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Bottom, n. 1. foot (far end) 2. staying power 1. , in the same way that a British street has a top rather than a head. 2. Slang. Occasionally affected, perhaps half-jocularly and certainly self-consciously, in the expression a lot of bottom, indicating a good deal of courage and persistence. bottom drawer bottom gear Logically enough, top gear means high gear. hope chest low gear boundary, n. 1. see comment 2. limits 1. A cricket term meaning a hit that sends the ball rolling all the way to the white line around the field that marks the boundary and counts as four runs.
The) best of British luck! Inf. lotsa luck! Inf. Said with heavy irony and implying very bad times ahead indeed. best offer at the market When you want to tell your stockbroker to sell at the market in England, you tell him to sell best offer. This instruction permits him to unload at the bid price. bethel, n. chapel A dissenters’ chapel: also their meeting-house; sometimes seamen’s church, whether afloat or on terra firma. Also called, at times, a bethesda or a beulah. betterment levy improvement assessment Increase in your property taxes (rates) when you improve your property.
Slang. booboo 2. see comment 1. Slang. Synonymous with blunder, and sounds like the American slang term blooper, which, however, is generally reserved for an embarrassing public booboo. 2. n. A large loaf of bread, glazed and slashed on top before baking. , adv. Inf. damned Inf. Euphemism for the intensifier bloody, like blinking, bally, ruddy, etc. , adj. 1. see comment 2. approx. highbrow 1. Bloomsbury is the name of a section of Central London where writers and artists, students and aesthetes generally lived and gathered in the early part of this century.