Meaning of ONE in English

ONE

I. number

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a fine one to talk (= you are criticizing someone for something you do yourself )

You’re a fine one to talk .

a million-to-one chance/a one in a million chance (= when something is extremely unlikely )

It must have been a million-to-one chance that we’d meet.

a one in three/four/ten etc chance (= used to say how likely something is )

People in their 30s have a one in 3,000 chance of getting the disease.

a one/two/three etc minute sth

a ten minute bus ride

a two-thirds/2:1/three to one etc majority

A two-thirds majority in both Houses of Congress is needed to overturn a presidential veto.

another one

Oh look, there’s another one of those birds.

a/one quarter (of sth)

a quarter of a mile

roughly one quarter of the city’s population

It’s about a page and a quarter.

at least one occasion (= once, and probably more than once )

On at least one occasion he was arrested for robbery.

at one point (= at a time in the past )

At one point I was thinking of studying physics.

at one pole/at opposite poles

We have enormous wealth at one pole, and poverty and misery at the other.

Washington and Beijing are at opposite poles think in two completely different ways on this issue.

at one stage (= at a time in the past )

At one stage I had to tell him to calm down.

at/in one go

Ruby blew out all her candles at one go.

be a great one for doing sth

She’s a great one for telling stories about her schooldays.

be back to/at square one

The police are now back at square one in their investigation.

be ranked fourth/number one etc

Agassi was at that time ranked sixth in the world.

Day One Christian Ministries

deaf in one ear

The illness left her deaf in one ear.

deep one

Henry has always been a deep one . He keeps his views to himself.

divide one number by another

You can’t divide a prime number by any other number, except 1.

each and every one of

These are issues that affect each and every one of us.

each one

There are 250 blocks of stone, and each one weighs a ton.

fire/bounce ideas off one another (= discuss each other’s ideas and think of good new ones )

Our regular meetings are opportunities to fire ideas off each other.

from one ... to another

She spends the day rushing from one meeting to another.

go back to square one (= used when you start something again because you were not successful the first time )

Okay, let’s go back to square one and try again.

go from one extreme to the other (= change from one extreme thing to something totally opposite )

Advertisements seem to go from one extreme to the other .

good for one month/a year etc

Your passport is good for another three years.

got here in one piece

Ring Mum and let her know we got here in one piece .

I owe you one (= used to thank someone who has helped you, and to say that you are willing to help them in the future )

Thanks a lot for being so understanding about all this – I owe you one !

in one gulp/at a gulp

Charlie drank the whisky in one gulp.

last but one/two etc (= last except for one other, two others etc )

on the last but one day of his trial

look out for yourself/number one (= think only of the advantages you can get for yourself )

loved one

Many people feel guilty after the death of a loved one .

more than one occasion (= more than once )

She stayed out all night on more than one occasion.

multiply one number by another

What happens if you multiply a postive number by a negative number?

neither one

We asked both John and Jerry, but neither one could offer a satisfactory explanation.

never for one moment (= used to emphasize that you never thought something )

She had never for one moment imagined that it could happen to her.

no one

No one likes being criticized.

nothing/no one/nowhere in particular

‘What did you want?’ ‘Oh, nothing in particular.’

nought point one/two/three etc (= 0.1, 0.2 etc )

number one

The University of Maine has the number one hockey team in the country.

number one

Until his marriage, his job was number one in his life.

of one sort or another (= of various different sorts )

Quite a large number of them suffered injuries of one sort or another.

on one condition (= only if one particular thing is agreed to )

You can go, but only on one condition - you have to be back by eleven.

one another

Liz and I have known one another for years.

one bright spot

The computer industry is the one bright spot in the economy at the moment.

One false move

One false move and you’re dead.

one final/last point

There is one final point I would like to make.

one in a million

He’s so generous. He’s one in a million .

one of the boys (= not anyone special, but liked by other men )

He considers himself just one of the boys .

one of the lads (= a member of your group of friends )

One of the nice things about

One of the nice things about Christmas is having all the family together.

one of the perks

I only eat here because it’s free – one of the perks of the job.

One Parent Families/Gingerbread

one sandwich short of a picnic

He’s one sandwich short of a picnic .

one side

A path leads down one side of the garden to a paved area.

one too many (= one more than is acceptable, needed etc )

One job loss is one too many .

one/a few etc extra

I got a few extra in case anyone else decides to come.

I’ll be making $400 extra a month.

one/two etc and a half

‘How old is she?’ ‘Five and a half.’

part one/two/three etc

The questionnaire is in two parts: part one asks for your personal details and part two asks for your comments on the course.

pass sth from one generation to the next

Traditional customs are passed from one generation to the next.

pop you one

If you say that again, I’ll pop you one .

pull a fast one (= deceive you )

He was trying to pull a fast one when he told you he’d paid.

sb will never know/no one will ever know

Just take it. No one will ever know.

sb's only/one hope

My only hope is that someone may have handed in the keys to the police.

sb’s number one fan

She told Dave that she was his number one fan.

sth is one of life’s (little) mysteries (= it is something that you will never understand – used humorously )

Where socks disappear to after they’ve been washed is one of life’s little mysteries.

still in one piece

Cheer up. At least you’re still in one piece .

subtract one number from another

Subtract this number from the total.

ten to five/twenty to one etc (= ten minutes, twenty minutes etc before a particular hour )

that’s a new one on me spoken (= used to say that you have never heard something before )

‘The office is going to be closed for six weeks this summer.’ ‘Really? That’s a new one on me.’

the lucky ones (= lucky people, especially when compared to others who suffered )

They considered themselves the lucky ones because they escaped with only minor injuries.

the number one suspect (= the main suspect )

I was the one who found her. And that makes me the number one suspect for her murder.

the only one

I was the only one who disagreed.

the other one

One man was arrested, but the other one got away.

the other ones

I chose this coat in the end because the other ones were all too expensive.

the top/main/number one priority

Controlling spending is his top priority.

took one look

I took one look at the coat and decided it wasn’t worth £50.

whichever one

‘Do you want tea or coffee?’ ‘I don’t mind – whichever one you’re making.’

