By-a-thread



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  • By-a-whisker

    whiskers, a beard. Usually, whiskers. side whiskers. a single hair of the beard. Archaic. a mustache. one of the long, stiff, bristly hairs growing about the mouth of certain animals, as the cat or rat; vibrissa. Also called whisker boom, whisker pole. Nautical. any spar for extending the clew or clews of a sail so […]

  • By-all-accounts

    Also, according to all accounts. From all reports available, from what everyone is saying. For example, By all accounts the party was a great success, or They spent a fortune on their cruise, according to all accounts. These phrases rely on account in the sense of “a particular report or description of some event.” [ […]



  • Manner

    a way of doing, being done, or happening; mode of action, occurrence, etc.: I don’t like the manner in which he complained. manners. the prevailing customs, ways of living, and habits of a people, class, period, etc.; mores: The novels of Jane Austen are concerned with the manners of her time. ways of behaving with […]

  • By-all-means

    Usually, means. (used with a singular or plural verb) an agency, instrument, or method used to attain an end: The telephone is a means of communication. There are several means of solving the problem. means. available resources, especially money: They lived beyond their means. considerable financial resources; riches: a man of means. something that is […]



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