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an adult male human
There were two men and a woman in the car.
He's a very kind man.
a man's watch
Don't keep Hansen waiting - he's a busy man.
countable usually singular
a man who has the qualities that people think a man should have, such as being brave, strong etc
be a man
now. No more crying.
strong or brave enough
to face up to his responsibilities.
make a man (out) of somebody
make a boy or young man start behaving in a confident way
Running his own business has really made a man out of Terry.
a person, either male or female - used especially in formal situations or in the past
All men are equal in the eyes of the law.
a man's right to work
people as a group
This is one of the worst diseases
known to man.
the evolution of man
people who lived at a particular stage of human development
countable usually plural
a man who works for an employer
Why were there no protests from the men at the factory?
a man who does a job for you, especially repairing something
Has the man been to fix the TV?
gas man/rent man etc
I waited all day for the gas man.
the man from something
a man who works for a particular company or organization
Was that the man from the PR agency?
particular kind of man
a man who comes from a particular place, does a particular kind of work, or is connected with a particular organization, especially a university or company
I think she married a Belfast man.
I've been a military man all my life.
Even a Harvard man has a lot to learn about politics.
a man who likes, or likes doing, a particular thing
I'm more of a jazz man myself.
Are you a betting man?
used when speaking to an adult male, especially when you are excited, angry etc
Stop talking nonsense, man!
used when speaking to someone, especially an adult male
You look great, man!
countable usually plural
a soldier or
who is under the authority of an officer
The Captain ordered his men to fire.
a woman's husband or boyfriend
She spent five years waiting for her man to come out of prison.
used to talk about a man you dislike, a man who has done something stupid etc
Don't listen to him - the man's a complete idiot.
someone who has authority over you, especially a police officer
somebody's your man
used to say that a particular man is the best person for a job, situation etc
If you need repairs done in the house, Brian's your man.
you da man!
you're the man!
used to praise someone for having done something well
used by the police to refer to a man that they are watching or trying to find, especially because they think he is responsible for a crime
Gareth couldn't possibly be our man. He couldn't possibly be a murderer.
Perhaps our man parked his car at the station and took the train.
our man in/at something
a man who is the representative of a country or organization in a particular place
our man in Rome
a report on the accident from our man at the scene
men in (grey) suits
the men who control businesses, organizations etc, considered as a group, especially when you think they are boring
a man of his word
a man you can trust, who will do what he has promised to do
He had promised to help, and Sally knew that Dr Neil was a man of his word.
a man of few words
a man who does not talk very much
Being a man of few words, his message was short and to the point.
be your own man
to behave and think independently without worrying about what other people think
I'm my own man. I say what I believe.
the man of the moment/hour/year
a man who has recently done something important
Olson was man of the hour when the team beat the Tigers.
it's every man for himself
used to say that people will not help each other
In journalism it's every man for himself.
the man in the street
the man on the Clapham omnibus
the average man or the average person
This kind of music doesn't appeal to the man in the street.
a man of the people
a man who understands and expresses the views and opinions of ordinary people
The prime minister is a man of the people.
a man's man
a man who enjoys being with other men and doing sports and activities with them, and is popular with men rather than women
He enjoyed his reputation as a man's man, but was careful never to neglect his family.
a ladies' man
a man who is popular with women and who likes to go out with a lot of different women
Paul likes to think he's a bit of a ladies' man.
man and boy
if a man has done something man and boy, he has done it all his life
I've worked on that farm man and boy.
man and wife
if a man and a woman are man and wife, they are married
I now pronounce you man and wife
you are now officially married
live as man and wife
if a man and woman live as man and wife, they live together as if they are married, although they are not
as one man
if a group of people do something as one man, they do it together
The audience rose as one man to applaud the singers.
to a man/to the last man
used to say that all the men in a group do something or have a particular quality
They were socialists to a man.
a rich man who goes out a lot to parties, clubs, theatres etc
In his designer suit and shiny shoes he looked quite the man about town.
man of God/man of the cloth
You'd believe a man of the cloth, wouldn't you?
my (good) man
used when talking to someone of a lower social class - do not use this phrase
My good man, I really don't think you should be here.
used by some men to greet a friend
Jason, my man! How's it going?
used to talk about a particular man - used mainly in Ireland
I've got to go and see yer man up this afternoon.
a male servant
My man will drive you to the station.
one of the pieces you use in a game such as
every man jack
each person in a group
Spies, every man jack of them, I'd bet.
kick/hit a man when he's down
to treat someone badly when you know that they already have problems
Most of his rivals couldn't resist kicking a man when he was down.
man's best friend
the man of the house
the most important male member of a family, who is responsible for doing things such as paying bills, making important decisions etc
Since my father's death, my uncle was the man of the house.
; ➔ be a man/woman of the world
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