please send to the Office as soon as possible.

We can arpeggio kids to bored distraction, and they will give up the instrument as soon as they can.

Yet sentiments such as this were inevitable, as soon as politicians had agreed to make the monster Dome a public project.

as soon as poss

as soon as your head hits the pillow

as soon/quickly/much etc as possible

A condition to be rectified as quickly as possible if she didn't want to be labelled a freak, or worse.

Archibol was committed to relieving himself of the distraction of Isaac as quickly as possible .

Experts do recommend that parents also put their babies in other positions as much as possible while awake.

Preston avoided travelling by tube as much as possible , but sometimes it was forced upon him.

Smokers, stop as quickly as possible and do not smoke in the presence of others.

The food is freshly cooked using produce from the kitchen garden and local produce as much as possible .

The Super Bowl was an outgrowth of the desire to take advantage of the merger as quickly as possible .

as the crow flies

My house is ten miles from here as the crow flies.

The distance between the two towns is only 10 kilometres as the crow flies, but it can take up to 2 hours along the narrow coastal road.

Similarly a stone's throw, as the crow flies, etc.

The course should be five and a half miles as the crow flies.

The distance between Avonmouth, near Bristol, and Poole in Dorset is only 65 miles as the crow flies.

as the next man/person

After a while, everybody will have the technology to make a movie look as cool as the next person.

All you need to know about Flaubert to know as much as the next person!

Now Glover himself was as female as the next man, keeping an eagle eye on boys.

She figured the guys could see for themselves then that he could be as vulnerable as the next man.

as though

Bill looked as though he wanted to say something.

But by mid-August it looked as though the tests really would take place in the next couple of weeks.

Either way, it looks as though 103 Dalmatians may now be out of the question.

Icy cold yes, there was something cold about all of her, as though she always pushed heat away.

Now it looks as though its indifference may turn to acceptance.

Smitty jumped as though he had been struck.

This Condition requires that the Insured acts with the same degree of care as though he was not insured.

Whlist I was asleep I suddenly felt as though I wanted to see a woman.

as usual

And probably the truth is, as usual , double.

He'd be for the high jump, as usual .

It was what the shearmen in the woollen manufacture, who did not work at home, regarded as usual .

It will soon be back to business as usual .

Maisha and Tiger meet us outside baggage claim, and Maisha is looking terrific as usual .

Otherwise, it was life as usual , and I was being a dutiful daughter and a good sister.

The big beasts of medical ethics have been locking horns, the rationalists against the religious as usual .

The children, as usual , stayed behind.

as well

As well as being a community worker, he's a fully qualified nurse.

Did Joe go as well ?

Our vacation was a disaster: not only was the food terrible, the weather was awful as well .

While you're at the store, could you get a few things for me as well ?

as well as sth/sb

A dietary questionnaire or frequency determination is often useful in individual counseling, as well as in nutrition education and community programs.

C., as well as laundering proceeds from drug deals.

It was the right thing to do as well as good, sensible politics.

Java applets are capable of handling a wide variety of graphic formats as well as creating graphics on the fly.

Large numbers of turbines create noise as well as electricity, so there's often resistance to wind farms from local residents.

Qualitative considerations Qualitative as well as quantitative factors come into play in the lease or buy decision.

They must somehow sense that they have a tongue, as well as where it is located and how to control it.

This takes time, and calls for contributions from different parts of the Office, as well as elsewhere in Whitehall.

as well sb might/may

Marilyn looked guilty when she saw me, as well she might.

And a deviant and mentally diseased species as well .

Microscopes caught the imagination, as well they might.

as/so far as I know/I can remember/I can tell/I can see etc

as/so far as I'm concerned

as/so far as sth is concerned

as/so long as

As long as you're just sitting there, come help me with the groceries.

Pam stayed awake as long as she could.

You can go as long as you're home for dinner.

At the least, officials said, the move will postpone implementation of the program for as long as six months.

