This phrase comes from an old style of wrestling that allowed participants to use many moves not usually permitted in wrestling. For example, catch as catch can wrestlers may hold each other below the waist or even trip each other.
: using any available means or method : hit-or-miss a catch-as-catch-can system that relies on borrowed judges— Patricia Nealon.
the best one can do with whatever is available. We went hitchhiking for a week and lived catch-as-catch-can. There were ten children in our family, and every meal was catch-as-catch-can.
Serendipity is a noun, coined in the middle of the 18th century by author Horace Walpole (he took it from the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip). The adjective form is serendipitous, and the adverb is serendipitously. A serendipitist is “one who finds valuable or agreeable things not sought for.”
The slang word lousy is the perfect way to describe something particularly awful or rotten. When you’re sick, you feel lousy, and when someone is mean or rude, they treat you in a lousy way. The original, literal meaning of lousy is “infested with lice,” those creepy crawly parasites that hang out on people’s scalps.
To exit or move out (of something or some place) quickly, excitedly, or awkwardly. The moment the final school bell of the year rang, all the students came tumbling out at once. The two teenagers tumbled out of the convenience store, their stolen goods tucked inside their jackets. See also: out, something, tumble.
Examples of lousy in a Sentence
She got lousy grades in high school. I like the work, but the pay is lousy. He was a lousy husband. They did a lousy job.
3a(1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something. (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking. (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure.
Nemophilist: a person who loves or is fond of woods or forests.
transitive verb. : to make (something) more prominent or noticeable : accent, emphasize With her hair in tight curls that accentuate her pale beauty, she seems lit from within.— Peter Travers trying to accentuate the positive aspects of the program also : intensify accentuates the feeling of despair.
1a : a reclaimed wool from materials that are not felted that is of better quality and longer staple than mungo. b : a fabric often of inferior quality manufactured wholly or partly from reclaimed wool.
intransitive verb. When a liquid or other substance pours somewhere, it flows there quickly and in large quantities. बहनाप्रवाहित होना
1 : to shake involuntarily (as with fear or cold) : shiver. 2 : to move, sound, pass, or come to pass as if shaken or tremulous the building trembled from the blast. 3 : to be affected with great fear or anxiety trembled for the safety of her child.
1a : to fall suddenly and helplessly. b : to suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat. c : to decline suddenly and sharply (as in price) : drop the stock market tumbled. d : to fall into ruin : collapse. 2a : to perform gymnastic feats in tumbling.
The stream of consciousness is a metaphor describing how thoughts seem to flow through the conscious mind. … William James, often considered to be the father of American psychology, first coined the phrase “stream of consciousness”. The full range of thoughts—that one can be aware of—can form the content of this stream.
They may be unconscious for a few seconds — as in fainting — or for longer periods of time. People who become unconscious don’t respond to loud sounds or shaking. They may even stop breathing or their pulse may become faint. This calls for immediate emergency attention.
In Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personality, the conscious mind consists of everything inside of our awareness. 1 This is the aspect of our mental processing that we can think and talk about in a rational way.
transitive verb. 1 : to persuade to disobedience or disloyalty. 2 : to lead astray usually by persuasion or false promises. 3 : to carry out the physical seduction of : entice to sexual intercourse. 4 : attract.
A louse is a tiny insect that lives on the skin of animals and people. If you find a louse in your hair, you’ll have to treat your scalp to get rid of any of its friends that might still be lurking there. Since they tend to travel in groups, the plural form of louse, lice, is much more common than the singular.
awful, terrible, appalling, abysmal, very bad, atrocious, desperate, unspeakable, frightful, miserable. poor, incompetent, inadequate, unsatisfactory, inferior, not up to scratch, careless, second-rate, shoddy, slovenly.
A realization is the act of becoming completely aware of something. Many children who walk into a circus tent for the first time are struck with the realization that clowns are terrifying. A realization is a gradual or sudden understanding or comprehension of something.
adjective. shameless or impudent: brazen presumption. made of brass. like brass, as in sound, color, or strength.
: a plant that when growing in a seleniferous soil tends to take up selenium in quantities greater than can be explained on a basis of chance.
1a : intensely cold frigid water. b : lacking warmth or ardor : indifferent had an emotionally frigid father. 2 : lacking imaginative qualities : insipid writing precise and frigid poetry. 3a : abnormally averse to sexual intercourse —used especially of women.
Tranquillity and freedom from disturbance. This phrase’s redundancy—quiet here does not mean “lack of sound” but “peacefulness”—gives added emphasis. It often is used in wishes for this condition, as in All I want is a little peace and quiet. [ Mid-1800s]