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wing

1 noun
     
wing1 S2 W2 [countable]
wing
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bird/insect

a) HBBHBI one of the parts of a bird's or insect's body that it uses for flying:
a butterfly with beautiful markings on its wings
The pheasant flapped its wings vigorously.
b) the meat on the wing bone of a chicken, duck etc, eaten as food:
spicy chicken wings
wing
2

plane

TTA one of the large flat parts that stick out from the side of a plane and help to keep it in the air
3

building

TBB one of the parts of a large building, especially one that sticks out from the main part
north/east etc wing
the east wing of the palace
She works in the hospital's maternity wing.
4

politics

PPG a group of people within a political party or other organization who have a particular opinion or aim:
the moderate wing of the Republican Party
left-wing, right-wing
5

sport

a) DS a winger
b) DS the far left or right part of a sports field
6

car

British EnglishTTC the part of a car that is above a wheel [= fender American English]
7

take somebody under your wing

to help and protect someone who is younger or less experienced than you are
8

(waiting/lurking) in the wings

ready to do something or be used when the time is right:
Several junior managers are waiting in the wings for promotion.
9

theatre

the wings

[plural]APT the parts at either side of a stage where actors are hidden from people who are watching the play
10

on a wing and a prayer

if you do something on a wing and a prayer, you do not have much chance of succeeding
11

be on the wing

literaryHBB if a bird is on the wing, it is flying
12

take wing

literaryHBB to fly away
13

get your wings

TTA to pass the examinations you need to become a pilot

➔ clip somebody's wings

at clip2 (6)

; ➔ spread your wings

at spread1 (10)
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