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a piece of the action (informal) a share of profits, or of some activity.
à pied (French) on foot; by foot.
a posteriori proceeding from effect to cause or from observed particular instances to a generalization; inductive. (Cf. a priori.) [2 definitions]
a pretty penny (informal) a high price or large amount of money.
a priori proceeding from cause to effect or from the general to the particular; deductive. [3 definitions]
a roof over one's head a place to live; home; shelter.
a tempo in the same tempo as before (used as a musical direction after a slower or faster passage).
a tough nut to crack a problem or situation that is difficult to solve or cope with. [2 definitions]
a trifle a little bit; somewhat; slightly.
a whale of a (informal) an exceptionally large or fine example of a (class of objects or persons).
A-bomb an atomic bomb.
A-frame an upright supporting frame in the shape of an "A," or a house constructed with one or more such frames as its main structural supports.
A-O.K. (informal) perfectly fine; in excellent working order.
A.A. abbreviation of "Associate in Arts," an undergraduate degree conferred on a person who has completed a curriculum in the liberal arts.
A.B. abbreviation of "artium baccalaureus" (Latin); Bachelor of Arts.
A.D. abbreviation of "anno Domini" (Latin); in the year of the Lord, or since the birth of Jesus Christ (used in designating dates).
a.k.a. abbreviation of "also known as."
a.m. abbreviation of "ante meridiem" (Latin); the period from midnight until noon.
after a fashion in a limited or unsatisfactory manner.
all of a sudden suddenly; without warning.