Fortunately Scott was reasonably obedient as long as some one kept a close watch over him.

His fame will remain undiminished as long as the game of cricket is played.

It's quite possible you won't even realise this, so long as you each mirror the same changes.

It is not a wasted experience as long as it can be purged of negative overtones.

This is three times as long as the Canon's heads, so I haven't included replacements in the page costs.

Wet wood can recover as long as it dries out relatively quickly.

Why did they not know that as long as they did not speak, he was all right?

be (as) nice as pie

The girl she spoke to was as nice as pie.

be (as) thick as thieves

All among the trees, the birds are thick as thieves and noisy as conventioneers.

Then they'd be as thick as thieves again.

be as American as apple pie

The 9000 model cellular phone is made in Finland, but the technology inside is as American as apple pie.

be as good as it gets

be as good as your word

The President promised to lower income taxes, and he's been as good as his word.

be as pure as the driven snow

be got up as/in sth

More visionary railway schemes were got up in the inter-war years.

be in the same boat (as sb)

Everyone is in the same boat today.

If marriage is a boat , then many of us are in the same boat!

So we are in the same boat with our ancestors!

We should all be in the same boat .

be not so much ... as ...

be remembered for/as sth

Graf will be remembered as one of the best women's tennis players.

James Dickey is best remembered for his 1972 novel "Deliverance."

Above all, Marianella will be remembered as a very brave and very determined woman.

Clinton is in good company, but I think he wants to be remembered for more than that.

Copenhagen is remembered for its mermaid.

Firstly, a widowed grandmother may be remembered as moving into the family home.

I want to be remembered for my skill as a stills photographer.

Servetus is remembered for his description of the lesser, pulmonary, circulation of the blood.

Some of these will be remembered for years to come, not only in Halling but where ever the cement barges called.

Will he be remembered as a statesman in his final days, or just another bought-and-paid-for hunk of political meat?

be that as it may

"Everyone knows it was your idea." "Be that as it may, we can present it together."

Be that as it may, all of us need order.

Be that as it may, blood-sharing in vampire bats seems to fit the Axelrod model well.

Be that as it may, Driesch concluded that Weismann was wrong, at least in part.

Be that as it may, his depiction was so convincingly done as to restore belief in the existence of centaurs!

Be that as it may, I shall attempt to explain the spiritual aspect in my own terms.

Be that as it may, terrible things clearly happened.

Be that as it may, the truth is plain: this is an exercise of arrogant power which stinks.

Be that as it may, Woolridge had his suspicions.

be that as it may

Be that as it may , all of us need order.

Be that as it may , blood-sharing in vampire bats seems to fit the Axelrod model well.

Be that as it may , Driesch concluded that Weismann was wrong, at least in part.

Be that as it may , his depiction was so convincingly done as to restore belief in the existence of centaurs!

Be that as it may , I shall attempt to explain the spiritual aspect in my own terms.

Be that as it may , terrible things clearly happened.

Be that as it may , the truth is plain: this is an exercise of arrogant power which stinks.

Be that as it may , Woolridge had his suspicions.

be/go on (the) record as saying (that)

being as

bold/calm/cool etc as you please

business as usual

Despite the fire damage, it's business as usual at the barber shop.

Back in Los Angeles it was business as usual.

How could they proceed with business as usual?

It will soon be back to business as usual.

So it was business as usual.

The next day was business as usual.

This change has involved more than just mixing up kids and carrying on business as usual.

This is more than dictatorial business as usual.

We need to be clear that, if Bush defeats Al Gore, there will no longer be business as usual.

come as a surprise/relief/blow etc (to sb)

And this might come as a surprise to our brethren in the popular national press - Thirty-eight.

Buller's Hill House came as a surprise.

Her answer came as a surprise.

It comes as a surprise to find him boasting of his prowess as a rioter.

Nevertheless, he said the sharp drop in the book-to-bill came as a surprise.

Nor should it come as a surprise that these rules frequently get S corporation owners into trouble.

