Meaning of JUST in English

JUST

I. adverb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a just cause (= an aim that is fair and right )

The rebels believed that they were fighting for a just cause.

a just society

We are making progress towards a just society.

a just war (= one that you believe is right )

They believe that they are fighting a just war.

be (just) what/who you are looking for

‘Salubrious’! That’s just the word I was looking for.

hang on a sec/hold on a sec/just a sec etc (= wait a short time )

‘Is Al there?’ ‘Hold on a sec, I’ll check.’

It just goes to show

It just goes to show how much people judge each other by appearances.

it just popped out

I didn’t mean to say it like that – it just popped out .

it’s just what I’ve always wanted (= used to thank someone for a present that you really like )

Thanks for the bread machine – it's just what I've always wanted.

just a few

I could suggest many different methods, but anyway, here are just a few .

just a moment (= used when telling someone to wait )

Just a moment, I’ll go and get her.

Just a second (= wait a moment )

Just a second , I’ll come and help.

just about

It’s just about the worst mistake anyone could make.

Just about

‘Have you finished?’ ‘ Just about .’

just across

He knew that just across the border lay freedom.

just along (= a short distance along )

The bathroom is just along the corridor.

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 (= equally )

His last album sold half a million copies and we hope this one will be just as popular.

just ducky

Well, that’s just ducky .

just like

I’d just like to say how grateful we are for your help.

just like

It’s just like her to run away from her responsibilities!

just like (= exactly like )

Sometimes you sound just like my mum!

just now especially BrE (= at the present time )

There are a lot of bargains in the shops just now.

just outside

Bolton is a mill town just outside Manchester.

just passing through (= travelling through a place )

We were just passing through and thought we’d drop in to see you.

just past (= a little further than )

There are parking spaces over there, just past the garage.

(just) the once British English spoken

Mrs Peterson came in to see Ruth just the once.

Just then

Silently she closed the door. Just then she heard a noise.

just this/that moment (= only a very short time ago )

I had just that moment arrived.

just to spite

The neighbours throw things over the garden wall just to spite us.

just under

I spend just under four hours a day seeing customers.

just

I just want to be left alone.

just/a little short of sth

She was just short of six feet tall.

just/exactly the same sth

That’s funny – Simon said exactly the same thing.

just/fitting (= appropriate and right )

Death would be a just punishment.

just/only kidding

Don’t get mad – I was only kidding.

just/only/merely etc a formality

Getting a gun license here seems to be just a formality.

just/quite the opposite (= exactly the opposite )

He wasn’t laughing. Quite the opposite, in fact.

sth is just/only the beginning (= used to emphasize that many more things will happen )

Signing the contract is just the beginning of a long process.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ VERB

beginning

It was cool, with the sun just beginning to warm their arms and the stones in the wall along the drive.

But string theory is just beginning to be understood.

The wheats look good, with Apollo just beginning to turn, he adds.

A light snowfall was just beginning , and Jasper looked like wonder itself with snowflakes in his hair.

The cold clouds seen at 100 micrometres are large and diffuse, evidently just beginning to condense under their own gravity.

But I was just beginning my career, and had put too much into it to give it up.

Delrina says it will exploit the signal processing capabilities that some facsimile modem manufactures are just beginning to build into their products.

But what I feel instead is acceptance hedging on satisfaction and a faint promise for the day just beginning .

come

His one chance came just before half-time when a defender's shins blocked his shot.

Dunne went down the stairs they had just come up into an immense smoke-filled room.

But I don't think he comes just for that, he seems genuinely concerned for him.

And then on the way over to the bookstore it just came to me in a flash.

It came just 60 seconds after Robert Molenaar had handled the ball in his own box with referee Andy D'Urso unsighted.

He just came down from Kent.

Cheques Unreserved seats available from one hour before most performances - just come along.

They just come out of my mouth by themselves.

feel

Deee-Lite, though, just feel very misunderstood.

And there may be a few scattered works where applause would just feel wrong.

It just felt as though, once, some one had found that it worked.

And she felt just as apprehensive as she always did here.

Once or twice she met Carrie's eye and smiled as if to say she felt just as she did.

I just felt like it was time to go.

I just felt I ought to be doing something and so I stuck to it.

I just felt I had to play, and get back in uniform.

get

She's had people in, but they can't find any reason for it, and it's just getting worse.

But just getting out of the way of good ideas, important as it is, will not be enough.