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(all) rolled into one

The band's sound was metal and punk and rap all rolled into one.

For many, this outsized jamboree became both a new Pentecost and a New Jerusalem rolled into one.

In practice, stages 2 and 3 are often rolled into one.

It had all the elements one finds in several different testimonies all artfully rolled into one.

Lloyd Kaufman is also a writer, director, producer, actor and studio mogul, all rolled into one.

Lovable Manuel is quite the tyrant, a mini Papi and Mami rolled into one.

She was a fallen Magdalene and a lamenting dolorosa rolled into one.

So the service offers a payment system and a management information system rolled into one.

They represent a kind of hybrid architect, designer, engineer, set builder and scenario maker, all rolled into one.

(in) one way or another/one way or the other

One way or another, Roberts will pay for what he's done.

As you grow older, some of those uncertainties - such as whether or not you are lovable - are settled one way or another.

But the fact is that the way we live our lives often assumes a belief about them, one way or another.

In one way or another, all these therapies seem to have an effect on the electrical balances of the body.

In one way or another, the representatives will be compared with the total client system.

In one way or another, whatever happened, instinct told him that they would both survive.

Many others were involved in small business issues one way or another.

My gut feeling is that one way or another Congress will pull through.

Then one way or another he would have to deal with Capshaw.

(one) for luck

You get three kisses for your birthday, and one for luck .

An extra teaspoonful for luck could well be disaster.

By now the only part of Mr. Rainsford's brewery left standing was the taproom kept for luck like an old horseshoe.

Certainly there may be the odd chart or graph thrown in for luck but the basic requirement is for high quality text.

I gave him one for luck on the back of his neck.

Is he the kind of man to lend you the rings for luck for a short time?

Now he gave it one last violent shake for luck .

One for luck , and farewell.

Formula One/Two/Three etc

And I don't think many people appreciate the physical demands of actually driving a Formula One car, especially through corners.

If the Formula One circus is so bothered about avoiding accidents, why not run the entire race behind the safety car?

It's almost embarrassing the way his Oxfordshire-based team have dominated Formula One this season.

Like its Formula Two counterpart it was removed from the international calendar at the end of 1984.

She knew that in between Formula One obligations he had, amazingly, managed to keep his construction interests afloat.

Villeneuve, who had collided with Ralf Schumacher, gets paid £10MILLION for risking life and limb in Formula One.

I'll tell you something/one thing/another thing

Let me tell you something - if I catch you kids smoking, you'll be grounded for a whole year at least.

I've heard that one before

I've only got one pair of hands

I/you can count sb/sth on (the fingers of) one hand

a/one bit at a time

The text can be put on an overhead and revealed a bit at a time.

a/one hell of a sth

It was one hell of a party.

Ray's a hell of a salesman.

She's drinking a hell of a lot these days.

But that's probably because the firm was in a hell of a mess when he took over.

DEVIL-MAY-CARE actress Liz Hurley made a hell of a Beelzeboob at a charity fashion bash.

It's a hell of a game.

It had one hell of a noise, too, if you were close to it.

It would do everyone a hell of a lot of good to hear you.

That's a hell of a way to go, I say.

They had a hell of a time finding adequate housing.

We rode on to Safford, hit a bar and had a hell of a good time.

a/one hundred percent

I'm not a hundred percent sure where she lives.

I agree with you a hundred percent.

Absolutely I agree one hundred percent.

All of our history, we stayed just about one hundred percent occupancy.

It is, of course, a hundred percent certain that this triggering device is battery-powered.

She hoped so, but she wasn't a hundred percent certain.

The unit included a spinning mill within its plant, producing one hundred percent wool yarn.

There was no doubt that Kirsty was one hundred percent MacKay.

Therefore, even firms that are a hundred percent domestic get an extra lift from lower interest rates.

a/one hundred percent

Absolutely I agree one hundred percent .

All of our history, we stayed just about one hundred percent occupancy.

It is, of course, a hundred percent certain that this triggering device is battery-powered.

No wonder the others felt he was not one hundred percent reliable anymore.

She hoped so, but she wasn't a hundred percent certain.

The unit included a spinning mill within its plant, producing one hundred percent wool yarn.

There was no doubt that Kirsty was one hundred percent MacKay.

Therefore, even firms that are a hundred percent domestic get an extra lift from lower interest rates.

anywhere between one and ten/anywhere from one to ten etc

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 .

at a/one stroke

Brian saw a chance of solving all his problems at one stroke .

But as the 1980s began it seemed as if all the uncertainty had been resolved at a stroke .

Gardening in tomorrow's world Future pest control at a stroke ?

His reputation would be lost at a stroke .

No one could therefore call for the closure of incineration plants at a stroke , because noxious chemicals have to go somewhere.

People pretty much looked at a stroke as a permanent condition: Once you had it, it was there.

Routes may be closed, reducing accessibility, or subsidies may be removed, increasing fares for users at a stroke .

The lek paradox is thus solved at a stroke .

Then, at a stroke , something happened that gave him a powerful sense of purpose.

at one time

At one time forests covered about 20% of Lebanon.

See, I can lock the doors all at one time .

There aren't many places around here where you can cater for fifty or so people at one time .

This word processor allows you to work with two documents at one time .

You feel like you are going in twelve different directions at one time .

