Idioms for other

    every other, every alternate: a meeting every other week.

Origin of other

before 900; Middle English; Old English ōther (pronoun, adj., and noun); cognate with German ander, Gothic anthar; akin to Sanskrit antara-

Definition for every other (2 of 2)

every
[ ev-ree ]
/ ˈɛv ri /

adjective

being one of a group or series taken collectively; each: We go there every day.
all possible; the greatest possible degree of: every prospect of success.

Origin of every

1125–75; Middle English every, everich, Old English ǣfre ǣlc ever each

synonym study for every

1. See each.
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British Dictionary definitions for every other (1 of 2)

every
/ (ˈɛvrɪ) /

determiner

each one (of the class specified), without exceptionevery child knows it
(not used with a negative) the greatest or best possibleevery hope of success
each: used before a noun phrase to indicate the recurrent, intermittent, or serial nature of a thingevery third day; every now and then; every so often
every bit (used in comparisons with as) quite; just; equallyevery bit as funny as the other show
every other each alternate; every secondevery other day
every which way
  1. in all directions; everywhereI looked every which way for you
  2. US and Canadian from all sidesstones coming at me every which way

Word Origin for every

C15 everich, from Old English ǣfre ǣlc, from ǣfre ever + ǣlc each

British Dictionary definitions for every other (2 of 2)

other
/ (ˈʌðə) /

determiner

pronoun

adverb

(usually used with a negative and foll by than) otherwise; differentlythey couldn't behave other than they do

Word Origin for other

Old English ōther; related to Old Saxon āthar, ōthar, Old High German andar

undefined other

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Idioms and Phrases with every other (1 of 3)

every other

Every second one in a series, as in I'm supposed to take this pill every other day. [c. 1400]

Idioms and Phrases with every other (2 of 3)

every

In addition to the idioms beginning with every

  • every bit
  • every cloud has a silver lining
  • every dog has its day
  • every inch
  • every last one
  • every little bit helps
  • every man for himself
  • every man has his price
  • every minute counts
  • every nook and cranny
  • every now and then
  • every other
  • every single one
  • every so often
  • every time one turns around
  • every Tom, Dick, and Harry
  • every which way

also see:

  • at every turn
  • each and every
  • finger in the (every) pie
  • living soul, every
  • nook and cranny, every

Idioms and Phrases with every other (3 of 3)

other

In addition to the idioms beginning with other

  • other day, the
  • other fish to fry
  • other good fish in the sea
  • other side of the coin
  • other side of the tracks
  • other than
  • other things being equal
  • other way round, the

also see:

  • at each other's throats
  • do unto others
  • each other
  • every other
  • in one ear and out the other
  • in someone's pocket (live in each other's pockets)
  • in other words
  • laugh out of the other side of one's mouth
  • look the other way
  • made for (each other)
  • none other than
  • on the one (the other) hand
  • or other
  • right (other) side of the tracks
  • shoe is on the other foot
  • six of one, half a dozen of the other
  • the other day
  • this and that (and the other)
  • turn the other cheek
  • wait for the other shoe to drop
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