Here, mostly you just get right up their patrician noses.

After 1 have one of those, I just get my secretary to cancel my appointments and drive me home.

It's a bit disconcerting to be minding your own business. Just getting on with things.

But we just got better and better as we played together.

He was sure if he could just get the craft to join, the 12 main latches would trigger.

Because whenever I think about it, it just gets me mad.

go

So I developed five acres on my own account and things just went on from there.

Nope -- the Dogpatch council just went and annexed without notifying them.

Maybe he had been standing there so long his mind had just gone off the job.

He was not ready to go just yet.

His mother surely couldn't object if he just went and looked at it?

Or just go to North Carolina and rent-a place on the Outer Banks.

It just goes on and on.

The league had just gone through a nine-week players strike, putting all of the Super Bowl plans on hold.

happen

However, one of the most remarkable finds for the Gwili has just happened .

Depending on your point of view, one of two things has just happened in boxing.

This picture board just happens to be in a muddy field.

And nobody planned it, it just happened .

They just happened to be around after Mass when volunteers were needed.

The reporters, oddly enough, just happen to be sitting there in the line of fire with nothing better to do.

Panic, that was the first reaction to whatever it was that had just happened .

Presuming there are no last-minute stays, that will happen just after midnight.

like

Oh, while I m here just like to mention the new kit.

I am seventeen, I had a family just like you do, 1 am a daughter, I am a sister.

Since this has cropped up here I would just like to draw attention to it.

It took exactly sixty days, just like I said.

And just like this, under the moon.

Just like the first step in project management.

Female speaker I would just like to thank everyone who has supported me, family, friends, and everyone else.

Just like a little tweety bird!

look

When I confront him with his omissions and lies he just looks sheepish.

I just looked for a short, clean-shaven Mr Barraza.

Instead it just looks offensive-nasty as well as silly.

Now they wanted to look just like the Gibson Girl, or despair of being beautiful or fashionable.

It just looked me over closely, then flew into the roost in the pines to join the others.

They just look forward to meeting the notorious killers again face to face.

I was born a rabbit. just look at me.

wait

That suddenly went to being able to play conservatively and just wait and see what happened.

Some, like my son, are just waiting .

Just wait until she saw that Tony Jones.

Just wait until I suddenly puff myself up and reveal all!

Gennaro asked Elisa if she would please just wait a little longer.

Put things off, wait just long enough until she had a disaster on her hands.

Formentera An almost totally unspoilt island just off the coast of southern Ibiza whose lazy sun-drenched calm just waits to be savoured.

Just wait till you see what the public says in two months.

want

I don't just want her.

Once I picked it up, I just wanted to make sure I held on to it.

I thought I was helping, but I just want to throw the coffee out of the window.

I just wanted this man to approve of my performance.

If I just wanted you, I'd be able to spend time alone with you without going half crazy.

This would be a nice place to come if we just wanted to have a one-on-one chat.

She just wanted to be left alone.

Basically, I just want to be there for them like my dad was for me.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(I'm) just looking

"Do you need help with anything?" "No thanks. We're just looking ."

(just) around/round the corner

Around the corner , their classmates practiced pulling small-fry violin bows across squeaky strings.

I rounded the corner , then stopped, waited a moment and peeked back into the lobby.

Rats gnawed on black infants' feet, while money was used to build new police stations around the corner .

She might think we're just around the corner and that we're not coming to see her.

She peered round the corner of the house.

She was around the corner , talking to Hoffmann.

The Derby Tonelli grocery store of my mind could have stood around the corner from my house.

There was always something around the corner if you didn't lose your head.

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

(just) for once

But for once his famous ability to blend laughter and pain is overcome by the weight of his subject.

But Holmes, for once , was wrong.

In fact for once the human mussel-gatherers have come to the assistance of their natural competitors.

Mrs Saulitis's cheerfulness was lost for once .

Why not, for once , why not?

You can't fault Ayckbourn's production but, for once , his comic vessel has problems carrying such emotionally heavy cargo.

(just) for the hell of it

A lot of rich kids are turning to crime just for the hell of it.

We used to go out every Saturday night and get drunk, just for the hell of it.

For the hell of it l do an extra set of bun-twisters on my back, a perennial crowd-pleaser.

For this interview, talking just for the hell of it, he was immeasurably more relaxed.

He decided to walk down to the promontory by way of the market, just for the hell of it.