Although you can see only 80 characters on the screen at one time .

It has been established that at one time or another during her life she had been wounded by all three arrows.

The city at one time had talked to Edwards Theaters about building a multiplex theater there, but those talks faltered.

The curriculum, which at one time had seemed novel, barely changed from decade to decade.

The somewhat better-known Sigmund Freud at one time worked with Janet.

Up to 24 packages can be accessed at one time .

We cured all our bloaters and our kippers, at one time .

at/in one sitting

Jeff ate a whole bag of potato chips in one sitting .

As in my landscapes, I work quickly and the portrait has to be completed in one sitting .

At other times the sessions are intended to serve the need of teachers of five of six languages at one sitting .

But if you get a copy, save it for when you can read it at one sitting .

I devoured it all almost at one sitting , reading it until my eyes closed.

I read it in one sitting and lay awake that night disturbed by its power and frightened by its implication.

It is an interesting book to dip into, but it can not be read at one sitting .

be in a minority of one

be neither one thing nor the other

be of one mind/of the same mind/of like mind

be one ... short of a ...

be/keep/stay one step ahead (of sb)

It was a constant struggle to stay one step ahead of thrift regulators in Washington.

Money With better management of resources you will be able to stay one step ahead.

The reason Chappy is moving around so much is to keep one step ahead I suppose.

We don't want to sell him but we have to keep one step ahead.

can do sth with one hand (tied) behind your back

criticize/nag/hassle sb up one side and down the other

do one

for one thing

A higher body count score, for one thing .

He was responsible for Loredana's death, for one thing .

The ex-steelworkers, for one thing , have not gone away.

Their love of wine leads to raised levels of alcoholism, for one thing , which balances out the supposed benefits.

Well, for one thing she takes her readers and our intellect seriously.

Well, for one thing , women have a different experience in life.

go in (at) one ear and out (at) the other

It goes in one ear and out the other.

go one better (than sb)

Beth Wolff, president of her own residential real estate company, likes to go one better .

But even if Forbes loses his quest for the Republican presidential nomination, he may still go one better than his father.

Ford went one better and put 60 two-stroke Fiestas on the roads.

Laker's return of 9 for 37 was outstanding, but he was to go one better when the Aussies followed on.

Like an aphid, then, the caterpillar employs ants as bodyguards, but it goes one better .

She goes one better than last year.

The Bristol & West have now gone one better than the standard endowment mortgage.

They have followed each other up the ladder, but whenever he has reached the same rung she has gone one better .

half past one/two/three etc

At half past one the men got up and checked their equipment, gathering several sticks as well.

At half past three he wanted to die, or to kill somebody.

At half past two this morning my wife died.

It was half past three in the morning.

She arrived at the Herald building at half past three, and walked past the uniformed commissionaire to the lift.

The return journey was supposed to start at half past three but there would always be a few people missing.

They'd all been given leaflets about it at half past three.

have a good one

"I'm off to work." Alright, have a good one."

And you have a good one.

have a one-track mind

That guy has a one-track mind.

have had one too many

Ron looked like he'd had one too many .

have more than one string to your bow

have one foot in the grave

She sounded like she had one foot in the grave.

have you heard the one about ...

hole in one

Even that record has now gone, Sluman holing in one.

if ever there was one

A crazy notion if ever there was one.

An obstinate fellow, if ever there was one, and a very elusive one too.

Exercise is the original fountain of youth if ever there was one.

He is a product of the system if ever there was one.

Here is a time warp if ever there was one.

My favourite Caithness loch is Heilen, near Castletown; an expert's loch if ever there was one.

My son, however, is a sports fanatic if ever there was one.

in one fell swoop

A single company can eliminate 74,000 jobs in one fell swoop.

Can you imagine it, to have grown up insane and then in one fell swoop to achieve sanity?

Compton had not been laid out, like Lakewood, in one fell swoop.

Despite the drop-off, analysts said they were encouraged by the elimination of the securities in one fell swoop.

I think it might solve the whole problem in one fell swoop.

The most difficult thing afoot is to keep our problem child from blowing it in one fell swoop.

in one piece

I don't know how we got the piano down in one piece !

I was extremely relieved when my son came back from the warzone all in one piece .

The china arrived all in one piece , thank God.

Unlike Ed, Josh returned from the war in one piece .

All she wanted was for me to come back in one piece .

All you wanted to do was get out of it in one piece , go home, and get a job.

At one point, maybe, it was when they arrived home in one piece from school.

It should fall out in one piece .

It would explain how Greg manages to be in one piece while the Lorelei is nothing but a few planks of driftwood.

Lowering the tender took care and patience if they wanted to keep it in one piece .

The fatty skin covering should easily lift off in one piece .

When they get there the china cabinet is still in one piece but the budgie is dead.

in one respect/in some respects etc

in one whack

Steve lost $500 in one whack .

in words of one syllable

Cotey -- real slow and in words of one syllable -- and then diagram them in stick figures with Crayolas.

it's (just) one of those days

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

it's one thing to ..., (it's) another thing to ...,

it's six of one and half a dozen of the other

keep/have one eye/half an eye on sb/sth

kill two birds with one stone

Deedee killed two birds with one stone, both shopping and looking for a shop of her own to rent.

Adding five examples to the chapters that at present lack them would kill two birds with one stone.

By promoting these new investors, Mr Alphandéry could kill two birds with one stone.

In trying to play matchmaker and kill two birds with one stone, I nearly annihilated three.

Lleland was obviously out to kill two birds with one stone.

Thorpey said it'd kill two birds with one stone.

Well, now we can kill two birds with one stone.

leave sth aside/to one side

look out for number one

We manoeuvre in the world constantly looking out for Number One.

lurch from one crisis/extreme etc to another

nice one!

no one in their right mind ...

not a bit/not one bit

not a/not one

But not a one of them was able to stay awake through the night, so they all were beheaded.

