Meaning of THINK in English

THINK

I. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a positive thought

Think positive thoughts.

abstract thought (= thinking about ideas )

Human beings are the only creatures capable of abstract thought .

banish the memory/thought/image etc (of sb/sth)

They tried to banish the memory from their minds.

be right in saying/thinking etc

I think I’m right in saying they once employed 2000 people.

careful consideration/attention/thought

Careful consideration has been given to all applications.

clarity of vision/purpose/thought etc

Churchill’s clarity of vision impressed all who knew him.

comforting thought

With this comforting thought , Harry fell asleep.

count/consider/think yourself lucky (= believe that you are lucky in a particular situation )

You should count yourself lucky you weren’t seriously hurt.

dismiss a thought

Was he lying? I tried to dismiss the thought.

don’t think much (= I do not think it is good )

I don’t think much of that idea .

dread the thought/prospect of (doing) sth

He dreaded the prospect of being all alone in that house.

find/think of/come up with an explanation

Scientists have been unable to find an explanation for this phenomenon.

have a look/walk/sleep/talk/think etc

We were just having a look around.

Are you going to have a swim?

hope so/think so/say so etc

‘Will I need my umbrella?’ ‘I don’t think so.’

If you want to go home, just say so.

I dread to think (= I think it will be very bad )

I dread to think what will happen if they get elected .

it is a mistake to think/assume etc sth

It would be a mistake to assume that all snakes are dangerous.

it is comforting to think/have/know etc

It’s comforting to know I can call my parents any time.

it is naive to think/suppose/assume etc

It would be naive to think that this could solve all the area’s problems straight away.

joined-up thinking

the need for joined-up thinking between departments

lateral thinking

look/listen/think etc carefully

You need to think very carefully about which course you want to do.

lost in thought

Harry just stood there, lost in thought .

make up/think up/invent an excuse

I made up some excuse about my car breaking down.

We’d better think up an excuse, fast.

mislead sb into believing/thinking etc sth

Don’t be misled into thinking that scientific research is easy.

pause for thought

'Of course,' she replied, without pausing for thought.

popularly believed/thought/called etc

Vitamin C is popularly believed to prevent colds.

positive thinking

Many people believe that positive thinking can help your recovery from serious illnesses.

quick thinking

Robertson’s quick thinking had saved the little girl’s life.

rational thought

Babies were thought to be incapable of rational thought.

relish the prospect/thought/idea

I don’t relish the thought of you walking home alone.

right-wing/liberal/economic etc think tank

a leading member of a Tory think tank

sb can’t help feeling/thinking/wondering etc sth

I can’t help feeling that there has been a mistake.

I couldn’t help thinking about the past.

shuddered at the thought of

He shuddered at the thought of the conflict ahead.

sobering thought

It was a sobering thought .

stop to think/consider etc

It’s time we stopped to think about our next move.

strand of thought/opinion/argument

Plato draws all the strands of the argument together.

Take no thought for the morrow (= do not worry about the future )

Take no thought for the morrow .

the thought has (never) crossed my mind (= used to tell someone you have thought of the thing they are suggesting, or have never thought of it )

the very idea/thought (= just an idea or suggestion )

The very idea of acting on stage scares the pants off me.

think aloud (= say the things you are thinking )

‘What did you say?’ ‘ Sorry, I was just thinking aloud.’

think critically

We teach students to think critically about the texts they are reading.

think deeply

Most doctors think deeply about what their patients want.

think of a reason/see a reason

I see no reason why it shouldn’t work.

I can’t think of any reason why she would want to leave.

think of an answer

She couldn’t think of a suitable answer to his question.

think of/devise a way

I have to think of a way to make some money.

think positive (= think positive thoughts )

Cheer up and think positive.

think positively

They’re encouraged to think positively about themselves and their future.

think tank

a leading member of a Tory think tank

think the unthinkable (= plan for unexpected events or situations )

It was the job of the committee to think the unthinkable .

think/speak highly of sb

I’ve always thought very highly of Michael.

thought long and hard

He had thought long and hard before getting involved with the project.

thought longingly

She thought longingly of returning to Paris.

tremble to think

I tremble to think what will happen when she finds out.

well thought of

Her work is well thought of in academic circles.

wince at the memory/thought/idea

I still wince at the thought of that terrible evening.

wishful thinking

I think she rather likes me. But maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

about

Think about what you owe, too, in terms of mortgages, credit cards, loans or hire purchase.