He didn't really strike her as a particularly nosy person, just wanting to know things for the hell of it.

I steal things I can't eat, just for the hell of it.

Slanging matches with Craddock just for the hell of it.

Why do so many people breed just for the hell of it?

William Mulholland came to Los Angeles more or less for the hell of it.

(just) in case

In case you missed the last program, here's a summary of the story.

There are spare batteries in there, in case you need them.

A few latecomers are nosing gloomily around in case the professionals have left anything worth having.

Deep tendon reflexes are usually diminished, but in cases with prominent lateral column disease may be hyperactive with extensor plantar reflexes.

How can an individual get permission to photocopy or videotape in cases where there is no fair use exception?

In case a dish fails to appease a customer, Steve Carrasco can always make a flying getaway.

In case you're wondering-for the hospital form-this is how you spell tetanus.

Not typical in cases like this.

They had delivered the correct total quantity of tins but half of them were packed in cases of 24 tins each.

Viral cultures during an attack will give the diagnosis in cases such as these.

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

(just) plain Mr/Mrs etc

And being Lord Aviemore is just like being plain Mr Aviemore, right?

Cluedo's Reverend Green is to become plain Mr Green to bring one of the country's best-loved board games up to date.

(just) say the word

Both of them said the word on the same downbeat, which made them burst into laughter at how hilarious they sounded.

He could not bring himself to say the words, so great was his terror of plague.

If there's anything I can do, you've only got to say the word.

No one was actually prepared to say the word revolution-the one word in their vocabulary softened by success.

The last team then has to say the word they had in mind.

When the language helper says the words in a frame he will say them more naturally.

When the truth was devastating, no wonder physicians avoided saying the words and patients refused to accept them.

(just) that little bit better/easier etc

We have put together a few of the most popular itineraries to help make your choice that little bit easier.

(just) think

But now, my dear fellows, let's just think about this a moment, shall we?

I just think we can get it done.

Just think of the businesses that take on people who are on the social.

Just think of the economies of scale!

Just think of those lemon groves outside my aunt's villa in Ravello.

Just thinking about volunteer tutoring, little is known about the most basic of questions.

Now he was trying to think of what he had just thought.

(just) this once

OK, you can stay up till 11, but just this once .

But the smiling man who clutched the real trophy after the game spoke, this once , for everyone.

Carol told Petey this once to help him stop crying so she could take a look.

Hadn't she seen something like this once before? she thought vaguely.

He had sworn this once when he and Adrastus had quarreled and Eriphyle had reconciled them.

Lawyers and supporters of the parents in Orkney questioned both the motives and the methods of this once trusted organisation.

Maybe this once , the world will display itself as immutable.

We've been through this once .

We've done this once or twice before, as I vividly recall.

(just) you wait

It'll be a huge success, just you wait .

I just wanted to say/know etc

I asked them, and this is what they told me. I just wanted to know did you know any more.

In the ambulance, I just wanted to know the damage.

The truth of it was, as miserable as things were, I just wanted to say I had been there.

I know (just/exactly) how you feel

I have a sudden urge to touch her, to hold her, to tell her I know how she feels .

I knew how he felt about me -- a short blind boy who hated leather basketballs.

I know how he feels about me!

I know how you feel about it ... You would rather wait - wait till we're married.

I know how you feel , Doyle thought.

I know how you feel , they're all or nothing.

You ran a decent campaign, John, and I know how it feels to lose.

I'm only/just doing my job

as it happens/it just so happens

be (just) coming up to sth

A period when he was almost dead is coming up to the surface.

He had a horrible premonition that she was coming up to Rome.

Manion was coming up to his freeway exit.

be (just) the ticket

And for those whose attention spans are trained to a short leash, it may be just the ticket .

Humphrey and Senator Muskie were the ticket , but all that anybody remembered was Daley and his city.

If their tours are as much fun as their zany brochure, Wild Women Adventures could be just the ticket .

If you have a chronic condition that has made it difficult to exercise, this may be the ticket .

They can be used as counters for they are the tickets to our mystic world.

This bus could be just the ticket for a small family.

This was just the ticket , I thought, sitting on my canvas chair, quietly digesting my cake.

be just (good) friends

""Are you going out with Liam?'' ""No, we're just good friends .''

I'm not going out with Nathan, you know - we're just friends .

I keep telling my mother that Peter and I are just friends but she doesn't seem to believe me.

