Definition of body in US English:


nounPlural bodies

  • 1The physical structure of a person or an animal, including the bones, flesh, and organs.

    ‘it's important to keep your body in good condition’
    as modifier ‘body temperature’
    • ‘Elena is unique among humans, not merely because of her wings, but because of her body structure.’
    • ‘The dry period is an important opportunity for the animal to recharge her body reserves prior to calving.’
    • ‘Bourgeois reforms differentiated human bodies from animal bodies and animal pleasures.’
    • ‘Guidelines from the Royal College of Pathologists allow mortuary technicians to dissect bodies and remove organs in the absence of the pathologist.’
    • ‘The western medical model tells us that the body consists of organ and hormonal systems.’
    • ‘Forensic anthropology is primarily concerned with identifying bodies through examining their bones and any flesh that remains.’
    • ‘We're basically conditioning our physical bodies to run with our spirits when we cast away the mundane and fly into the world of ritual.’
    • ‘The only reason dragons could kill these creatures was because they do have physical bodies, and that body can be slain.’
    • ‘This network has been borrowed many times in the course of evolution to build new structures in animal bodies.’
    • ‘This type of lung cancer grows more quickly and is more likely to spread to other organs in the body.’
    • ‘Loss of libido may be caused by physical changes to your body as a result of cancer treatment.’
    • ‘They are organs without bodies, rather than bodies without organs.’
    • ‘It can also occur as a normal response to a low body temperature caused by exposure to the cold.’
    • ‘It most often affects the brain and liver, but it can hurt all organs of the body.’
    • ‘The shape of our bodies and their organs, our hormones and the brain centers that control them, determine our sex.’
    • ‘The more evolved and healthy the human body is, the greater the number of crystalline structures found throughout the physical and subtle bodies.’
    • ‘While human bodies have skeletons of bones, our cells have a framework made of a filamentous network.’
    • ‘Their physical bodies and ethical convictions were put to the test on a daily basis.’
    • ‘Relief workers say there is a high danger of epidemics because many bodies and rotting animal carcasses have not yet been disposed of.’
    • ‘Most of us have been taught to think of our body as a physical structure, isolated from everything else.’
    anatomy, figure, frame, form, shape, build, physique, framework, skeleton, bones, flesh and bones
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    1. 1.1 The trunk apart from the head and the limbs.
      ‘the blow almost severed his head from his body’
      • ‘There were bodies that were broken and burnt; bodies with missing limbs.’
      • ‘She had to hold her body still while her limbs snapped around her as if they were made of string.’
      • ‘In order to make her man happy, the mermaid has false limbs attached to her body which render her unable to swim.’
      • ‘A pregnant woman needs exercise to keep her body and limbs supple and agile to ensure easy labour.’
      • ‘His body and limbs were made of tree branches, his head was made of a large fir-cone and he had hair made out of leaves.’
      • ‘The three continued to entangle themselves, and at times appeared literally as a pile of limbs and bodies constantly churning.’
      • ‘Hundreds of limbs protruded from its body and two large black wings were folded on its back.’
      • ‘The normally calm, sleepy pool at Dalry was a mass of thrashing flippers, heaving bodies and random limbs.’
      • ‘This does not mean that they put their arms on the floor, but rather they should be kept close to their main bodies.’
      • ‘Her arms suddenly locked his limbs to her body, and she pointed a gun straight at his temple.’
      • ‘They are in fact hacked apart: heads without bodies, horses without legs and hooves and dismembered riders.’
      • ‘This almost always involves shooting the offender in the trunk of the body!’
      • ‘This group developed elongated bodies and reduced limbs as an adaptation to a completely aquatic existence.’
      • ‘Soon, we were all laughing until we collapsed on the sun warmed wood of the old dock, limbs and bodies piled haphazardly on each other.’
      • ‘Secondary infection may occur as a result of bites being scratched, although bites may also become infected by the bacteria carried on the bodies or limbs of the lice or in their faeces.’
      • ‘The entire body and limbs were covered with a thick fine hair or wool curling tightly to the skin.’
      • ‘Symptoms range from slowness of movement, stiffness of the body and limbs, and tremors.’
      • ‘He recalls how his body ached, his limbs went limp and he was too weak to walk.’
      • ‘Small rodents with cylindrical bodies and short limbs, adapted for burrow-living.’
      • ‘Occasionally heads sit oddly on their bodies, and swollen limbs meet their trunks awkwardly.’
      torso, trunk, chest, stomach, middle
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    2. 1.2 A corpse.
      ‘they found his body washed up on the beach’
      • ‘I realized today that, all week, I've been referring to the dead I've seen as bodies and corpses.’
      • ‘He emphasizes that their dead bodies, their corpses, will fall in the wilderness.’
      • ‘The pair were drowned, their bodies found washed up on the shore near Viareggio on August 14th 1822.’
      • ‘Steph recounted the sadness of having to tell the wife and daughter of a Sri Lankan hotelier that his dead body had been washed up.’
      • ‘He wraps her in a sheet like a corpse and carries her body to the abandoned abbey near the manor.’
      • ‘Rhea untangled herself from the arms of the headless body and pushed the corpse aside.’
      • ‘One of the bodies washed on to the shore was that of Arthur Ball.’
      • ‘They ran over the dead grass, now strewn with dead bodies and corpses.’
      • ‘You know, the case is more complicated than her body washing up a mile from his boat.’
      • ‘I think that was the case the moment the bodies washed up in the San Francisco Bay.’
      • ‘Rescuers on naval boats were searching for bodies that were washed away from the scene of accident, Reddy said.’
      • ‘They didn't arrest Scott until April 18, when the bodies washed up in the bay.’
      • ‘Behind him, she hopped from corpse to corpse, looting the bodies.’
      • ‘After more than a week, two bodies were washed up on the shore.’
      • ‘Last March, near the south coast of England town of Eastbourne, a body washed ashore.’
      • ‘Then for the next 8 hours during the second stage I evacuated corpses or dead bodies.’
      • ‘Her body washed up on a beach 20 miles away from Nazare last Saturday and a funeral was held last Wednesday.’
      • ‘Silverdale, where some of the bodies washed ashore, is a beautiful spot.’
      • ‘There are still tens of thousands missing, their bodies presumed to be washed out to sea.’
      • ‘The blood from the dead vampires had been washed away and the bodies were no where to be seen.’
      corpse, dead body, cadaver, carcass, skeleton, remains, relics
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    3. 1.3 The physical and mortal aspect of a person as opposed to the soul or spirit.
      ‘a duality of body and soul’
      • ‘Shouldn't they be allowed to legally tie themselves together as well as in spirit and body?’
      • ‘She is ready in body, mind and soul for the moment her meteorologists tell her the time is right.’
      • ‘Learning this technique will give your style strength and teach you how to truly connect with music, mind body and spirit.’
      • ‘We were aware of his failing human body, yet his spirit remained strong.’
      • ‘It's taking everything I can muster to keep body, mind and soul together.’
      • ‘But coalition forces often appear to be there more in body than in spirit.’
      • ‘It must be utilised to indulge in something that is good for body, mind and spirit.’
      • ‘It taught me how to work always to bring mind and body and spirit together and the beauty of music.’
      • ‘Develop an ability to closely observe the interplay between body and spirit in a non-judgemental way.’
      • ‘Both are two of the most grueling tests of the human spirit and body on the planet.’
      • ‘Very much there in body and spirit will be the security services from all over the world.’
      • ‘It is their desire that the message of their music would bring New Life to your spirit, soul and body.’
      • ‘Holistic health care is a perfect technique for the nourishment of mind, body and spirit.’
      • ‘The teachings show that our spirit and body are infinitely connected to all the things around us.’
      • ‘Against massive physiological trauma the human body and spirit still fights for life with all it's got!’
      • ‘It is a non-human movement that perhaps can awaken a movement within the human spirit and body.’
      • ‘I watched his friends carry him up Wembley Way, determined he should get there in body if not in spirit.’
      • ‘We offer ourselves to you in body, mind and spirit - for your service and the service of our country.’
      • ‘First, let me assure you that Her Royal Highness is of sound mind, body and spirit!’
      • ‘The prolonged suffering of the Irish peasantry had broken the survivors in body and spirit.’
    4. 1.4informal A person's body regarded as an object of sexual desire.
      ‘he was just after her body’
      • ‘He was finally bored with her youthful prettiness and desired her body no longer.’
      • ‘Finally we might be able to explore our thoughts, our desires, our bodies, and be open about it too.’
    5. 1.5dated, informal A person, often one of a specified type or character.
      ‘a motherly body’
      • ‘There were two main bodies interested, one a builder from Castlebar, the other in the same trade from Westport.’
      fellow, thing, individual, soul, character, creature, wretch
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  • 2The main section of a car or aircraft.

