a group of birds, as larks or quail, or animals, as roebuck, in close association.
a large group or collection:
a bevy of boisterous sailors.
In any event, the chief justice overlooked the inconvenient fact that the framing generation actually enacted a bevy of mandates.
Chief Justice John Roberts’s Ruling Restores Faith in the Court’s Neutrality Laurence Tribe June 27, 2012
Liesl Schillinger to the rescue with a bevy of words that might help you make sense of it all.
A Lexical Life Raft for the Government Shutdown Liesl Schillinger October 15, 2013
The Sopranos figlia will guest-star as one of the “Woo Girls,” a bevy of single beauties who like to party.
Ashley Dupre on 20/20 and other TV Highlights Nicole Ankowski November 15, 2008
A video of him dancing, Las Vegas style, with a bevy of showgirls has fast dominated the Jewish blogosphere.
The Bar Mitzvah Boy Who Went Viral Mira Sucharov August 15, 2013
In addition to several high-powered lawyers, Grigorieva has employed a bevy of publicists who have taken her case to the public.
Mel and Oksana’s Day in Court Christine Pelisek November 9, 2010
One day, to the beating of drums, a bevy of priests came from afar; they made for the market-place and there sold indulgences.
From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
They scuttled into the nearest seats at hand like a bevy of startled partridges.
Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
As she was about to move toward the door the elevator, like a great cornucopia, spilled a bevy of men and women into the lobby.
The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
When he came on shipboard he was accompanied by a bevy of courtesans.
The History of England from the Accession of James II. Thomas Babington Macaulay
I vividly recall the bewildering onslaught of our mother leading a bevy of church ladies in search of the missing.
The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
noun (pl) bevies
a flock of quails
a group, esp of girls
a group of roedeer
early 15c., collective noun of quails and ladies, from Anglo-French bevée, of unknown origin. One supposed definition of the word is “a drinking bout,” but this is perhaps a misprint of bever, from Old French beivre (see beverage). Still, it’s possible that the original sense could be a company of birds gathered at a puddle or pool for drinking or bathing.
to act in a particular way; conduct or comport oneself or itself: The ship behaves well. to act properly: Did the child behave? to act or react under given circumstances: This plastic behaves strangely under extreme heat or cold. to conduct or comport (oneself) in a proper manner: Sit quietly and behave yourself. Historical Examples […]
simple past tense and past participle of behold. to observe; look at; see. look; see: And, behold, three sentries of the King did appear. Historical Examples The proph-et’s keen vi-sion, trans-pierc-ing the a-ges, be-held us to 5. Birth of a Reformation Andrew Byers He turn-ed his eyes a-round, and be-held, much to his dis-may, a […]
to regard or portray as less impressive or important than appearances indicate; depreciate; disparage. Historical Examples The Baroness, when she desired to be-little the doctor, always called her a female. Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope In saying these things there is no desire to be-little the reputation of any man; the facts were as here […]
before long; soon. Contemporary Examples Michelle Obama’s Biggest Fashion Regret: belive it or not, FLOTUS too suffers from fashion remorse. Michelle Obama’s Biggest Fashion Regret; LVMH Launches Contest for Emerging Designers The Fashion Beast Team November 20, 2013 Historical Examples And that will lead the police to belive it was suicide you think? Daisy Ashford: […]