borebore2 ●●○ verb 🔊 🔊 1[transitive]BORING to make someone feel bored, especially by talking too much about something they are not interested in 🔊 He’s the sort of person who bores you at parties. 🔊 a film that will bore its young audiencebore somebody with something 🔊 I won’t bore you with all the technical details.bore somebody to death/tears (=make them very bored)2[intransitive, transitive]TECTI to make a deepround hole in a hard surfacebore something through/into/in something 🔊 The machine bores a hole through the cards.bore through/into 🔊 To build the tunnel they had to bore through solid rock.► see thesaurus at dig3[intransitive + into]LOOK AT if someone’s eyes bore into you, they look at you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable→ See Verb table
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bore• And it is not true that a girl decides in junior high that math is, like, so boring.• Not just resistant to the pitter patter of bored kiddie feet but immune to assaults from the outside as well.• There would be nothing more boring than the landslide that everyone predicted.• Twin towers bore the arms of the railway companies emblazoned upon them.• Those with earnings just above the tax threshold bore the heaviest burden of the flat rate tax as a proportion of income.bore somebody to death/tears• He was fond of her, although she bored him to death.• No, please no, you're not boring me to death.• You can not do a film about the importance of a freepress and bore you to death.bore through/into• My damp eyes bored through him.• Those with high energies, such as iron, would penetrate the craft and bore throughhumancells.• The eyes of the other children bore through me.• Posted in hugeletters on classroomwalls, the words bore intoplebes.• The drill is powerful enough to bore through solid rock.• He bored into the core of our command and control business, and was particularly masterful in assessingdeficiencies and correcting them.• But that evening, pulpmillworkerscrept beneath the building and bored through the floor and into the barrelsstored there.• One of the drillers was told if drilling started he would be bored through the ground.• They hatch out in 3-4 weeks and the larvaebore into the wood.
borebore3 ●●○ noun 🔊 🔊 1[singular]WANT something that is not interesting to you or that annoys you 🔊 Waiting is a bore. 🔊 You’ll find it’s a terrible bore.2[countable]BORING someone who is boring, especially because they talk too much about themselves or about things that do not interest you 🔊 He turned out to be a crashing bore (=used to emphasize that someone is very boring).3PMW[singular] the measurement of the width of the inside of a long hollowobject such as a pipe or the barrel of a gun 🔊 Take a length of piping with a bore of about 15 mm.12-/16-/20- etc bore 🔊 a 12-bore shotgunwide-/narrow-/fine- bore 🔊 a fine-bore tube4[singular] a wave of water that moves quickly along a river from the sea at particular times of the year 🔊 the Severn bore5TECTI[countable] a borehole