How about wearing apparel for the feet, or the things Napoleon thought about the day he died?

Mind, there was one night that I've often thought about .

You think about how you got here and all the work you put in.

Matilda had never once stopped to think about where Miss Honey might be living.

Well, buddy, censor those thoughts right now and start thinking about sleek, contemporary sportswear.

Hopeless, I walked towards the nearest town, which was further away than I cared to think about .

There are too many things to think about .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I can only think/suppose/assume (that)

As for an Iguana Air, I can only assume it's a tropical airline.

Now if I can only think of their name.

I should think/imagine/hope

He said there might be one way, you know, I should think about it.

I wouldn't mind. I should think he'd be very demanding.

Interesting, I should think, with a name like Hamish.

Look at my dad. I should think he's got half his lunch down his.

Looking forward to getting back to your farm, I should think?

Not for far, I should think - not if its nose has gone.

Rather like seizure, I should imagine.

I would think/imagine/say

And that, I would say, is what we, in our own religious rites, had best be doing too.

Dominic remains, I would say, a preposterously beautiful creature.

Elizabeth: I would say about 185 pounds.

Is there a chance Chrysler might buy Fiat? I would think there's essentially zero chance of that happening.

Perhaps it is more a matter for philosophers than scientists, but I would say not.

Pretty heavily on fire, too, I would think.

That is a prime question, I would say, of this hour in the bringing up of children.

This looks tough, I would think, and then immediately forget about it.

If I should die, think only this of me:/That there's some corner of a foreign field/That is forever England

be inclined to agree/think/believe etc

After reading this book, you might be inclined to think so.

Before then, we are inclined to believe only hip jazz musicians and self-destructive beat poets did dope.

I am inclined to believe the police.

Or did he, as some are inclined to think, actually invent it?

Some conservative politicians were inclined to agree.

Still, when he makes a statement such as you refer to, I would be inclined to believe him.

We are inclined to think of connections between earlier and later events rather than connections between simultaneous events.

You are inclined to agree with their judgement.

deep in thought/conversation etc

Anthea and the professor had been deep in conversation with an eager group of ladies from Leicester, leaving Meryl momentarily alone.

Clarence and the mayor were still deep in conversation.

He was deep in conversation with the daughter of the house, a little girl of about twelve.

The boy-him, he had to remind himself-looked deep in thought.

The Count was deep in conversation with the mayor, who was staring down at his feet.

don't give it another thought

"I'm really sorry about that." "Don't give another thought ."

"I'm sorry we had to cancel the party.'' "Oh, please don't give it another thought . It wasn't your fault that you were ill!''

food for thought

The study on poverty certainly offers food for thought to America's leaders.

And there is plenty of food for thought.

He never got past the words food for thought.

Ian Wright also had food for thought as he made a hasty exit from Arsenal's demoralised dressing room.

It's food for thought, though.

Jeffcoate W.. Obesity is a disease: food for thought.

Several interesting issues present some food for thought, however.

That building provides us with food for thought.

The lack of parcels and buses gave us all some food for thought of late.

forward planning/thinking

A bit of forward planning would have ensured a sum was put aside in the budget.

A little bit of forward thinking years ago has put the Eagles in terrific position now.

But he does want to stimulate constructive forward thinking.

Findings relate to expenditure, degree of forward planning, objectives, workforce attitudes, management awareness and use of consultancies.

His introduction to the art of place-kicking, however, was hardly a result of deep forward planning.

In each of the schools, the library was clearly still high on the agenda for forward planning and review.

It is at this point that proper forward planning and the use of the time log become of crucial importance.

The message which emerges is clearly one of forward planning to avoid any undesirable over-involvement in management decisions.

give sb pause (for thought)

High real estate prices have given potential buyers pause .