So it comes as a surprise to discover that this is not always the case.

This should not come as a surprise to people who are free.

do duty as sth

even as

Families somehow survived, even as they were being torn apart by the war.

every bit as good/important etc

Barbara was every bit as good as she sounded.

Here, the Fund runs many family projects that are less well-known but doing work that is every bit as important.

If you looked through a microscope you could see that they had cheekbones every bit as good as Hope Steadman's.

In terms of predicting and controlling the social environment, high technology can quite clearly be every bit as important as brute force.

It is for this reason that good balanced design is every bit as important as meticulous craftsmanship.

It takes no more than five minutes and tastes every bit as good at the oven-baked variety.

The explanation is every bit as important as the numbers!

every bit as important/bad/good etc

Barbara was every bit as good as she sounded.

Here, the Fund runs many family projects that are less well-known but doing work that is every bit as important.

It is for this reason that good balanced design is every bit as important as meticulous craftsmanship.

It takes no more than five minutes and tastes every bit as good at the oven-baked variety.

The explanation is every bit as important as the numbers!

The traffic was every bit as bad as had been predicted.

Things every bit as bad happen there, too.

To her horror it was every bit as bad as she'd feared, and possibly even a tiny bit worse.

fancy yourself (as) sth

And fancies himself as a fisherman.

Any chick who fancies herself as a feminist ought to go and see Martha McGilchrist.

He fancied himself as a strategist.

He fancied himself as something of an impresario, and had some experience negotiating contracts with Hollywood studios.

He fancied himself in love with me, the silly boy, but that was absurd.

I fancy myself a famous writer.

Krause has always fancied himself a keen talent scout first.

Now he fancies himself as a great military strategist.

for all the world as if/as though/like

give as good as you get

At 87, Juran is still able to give as good as he gets.

Don't you worry about Tim. He may be small but he gives as good as he gets!

It was a tough interview, but I thought the President gave as good as he got.

The youngest of three sons, Dave can give as good as he gets.

go so far/as far as to do sth

guilty/shy/mad/angry etc as hell

I was as angry as hell .

Lucy was shy as hell , and Jay was sure and easy.

She washed spiders down the plughole, and felt guilty as hell about it.

Strong, dedicated, skilful, passionate, intelligent and as angry as hell .

The Jaguar is reported to have crashed in a distant country, mad as hell .

These people were mad as hell .

Whenever her family had been mentioned she looked as guilty as hell .

half as much/big etc

A TU154 weighs a third more and consumes half as much fuel again as its Western equivalent, the Boeing 727.

Even allowing for O'Donovan doing half as much business, this would mean 3000 tonnes of toxic waste leaving Ireland a year.

He will not worry about the quality if he does half as much on Saturday.

The fly therefore produces half as much sperm as normal.

The safety mattress also produced only half as much carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

These kids only have half as much cerebral cortex as is normal.

They looked like equine stock, but they were half as big again as any horse that Rostov had ever encountered.

half as much/big etc again

But cars are about half as much again as in Britain.

But Catherine, 31, and 56-year-old Fatal Attraction star Michael spent more than half as much again.

In school we are spending nearly half as much again, in real terms per pupil, as in 1979.

Social Progress Health spending is half as much again as it was in 1979, after taking account of inflation.

The Government is spending over half as much again more than Labour did when they were last in power.

The line shot out, half as much again.

They looked like equine stock, but they were half as big again as any horse that Rostov had ever encountered.

This is half as much again as last year.

in so far as/insofar as/in as far as

it might/would be as well

it was as much as sb could do to do sth

it's ... , Jim, but not as we know it

it's as easy as falling off a log

it's just as well (that)

It's just as well I took the train today - I heard the traffic was really bad.

Perhaps it is just as well .

it's/that's just as well

just as good/bad/big etc

And you men and half of Terminus as well are just as bad.

At home it was just as bad.

I would say the top teams are just as good, but the lesser teams have caught up a little bit.

