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Topic: ANIMALS

Language: Old English
Origin: wulf

wolf

1 noun
     
wolf
wolf1 plural wolves [countable]
1HBA a wild animal that looks like a large dog and lives and hunts in groups:
2

a wolf in sheep's clothing

someone who seems to be friendly or harmless but is in fact dangerous, dishonest etc
3

keep the wolf from the door

to earn just enough money to buy the basic things you need:
I work part-time in a coffee shop just to keep the wolf from the door.

➔ cry wolf

at cry1 (7)

; ➔ lone wolf

at lone (3)
wolfish adjective:
a wolfish grin
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