noun

  • 1The first letter of the alphabet.

    1. 1.1 Denoting the first in a set of items, categories, sizes, etc.
    2. 1.2 Denoting the first of two or more hypothetical people or things.
      ‘suppose A had killed B’
    3. 1.3 The highest class of academic mark.
    4. 1.4Chess Denoting the first file from the left, as viewed from White's side of the board.
    5. 1.5 The first fixed quantity in an algebraic expression.
    6. 1.6"A" The human blood type (in the ABO system) containing the A agglutinogen and lacking the B.
  • 2A shape like that of a capital A.

    in combination ‘an A-shape’
    See also A-frame, A-line
  • 3Music
    The sixth note of the diatonic scale of C major.

    1. 3.1 A key based on a scale with A as its keynote.

Phrases

  • from A to B

    • From one's starting point to one's destination.

      ‘most road atlases will get you from A to B’
      • ‘She said: ‘People will still be able to get from A to B - it may just take them that bit longer.’’
      • ‘You could go from A to B directly, walking fast, neglecting the scenery, or instead you could choose to take your time.’
      • ‘It must also be rather boring and predictable sailing directly and single-mindedly from A to B to C.’
      • ‘Ask the ‘British Bobby’ for the nearest toilet or how to get from A to B, it is all part of his job.’
      • ‘How else would you get someone from A to B unless you've used an airplane?’
      • ‘People who need to travel from A to B will take an alternative route.’
      • ‘As well as finding you the best way from A to B, the operators can also provide an emergency and breakdown service.’
      • ‘The drivers are not concentrating and just going from A to B to distribute the goods.’
      • ‘I wanted to show people how to get from A to B in your life.’
      • ‘We need to put all the other things to one side and get from A to B safely at the appropriate speed.’
  • from A to Z

    • Over the entire range; completely.

      ‘make sure you understand the subject from A to Z’
      • ‘The process moves from A to Z without cutting corners.’
      • ‘The person has to fit from A to Z or else they're just not wanted.’
      • ‘Most of my work has been in the comedy genre, so it's a dream role to get a chance to play a character that has a trajectory from A to Z.’
      • ‘If you complete all the steps from A to Z, the mission is a success.’
      • ‘They moved in with a heavy barrage of speculation from A to Z.’
      • ‘Instead, the opposition wants an independent committee to oversee the election from A to Z.’
      • ‘They could argue about who was smarter, who the teachers liked best, anything from A to Z they could argue about.’
      • ‘Going through your list of accounts from A to Z won't really work.’
      • ‘It wouldn't be something I'd have to take from A to Z, point-by-point, and argue and describe.’
      • ‘If everything is explained to us, from A to Z, then even an idiot can grasp it.’
  • plan A

    • One's original plan or strategy.

      ‘plan A having gone horribly wrong, Ferguson used the interval to change his formation’
      Compare with plan B
      • ‘You've got to still have a Plan B if Plan A doesn't work.’
      • ‘Fortunately, I have appealing contingency plans, but still first I'll apply myself to plan A with all my strength.’
      • ‘This is plan A; this is what I plan to do.’
      • ‘Plan A had been for me to travel with Connie on the train, but there were no seats available.’
      • ‘We had a review in the first week of the work to see if plan A was still the best way forward.’
      • ‘Why not just carry on with Plan A as if nothing has happened?’
      • ‘We can't even resort to Plan B these days because we haven't got a Plan A!’
      • ‘Plan A, to propose on Detonator, backfired when she saw the ride on the website and refused to go on it.’
      • ‘Have a plan B in case plan A fails.’
      • ‘That's plan A, but I've a number of other plans.’
      • ‘I think the only reason you're back now is because Plan A disintegrated and I'm your contingency.’
      • ‘Plan A is actually just to turn up on the day and make it up.’
      • ‘You either continue with plan A, or you look at alternatives.’
      • ‘I don't know what plan A was, but it evidently failed.’
      • ‘Plan A, business as usual, is no longer a viable option.’
      • ‘We had Plan A and Plan B and Plan C.’
      • ‘Business as usual - Plan A - is clearly not working.’
      • ‘However, since football is now a 16-man game, he can bring on talented substitutes if plan A is not working.’
      • ‘If their coaches are talking differently October 1, you'll know Plan A didn't quite work.’