Billy and I were just good friends , really good mates.

But maybe he and Jane were just friends .

Maureen and I - we thought we were just friends .

My wife and I are just good friends .

They were just friends , and he was fun to be with.

be just what the doctor ordered

be just/exactly so

Everything has to be just so at Maxine's dinner parties.

But this turned out to be just so much more Super Bowl hype.

Flashman is just so bitter - he's blaming us, but we just wanted our money above aboard.

I was just so furious that I swept out in high dudgeon.

I was just so pumped up to do good.

I went downstairs, I was just so struck by musicians and live music.

If it was a microcap fund it would be different because there are just so many microcap stocks you can buy.

Now, nations are just so many men like these.

There were just so many animals around.

get/receive your (just) deserts

Even a low-cal concoction can make us feel that we're getting our just deserts .

From Llewelyn he would get his deserts , and be grateful for them.

He was not a spiteful man, but he had enjoyed the sight of Spatz getting his deserts .

Now the rich and the proud would get their just deserts .

it's (just) one of those days

"Everything okay?" "Oh, it's just been one of those days ."

it's (only/just) a matter/question of time

But they believe it's only a matter of time before the disease crosses the county boundary.

If he hasn't already killed somebody, then it's only a matter of time .

They think it's only a matter of time before he breaks.

it's (only/just) human nature

It's human nature to put off doing things you don't like to do.

But it's human nature that people-male or female-will do what they are allowed to get away with.

it's just a thought

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 just/only/simply a question of doing sth

Sometimes, it's simply a question of somewhere safe to go after school while parents are working.

it's only/just a matter of time

It was only a matter of time before Lynn found out Phil's secret.

You'll learn how to do it eventually -- it's only a matter of time.

Your father is dying and there's nothing we can do. I'm afraid it's just a matter of time.

But they believe it's only a matter of time before the disease crosses the county boundary.

If he hasn't already killed somebody, then it's only a matter of time.

They think it's only a matter of time before he breaks.

just because ...

Anyway, you can't dismiss the experimental method just because some irrational people choose not to put the findings into practice.

He is just because he is vulnerable and challengeable.

I can't break it, just because he's out of the country.

Just because you shop at the local indoor mall does not make you an expert on the retail sector of the economy.

Perhaps it's just because you don't like her?

So just because you can't find it through a Web search doesn't mean it's not there.

This is not just because Republicans are determined to make it so.

just like that

At home the bowl of the sky is just like that.

Certainly they impute to the accused a degree of mystical malevolence just like that implied in witchcraft charges.

Could he abandon everything now, just like that?

How many people came to this country and bought a house just like that?

I put my arm round him and gave him a hug just like that.

I was on tablets for two days and then taken off, just like that.

The pickup switching configuration is just like that of a Strat, but obviously with a fatter tone from the humbuckers.

They stopped, just like that.

just my luck

Just my luck ! The one vacation I take all year, and I have to get sick.

Married, is he? Just my luck .

Great, I thought to myself, just my luck .

It was just my luck to have bags made of light nylon, weighing in at ten kilos in total.

No chance, I thought, just my luck the clocks aren't working.

just now

But the gentleman will not take no for an answer, and even tried to push past me just now .

Her own eyes were a muddy green, and just now they were spitting fire, like a little cat.

I myself had started something of a relationship with her just now .

Maybe the maids would have left some of the rooms open, if there was nobody staying in them just now .

That betraying look in her eyes in the cloakroom just now must have told him he'd won again.

The man, whose helping hand he had just now been the recipient of, was immediately behind him.

When I was in Marcus just now he was normal.

just the job

A bit of companionship with fellow climbers and walkers is just the job at the end of a hard day.

Clinique, though, say their new Electric Shave Primer is just the job .

Computerised databases are just the job for any record storage as many of you may know.

She should not have mentioned Mrs Skipton, must learn to do the job , just the job and no more.

The Cajun Kings were just the job , as was John.

This could be just the job for her - and it would generate some new income to replace what we've lost.

To decide which one is right for you, you have to consider more than just the job you do.

just the thing/the very thing

just/all the same

The potatoes were a little overcooked, but delicious all the same .

He made beer the same way as his grandfather had and today it's brewed just the same way.

My father was a Hasid but he wanted us to know the Scriptures just the same .

Some have felt they were all the same , maybe even the Apostle John.

