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/ ɡɪlz /

plural noun

  1. sometimes singular the wattle of birds such as domestic fowl
  2. green around the gills or green about the gills informal.
    looking or feeling nauseated
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Idioms and Phrases

see fed to the gills ; green about the gills .
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Example Sentences

Our lovely hotel perched on top a steep hill overlooking the mountains was also packed to the gills.

Meant to capture fish by the gills (hence the name), they snare anything from sea turtles to dolphins.

They seem, in fact, like cranky, petulant children, coked to the gills.

Federal courthouses are backlogged and stuffed to the gills as it is.

He turned kind of white around the gills when he first felt the halter around his neck, and then braced up and not a whimper.

Some of them even are vegetarians—which is rare among fish—and their gills are smaller and stouter.

The outer layer of the body serves this purpose in very simple animals; gills or lungs are developed in more complex animals.

They breathe by means of gills, delicate organs fitted for taking oxygen out of the water.

In the earlier stages of their development they take oxygen into the blood by means of gills.


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