Meaning of ELBOW in English


n. & v.


1. a the joint between the forearm and the upper arm. b the part of the sleeve of a garment covering the elbow.

2 an elbow-shaped bend or corner; a short piece of piping bent through a right angle. (foll. by in, out, aside, etc.)

1. thrust or jostle (a person or oneself).

2 make (one's way) by thrusting or jostling.

Phrases and idioms:

at one's elbow close at hand. elbow-grease colloq. vigorous polishing; hard work. elbow-room plenty of room to move or work in. give a person the elbow colloq. send a person away; dismiss or reject a person. out at elbows

1. (of a coat) worn out.

2 (of a person) ragged, poor.

Etymology: OE elboga, elnboga, f. Gmc (as ELL, BOW(1))

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.