derivative(s) section of an entry. Derivatives do not have their own entry in the dictionary because they can be easily understood from the meaning of the word from which they are derived (the root word).
in phrasal verbs, shows that the object may come either before or after the particle
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figurative language is used in a non-literal or metaphorical way, as in He didn’t want to cast a shadow on (= spoil) their happiness.
ironic language uses words to mean the opposite of the meaning that they seem to have, as in You’re a great help, I must say! (= no help at all).
offensive expressions are used by some people to address or refer to people in a way that is very insulting, especially in connection with their race, religion, sex or disabilities, for example half-caste, slut. You should not use these words.
slang is very informal language, sometimes restricted to a particular group of people, for example people of the same age or those who have the same interests or do the same job. Examples are dingbat, dosh.
saying describes a well-known fixed or traditional phrase, such as a proverb, that is used to make a comment, give advice, etc, for example actions speak louder than words.