Meaning of TWO in English



3 feet/1 cm/two inches etc thick

The walls are about two meters thick.

a father of two/three/four etc (= a man with two, three etc children )

The driver, a father of four, escaped uninjured.

a one/two/three etc minute sth

a ten minute bus ride

an hour’s/a two hour etc drive

It’s a two hour drive from Calais to Thiepval.

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

be two/ten etc years sb’s elder

Janet’s sister was eight years her elder.

between...two extremes

In fact, the truth lies between the two extremes .

branches into two

When you reach the village green, the street branches into two .

cut sth in half/two (= into two pieces )

Cut the tomatoes in half.

five hours/two weeks etc solid

On Saturday I went to bed and slept fourteen hours solid.

five metres/two miles etc wide

The river is more than fifty yards wide.

five minutes/two hours etc away

The beach is only five minutes away it only takes five minutes to get there .

have two weeks/six months etc to live

He knows he’s only got a few months to live.

in two/halves/pieces etc

I tore the letter in two and threw the pieces in the fire.

jail sb for two months/six years/life etc

They ought to jail her killer for life.

knows a thing or two (= knows a lot )

My cousin knows a thing or two about golf.

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

on the last but one day of his trial

last (sb) two days/three weeks etc

A good coat will last you ten years.

Cut flowers will last longer if you put flower food in the water.

lead by ten points/two goals etc

Nadal was leading by two sets.

mother of two/three etc (= mother of two/three etc children )

Janet is a full-time teacher and a mother of two.

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

number two

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.

slice sth in two/half

Slice the eggs in two and arrange them on a serving dish.

snap (sth) in two/in half (= break into two pieces )

The teacher snapped the chalk in two and gave me a piece.

split sth in two/down the middle

The war has split the nation in two.

split (sth) in two/half

The board had split in two.

Split the pineapple down the middle .

tear sth in two ( also tear sth in half )

Jack snatched the letter from him and tore it in two.

ten minutes/two hours etc late

The bus came ten minutes late.

ten minutes/two hours etc late

You’re half an hour late.

the first two/three/few etc

I only read the first two chapters of the book.

It rained during the first few days of the trip.

three feet/two metres etc in width

It’s about six metres in width.

three years/two months etc back (= three years ago etc )

His wife died a couple of years back.

He called me a while back .

twelve weeks pregnant/two months pregnant etc

The doctor said that she was eight weeks pregnant.

two days/three weeks etc after (sth)

Ten years after he bought the painting, Carswell discovered that it was a fake.

two days/three weeks/five years etc apart

Our birthdays are exactly a month apart.

two days/three years etc previously (= two days, three years etc before )

Six months previously he had smashed up his car.

two goals down/three points down etc

Swindon were six points down at one stage.

two goals up/three points up etc

United were a goal up at half time.

two hours/three days etc long

The speech was twenty minutes long.

two metres/three miles etc long

The bridge is 140 feet long.

two miles/six feet etc apart

Place the two posts 6 metres apart.

two years/three weeks etc later

He became Senator two years later.

two/queen etc of diamonds

the ace of diamonds

two/three etc occasions

He was given a red card on two occasions this season.

two/three/four etc abreast (= with two, three, four etc people or vehicles next to each other )

The planes were flying four abreast.

two/three/four etc billion

3.5 billion years ago

Overseas debt is a staggering £16 billion.

two/three/four etc dozen (= 24, 36, 48 etc )

The number of deaths has risen to more than two dozen.

two/three/four etc hundred

I make nine hundred dollars a week.

a journey of 15 hundred miles

two/three/four etc million

seven million dollars

£37 million of new investment

two/three/four etc thousand

five thousand dollars

The company employs 30 thousand people.

two/three/four etc trillion

$5.3 trillion

Japan’s exports were worth $43 trillion last year.

wait two hours/ten minutes etc

William waited an hour for his sister to arrive.


(there are) no two ways about it

No two ways about it, Blue says to himself: he knows everything.

No two ways about it, Clint Schneider was dynamite.

That was the job description, no two ways about it.

There are no two ways about it.

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.

a bird in the hand (is worth two in the bush)

a day's march/two weeks' march etc

a two/three/four etc horse race

The women's competition was a two horse race between last year's winners Surrey and previous champions Essex.

be two/five/ten etc years sb's junior

His wife's name was Sarah; she was five years his junior , and she predeceased him by ten months.

The 42-year-old princess married Commander Tim Laurence, who is five years her junior , just before Christmas.

be two/five/ten etc years sb's senior

be two/ten a penny

Anyway, they would fall in love with these Counts who were ten a penny and even pay for their drinks.

Dallams were ten a penny in the backstreets of Frizingley.

Moreover, although titles were two a penny in Cannes, Lord Westbourne was different.

Now they are two a penny - or rather they were until 1990.

Teachers of history are ten a penny , and out-of-work teachers of history are twenty a penny.

There, residential and nursing homes are two a penny .

These rings are ten a penny .

Uncritical testimonials to the postmodern's attractions are ten a penny , and conservative denunciations thereof not much scarcer.

call it £10/two hours etc

don't give a hoot/don't care two hoots

fall between two stools

Overall, the study seems to fall between two stools.

That was a bad time for her because she fell between two stools in a way.

five feet/two metres etc square

for two pins I'd ...

