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Topic: CRIME

Language: Old English
Origin: græs

grass

1 noun
     
grass1 S2 W2
1

in fields and gardens

a) [uncountable]DLGHBP a very common plant with thin leaves that covers the ground in fields and gardens and is often eaten by animals:
She enjoyed the feel of grass beneath her feet.
a blade of grass (=single leaf)
b) [countable]HBP a particular kind of grass:
All grasses need light to grow well.
2

the grass

an area of grass, especially an area where the grass is kept cut short:
I walked across the grass.
Keep off the grass.
3

drug

[uncountable] informalMDD marijuana
4

criminal

[countable] British English informalSCC someone, usually a criminal, who gives information about other criminals to the police - used to show disapproval [= informer; = stoolpigeon AmE] supergrass
5

the grass is greener (on the other side)

used to say that other places or situations seem better than yours, although they may not really be better
6

not let the grass grow under your feet

to not waste time or delay starting something
7

put somebody out to grass

informal to make someone leave their job because they are too old to do it effectively
grass roots

➔ snake in the grass

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