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figure of speech

A form of expression in language, either spoken or written, that employs nonliteral meaning, unusual construction, or a particular combination of sounds to emphasize or heighten the rhetorical effect. Bob: "Does eating an apple a day really keep doctors away from you?" Doug: "Don't take it so literally, Bob, it's just a figure of speech."
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(one) figures (that)

One presumes or anticipates (that); one reckons or thinks (that). If we can maintain these increasing profits, I figure that we'll be able to open a second branch by the end of the year. Mom figures it's time I moved out and found a place of my own to live.
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in round figures

In or as a rounded, approximate number. And what do you think an expansion on the house like that would set us back, in round figures at least? In rough figures, it looks like Katie's childcare is going to cost about $1,000 a month.
See also: figure, round

that figures

That makes sense; that is as I expected or might have guessed. A: "Sally already broke up with that new boyfriend of hers." B: "Yeah, that figures. The dude looked like a total drug addict!" Fired from another job, huh? Well, that figures: you were showing up hungover most days of the week!
See also: figure, that

figure of fun

A person who is ridiculed or not taken seriously. Jesse became tired of being treated like a figure of fun so he changed his demeanor to be taken more seriously.
See also: figure, fun, of

ballpark figure

An approximate number; an estimate. Do you have a ballpark figure for the cost of the renovations? That's just a ballpark figure—they don't know exactly how many people will be attending the event.
See also: ballpark, figure

be a fine figure of a (man or woman)

To be physically attractive. I'm too nervous to ask Miranda out on a date because she's such a fine figure of a woman. Now that he's been going to the gym regularly, Jeff is a fine figure of a man.
See also: figure, fine, of

in round numbers

In or as a rounded, approximate number. And what do you think an expansion on the house like that would set us back, in round numbers at least? In round numbers, childcare is going to cost us about $2,000 a month.
See also: number, round

it figures

It makes sense; it is as I expected or might have guessed. A: "Sally already broke up with that new boyfriend of hers." B: "Yeah, it figures. The dude looked like a total creep!" Fired from another job, huh? Well, it figures. You were showing up late most days of the week!
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cut a figure

To convey a particular image. An adjective is often used between "a" and "figure." As the dog ran around while covered in a blanket, he cut a funny figure that entertained the kids.
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cut a fine figure

To look attractive and well-dressed. This phrase is often used to describe men. That gentleman sure cut a fine figure in his three-piece suit.
See also: cut, figure, fine

ballpark figure

Fig. an estimate; an off-the-cuff guess. I don't need an exact number. A ballpark figure will do.
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cut a fine figure

to look good; to look elegant. (Usually said of a male.) Tom really cuts a fine figure on the dance floor. Bill cuts a fine figure since he bought some new clothes.
See also: cut, figure, fine

figure in something

[for someone or something] to play a role in something. Tom figures in our plans for future office management. I don't wish to figure in your future.
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figure on doing something

to plan on something. I figured on arriving at the party around eight o'clock. Jane figured on spending $25 on dinner.
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figure on someone or something

to count on someone or something; to assume something about someone or something. I am figuring on twelve people for dinner next Friday. We are figuring on you and your wife for dinner next weekend.
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figure someone as something

to think of a person as a particular type of person. I figured her as a reliable worker. We figured them all as good credit risks.
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figure someone or something in

(on something) to plan on having someone or something included in something. Please figure another ten people in on the picnic. I will figure in those people.
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figure someone or something in(to) (something)

 and figure someone or something in
to reckon someone or something into the total. I will figure the electric bill into the total. We can figure in one more person.
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figure someone or something out

to begin to comprehend someone or something; to come to understand someone or something better. I just can't figure you out. I can't figure out quiet people readily.
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figure something up

to add up the amount of something. Please figure the bill up. We have to go now. I will figure up the bill right away.
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flatter one's figure

Fig. [for clothing] to make one look thin or to make one's figure look better than it is. The lines of this dress really flatter your figure. The trousers had a full cut that flattered Maria's figure.
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Go figure.

It's really strange.; Just try to figure it out. She says she wants to have a conversation, but when I try, she does all the talking. Go figure.
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*in round numbers

 and *in round figures
Fig. as an estimated number; a figure that has been rounded off. (*Typically: be ~; express something ~; write something ~.) Please tell me in round numbers what it'll cost. I don't need the exact amount. Just give it to me in round figures.
See also: number, round

It figures.

It makes sense.; It confirms what one might have guessed.; I'm not surprised. Bob: Tom was the one who broke the window. Bill: It figures. He's very careless. Ann: Mary was the last one to arrive. Sally: It figures. She's always late.
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*root of the problem

an understanding of the causes or basis of a problem. (*Typically: determine ~; figure out ~; find ~; get to ~; get at ~.) It will take a little more study to get to the root of the problem. Let's stop avoiding the issue and get at the root of the problem.
See also: of, problem, root

ballpark figure

An acceptable, roughly accurate approximation, as in I know you can't tell me the exact cost; just give me a ballpark figure. This term alludes to a baseball field, which is always an enclosed space. The expression is basically an extension of the somewhat earlier in the ballpark, meaning within a reasonable range, and out of the ballpark, beyond a reasonable range. [Slang; late 1960s]
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figure in

1. Include, add in. For example, Did you figure in the travel expense?
2. Play a part in, as in His speaking ability definitely figured in his being chosen for the lead, or Their reduced income figures in all their recent decisions.
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figure on