It was just as good a place as any to get away from Julius for a while.

Now Allan Ahlberg has written two more stories about the same skeletons, and they're just as good.

Or something else, just as bad, could happen.

People accuse the whites of being prejudiced, but blacks can be just as bad.

Virginia says sending them to a sister training program it has established at nearby Mary Baldwin College is just as good.

know sb/sth as sth

like magic/as if by magic

like new/as good as new

live as man and wife

look as if you've been dragged through a hedge backwards

make as if to do sth

Hardin made as if to rise from his seat.

Then he made as if to resume their embrace, but Polly raised a hand to stop him.

make/be so bold (as to do sth)

may as well

Since we're just sitting here, we may as well have a drink.

You may as well not turn it on, Cooper, until after the game.

I may as well explain here why he did this much-criticized and desperate deed of daring....

I may as well have not bothered.

I may as well stick it out to the end.

If Klepner's gonna get his job he may as well do the spiel.

In the end the mission controllers took the very pragmatic view that they may as well continue the mission to the Moon.

That may as well be a word from a foreign language.

You may as well get used to it, Oakland.

You may as well play when you are in a scoring mode.

may/might/could (just) as well

And if you have to plough the field anyway, you might as well plant it at the same time.

And we might as well get used to it and resolve to cope.

Besides, they cost so much, you might as well get some fun out of them.

I thought I might just as well come down to the point.

If the traveler expects the high way to be safe and well-graded, he might as well stay at home.

It might as well be now.

She might as well see how the enemy behaved themselves in a place like this.

While she was there, they might as well have added the charge of breaching the Trades Description Act.

might (just) as well

And if you have to plough the field anyway, you might as well plant it at the same time.

But what is unavoidable may still be undesirable, and one might as well say so.

D.W. had come in over ocean and flown low as a drug smuggler over what might as well be called treetops.

He might as well have gotten down on his hands and knees and begged for it.

He said we might as well go before his sister arrived, because once she came, it would be impossible.

I might as well have been a convert, a Gentile.

I thought I might just as well come down to the point.

You might as well go to a branch.

much as

much like sth/much as

Based on one of Aesop's fables, it was as much like a limerick as one of Shakespeare's sonnets.

For at school, the young man would be surrounded by men much like him-self.

The space inside looked as much like a junkyard as the space outside.

They like their bikes to be as much like cars as possible.

What he wanted, of course, was for me to write as much like he did as I possibly could.

mutton dressed as lamb

never so much as

I do everything for him, and he's never so much as made me a cup of coffee.

Clarisa had never so much as dusted his butt with baby powder.

He never so much as twitched.

Naturally he had never so much as whispered this phrase to a living soul.

Tesla was told firmly that he must never so much as mention the subject of alternating current.

They passed a hundred yards away and never so much as changed course to take a closer look.

not (...) as such

not be as black as you are painted

not be in the same league (as sb/sth)

not half as/so good/interesting etc (as sb/sth)

not so ... as ...

not so much ... as ...

not/without so much as sth

I never received so much as a reply.

The car survived the accident without so much as a dent.

He had never had a day of sickness, not so much as a cold.

How could we have put their bag into ours without so much as a single check?

I, who had traveled all that long day on that train without so much as a cheese in my pocket?

It is a matter of tone, not so much as content.

So far in Rajasthan, I had not so much as nodded to another female.

That he had dumped her without a word, without so much as a goodbye.

We got our six appearances, and not so much as one drop-by or mix-and-mingle extra.

When they go straight to bed without so much as ordering a toasted sandwich or spending money at the bar.

not/without so much as sth

So far in Rajasthan, I had not so much as nodded to another female.

He had never had a day of sickness, not so much as a cold.

How could we have put their bag into ours without so much as a single check?

I, who had traveled all that long day on that train without so much as a cheese in my pocket?

It is a matter of tone, not so much as content.

That he had dumped her without a word, without so much as a goodbye.