The look will be different, but the content, the coverage and the crack will be just the same .

These strips are all the same , a sort of busy evolutionary seashore.

Trout fishing is often a great challenge, but rewarding just the same , with gorgeous colored fish and the streamside beauty.

Well, if it's all the same to you, we would rather be the judges of that.

Yet all the same , progress resulted.

let's just say

"So who was she with?" "Let's just say it wasn't Ted."

let's just say (that)

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.

not ... just/quite the opposite

His falsity and hollowness are not just the opposite of the true and the wholesome, but threaten to undermine it.

not just a pretty face

not just any (old) man/woman/job etc

And a T'ang is not just any man.

only just

As it turns out, though, one of the greatest albums in his catalog has only just been released commercially.

However, the hard part of Operation Restore Hope may have only just begun.

It was sparsely furnished, for Anne had only just come into her inheritance, but it was newly decorated and clean.

She must be dreaming, but surely she had only just gone to sleep.

She remembered that he had a knack for getting people to stop shooting, and usually only just in time.

The great black migration from the West Side-and from the Deep South-had only just begun.

Unemployment is still only just half of what it was seven years ago.

sb is just fooling

Don't pay any attention to Henry. He's just fooling .

sb was (just) minding their own business

I was just walking along, minding my own business , when this guy ran straight into me.

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.

sth is just one of those things

that's (just) the way sth/sb is/that's (just) the way sth goes

And that's the way he is.

And that's the way it is again this year - everybody is happy with what I am doing.

But they think they can run everything from Detroit and that's the way the organisation is going to be restructured.

Even the best generals sometimes lose with this army just because that's the way it is.

For that's the way it is for the talented twosome.

He's always been a bit on his dignity, I suppose, but that's the way he is.

In the end Capirossi had to do the winning himself and that's the way 1991 is going to be.

The money we got to spend - well, that's the way it is.

that's all I need/that's just what I didn't need

wait a minute/just a minute/hold on a minute/hang on a minute

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

"Can I speak to Tony please?'' "Sorry, you've just missed him.''

"Does everyone have to wear uniform?" "No, just the first year students."

"Were there a lot of people there?" "No, just me and David."

A new handbag! That's just what I wanted.

At the moment we're just making enough money to cover our costs.

Can you wait five minutes? I just have to iron this.

Could I just use your phone for a minute?

He's just a kid. Don't be so hard on him.

He and his brother are just the same -- lazy.

He said he was leaving her and proceeded to do just that!

He started his own small shop - at first just selling newspapers, then books and magazines.

His car hit a wall, but he escaped with just cuts and bruises.

I'm not sure just who you mean.

I just can't believe it.

I just got off the phone with Mrs. Kravitz.

I just heard the news! Congratulations!

I just made it to class on time.

I didn't mean to interfere - I was just trying to help.

I think she just wanted someone to talk to.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

I suppose it's just something that I've learned to live with.

I was just going to bed, he said.

No doubt there are many, but I would like to single out just three.

There would be nothing in the Rory Collins thing, she knew that, it was just a wild flirtation.

Tree physiology and dendrochronology are just two of the possible applications for portable computer tomography.

II. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

cause

The defense excused him for just cause .

False testimony in support of a just cause was moral; for an unjust cause it was immoral.

There are too few warriors and too few committed to a just cause .

No longer revolutionaries, no longer a just cause - no longer, after all that, a cause at all.

At that point failure to do so would have the same consequences as any other refusal to work without just cause .

The mythology of this just cause was not inevitably tragic, though usually so.

I could see no just cause for carrying on after arguing vehemently against the idea, then seeing it carried.

desert

Now the rich and the proud would get their just deserts .

Even a low-cal concoction can make us feel that we're getting our just deserts .

government

For example, one may owe the duty to the just government of foreign countries.

Both reject papal centralization and papal authority as a means for discerning just government .

I have a duty to support just governments in foreign countries, even though they have no legitimate power over me.

Imagine a relatively just government ruling over a relatively morally enlightened population.

The existence of the occasional bad law enacted by a just government does not by itself establish much.

Therefore, consent can not be justified as a necessary means to establish a just government .

Noninstrumental validations of consent are, therefore, limited to consent to the authority of a reasonably just government .

The main argument can not validate wholesale the authority of even reasonably just governments .

reward

To see a job completed to the best of your ability and to the satisfaction of the customer is just reward .