But it gave you some pause to think of what else might be crawling around there.

Even seemingly innocuous turnstile-exits with interlocking horizontal bars give my sister pause , however.

It gave him pause , but soon enough he had his own retort.-Yeah, right.

Knowing what Edmund has done to his real father might have given Cornwall pause before proclaiming himself the next one.

The breadth of this holding gives one pause .

Their sparring for position of least-favoured son gave me pause for thought.

Yet the offer seems to have given Burton no pause .

great minds (think alike)

Great visions are the signs of great minds and there were few greater visions than those of Newton and Einstein.

Alas, there is no space to give a proper account of the thoughts of these great minds.

Some of the confusion would certainly have been lessened if the two great minds had had opportunities to exchange ideas.

That presents no danger if our great minds are in Paris or London or the United States.

The excitement of the intellectual revolution produced some great minds and some important discoveries.

habit of thought/mind

And such habits of mind survive the passage of time.

But a habit of mind, something much more important, will stay with young people.

Has this become a habit of mind?

If views are similar it's because habits of thought are the same.

The care of the interior demands an obsessive habit of mind.

These habits of thought and action enable a business or work group to take full credit for the triumphs it achieves.

This was his habit of mind.

What habits of thought could matter more?

it was nothing/think nothing of it

it's just a thought

it's the thought that counts

it's/that's a thought!

just think/imagine/look

Anyway, I just thought I'd write to suggest that we meet up at some point.

I just think an organization like this should be hearing how the board thinks.

I just thought something that was see through maybe on that wall would.

I get a headache just looking at a cookbook.

I promised myself I was just looking.

I will spend that day in a field of black smokers, just looking.

Similarly, you should not just look at the eyes or ears when there may be a problem here.

We just thought - obviously very stupidly - that you might be working on something together.

lie back and think of England

little did sb know/realize/think etc

But little did he know at the time, how soon he'd need it.

mean the world to sb/think the world of sb

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 give sth a second thought/without a second thought

not think/believe etc for one minute

put on your thinking cap

Instead, put on your thinking cap, and turn those prepared ingredients into new dishes.

say/think/decide etc otherwise

But he knew that people thought otherwise , and that their false impression was his own fault.

But I wanted to have it on the record, in case any of you think otherwise .

Donald thinks otherwise - and the upshot may be that he will sue.

Many might seek to use the asylum route and, indeed, it would be naive to think otherwise .

People think otherwise , surely, from politicians: more simply, about horror, fear, survival?

The rich supposedly think otherwise -- and manage to pay very little.

To say otherwise would be bitterness and we know better than to surrender.

To think otherwise , it seems, is to reveal oneself as an ignoramus who does not know enough characters.

school of thought

According to one school of thought, the disease is caused by a genetic defect.

There are many schools of thought on how yoga should be taught.

There are two schools of thought. One wants to control inflation, while the other is more interested in boosting employment.

Basically, there were two schools of thought.

Each school of thought has enjoyed constant internal debate about assumptions and methods.

Indeed, one school of thought believed that the female brain was biologically different from that of the male.

Inevitably this has meant some over-simplifying, stereotyping and exaggeration in the claims and counter-claims of the different schools of thought.

There are two schools of thought concerning the application of syntactic knowledge.

There are various schools of thought on how captions or short photo-stories should be affixed to photographs.

Two schools of thought emerged during the summer of 1936.

see/think fit (to do sth)

The government has seen fit to start testing more nuclear weapons.

Add details as you see fit .

For example, the firm can implement its own quality and inspection policies and amend these as they see fit .

He was their final court of appeal and punished them as he saw fit .

If particular LEAs see fit to alter their priorities and redeploy funds from one area to another, that is their decision.

Meg had - this gift; the Lord saw fit - no qualms, she stole the jacket.

Once the states knew the message of the day, they could reinforce it as they saw fit .

The public can use, abuse or change the software in any way they see fit .