We got our six appearances, and not so much as one drop-by or mix-and-mingle extra.

When they go straight to bed without so much as ordering a toasted sandwich or spending money at the bar.

operate as sth

otherwise known as

Global warming is otherwise known as the greenhouse effect.

Area 17, for example, is otherwise known as the primary visual area.

During that pilgrimage, they lived in tents and booths, otherwise known as sukkot.

It is otherwise known as delegated legislation.

It was a control on monetary hanky-panky, otherwise known as inflation.

The best explanation for this is the so-called rebound effect, otherwise known as acute tolerance.

parade as sth/be paraded as sth

It's just old-fashioned racism parading as scientific research.

pass muster (as sth)

Although they hail from Quebec, the hurdy-gurdy of this ensemble is sure to pass muster with the average colonial.

And Mel Gibson does pass muster as a filthy freedom fighter with a talent for decapitation.

As pitchforks they certainly pass muster .

Critically surveying her reflection, she told herself she would pass muster .

It is based on a true story so outrageous that it would never in a million years have passed muster as fiction.

It may pass muster as television commentary but on the page its studied neutrality rings false.

The schools might not have been able to offer courses that would pass muster .

When it came to the physical attributes that Fred plainly valued, Lou Spooner passed muster .

pass sb/sth off as sth

The agents managed to pass themselves off as wealthy businessmen.

They tried to pass the crystals off as diamonds.

Anyone trying to pass these absurdities off as fiction would have been laughed out of Hollywood.

As a childless wife can only suffer, there would be no point in passing an intersexual off as a woman.

But what more could you expect from the bunch of monkeys trying to pass themselves off as judges?

Equally, it is an offence for a private company to pass itself off as being a public company and viceversa.

I wonder how many years unqualified people could pass themselves off as consultant thoracic surgeons, for example, without detection.

This is the kind of thing a man who passes himself off as a fashion consultant can be expected to know.

Though the doubt is really an expression of not-being-committed, it passes itself off as an excuse for not-committing.

We could go in and pass ourselves off as invited guests by being brazen.

pawn sb/sth ↔ off as sth

portray sb/sth as sth

Liberals are portrayed by the group as sensitive and caring.

Many fairy tales portray women as victims.

pose as sb

Cox posed as a doctor to gain entrance to the day care center.

pretty as a picture

Francesca was as pretty as a picture and apparently glowing with health.

Property: Not quite as pretty as a picture A house committed to canvas is a house that's easy to sell.

Rachel looked as pretty as a picture, her lovely body warmly covered by a grey riding cloak lined with miniver fur.

She looked surprised, and threw up her hands, pretty as a picture, then began to set the chessmen afresh.

read sth as/for sth

red as a beet

same as sb

He works hard, same as you.

But she was not the same as them, she could not pretend to be.

Earnings were A $ 423. 4 million, about the same as the year before.

Obviously, self-respect was not the same as disrespect.

San Francisco Registrar Germaine Wong said turnout in the city was about the same as the statewide average.

The benchmark 30-year Treasury bond yielded 5. 97 percent, the same as yesterday.

The height of the casing limits the L range to three horizontal full-length 16-bit slots, the same as its predecessor.

This is the same as saying information delivered in a particular form is more useful in certain applications than in others.

sb sees the glass as half-empty/half-full

sb would (just) as soon

Absorbing Costs Self-defeating techniques yield consequences that most organizations would just as soon not deal with.

After all, he delivers oil to you and would just as soon keep doing it.

And a lot of them would just as soon not get this junk e-mail.

And they would just as soon I was not there.

Fiercely individualistic, Texas would just as soon give back the Alamo as institute a state tax.

He would as soon not go.

The dismissal of such people would stir up controversy the president would just as soon avoid.

sb's time in/at/as sth

seeing as (how)

And seeing as it was my brainchild, would you not say it was possibly the best commercial of all time?

But, seeing as you won't tell me anything, I have to use other sources.

I just slipped that in seeing as how you congratulated me on my history.

