variant of before a vowel:
abbreviation (in Britain) Associate Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
feeling fear; filled with apprehension: afraid to go. feeling regret, unhappiness, or the like: I’m afraid we can’t go on Monday. feeling reluctance, unwillingness, distaste, or the like: He seemed afraid to show his own children a little kindness. Contemporary Examples But drawing attention to this anomaly is not something we should be afraid of, […]
- Afraid of one’s own shadow
Very timid and fearful, as in Richard constantly worries about security; he’s afraid of his own shadow. This hyperbole has been used in English since the early 1500s, and some writers believe it originated in ancient Greece.
any upright, rigid supporting frame in the form of a triangle or an inverted V , as V . a building constructed principally of such a frame, with a steep gabled roof resting directly on a foundation. Contemporary Examples The one she picked out was a beauty, a big one, an A-frame with picture windows […]