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Idioms for bridge

    burn one's bridges (behind one), to eliminate all possibilities of retreat; make one's decision irrevocable: She burned her bridges when she walked out angrily.

Origin of bridge

before 1000; Middle English brigge,Old English brycg; cognate with Dutch brug,German Brücke; akin to Old Norse bryggja pier


Definition for bridge (2 of 2)

[ brij ]
/ brɪdʒ /

noun Cards.

a game derived from whist in which one partnership plays to fulfill a certain declaration against an opposing partnership acting as defenders.Compare auction bridge, contract (def. 5).

Origin of bridge

1885–90; earlier also spelling britch, biritch; of obscure origin; perhaps <Turkish bir one + üç three (one hand being exposed while the other three are concealed), but such a name for the game is not attested in Turkey or the Near East, from where it is alleged to have been introduced into Europe
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British Dictionary definitions for bridge (1 of 3)

/ (brɪdʒ) /


verb (tr)

to build or provide a bridge over something; spanto bridge a river
to connect or reduce the distance betweenlet us bridge our differences

Derived forms of bridge

bridgeable, adjectivebridgeless, adjective

Word Origin for bridge

Old English brycg; related to Old Norse bryggja gangway, Old Frisian bregge, Old High German brucka, Danish, Swedish bro

British Dictionary definitions for bridge (2 of 3)

/ (brɪdʒ) /


a card game for four players, based on whist, in which one hand (the dummy) is exposed and the trump suit decided by bidding between the playersSee also contract bridge, duplicate bridge, rubber bridge, auction bridge

Word Origin for bridge

C19: of uncertain origin, but compare Turkish bir-üç (unattested phrase) one-three (said perhaps to refer to the one exposed hand and the three players' hands)

British Dictionary definitions for bridge (3 of 3)

/ (brɪdʒ) /


Frank . 1879–1941, English composer, esp of chamber music. He taught Benjamin Britten
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Medical definitions for bridge

[ brĭj ]


An anatomical structure resembling a bridge or span.
The upper part of the ridge of the nose formed by the nasal bones.
A fixed or removable replacement for one or several but not all of the natural teeth, usually anchored at each end to a natural tooth.
One of the threads of protoplasm that appears to pass from one cell to another.
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Scientific definitions for bridge

[ brĭj ]

A structure spanning and providing passage over a gap or barrier, such as a river or roadway.
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Idioms and Phrases with bridge


see burn one's bridges; cross that bridge when one comes to it; water over the dam (under the bridge).

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