This change is not a one way process.

not believe/think/do sth for a/one moment

His hand had not wavered for a moment .

His leader did not believe for one moment the protestations of innocence.

I do not concede for a moment that this is a devolution measure.

I would not suggest for one moment that they existed here.

Neither team will half-step, not even for a moment .

not one red cent

Carter said she wouldn't pay one red cent of her rent until the landlord fixed her roof.

not one/an iota

It was none of her business and it mattered to her not one iota .

There is not an iota of evidence that such standardised testing has improved education anywhere in the world.

We have heard not one iota of evidence or heard any defense the suspect may have in this case.

not think/believe etc for one minute

nothing/no one can touch sb/sth

number one/two/three etc seed

one (damn/damned) thing after another

Just one damn thing after another.

She was merely coping with one thing after another, not achieving.

Then it was one thing after another, his obese stage, his alcoholic stage.

one ... or another

At least 50 percent of the Soviet budget in one form or another goes to the military defense complex.

Besides, he got his point across, one way or another , and usually in Chicago style.

It featured more than five locos in steam at one time or another .

Other speakers adapt to far more, perhaps to most of them, at one time or another .

Some twenty percent of all Oscar-winning actors, actresses and directors have been married to each other at one time or another .

The plates slide toward one direction or another and, inevitably, their ridges move off the hot spots that found them.

Three, in one form or another , are still in the budget bill passed by Congress and vetoed by President Clinton.

To enhance our chances of making such discoveries many of us use maps of one kind or another .

one after another

Ever since we moved into this house, it's been one problem after another .

He's had one problem after another this year.

As they came ashore herrings fell off, one after another .

Autumn drew on in Mitford, and one after another , the golden days were illumined with changing light.

Deliberate and unhurried, he tried them one after another in the lock under the white, nineteenth-century china handle.

Just moments, one after another , instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

Just one after another on the streets.

On Saturday evenings everybody in the family had a bath one after another in an old tin bath in front of the fire.

The hummingbird which feeds on it must therefore visit many plants, one after another .

This central area was the scene of three great changes, one after another .

one after another/one after the other

one another

We always call one another during the holidays.

Geschke and Warnock are mirror images of one another , right down to the silver beards.

His mum and I held one another up.

I want them to treat one another with courtesy and respect.

Prisoners tried to sell saucepans to one another .

They had barely greeted one another when Pam demanded to know what Margaret thought she was doing.

This makes the wings very soft to the touch and probably cuts down noise from feathers moving against one another during flight.

Women ran screaming with children in their arms, and old folk tripped over one another trying to escape the slaughter.

one for the road

And one for the road , the last word in car hi-fi.

one good turn deserves another

one in every three/two in every hundred etc

one in the eye for sb

It was one in the eye for the old order.

one man's meat is another man's poison

one minute ... the next (minute) ...

one moment ... the next/from one moment to the next

one o'clock/two o'clock etc

one of a kind

This Persian carpet is one of a kind .

Another comment was that the distinction: inside/outside reminded one of a kind of depersonalised network analysis.

Each Keymer clay tile is a work of art, guaranteed one of a kind by the handprint of its maker.

Since his patterns were often one of a kind , he relied little on machinery.

one on top of the other

Banana trees dropped their rotting fruit, which lay one on top of the other, dying in layers.

He taught Callie that when she added, she should stack the numbers one on top of the other.

Soon our hands are together, perhaps one on top of the other, pointing to the words.

The flour-dusted man with the two coats, one on top of the other, ran a grocery store.

There were books piled on three shelves, one on top of the other.

one thing leads to another

But one thing leads to another, and Sister Helen finds herself challenged to put her beliefs on the line.

I know that and I do understand why, but one thing leads to another, you know how it is.

You can be sure one thing leads to another.

one to watch

Her association with Feist has moved sales of her own books up several notches, and this will one to watch .

Rab figured him the one to watch .

Shiatsu massage is the current one to watch for.

The one to watch would be tomorrow morning's debate on the Government's immigration policy.

one-all/two-all etc

one-minute/two-minute etc silence

public enemy number one

Rats have been branded public enemy No. 1 in Bangladesh.

She had done nothing wrong, yet between them Rourke and Rebecca were making her feel like public enemy number one.

Taylor has turned into public enemy number one.

public enemy number one

She had done nothing wrong, yet between them Rourke and Rebecca were making her feel like public enemy number one.

Taylor has turned into public enemy number one.

pull the other one (it's got bells on)

put all your eggs in one basket

put one/sth over on sb

They think they've found a way to put one over on the welfare office.

Cantor was pleased to have put one over on their first violinist, Sol Minskoff.

Just put him over on the couch.

They were trying to put one over on us and would no longer get away with it.

put/leave/set sth to one side

Graham has no plans to fly this aircraft at present and will put it to one side as soon as assembly and testing is complete.

She put it to one side , and opened the folder of photographs.

sb puts his pants on one leg at a time

seen one ... seen them all

shoot to number one/to the top of the charts etc

slip one over on sb

How often have they bribed city workers to slip one over on an ignorant city council?

speak with one voice

It became extraordinarily difficult for them to speak with one voice on critical issues.

Salomon Brothers was speaking with one voice, and it was loud.

This has already raised fears among foreign governments that the administration is not speaking with one voice on vital international issues.

Where Clinton speaks with one voice, they speak with several, weakening their philosophical case.

speak with one voice

It became extraordinarily difficult for them to speak with one voice on critical issues.

Salomon Brothers was speaking with one voice , and it was loud.

