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abbreviation 
  1. Louisiana, a state of the United States of America.
initialism 
  1. Los Angeles (US city)
  2. lead arsenate, a pesticide introduced in the US in 1892, largely replaced by DDT in the late 1940's, and ultimately banned in 1988.
     
lagniappe Tweet Definition of lagniappe Like Definition of lagniappe on Facebook
noun 
  1. (southern US and Trinidad and Tobago) An extra or unexpected gift or benefit
    • 1973: "Call it a little , goodbuddy, that"s Duane Marvy"s way o" doin" thangs." " Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
     
lay Tweet Definition of lay Like Definition of lay on Facebook
noun 
  1. Arrangement or relationship; layout; eg, the lay of the land.
  2. The direction a rope is twisted.
Worm and parcel with the ; turn and serve the other way.
  1. A casual sexual partner.
  2. A ballad or sung poem.
verb (lays, laying, laid)
  1. (transitive) To place something down in a position of rest.
  2. (context, transitive, archaic) To cause to subside or abate.
  3. (transitive) To leave something somewhere.
  4. (transitive) To prepare (e.g., the groundwork, the table).
  5. (transitive) To install certain building materials, laying one thing on top of another (e.g. lay brick, lay flooring.)
  6. (transitive) To produce and deposit (an egg).
  7. (transitive) To have sexual intercourse with someone, especially in a casual manner.
  8. (context, intransitive, non-standard, or, colloquial) To lie.
adjective 
  1. Non-professional, not being a member of an organized institution (e.g. scientific lay person).
  2. Not belonging to the clergy.
     
like Tweet Definition of like Like Definition of like on Facebook
noun 
  1. (also the likes of) Someone similar to a given person, or something similar to a given object; a comparative; a type; a sort.
We shall never see his again. — w:Winston Churchill, Winston Churchill on w:T. E. Lawrence, T.E. Lawrence
bowls full of sweets, chocolates and the
something the likes of which I had never seen before
  1. Something that a given person likes.
Tell me your likes and dislikes.
verb (lik, ing)
  1. (transitive) To enjoy, be in favor/favour of.
I hamburgers.
I the Milwaukee Braves this season.
I skiing in winter.
  1. (transitive) To find attractive.
I really Sandra but don't know how to tell her.
  1. (transitive) To do regularly.
I to go to the dentist every 6 months.
  1. (context, in certain expressions) To want.
    • 1865 July 4, w:Lewis Carroll, Lewis Carroll (w:Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), w:Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, s:Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Chapter 10, chapter 10,
    • : "I can tell you more than that, if you ," said the Gryphon. "Do you know why it"s called a whiting?"
adjective 
  1. similar
     
lobber Tweet Definition of lobber Like Definition of lobber on Facebook
noun 
  1. One who throws in high arc.
     
long sweetening Tweet Definition of long sweetening Like Definition of long sweetening on Facebook
noun 
  1. (context, US, _, Midwest) A viscous, syrupy sweetener, generally molasses, but sometimes table syrup.
    • 1974 John Quincy Wolf, Life in the Leatherwoods
    • :Mr. Hurst made the best of the situation and drank his molasses-sweetened coffee with seeming relish, as though he had been raised on .
    • 1989: Lee Smith, Fair and Tender Ladies
    • :Reach me some of that , honey, she'd say at the breakfast table.
     

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