There were some girls that I thought fit Selena more physically.

serious attention/consideration/thought

A more serious consideration to my mind is the continued quotation of Ingard shares on the Stock Exchange.

Book publishing is another important aspect of the print media to which private organisations and the government should pay serious attention.

But little serious thought has been given to this problem.

Dangerous goods and perishable goods are two examples of operational specializations worth serious consideration.

It does not mean that money has to rule, but it is a necessary and serious consideration.

It was high time she got down to serious thought about her doctorate.

The concept of interleague play in major league baseball is certainly intriguing, worthy of serious consideration.

The fact is that I had already begun to give serious consideration to the possibility of doing away with Dennis Parsons.

spare a thought for sb

But spare a thought for Helen Williams.

But whereas Errol struck it lucky, spare a thought for Instonian Neil Cooke.

Let us take a moment this Advent to spare a thought for what the poorest of our world are waiting for.

While all these contrivances give us the pleasure of moving water, we must spare a thought for the plants beneath.

Whilst knitting your designs you might spare a thought for Giant Pandas now very much an endangered species.

speak/think well of sb

Uncle Brian always thought well of you.

Ensure they speak well of us rather than denigrate us to their friends.

If they did this particularly well , analysts were thought well of by their bosses.

Instead, we were awkward and seething-which didn't encourage scouts, barbers or anyone to speak well of us.

It was important to him to know this, because he wanted her to think well of him.

She speaks well of you, and I am uneasy.

The Newleys' acquaintances spoke well of the dead in order to think ill of the living.

Why was it so important to her whether I thought well of her or not?

the thinking man's/woman's etc sth

they say/think etc

Black children from middle-class or affluent families, they say, are more apt to adopt what is commonly called black slang.

But the president essentially endorsed Rumsfeld's approach, they said.

Employers' groups welcomed the reforms, though they said more are necessary to encourage employers to take on permanent staff.

Goodness only knows what makes them tick, or why they thought they could get away with it here.

I thanked them for praying for me and seeing me now, hoped they thought their efforts worthwhile.

Light a match, they say, and flames flicker over it like brandy on a Christmas pudding.

She asked them why; they said it was because they had information that the two children had been sexually abused.

These others stand on something they said.

think (that) the world revolves around you

think badly of sb/sth

I could easily go in and request part-time work, and no one would think badly of me.

Try not to think badly of me.

think the world owes you a living

think you're it

You think you're it don't you? Well you're not!

think/say etc as much

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

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

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

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

He said as much when he finally let things loose.

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

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

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

think/see straight

He always saw straight to the point of an argument.

Metaphorically speaking, you could see straight through him to the other side of the room.

On the outermost point of the peninsula we could see straight over to Midland Isle and just beyond that to Skomer Island.

Since that day she had not been able to sleep, or to think straight .

Sooner or later he would be too exhausted to think straight and would give up the fight against himself.

The buzz made it hard to think straight .

Then she might - just might - be able to think straight .

You are horrified, you can not think straight , as you stare at the broken body.

think/speak ill of sb

The candidates clearly did not want to speak ill of each other during the campaign.

But she never speaks ill of anyone.

He spoke ill of me to his friends.

I know speaking ill of the dead and all that.

Surely it is better to speak ill of the dead than of the living.

The Newleys' acquaintances spoke well of the dead in order to think ill of the living.

You wish to think all the world respectable, and are hurt if I speak ill of any body.

to my way of thinking

I never could understand what she saw in him - a bit thin and weedy, to my way of thinking.

The artist, to my way of thinking, is a monstrosity, something outside nature.

The frigid lands, to my way of thinking, provide good support of the Catastrophe Theory of Earth's evolution.

train of thought

Problem Too many phone calls breaking my train of thought.

Some one called out, breaking his train of thought.

The first task attempted will be to trace the train of thought in this unit.

The kettle began to whistle, breaking into her train of thought.

These are discussed with a clarity which enables the reader to fully identify with the author's train of thought.

Tracing the train of thought in 6: 12-20 is the task at hand.

Tunes pulled at the hems of her train of thought.

whatever you say/think/want

And she always did whatever she wanted, which was mostly enjoy herself and ignore her homework.