It would be just reward for their recent form, and no-one would begrudge them the honour.

A handsome second-term majority will be his just reward .

A medal of honour was his just reward .

So for all their efforts they got their just reward .

For Edgar Bronfman and Ivan Straker, however, it would have been just reward for their assistance, to the race.

If Beth had got her just rewards , Tyler Blacklock had carved himself a very different destiny.

It features a well thought out line of play which reaped a just reward .

society

Because of these evils, we have failed to create a just society here.

It points to some of the ethical roots of social action and the citizens' responsibilities towards a just society .

As the quote from Guttierrez shows, the struggle to build a just society is itself part of the process of salvation.

Indeed, the struggle for a more just society has historically entailed constant protest and demonstration to change oppressive laws.

The reader will recognize the correspondences between Qaddafi's account of social organization and the Zuwaya image of the just society .

Young's ideas are important because they cast serious doubt on liberal views of a just society .

war

My partner, my family, and in a just war , my country.

There is no such thing as a just war .

Catholic morality approves of the view that to repel an aggressor is to engage in a just war .

What is going on there is not just war , it is genocide.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(I'm) just looking

"Do you need help with anything?" "No thanks. We're just looking ."

(just) around/round the corner

Around the corner , their classmates practiced pulling small-fry violin bows across squeaky strings.

I rounded the corner , then stopped, waited a moment and peeked back into the lobby.

Rats gnawed on black infants' feet, while money was used to build new police stations around the corner .

She might think we're just around the corner and that we're not coming to see her.

She peered round the corner of the house.

She was around the corner , talking to Hoffmann.

The Derby Tonelli grocery store of my mind could have stood around the corner from my house.

There was always something around the corner if you didn't lose your head.

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

(just) for once

But for once his famous ability to blend laughter and pain is overcome by the weight of his subject.

But Holmes, for once , was wrong.

In fact for once the human mussel-gatherers have come to the assistance of their natural competitors.

Mrs Saulitis's cheerfulness was lost for once .

Why not, for once , why not?

You can't fault Ayckbourn's production but, for once , his comic vessel has problems carrying such emotionally heavy cargo.

(just) for the hell of it

A lot of rich kids are turning to crime just for the hell of it.

We used to go out every Saturday night and get drunk, just for the hell of it.

For the hell of it l do an extra set of bun-twisters on my back, a perennial crowd-pleaser.

For this interview, talking just for the hell of it, he was immeasurably more relaxed.

He decided to walk down to the promontory by way of the market, just for the hell of it.

He didn't really strike her as a particularly nosy person, just wanting to know things for the hell of it.

I steal things I can't eat, just for the hell of it.

Slanging matches with Craddock just for the hell of it.

Why do so many people breed just for the hell of it?

William Mulholland came to Los Angeles more or less for the hell of it.

(just) in case

In case you missed the last program, here's a summary of the story.

There are spare batteries in there, in case you need them.

A few latecomers are nosing gloomily around in case the professionals have left anything worth having.

Deep tendon reflexes are usually diminished, but in cases with prominent lateral column disease may be hyperactive with extensor plantar reflexes.

How can an individual get permission to photocopy or videotape in cases where there is no fair use exception?

In case a dish fails to appease a customer, Steve Carrasco can always make a flying getaway.

In case you're wondering-for the hospital form-this is how you spell tetanus.

Not typical in cases like this.

They had delivered the correct total quantity of tins but half of them were packed in cases of 24 tins each.

Viral cultures during an attack will give the diagnosis in cases such as these.

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

(just) say the word

Both of them said the word on the same downbeat, which made them burst into laughter at how hilarious they sounded.

He could not bring himself to say the words, so great was his terror of plague.

If there's anything I can do, you've only got to say the word.

No one was actually prepared to say the word revolution-the one word in their vocabulary softened by success.

The last team then has to say the word they had in mind.

When the language helper says the words in a frame he will say them more naturally.

When the truth was devastating, no wonder physicians avoided saying the words and patients refused to accept them.

(just) think

But now, my dear fellows, let's just think about this a moment, shall we?

I just think we can get it done.

Just think of the businesses that take on people who are on the social.

Just think of the economies of scale!

Just think of those lemon groves outside my aunt's villa in Ravello.

Just thinking about volunteer tutoring, little is known about the most basic of questions.

Now he was trying to think of what he had just thought.

(just) this once

OK, you can stay up till 11, but just this once .