This has already raised fears among foreign governments that the administration is not speaking with one voice on vital international issues.

Where Clinton speaks with one voice , they speak with several, weakening their philosophical case.

square one

After the next break Sally is moved to go back to square one.

Arms races sometimes culminate in extinction, and then a new arms race may begin back at square one.

He was back to pounding nails again, back to square one for the eighth or tenth time.

If something didn't break, and soon, they would be back to square one.

Never shut the filter down, or the beneficial bacteria will die and you will be back to square one.

Richard told me he felt like he was back to square one.

We are back to square one.

sth is just one of those things

take/draw sb to one side

Eventually Johnny drew him to one side with a shock-haired young reporter who sported horn-rimmed glasses and a velvet bow-tie.

He was always taking me to one side , telling me what I should and shouldn't do.

taking one thing with another

tell me another (one)

ten to one

Ten to one Marsha will be late.

It's ten to one you'll get the job - you're perfect for it.

Stop worrying, Mum. Ten to one Liz has just gone round to a friend's house.

All you've done is hold out the whole day against odds of ten to one.

He honed his pilots' aerial skills to so fine a point that their kill ratio reached ten to one.

I could have got odds of ten to one and made a fortune.

She reached the restaurant at ten to one, precisely on time.

The first time you sleep with some one ten to one they're going to be a stranger.

They go using mallets and chisels, and ten to one they'd extend the fracture line.

that's a good one

My car's on fire? Boy, that's a good one!

The idea of John getting sick, the idea of John coming down with something: that's a good one.

the last but one/the next but two etc

the odd man/one out

I was always the odd man out in my class at school.

And Joe Bowie remains the odd man out, uncoupled at the end.

At each stage of the story, Britain has been the odd man out.

He was the odd one out in a gifted family.

Others are widowed or divorced, and hate being the odd one out among friends who are all couples.

Unless Spencer is traded, the latter seems to be the odd man out despite showing improvement in the preseason.

Which of the following grape varieties is the odd one out? 4.

Why is it always the odd man out?

the one that got away

Saucy Cecil Parkinson lets his fingers do the talking about the one that got away.

there is only one thing for it

there's more than one way to skin a cat

there's one born every minute

tie one on

Sunday, June 1: Boy did I tie one on last night.

two heads are better than one

under the same roof/under one roof

what with one thing and another

with one accord

Mahmoud and Owen looked at each other, then with one accord started walking.

II. pronoun

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

"Do you know where those bowls are?" "Which ones?"

The houses are all pretty similar, but one is a little bigger than the others.

They're closing this factory but building two new ones in Atlanta.

We've been looking at houses but haven't found one we like yet.

III. determiner

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

One reason I like the house is because of the big kitchen.

My one regret is that I never told Brad how I felt.

My one worry is that she'll decide to leave college.

She's one crazy lady!

She was the one friend that I could trust.

That's one fancy car you've got there.

That is one cute kid!

The one thing I don't like about my car is the colour.

The one time I forgot my umbrella was the day it rained.

The car belongs to one Joseph Nelson.

Why does my card work in one cash machine and not in another?

You're the one person I can trust.

IV. adjective

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(all) rolled into one

The band's sound was metal and punk and rap all rolled into one.

For many, this outsized jamboree became both a new Pentecost and a New Jerusalem rolled into one.

In practice, stages 2 and 3 are often rolled into one.

It had all the elements one finds in several different testimonies all artfully rolled into one.

Lloyd Kaufman is also a writer, director, producer, actor and studio mogul, all rolled into one.

Lovable Manuel is quite the tyrant, a mini Papi and Mami rolled into one.

She was a fallen Magdalene and a lamenting dolorosa rolled into one.

So the service offers a payment system and a management information system rolled into one.

They represent a kind of hybrid architect, designer, engineer, set builder and scenario maker, all rolled into one.

(in) one way or another/one way or the other

One way or another, Roberts will pay for what he's done.

As you grow older, some of those uncertainties - such as whether or not you are lovable - are settled one way or another.

But the fact is that the way we live our lives often assumes a belief about them, one way or another.

In one way or another, all these therapies seem to have an effect on the electrical balances of the body.

In one way or another, the representatives will be compared with the total client system.

In one way or another, whatever happened, instinct told him that they would both survive.

Many others were involved in small business issues one way or another.

My gut feeling is that one way or another Congress will pull through.

Then one way or another he would have to deal with Capshaw.

(one) for luck

You get three kisses for your birthday, and one for luck .

An extra teaspoonful for luck could well be disaster.

By now the only part of Mr. Rainsford's brewery left standing was the taproom kept for luck like an old horseshoe.

Certainly there may be the odd chart or graph thrown in for luck but the basic requirement is for high quality text.

I gave him one for luck on the back of his neck.

Is he the kind of man to lend you the rings for luck for a short time?

Now he gave it one last violent shake for luck .

One for luck , and farewell.

Formula One/Two/Three etc

And I don't think many people appreciate the physical demands of actually driving a Formula One car, especially through corners.

If the Formula One circus is so bothered about avoiding accidents, why not run the entire race behind the safety car?

It's almost embarrassing the way his Oxfordshire-based team have dominated Formula One this season.

Like its Formula Two counterpart it was removed from the international calendar at the end of 1984.

She knew that in between Formula One obligations he had, amazingly, managed to keep his construction interests afloat.

Villeneuve, who had collided with Ralf Schumacher, gets paid £10MILLION for risking life and limb in Formula One.

I'll tell you something/one thing/another thing

Let me tell you something - if I catch you kids smoking, you'll be grounded for a whole year at least.

I've heard that one before

I've only got one pair of hands

I/you can count sb/sth on (the fingers of) one hand

a/one bit at a time

The text can be put on an overhead and revealed a bit at a time.

a/one hell of a sth

It was one hell of a party.