Dare they call her bluff and just let her get on with whatever she thought she could do to inconvenience them?

Eurydice said her daughter could do whatever she wanted to do.

I eat whatever I want and run three miles a day.

I know that I had no intention of stopping the procedure, whatever anyone said or did to influence me.

In my stupidity-or whatever you want to call it-I tried to move around to his left.

The hon. Gentleman can make whatever he wants of it, but it will still not save his seat.

You think you should get whatever you want right away.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

"Did you ask Rita?" "No, I didn't think of that."

"He looks upset," Camilla thought.

"What are you going to do with your day off?" "I don't know - I haven't really thought about it yet."

"What did you do with the keys?" "Hang on, I'm just trying to think ."

Be quiet, I'm thinking.

Do you think they'll come to the party?

Give me time to think .

Has she thought of any names for the baby?

He thought and thought but he couldn't remember.

I've been thinking about how to tell Marcia the bad news.

I've just thought of a really good idea.

I think I'll go and see what's happening out there.

I thought we had a good meeting yesterday.

I can't think where I put it.

I never thought her business would be so successful.

If she thought hard enough, she could just about remember what her mother looked like.

It's a difficult question. Think carefully before you answer.

Just let me think what the title was.

She thinks I'm crazy to leave my job.

The builders said the job would be finished tomorrow, but I don't think that's likely.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

As I stripped off the wet suit, I thought over our situation.

I thought it would make a nice little plug for Mortensen and Brannigan.

I thought of the contents of the suitcase and decided that there was something in what he said.

I don't think I do.

I have been thinking of killing a few people.

In their relationship to their government they think of themselves as neither powerless nor, what is more important, alone.

Meg, who thought things ought to be done properly, invited Alan's parents round for tea, just before Christmas.

They would rather just cheer loudly for the athlete and not think about the politics.

II. noun

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I can only think/suppose/assume (that)

As for an Iguana Air, I can only assume it's a tropical airline.

Now if I can only think of their name.

I hate to think what/how/where etc

But take care of them, darling. I hate to think what we'd do if they had to be replaced.

I should think/imagine/hope

He said there might be one way, you know, I should think about it.

I wouldn't mind. I should think he'd be very demanding.

Interesting, I should think, with a name like Hamish.

Look at my dad. I should think he's got half his lunch down his.

Looking forward to getting back to your farm, I should think?

Not for far, I should think - not if its nose has gone.

Rather like seizure, I should imagine.

I shudder to think

I shudder to think what will happen to him now.

I never know how carefully. I shudder to think.

I regularly see them sent out alone on shopping errands. I shudder to think what might happen on their way home.

Palestrina! I shudder to think what I should do when her next social invitation arrives in the letter box!

I would think/imagine/say

And that, I would say, is what we, in our own religious rites, had best be doing too.

Dominic remains, I would say, a preposterously beautiful creature.

Elizabeth: I would say about 185 pounds.

Is there a chance Chrysler might buy Fiat? I would think there's essentially zero chance of that happening.

Perhaps it is more a matter for philosophers than scientists, but I would say not.

Pretty heavily on fire, too, I would think.

That is a prime question, I would say, of this hour in the bringing up of children.

This looks tough, I would think, and then immediately forget about it.

I'd like to think/believe (that)

I'd like to believe that he's telling the truth.

I'd like to think I know a little about airplanes.

But I 'd like to think that gallantry isn't dead.

Dad and I clashed more than I 'd like to think about.

I 'd like to think Beardsley and Wright will get the nod and Graham doesn't get it wrong again.

I 'd like to think that it does have some meaning.

It is a novelty record in some respects, although I 'd like to think it's a lot deeper than that too.

Perhaps it wasn't very subtle, but I 'd like to think it was funny.

If I should die, think only this of me:/That there's some corner of a foreign field/That is forever England

be inclined to agree/think/believe etc

After reading this book, you might be inclined to think so.

Before then, we are inclined to believe only hip jazz musicians and self-destructive beat poets did dope.

