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elbow

[ el-boh ]
/ ˈɛl boʊ /
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noun

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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Nearby words

elbert, elbert, mount, elberta, elbing, elbląg, elbow, elbow bone, elbow catch, elbow grease, elbow joint, elbow room

Idioms

Origin of elbow

before 1000; Middle English elbowe, Old English el(n)boga; cognate with Middle Dutch elle(n)bōghe, Old High German el(l)inbogo (German Ellenbogen), Old Norse ǫl(n)bogi; literally, “forearm-bend.” See ell2, bow1
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British Dictionary definitions for out at the elbows

elbow

/ (ˈɛlbəʊ) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for elbow

Old English elnboga; see ell ², bow ²; related to Old Norse olbogi, Old High German elinbogo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for out at the elbows

elbow

[ ĕlbō′ ]

n.

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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Idioms and Phrases with out at the elbows (1 of 2)

out at the elbows


Also, out at the heels or knees. Wearing clothes that are worn out or torn; poor. For example, When we last saw Phil he was out at the elbows. These expressions, dating from the late 1500s and early 1600s, can refer to clothes worn through at these points as well as to a person too poor to replace them.

Idioms and Phrases with out at the elbows (2 of 2)

elbow


In addition to the idioms beginning with elbow

  • elbow grease
  • elbow room

also see:

  • at someone's elbow
  • crook one's elbow
  • out at the elbows
  • rub elbows with
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.