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.

Nearby words

  1. elbert,
  2. elbert, mount,
  3. elberta,
  4. elbing,
  5. elbląg,
  6. elbow bone,
  7. elbow catch,
  8. elbow grease,
  9. elbow joint,
  10. 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 up to one's 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

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Word Origin and History for up to one's elbows
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Medicine definitions for up to one's 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.

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Idioms and Phrases with up to one's elbows

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
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