Ray's a hell of a salesman.

She's drinking a hell of a lot these days.

But that's probably because the firm was in a hell of a mess when he took over.

DEVIL-MAY-CARE actress Liz Hurley made a hell of a Beelzeboob at a charity fashion bash.

It's a hell of a game.

It had one hell of a noise, too, if you were close to it.

It would do everyone a hell of a lot of good to hear you.

That's a hell of a way to go, I say.

They had a hell of a time finding adequate housing.

We rode on to Safford, hit a bar and had a hell of a good time.

a/one hundred percent

I'm not a hundred percent sure where she lives.

I agree with you a hundred percent.

Absolutely I agree one hundred percent.

All of our history, we stayed just about one hundred percent occupancy.

It is, of course, a hundred percent certain that this triggering device is battery-powered.

She hoped so, but she wasn't a hundred percent certain.

The unit included a spinning mill within its plant, producing one hundred percent wool yarn.

There was no doubt that Kirsty was one hundred percent MacKay.

Therefore, even firms that are a hundred percent domestic get an extra lift from lower interest rates.

anywhere between one and ten/anywhere from one to ten etc

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 .

at a/one stroke

Brian saw a chance of solving all his problems at one stroke .

But as the 1980s began it seemed as if all the uncertainty had been resolved at a stroke .

Gardening in tomorrow's world Future pest control at a stroke ?

His reputation would be lost at a stroke .

No one could therefore call for the closure of incineration plants at a stroke , because noxious chemicals have to go somewhere.

People pretty much looked at a stroke as a permanent condition: Once you had it, it was there.

Routes may be closed, reducing accessibility, or subsidies may be removed, increasing fares for users at a stroke .

The lek paradox is thus solved at a stroke .

Then, at a stroke , something happened that gave him a powerful sense of purpose.

at one time

At one time forests covered about 20% of Lebanon.

See, I can lock the doors all at one time .

There aren't many places around here where you can cater for fifty or so people at one time .

This word processor allows you to work with two documents at one time .

You feel like you are going in twelve different directions at one time .

Although you can see only 80 characters on the screen at one time .

It has been established that at one time or another during her life she had been wounded by all three arrows.

The city at one time had talked to Edwards Theaters about building a multiplex theater there, but those talks faltered.

The curriculum, which at one time had seemed novel, barely changed from decade to decade.

The somewhat better-known Sigmund Freud at one time worked with Janet.

Up to 24 packages can be accessed at one time .

We cured all our bloaters and our kippers, at one time .

at/in one sitting

Jeff ate a whole bag of potato chips in one sitting .

As in my landscapes, I work quickly and the portrait has to be completed in one sitting .

At other times the sessions are intended to serve the need of teachers of five of six languages at one sitting .

But if you get a copy, save it for when you can read it at one sitting .

I devoured it all almost at one sitting , reading it until my eyes closed.

I read it in one sitting and lay awake that night disturbed by its power and frightened by its implication.

It is an interesting book to dip into, but it can not be read at one sitting .

be in a minority of one

be neither one thing nor the other

be of one mind/of the same mind/of like mind

be/keep/stay one step ahead (of sb)

It was a constant struggle to stay one step ahead of thrift regulators in Washington.

Money With better management of resources you will be able to stay one step ahead.

The reason Chappy is moving around so much is to keep one step ahead I suppose.

We don't want to sell him but we have to keep one step ahead.

can do sth with one hand (tied) behind your back

criticize/nag/hassle sb up one side and down the other

do one

for one thing

A higher body count score, for one thing .

He was responsible for Loredana's death, for one thing .

The ex-steelworkers, for one thing , have not gone away.

Their love of wine leads to raised levels of alcoholism, for one thing , which balances out the supposed benefits.

Well, for one thing she takes her readers and our intellect seriously.

Well, for one thing , women have a different experience in life.

go in (at) one ear and out (at) the other

It goes in one ear and out the other.

go one better (than sb)

Beth Wolff, president of her own residential real estate company, likes to go one better .

But even if Forbes loses his quest for the Republican presidential nomination, he may still go one better than his father.

Ford went one better and put 60 two-stroke Fiestas on the roads.

Laker's return of 9 for 37 was outstanding, but he was to go one better when the Aussies followed on.

Like an aphid, then, the caterpillar employs ants as bodyguards, but it goes one better .

She goes one better than last year.

The Bristol & West have now gone one better than the standard endowment mortgage.

They have followed each other up the ladder, but whenever he has reached the same rung she has gone one better .

half past one/two/three etc

At half past one the men got up and checked their equipment, gathering several sticks as well.

At half past three he wanted to die, or to kill somebody.

At half past two this morning my wife died.

It was half past three in the morning.

She arrived at the Herald building at half past three, and walked past the uniformed commissionaire to the lift.

The return journey was supposed to start at half past three but there would always be a few people missing.

They'd all been given leaflets about it at half past three.

have a one-track mind

That guy has a one-track mind.

have had one too many

Ron looked like he'd had one too many .

have more than one string to your bow

have one foot in the grave

She sounded like she had one foot in the grave.

have you heard the one about ...

hole in one

Even that record has now gone, Sluman holing in one.

if ever there was one

A crazy notion if ever there was one.

An obstinate fellow, if ever there was one, and a very elusive one too.

Exercise is the original fountain of youth if ever there was one.

He is a product of the system if ever there was one.

Here is a time warp if ever there was one.

My favourite Caithness loch is Heilen, near Castletown; an expert's loch if ever there was one.

My son, however, is a sports fanatic if ever there was one.

in one piece

I don't know how we got the piano down in one piece !

