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Topic: NUMBERS

Language: Old English
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six

number, noun
     
six
1HMN the number 6:
six months ago
She arrived just after six (=six o'clock).
He learnt to play the violin when he was six (=six years old).
2

six figures/digits

used to talk about a number that is between 100,000 and 1,000,000:
The final cost of the project will easily run into six figures (=be over one hundred thousand pounds or dollars).
3

at sixes and sevens

informal disorganised and confused:
When the visitors arrived we were still at sixes and sevens.
4

it's six of one and half a dozen of the other

spoken used to say that both people or groups who are involved in a situation are equally responsible for something bad that happens:
In any family quarrel, it's usually six of one and half a dozen of the other.
5

knock/hit somebody for six

British English spoken to affect someone strongly in a bad way:
Losing his job really knocked him for six.
6DSC [countable] a hit in cricket that scores six runs because the ball crosses the edge of the playing area before touching the ground
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