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body count

1. The number of people killed in a particular incident, especially soldiers killed in a military effort. The body count is uncertain after the earthquake, but we expect the number to rise as rescue efforts continue. The body count in the latest fight against insurgents is the highest yet.
2. The number of people who participate or are involved in a given activity or situation. I have a body count of about 24 people so far, so it looks like we're still waiting for a few more to join the tour.
See also: body, count

body English

An often involuntary or unconscious movement of the body to try and manipulate or influence the course of an object that is already in motion. I always find bowlers' body English humorous, as they contort their bodies to try to will the ball toward the pins.
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body language

Any gesture, posture, or movement of the body or face to nonverbally communicate emotions, information, or emphasis. His voice was calm and steady, but his body language was quite hostile and threatening. Many US presidents develop signature body language that one can easily recognize when they are speaking in public.
See also: body, language

body of water

An area of the earth that is covered by water. The oceans are the largest bodies of water on the planet.
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sell (one's) body

To have sexual intercourse or perform sexual acts for money; to prostitute oneself. Things had become so desperate for Jacob that he even considered selling his body just to earn enough to eat each day.
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body check

In ice hockey, a form of contact in which one player hits ("checks") another with his body. That was a heck of a body check! Great job keeping their players out of our end.
See also: body, check

body blow

1. A strong hit to one's body. Everyone in the audience gasped when the seasoned boxer took a body blow from his opponent and dropped to his knees in agony.
2. By extension, a large disappointment or setback. Olivia's dreams of becoming a professional ice skater took a body blow when she tore a ligament in her right knee. The scandal was a body blow to the politician's career, and he retired to the private sector.
See also: blow, body

body and soul

Fully; totally. When I met my husband, I just knew, body and soul, that we would end up together—there was not a doubt in my mind. She stayed at the office until one in the morning because she believes in this cause body and soul.
See also: and, body, soul

the body politic

The inhabitants of a nation taken together as a political entity. How do you think the body politic will vote in this election?
See also: body, politic

move (one's) body

To dance. Get up and move your body! The band is playing your favorite song!
See also: body, move

serve (one) right

To be or deliver the appropriate or deserved consequence(s) for one's improper actions. It serves John right that Dave threw him out of his party last night. He was acting like such a jerk! My girlfriend broke up with me after she found out I had been cheating on her. Serves me right, I suppose. Don't you find it rather unseemly for a man of his age and station to set his cap for a girl who's barely of voting age?
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doesn't have a (certain kind of) bone in (one's) body

Does not display the trait stated between "a" and "bone." (This phrase does not refer to an actual bone in the human skeleton.) I highly doubt that Jeannie started that vicious rumor about you—she doesn't have a mean bone in her body.
See also: body, bone, have, kind

enough to keep body and soul together

A small amount that is just enough of something to allow one to survive. I had to ask my parents to loan me money because, thanks to those hospital bills, I don't even have enough to keep body and soul together. Can't we give them more food? This is only enough to keep body and soul together.
See also: and, body, enough, keep, soul, together

not have a (some kind of) bone in (one's) body

To be completely without a certain characteristic or to be never show a particular emotion. Primarily heard in UK. Oh come on, you think Jeff stole the money? There's not a bad bone in his body! There's no way that mean old widow gave so much money to the hospital—there wasn't a generous bone in her body.
See also: body, bone, have, kind, not

body politic

the people of a country or state considered as a political unit. The body politic was unable to select between the candidates.
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enough to keep body and soul together

Fig. very little; only enough to survive. (Usually refers to money.) When he worked for the library, Marshall only made enough to keep body and soul together. Maria's savings were just enough to keep body and soul together while she looked for another job.
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*in a body

Fig. as a group of people; as a group; in a group. (*Typically: arrive some place ~; go ~; leave ~; reach some place ~; travel ~.) The tour members always traveled in a body.
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keep body and soul together

Fig. to manage to keep existing, especially when one has very little money. (Compare this with keep the wolf from the door.) We hardly had enough to keep body and soul together. I don't earn enough money to keep body and soul together.
See also: and, body, keep, soul, together

know where all the bodies are buried

Fig. to know all the secrets and intrigue from the past; to know all the relevant and perhaps hidden details. He is a good choice for president because he knows where all the bodies are buried. Since he knows where all the bodies are buried, he is the only one who can advise us.
See also: all, body, bury, know

Over my dead body!