I was extremely relieved when my son came back from the warzone all in one piece .

The china arrived all in one piece , thank God.

Unlike Ed, Josh returned from the war in one piece .

All she wanted was for me to come back in one piece .

All you wanted to do was get out of it in one piece , go home, and get a job.

At one point, maybe, it was when they arrived home in one piece from school.

It should fall out in one piece .

It would explain how Greg manages to be in one piece while the Lorelei is nothing but a few planks of driftwood.

Lowering the tender took care and patience if they wanted to keep it in one piece .

The fatty skin covering should easily lift off in one piece .

When they get there the china cabinet is still in one piece but the budgie is dead.

in one respect/in some respects etc

in one whack

Steve lost $500 in one whack .

in words of one syllable

Cotey -- real slow and in words of one syllable -- and then diagram them in stick figures with Crayolas.

it's (just) one of those days

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

it's one thing to ..., (it's) another thing to ...,

it's six of one and half a dozen of the other

keep/have one eye/half an eye on sb/sth

kill two birds with one stone

Deedee killed two birds with one stone, both shopping and looking for a shop of her own to rent.

Adding five examples to the chapters that at present lack them would kill two birds with one stone.

By promoting these new investors, Mr Alphandéry could kill two birds with one stone.

In trying to play matchmaker and kill two birds with one stone, I nearly annihilated three.

Lleland was obviously out to kill two birds with one stone.

Thorpey said it'd kill two birds with one stone.

Well, now we can kill two birds with one stone.

leave sth aside/to one side

look out for number one

We manoeuvre in the world constantly looking out for Number One.

lurch from one crisis/extreme etc to another

no one in their right mind ...

not a bit/not one bit

not a/not one

But not a one of them was able to stay awake through the night, so they all were beheaded.

This change is not a one way process.

not believe/think/do sth for a/one moment

His hand had not wavered for a moment .

His leader did not believe for one moment the protestations of innocence.

I do not concede for a moment that this is a devolution measure.

I would not suggest for one moment that they existed here.

Neither team will half-step, not even for a moment .

not one/an iota

It was none of her business and it mattered to her not one iota .

There is not an iota of evidence that such standardised testing has improved education anywhere in the world.

We have heard not one iota of evidence or heard any defense the suspect may have in this case.

not think/believe etc for one minute

nothing/no one can touch sb/sth

number one/two/three etc seed

one (damn/damned) thing after another

Just one damn thing after another.

She was merely coping with one thing after another, not achieving.

Then it was one thing after another, his obese stage, his alcoholic stage.

one ... or another

At least 50 percent of the Soviet budget in one form or another goes to the military defense complex.

Besides, he got his point across, one way or another , and usually in Chicago style.

It featured more than five locos in steam at one time or another .

Other speakers adapt to far more, perhaps to most of them, at one time or another .

Some twenty percent of all Oscar-winning actors, actresses and directors have been married to each other at one time or another .

The plates slide toward one direction or another and, inevitably, their ridges move off the hot spots that found them.

Three, in one form or another , are still in the budget bill passed by Congress and vetoed by President Clinton.

To enhance our chances of making such discoveries many of us use maps of one kind or another .

one after another

Ever since we moved into this house, it's been one problem after another .

He's had one problem after another this year.

As they came ashore herrings fell off, one after another .

Autumn drew on in Mitford, and one after another , the golden days were illumined with changing light.

Deliberate and unhurried, he tried them one after another in the lock under the white, nineteenth-century china handle.

Just moments, one after another , instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

Just one after another on the streets.

On Saturday evenings everybody in the family had a bath one after another in an old tin bath in front of the fire.

The hummingbird which feeds on it must therefore visit many plants, one after another .

This central area was the scene of three great changes, one after another .

one after another/one after the other

one another

We always call one another during the holidays.

Geschke and Warnock are mirror images of one another , right down to the silver beards.

His mum and I held one another up.

I want them to treat one another with courtesy and respect.

Prisoners tried to sell saucepans to one another .

They had barely greeted one another when Pam demanded to know what Margaret thought she was doing.

This makes the wings very soft to the touch and probably cuts down noise from feathers moving against one another during flight.

Women ran screaming with children in their arms, and old folk tripped over one another trying to escape the slaughter.

one for the road

And one for the road , the last word in car hi-fi.

one good turn deserves another

one in every three/two in every hundred etc

one in the eye for sb

It was one in the eye for the old order.

one man's meat is another man's poison

one minute ... the next (minute) ...

one moment ... the next/from one moment to the next

one o'clock/two o'clock etc

one of a kind

This Persian carpet is one of a kind .

Another comment was that the distinction: inside/outside reminded one of a kind of depersonalised network analysis.

Each Keymer clay tile is a work of art, guaranteed one of a kind by the handprint of its maker.

Since his patterns were often one of a kind , he relied little on machinery.

one on top of the other

Banana trees dropped their rotting fruit, which lay one on top of the other, dying in layers.

He taught Callie that when she added, she should stack the numbers one on top of the other.

Soon our hands are together, perhaps one on top of the other, pointing to the words.

The flour-dusted man with the two coats, one on top of the other, ran a grocery store.

There were books piled on three shelves, one on top of the other.

one thing leads to another

But one thing leads to another, and Sister Helen finds herself challenged to put her beliefs on the line.

I know that and I do understand why, but one thing leads to another, you know how it is.

You can be sure one thing leads to another.

one to watch

Her association with Feist has moved sales of her own books up several notches, and this will one to watch .

Rab figured him the one to watch .

Shiatsu massage is the current one to watch for.

The one to watch would be tomorrow morning's debate on the Government's immigration policy.

one-all/two-all etc

one-minute/two-minute etc silence

public enemy number one

Rats have been branded public enemy No. 1 in Bangladesh.