I thought you might like that, seeing as you're so keen on birds and that.

That seems believable, too, seeing as how he no longer can take out his frustrations on Sundays.

The D-32 is very Martin D-28 in character - not surprising, seeing as that's what it basically is.

This struck them as strange, seeing as how it was only just after four in the morning.

Well, seeing as how you just lost one of your men, you might think about hiring some one to replace him.

set yourself up as sth

After all, she was the one who'd set herself up as Jett's little helper.

Everyone thinks he can set himself up as a dramatic critic.

He set himself up as a one-man cult.

It's not that he wishes to set himself up as a leader.

Roads and Traffic in Urban Areas has, by its own proclamation, set itself up as the Bible for traffic planners.

She was too young to be setting herself up as the devoted handmaiden to the great man.

Why do they set themselves up as tradesmen if that's all they're going to do?

sick as a parrot

so as to do sth

The little boy ran off so as not to be caught.

Now it has just been seen that the laws of physics are efficiently ordered so as to produce highly desirable states.

The regional economy has been reorganized so as to distribute tasks and responsibilities equitably.

The spouts are placed so as to ensure no seed drops down the deep furrows immediately behind the subsoiler legs.

Their identities are not revealed so as to prevent reprisals against their families.

They immediately crossed the river and fired several houses in the village of DeSoto, so as to illuminate the river.

Winsocks should be written so as to be accessible from either 32-bit or 16-bit workspace.

so/as far as I am aware

sth is as American as apple pie

straight/stiff as a ramrod

Said he was as stiff as a ramrod and would get nowhere, but he's pretty hard on people anyway.

strike sb as (being) sth

His arguments struck us as completely ridiculous.

Mr. West struck me as a very good businessman.

Alan and I used to fight - but that was just little boys striking out.

It all struck Tish as an exciting ride.

It did strike me as somewhat odd that Ellen would wait so long in life to discover her true orientation.

Jocasta struck him as a typical Hollywood brat, neglected, indulged, selfish and forced to grow up too fast.

She struck me as being a horror in the play.

Surely these folks were great pals but that strikes me as a strange way to show it.

They hoped that the very talk of a general strike would act as a restraining influence on militarism.

Thus the strike came as no surprise to those involved.

such as

Cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse and Snoopy are still popular with youngsters.

It is difficult to get even basic foods such as sugar and bread.

People's ability to do the tests is influenced by factors such as age, sex, and ethnic background.

The homeless shelter needs $1,000 a month for supplies such as toilet articles, coffee, and bedding.

Categorical outcomes, such as prevalence rates, were initially compared by 2 with Yates' correction.

Conditions considered as triggers for events, such as infections, anaemia, and biochemical disturbances, were excluded or treated.

Hollington Architects Inc., specializes in institutional design, such as schools and churches.

Later he specialized in war photography for magazines such as Life, Time, and Newsweek, winning a number of awards.

Meanwhile, new technologies such as personal communications services -- a new generation of cellular phone -- also will spur demand.

Some passages are contradictory such as the two versions of the flood in Genesis.

The big firms can also spread overheads such as marketing more broadly.

The program does not teach computation, but it does cover concepts such as shape and size.

sure as hell

Alan, if I could get you out of there, I sure as hell would.

And they sure as hell don't understand any of us.

But it will sure as hell make him think twice before risking it.

Goddamn that tune, it sure as hell sounds familiar!

I as sure as hell don't want it.

I don't think I scare easily, but I sure as hell scared myself that weekend.

Not even that low humming sound which I knew sure as hell wasn't the thermostat on the fridge.

They sure as hell don't need your paper and even less journalists like Steven Wells with his repetitive, egotistical comments!

take each day as it comes

take it as read (that)

Let us take it as read that Hawkwind started quite a few trends in their time.

take sth as a compliment

I said he was a workaholic, and he seemed to take it as a compliment .

After a bit she became used to being stared at, even taking it as a compliment .