1. Depend on, count on, as in We figured on your support.
2. Take into consideration, expect, as in We figured on his being late.
3. Plan, as in We'll figure on leaving at noon. All three colloquial usages date from about 1900.
See also: figure, on

figure out

1. Discover or determine, as in Let's figure out a way to help. [Early 1900s]
2. Solve or decipher, as in Can you figure out this puzzle? [Early 1800s]
See also: figure, out

figure up

Calculate, total, as in Please figure up just how many feet of lumber we need. [Late 1800s]
See also: figure, up

in round numbers

Also, in round figures. As an approximate estimate. For example, How much will the new highway cost, in round numbers? or In round figures a diamond of this quality is worth five thousand dollars, but it depends on the market at the time of selling . This idiom, which uses round in the sense of "whole" or "rounded off," is sometimes used very loosely, as Thomas Hardy did in Far from the Madding Crowd (1874): "Well, ma'am, in round numbers, she's run away with the soldiers." [Mid-1600s] Also see ballpark figure.
See also: number, round

it figures

Also, that figures. It's (or that's) reasonable; it makes sense. For example, Hanging it upside down sounds like a weird idea, but it figures, or It figures that they won't be coming this year, or So she's complaining again; that figures. This idiom alludes to reckoning up numbers. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
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a ballpark figure

or

a ballpark estimate

A ballpark figure or a ballpark estimate is an approximate figure or quantity. Note: A ballpark is a park or stadium where baseball is played. But what are we talking about here — a few thousand, millions, two bucks? Give me a ballpark figure. I think just in a ballpark estimate — about 60-40. Sixty would support, 40 percent would be opposed.
See also: ballpark, figure

go figure

mainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
People say go figure when they want you to consider something they have just said because it is surprising or interesting. The average wage is $23,000 but you would need to earn $31,000 to buy the typical first home. Go figure. When I interviewed her she seemed like a nice, normal girl. So is this scandal true? Go figure.
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figure in

v.
1. To be included or require inclusion in order to make a calculation or conclusion: The profit reports will figure in the final budget decision.
2. To include something in making a calculation or conclusion: They failed to figure in all of their travel expenses. Don't forget to figure these numbers in when you write your report.
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figure into

v.
1. To include something in making a calculation or drawing a conclusion: We have to figure the possibility of a flat tire into our travel plans.
2. To be included or require inclusion in order to make a calculation or conclusion: The decline in profits figured into the manager's recent decision.
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figure on

v.
1. To depend on something: We figured on your support when we made up the plans.
2. To guess that something will transpire; estimate: I figured on traffic being heavy, so I left early.
3. To plan on doing something; anticipate: We figure on leaving for the store at noon.
See also: figure, on

figure out

v.
1. To discover or decide something: Let's figure out a way to help. We figured out when to hold the next meeting.
2. To solve or decipher something: Can you figure this puzzle out? Late into the night, I figured out my homework assignment.
See also: figure, out

figure up

v.
To calculate something, especially by addition: That's all of the supplies we need; can you figure up the total for us? We figured up the bill incorrectly; everyone owes another $10.
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Go figure

interj. Try to figure it out.; Just try to explain that! They heat the water to make the tea hot, then they put ice in it to make it cold, then they put lemon in it to make it sour, and then they put sugar in it to make it sweet. Go figure.
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key figure

n. an important person in an event; a person central to an event. Sam is not exactly a key figure, but he can lead us to Mr. Big.
See also: figure, key

go figure

Used in the imperative to indicate the unexpectedness or absurdity of something.
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Une nouvelle donne dont l'envoye special de l'Onu mais aussi le chef de la Minurso doivent prendre en consideration, afin de la faire figurer en bonne place dans les rapports qu'ils auront a presenter au Conseil de Securite en avril prochain.
U ont atteint des sommes interessantes, car c'est la tout le charme du sulky qui nous reserve tres souvent de grosses arrivees, sachant que bon nombre de trotteurs en presence ont des chances de figurer en bonne place au sprint final.
Ainsi, Benkirane aura a figurer parmi la cinquantaine de chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement qui se sont donne rendez-vous dans l'imposant centre de congres de cette celebre station de ski.
Quant aux accessits restants, a l'exception de Aicha de Tincques, Une de la Potel, Vidillye Diem et a un degre moindre Perfect Tejy, mais dont il faudra s'en mefier car il a deja gagne sur la distance du jour, le 9 juillet dernier, les autres concurrents ont tous des chances de pouvoir figurer en bon rang au sprint final.
J'espere figurer dans le podium des 1500m[beaucoup plus grand que], a affirme Lakhouad.
L'hippodrome Bazer Sakhra d'El Eulma sort le grand jeu, aujourd'ui, en mettant aux prises quatorze coursiers qui presentent de serieux arguments afin de figurer dans la bonne combinaison, car ils se recommandent tous de bonnes performances realisees au cours de leur carriere.
Un tel classement dans la categorie de -100 kg motivera davantage l'athlete pour gravir encore des marches, afin de figurer comme tete de serie lors des JO-2016.
Belaili, Draoui et autre Khelili ne devraient pas figurer dans l'equipe type.
L'autre surprise de la liste est la presence d'Alphonse Areola (Villarreal), appele a figurer comme troisieme gardien, aux depens de Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne), non convoque.
Une epreuve qui se caracterise par un veritable equilibre des chevaux en presence, car sur le papier, tous les trotteurs en lice ont des chances de figurer a l'arrivee, c'est dire si le pronostic reste ardu en pareille compagnie, surtout que cette epreuve a caractere mettra en jeu.