She had done nothing wrong, yet between them Rourke and Rebecca were making her feel like public enemy number one.

Taylor has turned into public enemy number one.

pull the other one (it's got bells on)

put all your eggs in one basket

put one/sth over on sb

They think they've found a way to put one over on the welfare office.

Cantor was pleased to have put one over on their first violinist, Sol Minskoff.

Just put him over on the couch.

They were trying to put one over on us and would no longer get away with it.

put/leave/set sth to one side

Graham has no plans to fly this aircraft at present and will put it to one side as soon as assembly and testing is complete.

She put it to one side , and opened the folder of photographs.

sb puts his pants on one leg at a time

seen one ... seen them all

shoot to number one/to the top of the charts etc

slip one over on sb

How often have they bribed city workers to slip one over on an ignorant city council?

speak with one voice

It became extraordinarily difficult for them to speak with one voice on critical issues.

Salomon Brothers was speaking with one voice, and it was loud.

This has already raised fears among foreign governments that the administration is not speaking with one voice on vital international issues.

Where Clinton speaks with one voice, they speak with several, weakening their philosophical case.

speak with one voice

It became extraordinarily difficult for them to speak with one voice on critical issues.

Salomon Brothers was speaking with one voice , and it was loud.

This has already raised fears among foreign governments that the administration is not speaking with one voice on vital international issues.

Where Clinton speaks with one voice , they speak with several, weakening their philosophical case.

square one

After the next break Sally is moved to go back to square one.

Arms races sometimes culminate in extinction, and then a new arms race may begin back at square one.

He was back to pounding nails again, back to square one for the eighth or tenth time.

If something didn't break, and soon, they would be back to square one.

Never shut the filter down, or the beneficial bacteria will die and you will be back to square one.

Richard told me he felt like he was back to square one.

We are back to square one.

sth is just one of those things

take/draw sb to one side

Eventually Johnny drew him to one side with a shock-haired young reporter who sported horn-rimmed glasses and a velvet bow-tie.

He was always taking me to one side , telling me what I should and shouldn't do.

taking one thing with another

tell me another (one)

ten to one

Ten to one Marsha will be late.

It's ten to one you'll get the job - you're perfect for it.

Stop worrying, Mum. Ten to one Liz has just gone round to a friend's house.

All you've done is hold out the whole day against odds of ten to one.

He honed his pilots' aerial skills to so fine a point that their kill ratio reached ten to one.

I could have got odds of ten to one and made a fortune.

She reached the restaurant at ten to one, precisely on time.

The first time you sleep with some one ten to one they're going to be a stranger.

They go using mallets and chisels, and ten to one they'd extend the fracture line.

the last but one/the next but two etc

the one that got away

Saucy Cecil Parkinson lets his fingers do the talking about the one that got away.

there is only one thing for it

there's more than one way to skin a cat

there's one born every minute

tie one on

Sunday, June 1: Boy did I tie one on last night.

two heads are better than one

under the same roof/under one roof

what with one thing and another

with one accord

Mahmoud and Owen looked at each other, then with one accord started walking.

V. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

good

There are some very good ones around.

With primary pupils you get a lot of really complicated questions, and sometimes really good ones too.

The best known ones are the Kuder Preference test and the Strong-Campbell interest inventory.

Bad policies in the past may continue to cause problems, long after they have been replaced by good ones .

Some good ones to try are suggested in the table.

large

Since then virtually every small printer, and most large ones , have changed from metal to film.

A Small Hermit Crabs will not damage inverts, but larger ones will.

Smaller weekly or fortnightly water changes of 10-20% are preferable to large monthly ones .

little

The little ones were farmed out.

new

Ironically, while they erected 660 churches, they closed thirty-three for every twenty-one new ones they built.

Jaq now surmised that Googol was reciting his own verses under his breath, polishing old ones , composing new ones.

They cultivate many types of fungus and are always searching for new ones to experiment with.

As far as methods go, we may learn as much from their old techniques as from their new ones .

It has saved some breweries from takeover, and encouraged new ones to open.

During the three winter months, almost the entire squadron changed - well-known faces gradually disappearing and being replaced by new ones .

Presumably your clothes will need to be altered or some new ones purchased.

My first thought was to rush to the nearest d-i-y superstore to buy new ones .

old

Jaq now surmised that Googol was reciting his own verses under his breath, polishing old ones , composing new ones.

How do I remove the old ones without damaging the wall?

Face despised face, the older ones moving in front of the younger ones, the weaker ones giving way to the stronger ones.

only

It turned out she was just as fed up as me, and we were not the only ones .

Just for those few minutes we were the only ones in the audience who knew what was to come.

There were five of them at one table and they were the only ones still outside.

But the only ones who should be scared, outraged or psychotic are the governments and corporations, and perhaps the journalists.

I used to think that we Met girls were the only ones awake and having to brave the elements.

And you and I might be the only ones between your friend and the bullet.

small

But while it happens, the big banks will be taking the strain of the smaller ones .

I had six dozen smaller ones for the tape recorder and my torch.

So far most of the business successes are small family-owned ones: groceries, restaurants, garages.

This is another reason to avoid small units - far better to have a single big unit than two small ones .

To minimise the chances of failure, make sure you have a few big Mobs rather than lots of small ones .

Oh, and skips: two big and two small ones .

young

The older age-groups were somewhat less likely than the younger ones to have an occupational pension.

Face despised face, the older ones moving in front of the younger ones, the weaker ones giving way to the stronger ones.

Mostly they died of shock, particularly the younger ones , so it was a bonus when one recovered.

So I try to put the younger ones off acquiring one until they're older.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Do you have any ones?

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