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Related to kindest: on the contrary, so to say
a kind word for everybody
A friendly, amiable, and positive regard for one and all. I believe that if I can have a kind word for everybody, I will end up making other people's lives that much better.
(with) kind regards
A common, semi-formal valediction (used to say farewell at the end of a letter or other written message; also known as a complimentary close) expressing well wishes to the recipient. Please send a financial report for your company for the previous year at your earliest convenience. With kind regards, Alex Goodman. I hope I'll have the chance of meeting with you again soon. Kind regards, Brian
of a kind
Having inferior, mediocre, or incomplete characteristics of something. He writes poetry of a kind, but it's nothing that will set the world ablaze. The office has a gym of a kind, but it's in such disrepair that no one really uses it.
anything of the kind
Anything that is similar, close to, or like what was said or is in question. (Usually used in a negative formation.) I don't know why you think I agreed to pay you a hundred dollars—I didn't say anything of the kind. I believe you about what you saw, but I honestly don't recall anything of the kind ever occurring here!
A common, semi-formal valediction (used to say farewell at the end of a letter or other written message; also known as a complimentary close) expressing well wishes to the recipient. I hope I'll have the chance of meeting with you again soon. Kindest regards, Brian
of the same kind
Very much alike. I knew we would be best friends as soon as we met—we're two of the same kind, you and me.
pay (one) back in kind
To avenge past misdeeds with similar actions. Greg got me in trouble with the boss, and I will pay him back in kind. You need to pay her back in kind for all the bad things she's done to you!
Somewhat; sort of; a little. I'm happy that it's summertime, but I'm still kind of disappointed that school is over. A: "Are you feeling better?" B: "Kind of. My throat isn't sore anymore but I'm still congested."
a kind of (something)
A replacement or alternative to (the real thing). I had to use the block of wood as a kind of hammer to get the loose nail back into place.
*all kinds of someone or something
Fig. a great number of people or things; a great amount of something, especially money. (*Typically: be ~; have ~.) There were all kinds of people there, probably thousands. The Smith family has all kinds of money.
crawling with some kind of creature
[of a surface] covered with insects or animals, moving about. The basement was crawling with rats! We came home and found the kitchen floor crawling with ants.
get some kind of mileage out of something
1. Lit. to achieve some level of efficiency with a vehicle. (Some kind of typically includes more, better, good, etc.) Do you get good mileage out of a vehicle like this.
2. Fig. to get [sufficient] use or service from something. I wish I could get better mileage out of this car. He knows how to get a lot of mileage out of a pair of shoes.
1. in goods rather than in money. The country doctor was usually paid in kind. He accepted two pigs as payment for an operation. Do you have to pay tax on payments made in kind?
2. similarly; [giving] something similar to what was received. John punched Bill, and Bill gave it back in kind. She spoke rudely to me, so I spoke to her in kind.
It takes all kinds (to make a world).
Fig. There are many different kinds of people, and you should not condemn them for being different. Jill: Eleanor's trying another fad diet. This week she's sprinkling dried algae on all her food. Jane: It takes all kinds. Child: Mommy, I saw a weird man today. He was walking down the street singing real loud. I wish they'd put weird people like that away. Mother: Now, now, honey, it takes all kinds to make a world.
a kind of something
a variety of something that is fairly close to the real thing, even though it is not exactly the real thing. I used a folded newspaper as a kind of hat to keep the rain off. Bill is serving as a kind of helper or assistant on this project.
let out some kind of sound
[for a living creature] to make some kind of a noise or sound. Be quiet. Don't let out a sound! Suddenly, Jane let out a shriek.
nothing of the kind
1. no; absolutely not. I didn't tear your jacket—nothing of the kind! Did I break your vase? Nothing of the kind!
