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a piece of the action (informal) a share of profits, or of some activity.
a whale of a (informal) an exceptionally large or fine example of a (class of objects or persons).
act of God in law, a sudden unforeseen event, esp. a natural disaster such as an earthquake, flood, or tornado, that is caused entirely by forces of nature and could not have been prevented.
Acts of the Apostles the fifth book of the New Testament, believed to have been written by Luke, that describes the work of Jesus Christ as it was carried on after his death by his apostles.
age of consent the age at which a person, usu. female, is legally considered to be competent to consent to sexual relations, used as a standard in determining whether statutory rape has occurred.
age of majority the age at which a person is granted by law the rights and responsibilities of an adult, such as liability under contract and the right to sue.
ahead of further toward the front than. [3 definitions]
ahead of time before the time of some event.
all of a sudden suddenly; without warning.
angle of incidence the angle that the line of movement of a body or of radiation, meeting a surface, makes with a line that is at right angles to the surface at the point of meeting.
angle of repose the greatest angle of incline at which sand, stones, soil, or the like will not slide or roll downhill.
anointing of the sick a Catholic sacrament in which a priest anoints a person who is in danger of imminent death, while praying for recovery and remission of sins; last rites.
apple of discord in Greek mythology, a golden apple that caused jealous discord among three goddesses and indirectly led to the Trojan War. [2 definitions]
apple of one's eye a person or thing that one holds dear or cherishes.
Arab Republic of Egypt see Egypt.
ark of the covenant according to the Old Testament, the sacred chest in which the ancient Hebrews carried the two stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments.
Articles of Confederation a document created in 1781 that served as a set of guidelines for governing the newly formed United States of America. The Articles of Confederation created a "firm league of friendship" among the thirteen original states and maintained the majority of power in states' hands. It was replaced by the U.S. Constitution in 1789.
as of beginning on; from.
at the drop of a hat without much provocation; easily.
at the end of one's rope at the limits of one's endurance or patience.