Inf. Fig. a defiant phrase indicating the strength of one's opposition to something. (A joking response is "That can be arranged.") Sally: Alice says she'll join the circus no matter what anybody says. Father: over my dead body! Sally: Now, now. You know how she is. Bill: I think I'll rent out our spare bedroom. Sue: over my dead body! Bill (smiling): That can be arranged.
See also: dead

put weight on some part of the body

to subject an injured body part, as a foot or knee, to the weight of standing, to test its strength. My doctor told me I can put weight on my broken leg next week.
See also: body, of, on, part, put, weight

warm body

a person; just any person (who can be counted on to be present). See if you can get a couple of warm bodies to stand at the door and hand out programs. You mean among all these warm bodies nobody knows calculus?
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body blow

An action that causes severe damage, as in This last recession dealt a body blow to our whole industry. This term comes from boxing, where since the 18th century it has been used to refer to a punch that is landing between the opponent's chest and navel. [c. 1900]
See also: blow, body

body English

Movements of the body that express a person's feelings, as in His body English tells us just how tired he is. This expression originated about 1900 in such sports as bowling and ice hockey, where a player tries to influence the path of a ball or puck by moving his body in a particular direction. (It was based on the earlier use of English to mean "spin imparted to a ball.")
See also: body, English

keep body and soul together

Stay alive, support life, as in He earns barely enough to keep body and soul together. This expression alludes to the belief that the soul gives life to the body, which therefore cannot survive without it. Today it most often is applied to earning a living. [Early 1700s]
See also: and, body, keep, soul, together

over my dead body

In no way, under no circumstances, as in Over my dead body will you drop out of high school. This hyperbolic expression is often used jokingly. [Early 1800s]
See also: body, dead

body and soul

COMMON You use body and soul to say that you believe strongly in something and are using all your effort to do it or support it. They worked body and soul to make this day a success. She was now committed to the band, body and soul.
See also: and, body, soul

a body blow

mainly BRITISH, JOURNALISM
COMMON A body blow is something which causes someone great disappointment or difficulty. The sport received a body blow when the schools programme was virtually halted. The result will deliver a body blow to Conservative party confidence. These tax concessions could soon be abolished, which will be a body blow to the manufacturers. Note: In boxing, a body blow is a punch above the waist.
See also: blow, body

keep body and soul together

If you do something to keep body and soul together, you do it to earn enough money to buy the basic things that you need to live. 20-year-old Rafael says he's selling firewood to keep body and soul together. Note: You can also say that you hold body and soul together. For a while he held body and soul together by working as a migrant laborer.
See also: and, body, keep, soul, together

over my dead body

You use over my dead body to say that you will do everything you can to prevent something happening. They will destroy Penbrook Farm only over my dead body. Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife told him he would go into politics `over her dead body'.
See also: body, dead

body count

1. n. the total of dead bodies after a battle. The body count at Hill 49 was three.
2. n. the total number of casualties after some kind of shake-up. The pink slips are coming out every day. The body count on Monday was twenty-three.
3. n. a count of people present. The body count was about forty-five at the meeting.
See also: body, count

body shake

n. a shakedown of the body; a skin-search. (see also shakedown.) They give everybody who passes through these doors a body shake.
See also: body, shake

Over my dead body!

and OMDB
exclam. & comp. abb. [You won’t do it] if I can stop you from doing it! You’ll do it OMDB.
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warm body

n. just anyone who can be counted on to stay alive. See if you can get a couple of warm bodies to stand at the door and hand out programs.
See also: body, warm

take the body

Sports
To play in a rough physical way, dealing out many body checks, as in hockey.
See also: body, take

over my dead body

Used to express dramatic refusal.
See also: body, dead