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a (certain type of person or thing) among (others)
A truly exceptional or exemplary person or thing among other of that kind. The university honored the late Professor Mubarak, whom they called a scholar among scholars in the ceremony. Their latest model is something incredible, a true car among cars.
be (not) (one's) type
To have the personality and/or physical appearance that one is typically attracted to. Often used in the negative to mean the opposite. I'm not surprised she's flirting with John—he's definitely her type. It's not that I don't like her. She's just not my type.
Hell has no fury like a (certain type of person) scorned
No one will have a greater wrath or vengeance than (this type of person) when they have been wronged. A hyperbolic and often humorous play on the phrase "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," in which any person, demographic, or profession may be substituted for "woman." The university might think nothing of hiking up the cost of tuition, but we'll show them that Hell has no fury like a broke college student scorned! The governor, after veering away from his party's core ideologies, is now discovering that Hell has no fury like politicians scorned.
hell hath no fury like a (certain type of person) scorned
No one will have a greater wrath or vengeance than (this type of person) when they have been wronged. A hyperbolic and often humorous play on the phrase "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," in which any person, demographic, or profession may be substituted for "woman." The university might think nothing of hiking up the cost of tuition, but we'll show them that Hell hath no fury like a broke college student scorned! The governor, after veering away from his party's core ideologies, is now discovering that Hell hath no fury like politicians scorned.
it's a (type of person) thing
Something is only understood or appreciated by a certain type of person or group of people. I know it seems like they're really insulting each other, but they're actually being really friendly. Banter like that is just an Irish thing, I guess. I can't help but stop at every bridge I cross and examine the workmanship. It's an engineer thing.
not have a (some kind of) bone in (one's) body
To be completely without a certain characteristic or to never show a particular emotion. Oh, come on, you think Jeff stole the money? There's not a deceitful 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.
revert to type
To return to usual behavior or form after a temporary change, typically an improvement. Jenny has been very gracious since she joined our department, but I'm afraid she may revert to type once the newness wears off. The administration had made strides in transparency, but with how evasive it's been on this latest issue, it looks like it is reverting to type.
1. To place or rest someone or something inside of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "set" and "in." You can set your tools in that box by the door on your way out. He set the sleeping boy in his bed.
2. To become or begin to be established, especially something potentially unpleasant, undesirable, or harmful. As the heatwave sets in across the state, people in some areas are being advised not to leave the house. This part of town always gets a bit spooky when darkness sets in. The trick to cleaning a stain is to start on it right away. Never give it enough time to set in.
3. To attach or affix; to insert. I had my tailor set in a wool lining so that my jacket would be warm enough for the winter. You have to set in the mounting brackets with a screwdriver first before you can hang your television.
4. To become established in one's mind; for something to be understood or accepted. Once the realization of what she'd done set in, I called the police immediately. It took a moment to set in that I wouldn't be returning to this house ever again.
5. To establish some time or place as the setting of a story, play, or film. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "set" and "in." The novel was originally set in China, but they changed it to Japan for the film. I'm not sure why they set the sequel in the past.
6. To set typewritten writing in a particular font or style. I've set the main points in bold so your eye will be drawn to them during your speech. Make sure your essays are set in Times New Roman.
1. dated To arrange the pieces of wood or metal bearing letters or characters in a printing press. There's a small boutique publisher in this city who still prints books by setting type the old-fashioned way.
2. To arrange the way in which characters, letters, or words written in typeface appear in or on some visual medium. The graphic designer is exceptionally good at setting type in dynamic, interesting ways. When you're setting type for your website, you've got to be sure you take into account the different kinds of readers who might be reading your work.
strong, silent type
cliché A person, especially a man, who exudes strength by taking action without expressing or worrying about their emotions. I've always been attracted to the strong, silent type, but whenever I'm in a relationship with a guy like that, I find it infuriating that he never tells me what he's thinking or includes me in the decision-making process.
tread a/the (type of) path
To choose a particular kind of lifestyle that one commits to. My brother's always treaded a solitary path, no matter how much we reach out to him. You'll be treading a tough path if you decide to drop out of college now.
type (something) into (something)
To use a physical or virtual keyboard in order to input some information into some computer or system. Here, type your number into my phone so that I can get in touch with you later. I typed the name of the book into the database, but no entries came up.
To use a physical or virtual keyboard in order to input some information. A noun or pronoun can be used between "type" and "in." I always make sure no one is nearby when I type in my password to log in to my computer at work. Here, type your number in on my phone so that I can get in touch with you later.