But the smiling man who clutched the real trophy after the game spoke, this once , for everyone.

Carol told Petey this once to help him stop crying so she could take a look.

Hadn't she seen something like this once before? she thought vaguely.

He had sworn this once when he and Adrastus had quarreled and Eriphyle had reconciled them.

Lawyers and supporters of the parents in Orkney questioned both the motives and the methods of this once trusted organisation.

Maybe this once , the world will display itself as immutable.

We've been through this once .

We've done this once or twice before, as I vividly recall.

(just) you wait

It'll be a huge success, just you wait .

I just wanted to say/know etc

I asked them, and this is what they told me. I just wanted to know did you know any more.

In the ambulance, I just wanted to know the damage.

The truth of it was, as miserable as things were, I just wanted to say I had been there.

I know (just/exactly) how you feel

I have a sudden urge to touch her, to hold her, to tell her I know how she feels .

I knew how he felt about me -- a short blind boy who hated leather basketballs.

I know how he feels about me!

I know how you feel about it ... You would rather wait - wait till we're married.

I know how you feel , Doyle thought.

I know how you feel , they're all or nothing.

You ran a decent campaign, John, and I know how it feels to lose.

I'm only/just doing my job

as it happens/it just so happens

be (just) coming up to sth

A period when he was almost dead is coming up to the surface.

He had a horrible premonition that she was coming up to Rome.

Manion was coming up to his freeway exit.

be (just) the ticket

And for those whose attention spans are trained to a short leash, it may be just the ticket .

Humphrey and Senator Muskie were the ticket , but all that anybody remembered was Daley and his city.

If their tours are as much fun as their zany brochure, Wild Women Adventures could be just the ticket .

If you have a chronic condition that has made it difficult to exercise, this may be the ticket .

They can be used as counters for they are the tickets to our mystic world.

This bus could be just the ticket for a small family.

This was just the ticket , I thought, sitting on my canvas chair, quietly digesting my cake.

be just (good) friends

""Are you going out with Liam?'' ""No, we're just good friends .''

I'm not going out with Nathan, you know - we're just friends .

I keep telling my mother that Peter and I are just friends but she doesn't seem to believe me.

Billy and I were just good friends , really good mates.

But maybe he and Jane were just friends .

Maureen and I - we thought we were just friends .

My wife and I are just good friends .

They were just friends , and he was fun to be with.

be just what the doctor ordered

be just/exactly so

Everything has to be just so at Maxine's dinner parties.

But this turned out to be just so much more Super Bowl hype.

Flashman is just so bitter - he's blaming us, but we just wanted our money above aboard.

I was just so furious that I swept out in high dudgeon.

I was just so pumped up to do good.

I went downstairs, I was just so struck by musicians and live music.

If it was a microcap fund it would be different because there are just so many microcap stocks you can buy.

Now, nations are just so many men like these.

There were just so many animals around.

get/receive your (just) deserts

Even a low-cal concoction can make us feel that we're getting our just deserts .

From Llewelyn he would get his deserts , and be grateful for them.

He was not a spiteful man, but he had enjoyed the sight of Spatz getting his deserts .

Now the rich and the proud would get their just deserts .

it's (just) one of those days

"Everything okay?" "Oh, it's just been one of those days ."

it's (only/just) a matter/question of time

But they believe it's only a matter of time before the disease crosses the county boundary.

If he hasn't already killed somebody, then it's only a matter of time .

They think it's only a matter of time before he breaks.

it's (only/just) human nature

It's human nature to put off doing things you don't like to do.

But it's human nature that people-male or female-will do what they are allowed to get away with.

it's just a thought

it's just/only/simply a question of doing sth

Sometimes, it's simply a question of somewhere safe to go after school while parents are working.

it's only/just a matter of time

It was only a matter of time before Lynn found out Phil's secret.

You'll learn how to do it eventually -- it's only a matter of time.

Your father is dying and there's nothing we can do. I'm afraid it's just a matter of time.

But they believe it's only a matter of time before the disease crosses the county boundary.

If he hasn't already killed somebody, then it's only a matter of time.

They think it's only a matter of time before he breaks.

just because ...

Anyway, you can't dismiss the experimental method just because some irrational people choose not to put the findings into practice.

He is just because he is vulnerable and challengeable.

I can't break it, just because he's out of the country.

Just because you shop at the local indoor mall does not make you an expert on the retail sector of the economy.

