verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- elbert, mount,
- elbow bone,
- elbow catch,
- elbow grease,
- elbow joint,
- elbow room
- poorly dressed; shabby.
Origin of elbow
Examples from the Web for elbow
I shut my eyes yet felt aware of the garden at my elbow, the blooms opening as if in time-lapse, the stalks lengthening.
What the state really needs is to figure out how to elbow its way into the tech economy.
He changed sliders three times until he found one that didn't hurt his elbow.
We never tell him, 'Great screwball,' though, because then his elbow would hurt.
Once, seeing Palmer reading Dr. Zhivago, teammate Steve Stone said, "It must be about an elbow specialist."
Mrs. Chattaway buried her elbow on the sofa-cushion, and pressed her hand to her face, half covering it, before she spoke.Trevlyn Hold|Mrs. Henry Wood
So she stood an instant and then she reclined on the edge of the bed, resting on one elbow and looking down at him.Bride of the Mistletoe|James Lane Allen
Earl placed an elbow on his knee, using his hand as a rest for his throbbing temples.The Hindered Hand|Sutton E. Griggs
Garry propped himself upon one elbow, the better to see the speaker's countenance.Then I'll Come Back to You|Larry Evans
The bay is merely an elbow, half the winds blowing in from the open sea.Ned Myers|James Fenimore Cooper
Word Origin for elbow
c.1200, elbowe, from Old English elnboga, from ell "length of the forearm" + boga "bow, arch," from West Germanic *alinobogan, from Proto-Germanic *elino-bugon, literally "bend of the forearm" (cf. Middle Dutch ellenboghe, Dutch elleboog, Old High German elinbogo, German Ellenbogen, Old Norse ölnbogi).
Second element related to Old English bugan "to bend" (see bow (v.)); first element from *alina "arm," from PIE *el- (1) "elbow, forearm" (see ell (n.1)). Phrase elbow grease "hard rubbing" is attested from 1670s, from jocular sense of "the best substance for polishing furniture." Elbow room attested from mid-16c.
"thrust with the elbow," c.1600, from elbow (n.). Figurative sense is from 1863. Related: Elbowed; elbowing.
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