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Topic: NATURE

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old Norse
Origin: 'cloud'

sky

noun
     
sky S2 W2 plural skies
1DN [singular, uncountable] the space above the earth where clouds and the sun and stars appear:
The sky grew dark, and a cold rain began to fall.
A shooting star sped across the sky.
in the sky
There wasn't a cloud in the sky.
blue/black/grey etc sky
The sun rose higher in a clear blue sky.
clear/cloudy/dark etc sky
Robyn lay on her back looking up at the cloudless sky.
under a slightly overcast sky (=with clouds)
night/morning/summer etc sky
The evening sky was darkening as I made my way home.
She looked out over the rooftops and the open sky.
2

skies

[plural] a word meaning 'sky', used especially when describing the weather or what the sky looks like in a place:
a land of blue skies and warm sunshine
The skies were overcast, and it was chilly and damp.
3

the sky's the limit

spoken used to say that there is no limit to what someone can achieve, spend, win etc:
Francis believes the sky's the limit for the young goalkeeper.

➔ pie in the sky

at pie (4)

; ➔ praise somebody/something to the skies

at praise1 (1)
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