I am inclined to believe the police.

Or did he, as some are inclined to think, actually invent it?

Some conservative politicians were inclined to agree.

Still, when he makes a statement such as you refer to, I would be inclined to believe him.

We are inclined to think of connections between earlier and later events rather than connections between simultaneous events.

You are inclined to agree with their judgement.

come to think of it/come to that

deep in thought/conversation etc

Anthea and the professor had been deep in conversation with an eager group of ladies from Leicester, leaving Meryl momentarily alone.

Clarence and the mayor were still deep in conversation.

He was deep in conversation with the daughter of the house, a little girl of about twelve.

The boy-him, he had to remind himself-looked deep in thought.

The Count was deep in conversation with the mayor, who was staring down at his feet.

don't give it another thought

"I'm really sorry about that." "Don't give another thought ."

"I'm sorry we had to cancel the party.'' "Oh, please don't give it another thought . It wasn't your fault that you were ill!''

entertain an idea/hope/thought etc

He had entertained thoughts of marrying her and raising a family, but he entered the Society instead.

Most significantly on my sense of a distant but still valid national identity-until then I had entertained hopes of return.

food for thought

The study on poverty certainly offers food for thought to America's leaders.

And there is plenty of food for thought.

He never got past the words food for thought.

Ian Wright also had food for thought as he made a hasty exit from Arsenal's demoralised dressing room.

It's food for thought, though.

Jeffcoate W.. Obesity is a disease: food for thought.

Several interesting issues present some food for thought, however.

That building provides us with food for thought.

The lack of parcels and buses gave us all some food for thought of late.

forward planning/thinking

A bit of forward planning would have ensured a sum was put aside in the budget.

A little bit of forward thinking years ago has put the Eagles in terrific position now.

But he does want to stimulate constructive forward thinking.

Findings relate to expenditure, degree of forward planning, objectives, workforce attitudes, management awareness and use of consultancies.

His introduction to the art of place-kicking, however, was hardly a result of deep forward planning.

In each of the schools, the library was clearly still high on the agenda for forward planning and review.

It is at this point that proper forward planning and the use of the time log become of crucial importance.

The message which emerges is clearly one of forward planning to avoid any undesirable over-involvement in management decisions.

get to thinking/wondering sth

In any case, she had now got to thinking of other things.

Then they got to thinking that maybe you were dead.

There's blood in your body, and I get to thinking about what would happen if your blood froze.

When you've been around guys like Mr. B. awhile, you get to thinking the way they think.

give sb pause (for thought)

High real estate prices have given potential buyers pause .

But it gave you some pause to think of what else might be crawling around there.

Even seemingly innocuous turnstile-exits with interlocking horizontal bars give my sister pause , however.

It gave him pause , but soon enough he had his own retort.-Yeah, right.

Knowing what Edmund has done to his real father might have given Cornwall pause before proclaiming himself the next one.

The breadth of this holding gives one pause .

Their sparring for position of least-favoured son gave me pause for thought.

Yet the offer seems to have given Burton no pause .

give sb to understand/think/believe sth

A parting sniff as she left the room gave the gentleman to understand that he had disappointed her.

But he had also given her time to think what she was doing.

But the knotted tensions between people and groups of people give us plenty to think about.

He would have given anything to believe that Isambard was lying.

Ireland would be given something new to think about.

It obviously gave him plenty to think about.

She'd given more time to thinking about Lucy than anything else for months.

give sth thought/attention/consideration etc

great minds (think alike)

Great visions are the signs of great minds and there were few greater visions than those of Newton and Einstein.

Alas, there is no space to give a proper account of the thoughts of these great minds.

Some of the confusion would certainly have been lessened if the two great minds had had opportunities to exchange ideas.

That presents no danger if our great minds are in Paris or London or the United States.

The excitement of the intellectual revolution produced some great minds and some important discoveries.

habit of thought/mind

And such habits of mind survive the passage of time.

But a habit of mind, something much more important, will stay with young people.

Has this become a habit of mind?

If views are similar it's because habits of thought are the same.

The care of the interior demands an obsessive habit of mind.

