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Topic: NUMBERS

Language: Old English
Origin: nigon

nine

number
     
nine
1HMN the number 9:
He's only been in this job for nine months.
We open at nine (=nine o'clock).
Kay was taught by her mother till she was nine (=nine years old).
2

nine times out of ten

almost always:
Nine times out of ten we can solve the problem over the phone.
3

a nine days' wonder

a thing or event that makes people very excited for a short time
4

have nine lives

to make lucky escapes from dangerous situations

➔ dressed up to the nines

at dressed (4)

; ➔ be on cloud nine

at cloud1 (5)
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