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'small hole or spot, point in time or space'
punctum, from pungere (
); partly from
a single fact, idea, or opinion that is part of an argument or discussion
That's a very interesting point.
There are three important points we must bear in mind.
This brings me to my next point.
I agree with John's point about keeping the costs down.
I'd like to
before I stop.
Some simple examples will
He showed me some of the original documents to
I understand it
and in general I agree with you.
have a point
I agree with your idea or opinion
take your point
about waiting until the spring.
I understand your idea or opinion
They spent the evening discussing
the finer points of
the small details of
the most important fact or idea
The point is
, at least we're all safely back home.
Nobody knows exactly how it works. That's
the whole point
He may not have stolen the money himself, but
that's not the point
I wish you'd
get to the point
talk about the most important thing
to the point
talk about the most important thing first
I need to find out who killed Alf, and
more to the point
what is more important
I need to do it before anyone else gets killed.
We all like him, but that's
beside the point
not the most important thing
I think you've
missed the point
you have not understood the most important thing
the purpose or aim of something
I suppose we could save one or two of the trees, but
what's the point
What's the point of this meeting anyway?
The whole point
of this legislation is to protect children.
There's no point in
We're going to lose anyway, so I
can't see the point of
didn't see the point in
moving to London.
a particular place or position
The accident happened at the point where the A15 joins the M1.
No cars are allowed beyond this point.
a border crossing point
Cairo is a convenient
Dover is a
point of entry
an exact moment, time, or stage in the development of something
in my career where I needed to decide which way to go.
got to the point where
she felt that she could not take any more.
Their win over old rivals Manchester United was the
in their season.
Sales reached a
We will take last week's riots as a
for our discussion.
At one point
, I thought he was going to burst into tears.
at this point
we should move onto some of the practical experiments.
At that point
, I was still living at home and had no job.
You will probably sell the car
at some point
in the future.
It is impossible to give a definite answer
at this point in time
Some children are bullied
to the point of
until they reach this stage
countable usually plural
a particular quality or feature that something or someone has
somebody's/something's good/bad points
Sometimes she had to remind herself of his good points.
They would spend hours discussing
the finer points
small details about qualities and features
of various cars.
The low price is one of its main
features that will help to sell it
Driving was not one of Baxter's
One of the club's
is that it is central.
There were some
in his argument.
one of the marks or numbers that shows your score in a game or sport
He is three points behind the leader.
Leeds United are now six points clear at the top of the table.
She had to
for a win and one point for a draw.
if you do not complete the puzzle on time.
The fight went the full fifteen rounds, and in the end the American
won on points
a sharp end of something
the sharp point of a spear
boiling point/freezing point/melting point etc
the temperature at which something boils, freezes, melts etc
Heat the water until it reaches boiling point.
the point of no return
a stage in a process or activity when it becomes impossible to stop it or do something different
reach/pass the point of no return
I was aware that we had passed the point of no return.
point of departure
an idea which you use to start a discussion
He takes the idea of personal freedom as his point of departure.
be on the point of (doing) something
to be going to do something very soon
I was on the point of giving up the search when something caught my eye in the bushes.
The country's economy is on the point of collapse.
up to a point
partly, but not completely
I agree with you up to a point.
That is true, but only up to a point.
to the point
dealing only with the important subject or idea, and not including any unnecessary discussions
Her comments were brief and to the point.
make a point of doing something
to do something deliberately, even when it involves making a special effort
He made a point of spending Saturdays with his children.
I always make a point of being early.
when/if it comes to the point
used to talk about what happens when someone is in a difficult situation and has to make a difficult decision
I'm sure that if it came to the point, he would do what is expected of him.
in point of fact
used when saying that something is true, although it may seem unlikely
We were assured that the prisoners were being well treated, when in point of fact they were living in terrible conditions.
not to put too fine a point on it
especially British English
used when you are saying something in a very direct way
She's lying, not to put too fine a point on it.
a sign (. ) used to separate a whole number from any
that follow it
measure on a scale
a mark or measure on a scale
The stock market has fallen by over 200 points in the last week.
a very small spot of light or colour
The stars shone like
points of light
in the sky.
one of the marks on a
that shows direction
Soldiers were advancing on us from all points of the compass.
piece of land
a long thin piece of land that stretches out into the sea
We sailed round the point into a small, sheltered bay.
a piece of plastic with holes in it which is attached to a wall and to which electrical equipment can be connected
a telephone point
an electrical point
a piece of railway track that can be moved to allow a train to cross over from one track to another
The train rattled over the points.
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