American English

gray matter

grey matter [noun]

A person's intelligence

US /ˈɡreɪ ˌmæt̬.ɚ/ 
UK /ˈɡreɪ ˌmæt.ər/ 
Example: 

It's not the sort of movie that stimulates the old grey matter much

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

gray matter

ˈgrey ˌmatter BrE AmE British English, gray matter American English noun [uncountable]
informal your intelligence, or your brain

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

grey matter

ˈgrey matter [grey matter]       (especially BrE) (NAmE usually ˈgray matter) noun uncountable (informal)
a person's intelligence

This should exercise the old grey matter.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
 

ˈ grey ˌ matter informal ( US usually ˈ gray ˌ matter ) noun [ U ]

a person's intelligence:

It's not the sort of movie that stimulates the old grey matter much.

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Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

gray matter

gray matter noun [noncount] : the tissue that makes up the brain - often used figuratively to refer to a person's intelligence
• His books are enjoyable, but they don't do much to challenge the reader's gray matter. [=intelligence]

 

walk sb through sth

walk sb through sth [idiom]

To slowly and carefully explain something to someone or show someone how to do something

Example: 

He'll walk you through the procedure.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

walk somebody ˈthrough something
to help somebody learn or become familiar with something, by showing them each stage of the process in turn

She walked me through a demonstration of the software.
 
RELATED NOUN walk-through

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
 

walk sb through sth — phrasal verb with walk / wɔːk /   / wɑːk / verb

to slowly and carefully explain something to someone or show someone how to do something:

She walked me through the six-page document.

He'll walk you through the procedure.

wet blanket

wet blanket [noun]

Someone who spoils other people’s enjoyment by taking a dim view of what they do or by not joining everyone else

US /ˌwet ˈblæŋ.kɪt/ 
UK /ˌwet ˈblæŋ.kɪt/ 
wet blanket - ضد حال
Example: 

I don’t like inviting Tina to my party, she’s such a wet blanket. She will ruin our mood by her deep sighs and gloomy remarks.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

wet blanket

ˌwet ˈblanket / $ ˈ. ˌ../ BrE AmE noun [countable]
informal someone who seems to want to spoil other people’s fun, for example by refusing to join them in something enjoyable that they are doing

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

wet blanket

ˌwet ˈblanket [wet blanket]       noun (informal, disapproving)

a person who is not enthusiastic about anything and who stops other people from enjoying themselves

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
 

ˌ wet ˈ blanket noun [ C usually singular ] disapproving

a person who says or does something that stops other people enjoying themselves

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Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary

wet blanket

 wet blankets
 N-COUNT (disapproval)
 If you say that someone is a wet blanket, you are criticizing them because they refuse to join other people in an enjoyable activity or because they want to stop other people enjoying themselves. [INFORMAL]

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

wet blanket

wet blanket noun, pl ~ -kets [count] informal : a person who makes it difficult for other people to enjoy themselves by complaining, by showing no enthusiasm, etc.

 

ring a bell

ring a bell [idiom]

To sound familiar

Example: 

The name rings a bell. Isn’t he an English teacher?

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

4 ring a bell   informal   if something rings a bell, it reminds you of something, but you cannot remember exactly what it is :  
Her name rings a bell but I can’t remember her face.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

ring a ˈbell idiom

(informal) to sound familiar to you, as though you have heard it before

> His name rings a bell but I can't think where we met.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
 

ring a bell ( also ring any bells )

C2 to sound familiar:

The name rang a bell but I couldn't remember where I had heard it before.

No, I'm sorry, that description doesn't ring any bells with me.

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

ring a bell informal : to be familiar
• Yes, that name rings a bell.
• The term didn't ring a bell with me.

botanic garden

botanic garden [noun]

A garden, usually open to the public, where a wide range of plants are grown for scientific and educational purposes

US /bəˌtæn.ɪk ˈɡɑːr.dən/ 
UK /bəˌtæn.ɪk ˈɡɑː.dən/ 

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

botanical garden

boˌtanical ˈgarden BrE AmE noun [countable]
a large public garden where many different types of flowers and plants are grown for scientific study
 

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

botanical garden

boˌtanical ˈgarden [botanical garden]       (also boˌtanic ˈgarden) noun usually plural

a park where plants, trees and flowers are grown for scientific study

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
 

bo ˌ tanic ˈ garden noun [ C often plural ] ( also bo ˌ tanical ˈ garden )

a garden, usually open to the public, where a wide range of plants are grown for scientific and educational purposes

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Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

botanical garden

botanical garden noun, pl ~ -dens [count] : a large usually public garden where plants are grown in order to be studied - called also bo·tan·ic garden, /bəˈtænɪk-/

jump the gun

jump the gun [idiom]

To act hastily and without thinking

Example: 

Don’t jump the gun on it. I’ll tell Ely about the proposal before it’s the right time or you’ll spoil the surprise.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

11 jump the gun to start doing something too soon, especially without thinking about it carefully

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

jump the gun

jump the ˈgun idiom

to do sth too soon, before the right time

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
 

jump the gun

to do something too soon, especially without thinking carefully about it:

They've only just met - isn't it jumping the gun to be talking about marriage already?

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Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

jump the gun informal : to start or do something too soon
• Several racers jumped the gun. [=started to race before the starting gun was fired]
• The newspaper jumped the gun [=acted too soon] and announced the wrong candidate as winner of the election.

air quotes

air quotes [noun]

Imaginary quotation marks that you make in the air with your fingers, to show that you are using a word or phrase in an unusual way or repeating exactly what someone has said

US /ˈer ˌkwoʊts/ 
UK /ˈeə ˌkwəʊts/ 

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

air quote noun [countable usually plural]    

a movement that someone makes in the air with their fingers to show that what they are saying should be in quotation marks, and that it should not be taken as their real opinion or their usual way of speaking

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
 

ˈ air ˌ quotes noun [ plural ]

imaginary quotation marks that you make in the air with your fingers, to show that you are using a word or phrase in an unusual way or repeating exactly what someone has said

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Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

air quotes

 plural noun

Definition of air quotes

a gesture made by raising and flexing the index and middle fingers of both hands that is used to call attention to a spoken word or expression

Turkish

Turkish [adjective]

Relating to Turkey, its people, or its language

US /ˈtɝː.kɪʃ/ 
UK /ˈtɜː.kɪʃ/ 
Example: 

Turkish Airlines

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

Turkish

I. Turkish1 /ˈtɜːkɪʃ $ ˈtɜːr-/ BrE AmE adjective
relating to Turkey, its people, or its language

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Turkish

Turk·ish 7 [Turkish] adjective, noun   [ˈtɜːkɪʃ]    [ˈtɜːrkɪʃ]

adjective

from or connected with Turkey

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary

Turkish

[tɜ͟ː(r)kɪʃ]
 ♦♦♦
 1) ADJ Turkish means belonging or relating to Turkey, or to its people, language, or culture.
  ...the Turkish capital, Ankara.
  ...the Turkish government.
 2) N-UNCOUNT Turkish is the main language spoken in Turkey.

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

Turkish
 

2Turkish adj : of or relating to Turkey, Turks, or Turkish
Turkish culture/politics
• He is from Ankara, the Turkish capital.

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