Meaning of ELBOW in English


I. el ‧ bow 1 /ˈelbəʊ $ -boʊ/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: elboga ]

1 . the joint where your arm bends

2 . the part of a shirt etc that covers your elbow

3 . elbow grease informal hard work and effort, especially when cleaning or polishing something

4 . give somebody the elbow British English informal to tell someone that you no longer like them or want them to work for you and that they should leave

5 . elbow room enough space in which to move easily:

There’s more elbow room in the restaurant since they extended it.

6 . a curved part of a pipe

⇨ rub elbows with somebody at ↑ rub 1 (5)

II. elbow 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

to push someone with your elbows, especially in order to move past them

elbow your way through/past/into etc something (=move through a group of people by pushing past them)

He elbowed his way to the bar and ordered a beer.

She pushed through the crowd, elbowing people out of the way.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.