These habits of thought and action enable a business or work group to take full credit for the triumphs it achieves.

This was his habit of mind.

What habits of thought could matter more?

it was nothing/think nothing of it

it's just a thought

it's the thought that counts

it's/that's a thought!

just think/imagine/look

Anyway, I just thought I'd write to suggest that we meet up at some point.

I just think an organization like this should be hearing how the board thinks.

I just thought something that was see through maybe on that wall would.

I get a headache just looking at a cookbook.

I promised myself I was just looking.

I will spend that day in a field of black smokers, just looking.

Similarly, you should not just look at the eyes or ears when there may be a problem here.

We just thought - obviously very stupidly - that you might be working on something together.

let me think

I said well, let me think about it.

These kids were by... gee, let me think.

lie back and think of England

little did sb know/realize/think etc

But little did he know at the time, how soon he'd need it.

mean the world to sb/think the world of sb

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 give sth a second thought/another thought

not give sth a second thought/without a second thought

not think/believe etc for one minute

perish the thought!

say/think/decide etc otherwise

But he knew that people thought otherwise , and that their false impression was his own fault.

But I wanted to have it on the record, in case any of you think otherwise .

Donald thinks otherwise - and the upshot may be that he will sue.

Many might seek to use the asylum route and, indeed, it would be naive to think otherwise .

People think otherwise , surely, from politicians: more simply, about horror, fear, survival?

The rich supposedly think otherwise -- and manage to pay very little.

To say otherwise would be bitterness and we know better than to surrender.

To think otherwise , it seems, is to reveal oneself as an ignoramus who does not know enough characters.

sb can be forgiven for thinking/believing/feeling etc sth

school of thought

According to one school of thought, the disease is caused by a genetic defect.

There are many schools of thought on how yoga should be taught.

There are two schools of thought. One wants to control inflation, while the other is more interested in boosting employment.

Basically, there were two schools of thought.

Each school of thought has enjoyed constant internal debate about assumptions and methods.

Indeed, one school of thought believed that the female brain was biologically different from that of the male.

Inevitably this has meant some over-simplifying, stereotyping and exaggeration in the claims and counter-claims of the different schools of thought.

There are two schools of thought concerning the application of syntactic knowledge.

There are various schools of thought on how captions or short photo-stories should be affixed to photographs.

Two schools of thought emerged during the summer of 1936.

see/think fit (to do sth)

The government has seen fit to start testing more nuclear weapons.

Add details as you see fit .

For example, the firm can implement its own quality and inspection policies and amend these as they see fit .

He was their final court of appeal and punished them as he saw fit .

If particular LEAs see fit to alter their priorities and redeploy funds from one area to another, that is their decision.

Meg had - this gift; the Lord saw fit - no qualms, she stole the jacket.

Once the states knew the message of the day, they could reinforce it as they saw fit .

The public can use, abuse or change the software in any way they see fit .

There were some girls that I thought fit Selena more physically.

serious attention/consideration/thought

A more serious consideration to my mind is the continued quotation of Ingard shares on the Stock Exchange.

Book publishing is another important aspect of the print media to which private organisations and the government should pay serious attention.

But little serious thought has been given to this problem.

Dangerous goods and perishable goods are two examples of operational specializations worth serious consideration.

It does not mean that money has to rule, but it is a necessary and serious consideration.

It was high time she got down to serious thought about her doctorate.

The concept of interleague play in major league baseball is certainly intriguing, worthy of serious consideration.

The fact is that I had already begun to give serious consideration to the possibility of doing away with Dennis Parsons.

spare a thought for sb

We should spare a thought for those less fortunate.

But spare a thought for Helen Williams.

But whereas Errol struck it lucky, spare a thought for Instonian Neil Cooke.

Let us take a moment this Advent to spare a thought for what the poorest of our world are waiting for.

While all these contrivances give us the pleasure of moving water, we must spare a thought for the plants beneath.

Whilst knitting your designs you might spare a thought for Giant Pandas now very much an endangered species.

spare a thought for sb

But spare a thought for Helen Williams.

