- • the ear. e.g. The old phrase "Can I have a word in your shell-like ?".
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shell-like — shell ► NOUN 1) the hard protective outer case of an animal such as a snail, shellfish, or turtle. 2) the outer covering of an egg, nut kernel, or seed. 3) an explosive artillery projectile or bomb. 4) a hollow metal or paper case used as a… … English terms dictionary
shell-like — ˈshelˌlīk adjective : resembling a shell (as in form or composition) * * * shellˈ like adjective 1. Resembling a mollusc s shell 2. Used as an epithet for the ear (poetic or joc) noun (informal) An ear • • • Main Entry: ↑shell … Useful english dictionary
shell-like — /ˈʃɛl laɪk/ (say shel luyk) Colloquial (humorous) –noun 1. an ear: a word in your shell like, please. –phrase 2. whisper in someone s shell like, to confide in someone … Australian English dictionary
shell-like — 1. adjective Having a similar shape to a seashell 2. noun The ear, particularly in set phrases. Can I have a quick word in your shell like, when youve got a moment? … Wiktionary
shell´-like´ — … Useful english dictionary
a word in your shell-like — Meaning I would like to talk to you. Origin Shell like ear … Meaning and origin of phrases
shell — less, adj. shell like, adj. /shel/, n. 1. a hard outer covering of an animal, as the hard case of a mollusk, or either half of the case of a bivalve mollusk. 2. any of various objects resembling such a covering, as in shape or in being more or… … Universalium
shell — [shel] n. [ME schelle < OE sciel, akin to MDu schelle < IE base * (s)kel : see SHELF] 1. a hard outer covering, as of a turtle, mollusk, insect, egg, fruit, seed, etc. 2. something like or suggestive of a shell in being hollow, empty, or… … English World dictionary
Shell Centre — Shell Centre, in London, United Kingdom is one of the two central offices of oil major Shell (the other is in The Hague). It comprises a skyscraper tower and three nine storey wings (the upstream building ). It also once included a separate… … Wikipedia
shell — ► NOUN 1) the hard protective outer case of an animal such as a snail, shellfish, or turtle. 2) the outer covering of an egg, nut kernel, or seed. 3) an explosive artillery projectile or bomb. 4) a hollow metal or paper case used as a container… … English terms dictionary