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 two left feet

have two left feet

in a couple of shakes/two shakes

it takes two to tango

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.

like a dog with two tails

like two peas in a pod

not have two pennies/halfpennies/beans to rub together

number one/two/three etc seed

one in every three/two in every hundred etc

one o'clock/two o'clock etc

one or two

"Do you have any Bob Dylan albums?" "Yes, one or two."

I only know the names of one or two of the new students.

There are one or two things I'd like to ask you about.

There are one or two things to sort out before I leave.

We've had one or two problems with the car but nothing serious.

Accommodation Accommodation is in one or two bedroom apartments, about 300 to 400 yds from the sailing beach.

Eventually, this area should be able to support one or two satellite offices.

For the tall man, the lie should be one or two degrees more upright.

In one or two places, Jasper had to pull me up between the rocks.

Let us start with one or two fundamentals.

Ten of the 13 previous meetings between the Braves and Marlins were decided by one or two runs.

The statements should be listed, one or two sentences for each.

There were one or two escapees from within his group, however.

one-all/two-all etc

one-minute/two-minute etc silence

put in your two cents' worth

put two fingers up at sb

serve two/three/four etc (people)

After serving two years of her sentence, she was released on probation.

As no man can serve two masters we had long been told no wise general tries to fight on two fronts.

He gave Edberg no chance of breaking him, serving four stunning aces and a massive percentage of first services.

Newton was released after serving two years in prison.

Reagan became the first incumbent to serve two terms in the presidency since Dwight D.. Eisenhower in the 1950s.

She served three consecutive terms from 1877 to 1885, and was noted for her fearlessness and power of debate.

The new managers saw their administrative responsibilities as serving two purposes.

This story serves two important purposes.

sleep two/four/six etc

All the comfortable rooms sleep two and are of a high standard with private shower and W.C; most have a balcony.

Expect to pay $ 115 for a cabin that sleeps four during peak season.

He was probably fed up with having to sleep four to a bed.

I can actually go home and sleep six hours at night now.

Rates start at $ 75 per night off-season for a cabin that sleeps two.

Soldiers sleep four or six to a dormitory, with lockable doors and private bathrooms.

The properties, which sleep four people, are based at Rosecraddoc Manor, set in 38 acres of woodlands near Liskeard.

They sleep six to a bed and wake up to the fiery sting of bug bites.

split sth two/three etc ways

stand on your own (two) feet

Able to stand on her own feet.

I guess I shall have to learn to stand on my own feet.

Out-and-out competitive in the world market standing on our own feet?

She's very kind, but we ought to stand on our own feet.

She, who'd always stood on her own feet, fought her own battles.

Such beliefs are able to stand on their own feet, without support from others.

Using the market price means that each division must stand on its own feet, as though it were an independent company.

take/bring sb down a peg (or two)

No harm in taking Evans down a peg .

teach/show sb a trick or two

Experienced teachers can teach new teachers a trick or two.

that makes two of us

"I'd like to work in Hawaii." "That makes two of us."

Well, that makes two of us, Hilary thought with a little smile as she sat at the table.

the last but one/the next but two etc

the lesser of two evils

At least they chose the lesser of two evils, but even so Tank managed to create havoc.

Mansfield saw the difficulty in reconciling the two principles, but thought that certainty was the lesser of two evils.

So people go to the polls convinced their only choice is the lesser of two evils.

They regarded the ditching of a widely respected Chancellor, in somewhat undignified circumstances, as the lesser of two evils.

While not particularly welcome, the black knight is considered the lesser of two evils.

three weeks/two years etc now

two bits/four bits

two points/five seconds etc adrift (of sb)

two sides of the same coin

Kohl later said that German unity and European integration were "two sides of the same coin ."

two weeks/a month etc short of sth

two wrongs don't make a right

two's company, three's a crowd

two-headed/three-headed etc

two-storied/five storied etc

two/three etc deep

A huge goat-hair sack would then be thrown over the saddle, forming two deep pockets either side.

Alison Edwards suffered three deep cuts in her face when she accidentally fell through a shop window.

As it was, I had to stand around a bar packed two and three deep .

Best show ever-me light as a feather and them standing two deep on two levels!

I loved the first hour after the opening bell, when customers gathered three deep and the money poured in.

This had two deep leather armchairs, a big desk with a telephone on it, and books.

Two bulging boxes were stacked two deep on the right and left of the stage.

two/three etc doors away/down/up

Across the world, or two doors down the corridor.

Freda Berkeley misses her and another neighbour, the writer Patrick Kinross, who lived two doors away.

He thanked the colonel for the interview and returned doggedly to his pistol lessons in the basement range two doors away.

He tried the house opposite, and was told two doors down.

I took the keenest pleasure in expelling Phetlock from my old office, two doors down from the Oval.

Mr Potts and the matrons left them in the church and went to stay two doors away, in a hotel.

The guest room's two doors down the corridor.

The second was in another bin beside the Argos showroom two doors away.

two/three etc of a kind

Andrus and he are two of a kind .

I want three of a kind .

In one way, he and Dolly were two of a kind .

They were two of a kind - extroverted and fun-loving.

They were two of a kind , people said.

You and Lady Lavinia, you are two of a kind .

You and me, we're three of a kind .

You have to rotate the trays and try to catch two of a kind consecutively.

two/three strikes against sb/sth

For the younger pilots, I had two strikes against me before I even began that were impossible to overcome.

Generally, unless batters have two strikes against them, Bosley doesn't want them to swing at high strikes.

within two feet/ten years etc either way

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