But whereas Errol struck it lucky, spare a thought for Instonian Neil Cooke.

Let us take a moment this Advent to spare a thought for what the poorest of our world are waiting for.

While all these contrivances give us the pleasure of moving water, we must spare a thought for the plants beneath.

Whilst knitting your designs you might spare a thought for Giant Pandas now very much an endangered species.

speak/think well of sb

Uncle Brian always thought well of you.

Ensure they speak well of us rather than denigrate us to their friends.

If they did this particularly well , analysts were thought well of by their bosses.

Instead, we were awkward and seething-which didn't encourage scouts, barbers or anyone to speak well of us.

It was important to him to know this, because he wanted her to think well of him.

She speaks well of you, and I am uneasy.

The Newleys' acquaintances spoke well of the dead in order to think ill of the living.

Why was it so important to her whether I thought well of her or not?

sth doesn't bear thinking about

The reaction I'll get when my parents find out doesn't even bear thinking about.

the thinking man's/woman's etc sth

they say/think etc

Black children from middle-class or affluent families, they say, are more apt to adopt what is commonly called black slang.

But the president essentially endorsed Rumsfeld's approach, they said.

Employers' groups welcomed the reforms, though they said more are necessary to encourage employers to take on permanent staff.

Goodness only knows what makes them tick, or why they thought they could get away with it here.

I thanked them for praying for me and seeing me now, hoped they thought their efforts worthwhile.

Light a match, they say, and flames flicker over it like brandy on a Christmas pudding.

She asked them why; they said it was because they had information that the two children had been sexually abused.

These others stand on something they said.

think (that) the world revolves around you

think badly of sb/sth

I could easily go in and request part-time work, and no one would think badly of me.

Try not to think badly of me.

think that the world owes you a living

think you're it

You think you're it don't you? Well you're not!

think/say etc as much

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

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

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

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

He said as much when he finally let things loose.

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

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

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

think/see straight

He always saw straight to the point of an argument.

Metaphorically speaking, you could see straight through him to the other side of the room.

On the outermost point of the peninsula we could see straight over to Midland Isle and just beyond that to Skomer Island.

Since that day she had not been able to sleep, or to think straight .

Sooner or later he would be too exhausted to think straight and would give up the fight against himself.

The buzz made it hard to think straight .

Then she might - just might - be able to think straight .

You are horrified, you can not think straight , as you stare at the broken body.

think/speak ill of sb

The candidates clearly did not want to speak ill of each other during the campaign.

But she never speaks ill of anyone.

He spoke ill of me to his friends.

I know speaking ill of the dead and all that.

Surely it is better to speak ill of the dead than of the living.

The Newleys' acquaintances spoke well of the dead in order to think ill of the living.

You wish to think all the world respectable, and are hurt if I speak ill of any body.

to my way of thinking

I never could understand what she saw in him - a bit thin and weedy, to my way of thinking.

The artist, to my way of thinking, is a monstrosity, something outside nature.

The frigid lands, to my way of thinking, provide good support of the Catastrophe Theory of Earth's evolution.

train of thought

Problem Too many phone calls breaking my train of thought.

Some one called out, breaking his train of thought.

The first task attempted will be to trace the train of thought in this unit.

The kettle began to whistle, breaking into her train of thought.

These are discussed with a clarity which enables the reader to fully identify with the author's train of thought.

Tracing the train of thought in 6: 12-20 is the task at hand.

Tunes pulled at the hems of her train of thought.

whatever you say/think/want

And she always did whatever she wanted, which was mostly enjoy herself and ignore her homework.

Dare they call her bluff and just let her get on with whatever she thought she could do to inconvenience them?

Eurydice said her daughter could do whatever she wanted to do.

I eat whatever I want and run three miles a day.

I know that I had no intention of stopping the procedure, whatever anyone said or did to influence me.

In my stupidity-or whatever you want to call it-I tried to move around to his left.

The hon. Gentleman can make whatever he wants of it, but it will still not save his seat.

You think you should get whatever you want right away.

you can't hear yourself think

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