After all, these services are free and we take it as a compliment if you ask.

But Marcel would no doubt take that as a compliment .

But the members of Greyhound Soul take it as a compliment , as it was meant to be taken.

But when she heard such things, Privet took it as a compliment .

He would only assume that she attached some importance to his opinion and take it as a compliment .

I did not quite know what they meant but I took it as a compliment .

I take that as a compliment .

take sth as given

take sth as it comes

I'm not going to worry about it. I'll just take each day as it comes .

I always think the best way of approaching an interview is to take it as it comes .

If I were you, I'd just enjoy each day and take life as it comes .

The only way to manage when you have small kids is to take things as they come .

Ever since Cherith, I've vowed that I'd just take love as it comes - and as it goes.

Just take it as it comes .

So take it as it comes , for the moment.

That was the only way to treat the war: take it as it comes .

You can't change it, so you take it as it comes .

take sth as read

Let us take it as read that Hawkwind started quite a few trends in their time.

the same (as)

It does not seem to have had the same connotations as the contemporary concept of adolescence.

It should be pointed out that different neural net-work architectures will generate different output results for the same problem.

She and Vivian laughed at the same jokes and ridiculed the same conventions.

The deadline for comments on the document, which should be sent to the same address, is 6 November.

The most helpful sources of support are more likely to be the parents of other children who have experienced the same trauma.

They shared the same solidness, that same truculence, above all, the same dislike.

This often happens when independent organizations seek to make sense of different providers offering the same service.

Two weeks ago, the same survey showed Dole with a 49 percent to 48 percent lead over Clinton.

there's no (such thing as a) free lunch

there's no such person/thing etc as sb/sth

He says there's no such thing as a citizens arrest.

Raymond runs the exclusive Manoir aux Quat Saisons in Wheatley, where there's no such thing as a free lunch.

To the professionals who work with troubled couples, however, there's no such thing as the wronged spouse.

think/say etc as much

Archaeological analyses say as much about the interpreters as about the extinct cultures.

Even the defense attorneys who went up against him said as much .

He felt convinced that Aeneas was the son-in-law Faunus had predicted, and he said as much to the envoys.

He said as much to Katherine on their second evening together.

He said as much when he finally let things loose.

Kennedy said as much in the summer of 1961, when he met Khrushchev in Vienna.

The women stood in silence, glad of each other's presence and without the need to say as much .

They will do and say as much as they dare, to get the client's money.

warm as toast

The kerosene stove kept the room warm as toast .

when/as the spirit moves you

without so much as a by your leave

would just as soon

I'd just as soon ride with you, if that's okay.

Absorbing Costs Self-defeating techniques yield consequences that most organizations would just as soon not deal with.

After all, he delivers oil to you and would just as soon keep doing it.

And a lot of them would just as soon not get this junk e-mail.

And they would just as soon I was not there.

Fiercely individualistic, Texas would just as soon give back the Alamo as institute a state tax.

The dismissal of such people would stir up controversy the president would just as soon avoid.

would you be kind enough to do sth/be so kind as to do sth

your guess is as good as mine

"When's the next bus coming?" "Your guess is as good as mine."

"Who do you think will win the World Cup?" "Your guess is as good as mine."

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Clint Eastwood was excellent as the strong, silent hero in his many westerns.

Paul McGann will star as a middle-class Jewish lawyer in a new BBC drama called 'Fish'.

II. conjunction

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

As I said earlier, this research has just started.

As smart as Jake is, he doesn't know how to manage people well.

As soon as I pulled in, the engine went dead.

As we were leaving, Carole and her friends arrived.

Be patient with your puppy as he adjusts to his new home.

He ran into the road just as a car was coming.

I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

James decided not to go out as he was still really tired.

Leave things as they are until the police arrive.

The phone rang just as he stepped out of the shower.

The sensor uses an infrared beam to "read" a vehicle's exhaust emissions as it drives past.

There was a shocked silence as he spoke.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.