To gather one’s strength; poise oneself for action: She rared back and let him have it
[1930s+; fr the verb rear, and the image of a horse rearing on its hind legs]
- Rare bird
noun phrase Someone or something quite different and remarkable: rare bird of a man who will do housework
[rair-bit] /ˈrɛər bɪt/ noun 1. . /ˈrɛəbɪt/ noun 1. another term for Welsh rabbit 1785, perversion of (Welsh) rabbit, as if from rare + bit. See Welsh.
noun 1. a book that is distinguished by its early printing date, its limited issue, the special character of the edition or binding, or its historical interest. noun any book that is hard to find due to its early printing date, limited issue, special character of an edition or binding, or its historical interest
noun, Chemistry. 1. the oxide of any of the rare-earth elements contained in various minerals. noun 1. any oxide of a lanthanide 2. Also called rare-earth element another name for lanthanide rare earth n. See lanthanide.