2. nothing like that. That's not true. We did nothing of the kind! She did nothing of the kind! She wasn't even there!
sort ofand kind of
Yes, but only to a small degree. Bob: Do you like what you're doing in school? Alice: Kind of. Henry: What do you think about all these new laws? Do they worry you? John: Sort of.
sort of somethingand kind of something
almost something; somewhat; somehow. Isn't it sort of cold out? That was kind of a stupid thing to do, wasn't it?
two of a kind
Fig. people or things of the same type or that are similar in character, attitude, etc. Jack and Tom are two of a kind. They're both ambitious. The companies are two of a kind. They both pay their employees badly.
with advance noticeand on advance notice
with some kind of notification or indication that something is going to happen or is expected before it actually happens. We are happy to provide special meals for anyone with advance notice.
with the same thing It was a nasty letter, but I will not respond in kind.
Etymology: based on payment in kind (paying for something with food or things or work rather than money)
to some degree sort of I try to dress kind of nicely for work. I guess I kind of forget to thank her for all she does for me.
one of a kind
the only item of a particular type He was an extraordinary person - absolutely one of a kind.
two of a kind
very similar (like) two peas in a pod Where books are concerned, Tyler and Chloë are two of a kind.
to some degree kind of It seemed to be sort of a cross between an oyster and a mushroom.
Usage notes: sometimes used to show that you are not certain about something: I'm sort of at an age where I just want things to be a little more orderly.
You have to be cruel to be kind.
something that you say when you do something to someone that will upset them now because you think it will help them in the future I told her she's just not good enough to be a professional dancer - sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind. I know you have to be cruel to be kind, Sam, but telling Amy that she looks fat in her party dress was a bit harsh.
not be the marrying kind(humorous)
if a man is not the marrying kind, he does not want to be married
Usage notes: People sometimes use this phrase to mean that the man is homosexual (= sexually attracted to other men).George has had several girlfriends, but he's not the marrying kind.
be one of a kind
to be the only one of a particular type of thing or person As a female engineer who began her career in the 1940s, she was one of a kind.
be two of a kind
if two people are two of a kind, they have very similar characters Amy and I are two of a kind. That's why we've stayed friends for so long.
all kinds of
1. Also, all manner or sorts of . All or many varieties of something, as in Before the banquet, they served all kinds of drinks, or He sold exotic fruit of all sorts, or The museum featured all manner of artifacts. [Early 1300s]
2. A large amount of something, as in She has all kinds of money. This hyperbolic usage is colloquial.
1. With produce or commodities rather than money. For example, I edited Bob's book for payment in kind; he gave me voice lessons in exchange. [c. 1600]
2. In the same manner or with an equivalent, as in He returned the insult in kind. [Early 1700s]
Also, sort of. Rather, somewhat, as in I'm kind of hungry, or The bird looked sort of like a sparrow. [Colloquial; c. 1800] This usage should not be confused with a kind of or a sort of, which are much older and refer to a borderline member of a given category (as in a kind of a shelter or a sort of a bluish color). Shakespeare had this usage in Two Gentlemen of Verona (3:1): "My master is a kind of a knave." Also see of a kind.
nothing of the kind
Also, nothing of the sort.
1. No, certainly not, as in Did you push Charlie?-Nothing of the kind! or Do you think the kids were trying to shoplift?-Nothing of the sort. [Second half of 1800s]
2. Not at all like what is mentioned or expected, as in They thought we would look them up, but we'd intended nothing of the kind. [Second half of 1800s]
of a kind
1. Of some sort, but not a typical or perfect specimen. For example, They have a backyard of a kind, but it's tiny. This usage was first recorded in 1895. For a synonym, see of sorts.
2. one of a kind. A unique instance, as in There are no others like it; this hybrid daylily is one of a kind, or She's extremely generous, one of a kind. Also see two of a kind.
one of a kind
see under of a kind.
two of a kind
Very similar individuals or things, as in Patrice and John are two of a kind-they're true hiking enthusiasts. This idiom uses kind in the sense of "a class with common characteristics," a usage dating from about a.d. 1000.
all kinds ofInformal
Plenty of; ample: We have all kinds of time to finish the job.
1. With produce or commodities rather than with money: pay in kind.
2. In the same manner or with an equivalent: returned the slight in kind.
Rather; somewhat: I'm kind of hungry.
of a kind
Of the same kind; alike: My father and my uncle are two of a kind.
Somewhat; rather: "Gambling and prostitution ... have been prohibited, but only sort of" (George F. Will).