Perhaps it's just because you don't like her?

So just because you can't find it through a Web search doesn't mean it's not there.

This is not just because Republicans are determined to make it so.

just like that

At home the bowl of the sky is just like that.

Certainly they impute to the accused a degree of mystical malevolence just like that implied in witchcraft charges.

Could he abandon everything now, just like that?

How many people came to this country and bought a house just like that?

I put my arm round him and gave him a hug just like that.

I was on tablets for two days and then taken off, just like that.

The pickup switching configuration is just like that of a Strat, but obviously with a fatter tone from the humbuckers.

They stopped, just like that.

just my luck

Just my luck ! The one vacation I take all year, and I have to get sick.

Married, is he? Just my luck .

Great, I thought to myself, just my luck .

It was just my luck to have bags made of light nylon, weighing in at ten kilos in total.

No chance, I thought, just my luck the clocks aren't working.

just now

But the gentleman will not take no for an answer, and even tried to push past me just now .

Her own eyes were a muddy green, and just now they were spitting fire, like a little cat.

I myself had started something of a relationship with her just now .

Maybe the maids would have left some of the rooms open, if there was nobody staying in them just now .

That betraying look in her eyes in the cloakroom just now must have told him he'd won again.

The man, whose helping hand he had just now been the recipient of, was immediately behind him.

When I was in Marcus just now he was normal.

just the job

A bit of companionship with fellow climbers and walkers is just the job at the end of a hard day.

Clinique, though, say their new Electric Shave Primer is just the job .

Computerised databases are just the job for any record storage as many of you may know.

She should not have mentioned Mrs Skipton, must learn to do the job , just the job and no more.

The Cajun Kings were just the job , as was John.

This could be just the job for her - and it would generate some new income to replace what we've lost.

To decide which one is right for you, you have to consider more than just the job you do.

just the thing/the very thing

just/all the same

The potatoes were a little overcooked, but delicious all the same .

He made beer the same way as his grandfather had and today it's brewed just the same way.

My father was a Hasid but he wanted us to know the Scriptures just the same .

Some have felt they were all the same , maybe even the Apostle John.

The look will be different, but the content, the coverage and the crack will be just the same .

These strips are all the same , a sort of busy evolutionary seashore.

Trout fishing is often a great challenge, but rewarding just the same , with gorgeous colored fish and the streamside beauty.

Well, if it's all the same to you, we would rather be the judges of that.

Yet all the same , progress resulted.

let's just say

"So who was she with?" "Let's just say it wasn't Ted."

let's just say (that)

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.

not ... just/quite the opposite

His falsity and hollowness are not just the opposite of the true and the wholesome, but threaten to undermine it.

not just any (old) man/woman/job etc

And a T'ang is not just any man.

only just

As it turns out, though, one of the greatest albums in his catalog has only just been released commercially.

However, the hard part of Operation Restore Hope may have only just begun.

It was sparsely furnished, for Anne had only just come into her inheritance, but it was newly decorated and clean.

She must be dreaming, but surely she had only just gone to sleep.

She remembered that he had a knack for getting people to stop shooting, and usually only just in time.

The great black migration from the West Side-and from the Deep South-had only just begun.

Unemployment is still only just half of what it was seven years ago.

sb is just fooling

Don't pay any attention to Henry. He's just fooling .

sb was (just) minding their own business

I was just walking along, minding my own business , when this guy ran straight into me.

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.

sth is just one of those things

that's (just) the way sth/sb is/that's (just) the way sth goes

And that's the way he is.

And that's the way it is again this year - everybody is happy with what I am doing.

But they think they can run everything from Detroit and that's the way the organisation is going to be restructured.

Even the best generals sometimes lose with this army just because that's the way it is.

For that's the way it is for the talented twosome.

He's always been a bit on his dignity, I suppose, but that's the way he is.

In the end Capirossi had to do the winning himself and that's the way 1991 is going to be.

The money we got to spend - well, that's the way it is.

that's all I need/that's just what I didn't need

wait a minute/just a minute/hold on a minute/hang on a minute

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a just and lasting peace

a just reward

He was the perfect choice for Emperor -- just , patient, merciful and of royal blood.

Many of us did not feel that the court's decision was just .

No just government would allow this kind of treatment of its own citizens.

The Attorney General called the sentence a fair and just punishment for someone who had committed such a dreadful crime.

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