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a (unit of time) or two

For only one or a few units of time specified (minutes, hours, days, etc.). Is it all right if I borrow the car for an hour or two? I'd like to drive to the mall. You can keep the book for a day or two, but I need it back by this weekend to study for my exam.
See also: of, two

by the (unit)

For each unit, as of items sold in this manner. How much does this meat cost by the pound?
See also: by

parental unit

One of one's parents. (Often used in the plural to indicate both parents.) Which parental unit is coming to pick you up from school today, nerd? I'd love to come, but I need to check with the parental units if it's all right.
See also: parental, unit

by the unit

Fig. each; per. (Used to designate the unit of measure, but not the rate of a measure.) Lettuce is sold by the head. Gas is sold by the gallon.
See also: by, unit

(parental) units

n. parents. (see also rent(al)s.) Hey, units! I need to talk to you about something really important.
See also: parental, unit


See also: unit


1. n. a gadget. Now, take one of the red units—put the copper strip in the slot—place the whole thing in this larger unit—and you’re done. Hand me that unit on the thingy there.
2. n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) Why are you always scratching your unit?
3. Go to (parental) units.
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We have ensured that the active-duty units are aware of all the experience that our reserve units can bring to the table," Kane said, adding that most of the Soldiers in its reserve units have been in the unit for years and have performed SDDC missions multiple times.
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The pavilion's second 40-bed unit accommodates alert, oriented, and socially interactive (AOS) residents who were selectively and voluntarily transferred there subsequent to a series of resident and family informational meetings, Resident Council discussions, individual tours, and a lottery process for the unit's four private rooms.
This kept women from a wide swath of assignments, and restricted opportunities even within fields they could legally enter, like the military police or intelligence, since almost every type of unit in the Army (even support units) could theoretically see combat.
Most sand reclamation manufacturers will recommend that the foundry purchase a lower capacity unit that can be operated on a 24-hr schedule rather than a larger unit that can produce the required sand during a one-shift operation.