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become one flesh

To join together with another person in marriage. Taken from the biblical verse regarding marriage, "And the two shall become one flesh." It can also refer to sexual intercourse in general, which is meant in Judeo-Christian beliefs to be withheld until after marriage. My longtime girlfriend and I finally got engaged, and we will become one flesh this summer. Many people choose to wait until they are married to become one flesh with someone.
See also: become, flesh, one

become reconciled with (someone or something)

To forgive, accept, or make peace with someone, something, or some situation. I haven't spoken to my brother in 10 years, but I still hope to become reconciled with him some day.
See also: become, reconcile

every eel hopes to become a whale

A phrase highlighting one's ambition. Just like every eel hopes to become a whale, I dream of becoming the CEO one day.
See also: become, eel, every, hope, whale

become of (someone)

Happen to. I haven't seen my childhood best friend in years. I wonder what became of her.
See also: become, of

tempers frayed

Things became tense among people; people lost their tempers. Tempers frayed at Thanksgiving when Uncle Stu and Aunt Marsha started arguing about politics.
See also: fray, temper

what will become of (someone or something)

What will happen to someone or something); what will the end result be for someone or something. What will become of our troops when they return home from the war? Will they get the resources they need to readapt to civilian life? Scientists are still trying to determine what will become of the probe once it loses auxiliary power.
See also: become, of, what, will

What has become of (someone or something)?

What has happened to someone or something? What did the result end up being for someone or something? Sometimes used to express regret or anger over current the state of someone or something. What has become of our great nation? It feels like everything we strove for fifty years ago has been completely eroded. I wonder what's become of Jared. We used to be such good friends, but ever since he moved away I've heard nothing from him. Scientists are still trying to determine what has become of the probe, which they lost contact with ten days ago.
See also: become, of, what

What became of (someone or something)?

What happened to someone or something? What was the end result for someone or something? What ever became of Jared? You used to be such good friends, but you haven't mentioned him once since he moved away. Scientists are still trying to determine what became of the probe, which they lost contact with ten days ago.
See also: became, of, what

become unstuck

To encounter setbacks or fail altogether. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Boy, this party is really becoming unstuck. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
See also: become, unstuck

end up as (something)

To conclude something in a particular state or role. I really think that you and your high school sweetheart will end up as husband and wife. I know I'm an English major, but I really don't want to end up as a teacher.
See also: end, up

become a fan of (someone or something)

To begin to like, appreciate, support, and/or be interested in someone or something. You might find this hard to believe, but Cheryl's become a big fan of heavy metal over the years. I've become a fan of Jen's new boyfriend, and, yes, the fact that he brought me fancy chocolates did help!
See also: become, fan, of

become fond of (someone or something)

To begin to have an affinity for someone or something. Mike used to really annoy me, but I've become fond of him over the years. Don't worry, your kids will become fond of sleep as they get older, and then you won't be able to get them out of bed before 1 PM. Summer used to be my favorite season, but I've become fond of fall, what with its gorgeous foliage.
See also: become, fond, of

become friends with (someone)

To establish an amicable relationship with someone. Jane and I did go to high school together, but I didn't become friends with her until years later.
See also: become, friend

become grounds for (something)

To form the basis for some action or decision, often one that is disciplinary or legal in nature. If you get caught plagiarizing, it becomes grounds for expulsion, you know.
See also: become, ground

become of someone or something

to happen or occur to someone or something. Whatever became of Joe and his friends? I don't know what became of my other plaid sock.
See also: become, of

end up (as)( something ) to become something

at the end of everything. I always knew I would end up as a doctor. If I don't get a job, I will end up a beggar.
See also: become, end, up

become of

Happen to, befall, be the fate of, as in I haven't seen Joe in a year; what has become of his book? The King James Bible has this idiom (Genesis 37:20): "We shall see what will become of his dreams." [Late 1500s]
See also: become, of

what will become/has become/became of somebody/something?

used to ask what will happen or what has happened to somebody/something: What became of that student who used to live with you?I hate to think what will become of them if they lose their home.
See also: became, become, of, somebody, what, will

become of

To happen to someone or something; be the fate of someone or something: Nobody really knows what became of the coach after he retired. What has become of the old garden?
See also: become, of
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Peregrine Towneley, currently CEO of MEA for JLT, will become chairman of Middle East for Marsh.
become of : to happen to <What has become of my friend?>
* In Chicago, GREGORY MARTENS will become a key account manager and market leader for the Central region.
Larison met one woman in her late 60s who had always wanted to become Catholic but whose mother, a fundamentalist Protestant, "thought Catholics were Satan himself." When the woman's mother died, both she and her sister became Catholic.
"All these interesting and intelligent people want to become Catholic?" I thought.
As a result, the athletic director's only salvation is to become more skillful with time management and to continually adjust and adapt to new advancements in technology.
** If GST is paid on or after July 1, 2006, without having become payable before that day, the six per cent GST rate will apply.
Senior executives, the CEO and/or the CFO, would provide estimates of future earnings, usually in the context of an earnings conference call or analyst meeting; analysts estimates would be circulated to the financial press and TV business-news sources, and that number would become the target the company was expected to hit.
Consequently, when individuals become unconscious, they sink--regardless of fat level, which slightly increases buoyancy.
Advocates observe that, in community forests, cultural and natural resources blur to the extent that distinctions become unnecessary.
After all, the Federal Reserve Chairman has become essentially central banker to the world.
But the landmark event of Szeemann's tenure in Bern was also his grand finale: "Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form," the first major survey of Conceptual art to take place in Europe.
Toys produced in Japan, for example, have become popular in the United States (and world-wide) with no modification.