To type the thoughts or spoken words of oneself or another person on a physical or virtual keyboard. A noun or pronoun can be used between "type" and "out." I started typing out a longwinded retort before I thought better of it and deleted the message from my phone. It is the court stenographer's job to type everything out that is said during a trial.
type over (something)
1. To place a character or word overtop another with a typewriter. The typewriter didn't move the paper down to the next line, and I ended up typing over several words before I noticed. It's totally illegible now! No one would notice if you typed over the lower-case L with an uppercase I.
2. To delete some written text on a piece of software by entering different text in its place. Ugh, I accidentally highlighted the entire text message I was writing to my friend and typed over the whole dang thing!
To produce some written document by typing it on a physical or virtual keyboard. A noun or pronoun can be used between "type" and "up." I want you to type an earnings report up and have it ready for me by Friday. She had to type up a formal letter of appeal explaining why she still belonged in the prestigious school.
well-heeled for (a particular type of person)
To be particularly wealthy given some other aspect of one's life (such as one's profession). He seems awfully well-heeled for an administrative clerk—he must have another business on the side.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
to begin; to become fixed for a period of time. A severe cold spell set in early in November. When high temperatures set in, the use of electricity went up considerably.
set something in a type face
to set something in type, a particular style of type, or a particular font. Why not set this section in italics to make it stand out from the rest? Why was this paragraph set in bold type?
to arrange type for printing; to prepare finished pages for printing. Have you finished setting the type for page one yet? John sets type for a living.
the strong, silent type
a strong, quiet man. Clark looks like the strong, silent type. Actually he is slightly deaf and that's fat, not muscle.
type over something
to type one letter over another. Just type over the o with an e. No one will notice.
type something into somethingand type something in
to insert information into a form or a place on a form by typing or keying it. Please type your name and address into this box. Please type in your name.
type something out
to make some information presentable by typing or keying it. Please type this out before you submit it to the board for approval. Can you type out this report before quitting time?
type something up
to type a handwritten document; to type a document, perhaps using a computer. I will give this to you as soon as I type it up. Please type up this document.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Insert, put in, as in I still have to set in the sleeves and then the sweater will be done. [Late 1300s]
2. Begin to happen or become apparent, as in Darkness was setting in as I left. [c. 1700]
3. Move toward the shore, said of wind or water, as in The tide sets in very quickly here. [Early 1700s]
strong silent type
A man of action who is reserved and masks his feelings. For example, Paula always preferred the strong silent type to more extroverted men. Almost never used for a woman, this expression may be obsolescent. [c. 1900]
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.
revert to ˈtype(formal) return to the way you would expect somebody to behave when you remember their family, sex, work, history, etc: The team had two very unexpected wins, but have now reverted to type and lost the last two games.
(not) be somebody’s ˈtype(informal) (not) be the kind of person that somebody likes: Mark isn’t really her type — she prefers quiet, sensitive men. ♢ Gerry is more my type.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
1. To insert or fix something securely: The tailor patched my jacket and set in a new liner. I put the stakes in the ground and set them in with a mallet.
2. To become established as an internal or external condition, especially one that brings suffering or hardship to a person or group of people: Panic set in when the people realized the building was on fire. We must put a bandage on your wound before an infection sets in. We need wood for the fire now that winter is setting in.
3. To move toward the shore. Used of wind or water: After nightfall, the wind set in.
To input something into a computer or similar device by typing: You can type in your query when the prompt appears on the screen. Type your name in and click the button to access your account.
1. To produce something by typing: I typed out an angry letter to the editor. It took the writer one month to type a manuscript out.
2. To express something in typewritten form: The lawyer typed out the client's statement. I typed the message out and posted it on the bulletin board for all to see.
3. To display something in full or expanded form by typing: You must type out your complete address on the credit card application. The editor was instructed to type each abbreviation out.
1. To compose a finished document from some set of notes by typing: I hired an assistant to type up my handwritten letters. The secretary typed the handwritten notes up.
2. To draft some kind of document by typing: We sat up all night typing up a charter for the organization. Do you have time to type a few letters up for me?
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
n. a combining form indicating a specified type of person. (Colloquial.) He’s a caveman type. You know, sort of hairy and smelly.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
A person to whom one should be sexually attracted or romantically inclined: With her interest in art, she should be just your type.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
strong silent type, the
A man of few words but effective action; one who masks his feelings. This phrase, today nearly always used ironically, was extremely popular with women novelists of the early 1900s who used it to depict a very romantic figure. Even today, when it may be obsolescent, it is never used for a woman. Leslie Charteris had it in The Saint and Templar (1978): “I’ve always fancied myself as the strong silent type.” Also see macho.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer