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A bit; a small amount. Her paper was a shade better than yours, that's why she got an A- while you got a B+.
a shade (something)
Somewhat; a little bit; slightly. The software update should make is a shade easier to search for the information you need. I think we should use a mixture that's a shade thinner.
a shade of (something)
A particular hue of a given color. I think we should paint this room a light shade of green.
gardens are not made by sitting in the shade
proverb Things are accomplished through work and effort. Come on, get up out of bed! Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade! We've already poured countless hours into this product launch and still have lots of work ahead of us. But gardens are not made by sitting in the shade, right?
have (got) it made in the shade
To be in a comfortable position in life, usually due to some manner of financial success or windfall. I can't believe they sold their company for billions—they have it made in the shade now! If you're born into a wealthy family, you've got it made in the shade while the rest of us struggle.
in the shade
In a state or position of inferiority, inadequacy, or unimportance relative to something else. As always, my good grades were put in the shade by my brother's football achievements. The new detective drama, with its ingenious setup and fantastic lead actress, casts every other thriller on TV in the shade.
made in the shade
In a comfortable position in life, usually due to some manner of financial success or windfall. I can't believe they sold their company for billions—they're made in the shade now! If you're born into a wealthy family, you're made in the shade while the rest of us struggle.
put (someone or something) in the shade
To make someone or something seem less interesting, important, or remarkable by comparison. I was really proud of my presentation, but Jonathan's put everyone else's in the shade. The fantastic performance by the Ugandan runner put his opponents in the shade.
slang Subtle insults or expressions of disapproval. I was just checking my phone for a second when Joe totally threw shade at me, saying, "Some of us don't need to be glued to our phones every minute of the day." My mom is the queen of shade. She loves to say, "Is that really what you're going to wear?"
To darken some specified area of an image. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shade" and "in." I spent nearly an hour just shading in the upper lip of this portrait I'm working on. For every donation we receive, the teacher will shade an area in on this graph.
shade into (something)
To transition, pass, or cross over from one state, condition, or characteristic into another in gradual increments or degrees. The band has a synthetic, 1980s kind of sound that shades into more modern electronic music popular in Europe. The film, though set in a fictional, dystopian future, presents themes and situations that shade uncomfortably into real life.
A tree that is grown for its ability to provide shade from the sun. You need to stand under a shade tree, my dear. You'll get sunburned otherwise. Let's have our picnic under this nice shade tree.
slang Sunglasses. Short for "sunshades." A: "Cool shades!" B: "Thanks! I found them in a vintage shop." I think spending more than $20 on a pair of shades is absolute lunacy, yet I know people who've spent upwards of $200!
shades of (someone or something)
A reminder, reminiscence, or approximation of someone or something in the past or another person or thing. She lined up the shot and got a perfect bull's-eye—shades of her former passion for marksmanship. He took a moment to collect himself after his outburst. "Shades of my father," he muttered to himself.
Someone who repairs cars informally or as a hobby. Grandpa seems to love being retired. He's always been a bit of a shadetree mechanic, but now it's become his passion. You've got a pretty big problem with your transmission right now, more than this shadetree mechanic can diagnose. You'll have to take it to a professional.
slang To subtly issue insults or expressions of disapproval. I was just checking my phone for a second when Joe totally threw shade at me, saying, "Some of us don't need to be glued to our phones every minute of the day." My mom is the queen of throwing shade. She loves to say, "Is that really what you're going to wear?"
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have it made in the shadeand have got it made in the shade
Sl. to have succeeded; to be set for life. Wow, is he lucky! He has it made in the shade. Sarah's got it made in the shade with her huge inheritance.
shades of someone or something
Fig. reminders of someone or something; a thing that is reminiscent of someone or something. When I met Jim's mother, I thought "shades of Aunt Mary." "Shades of grade school," said Jack as the university lecturer rebuked him for being late.
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A reminder of a person or situation in the past. For example, He really played a fine game for a fifty-year-old-shades of his high school triumphs, or They found themselves alone on the beach-shades of their childhood summers together. [Mid-1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
put someone/something in the shade
If one person or thing puts another in the shade, they are so impressive that they make the other person or thing seem unimportant or less good by comparison. Such was her beauty that even in her sixties, she managed to put younger women in the shade. The celebrations are so fantastic they would put Mardi Gras in the shade. Note: Shade here means the shadow or darkness produced by blocking the light.
shades of someone/something
If you have just mentioned a person or thing and you say shades of another person or thing, you mean that the first person or thing reminds you of the second one. MacDowell stars in a thriller as the wife of a criminal who has faked his death. Shades of The Third Man, perhaps? The debate was brought forward by a week, in an effort to prevent the protest planned for it by the students' leaders. Shades of 1968? Note: `Shade' is an old word for `ghost'.
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in (or into) the shadein (or into) a position of relative inferiority or obscurity.
a shade —a little —. informal
1984 Armistead Maupin Babycakes Shall we go a shade lighter…Pink it up a bit?
shades of —used to suggest reminiscence of or comparison with someone or something specified.
The sense of shade alluded to here is ‘shadow’ or ‘ghost’.
1991 Cordelia Mansall Discover Astrology Perhaps it is shades of the way your mother had to reject her own brilliance. You have a very fine brain which you tend to put down.
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put somebody/something in the ˈshade(informal) be much better or more successful than somebody/something: The new player really puts the rest of the team in the shade. OPPOSITE: cannot hold a candle to somebody/something
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1. To represent degrees of shade or shadow in some drawing or picture, so as to give the illusion of depth: The artist shaded in the contours of the model's face in the portrait.
2. To darken some bounded area that is drawn or printed on a surface: The teacher shaded in the area where the circles overlapped with yellow chalk. I'm going to shade in the left side of this drawing with crosshatches to make it darker.
To pass from one quality, color, or thing to some other by very slight changes or degrees: The hues of the pink sunset shaded into purple.
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have it made in the shade
tv. to have succeeded; to be set for life. (Have got can replace have.) Wow, is he lucky! He has it made in the shade.
n. dark glasses. (see also sunshades.) Where are my shades? The sun is too bright.
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A little bit; slightly: a sprinter who was a shade quicker that the rest.
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