[ el-boh ]
/ ˈɛl boʊ /
the bend or joint of the human arm between upper arm and forearm.
the corresponding joint in the forelimb of a quadruped.
something bent like an elbow, as a sharp turn in a road or river, or a piece of pipe bent at an angle.
verb (used with object)
to push with or as if with the elbow; jostle.
to make (one's way) by so pushing.
verb (used without object)
to elbow one's way: He elbowed through the crowd.
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Idioms for elbow
at one's elbow, within easy reach; nearby: A virtue of the cottage is that the ocean is at your elbow.
bend/lift/crook an elbow, Informal. to drink alcoholic beverages.
- poorly dressed; shabby.
give the elbow, shove aside, get rid of, or reject.
out at the elbows,
rub elbows with, to mingle socially with; associate with: a resort where royalty rubs elbows with the merely rich.
up to one's elbows, very busy; engrossed: I am up to my elbows in answering mail.Also up to the elbows.
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British Dictionary definitions for at one's elbow
/ (ˈɛlbəʊ) /
the joint between the upper arm and the forearm, formed by the junction of the radius and ulna with the humerus
the corresponding joint or bone of birds or mammals
the part of a garment that covers the elbow
something resembling an elbow, such as a sharp bend in a road or river
at one's elbow within easy reach
out at elbow or out at elbows ragged or impoverished
up to the elbows with or up to the elbows in busily occupied with; deeply immersed in
(tr) to reject; dismiss. Also: give the elbow
to make (one's way) by shoving, jostling, etc
(tr) to knock or shove with or as if with the elbow
Word Origin for elbow
Old English elnboga; see ell ², bow ²; related to Old Norse olbogi, Old High German elinbogo
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Medical definitions for at one's elbow
[ ĕl′bō′ ]
The joint or bend of the arm between the forearm and the upper arm.cubitus
The bony outer projection of this joint.
Something having a bend or an angle similar to an elbow.
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Idioms and Phrases with at one's elbow
In addition to the idioms beginning with elbow
- elbow grease
- elbow room
- at someone's elbow
- crook one's elbow
- out at the elbows
- rub elbows with
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