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  • Afr

    . variant of before a vowel: Afrasian. . . . Africa African

  • Afraes

    abbreviation (in Britain) Associate Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society

  • Afraid

    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.

  • A-frame

    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 […]

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