    ‘the body of the aircraft was filled with smoke’
    • ‘It looked prehistoric, with its long nose and tail section and armour-plated body.’
    • ‘The caravan was extensively damaged by the collision with the main body separated from the axle.’
    • ‘Taking up so much of the roof area, it has to stay sealed with the glass permanently in place to maintain the car's body rigidity.’
    • ‘It was then alleged that there was a brief dispute there with a group of four other workers and a foreman, who were handling the car bodies and were about to finish the setup work.’
    • ‘One car has a little bit different style body than the other car.’
    • ‘The designs in question were designs for spare parts for cars, including body panels.’
    • ‘They loaded the bodies on to military aircraft to take home to their families.’
    • ‘I saw a portion of the engine and the wing separate from the main body of the aircraft.’
    • ‘However, within the Faraday cage of a Peugeot 307 car body, it doesn't perform.’
    bodywork, hull, fuselage, outer casing
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  • 3The main or central part of something, especially a building or text.

    ‘information that changes regularly is kept apart from the main body of the text’
    • ‘The Scotch Blue bottle has a slender neck and a cylindrical main body, as has Ballantine's.’
    • ‘This is followed by the plaiting of the 12 strand main body of the outside surface of the whip.’
    • ‘But you can't tackle that without bringing people into the body of the main culture.’
    • ‘The main body of the house was two storeys high, with a central tower adding a third level.’
    • ‘As indicated in the main body of the text Schedule 4 of the Competition Act 1998 is to be repealed.’
    • ‘Indexing flats on the tailcap and main body of the light make this easy to do, even in darkness.’
    • ‘Most fossil crinoids have the main visceral body raised above the sea floor by a stem, also called a stalk or column.’
    • ‘An online version of the print article may include only the text from the body of the article.’
    • ‘Plenty of them are either next door to the landlord or, indeed, within the body of the main house itself.’
    • ‘The board apologised for the error, but added the instructions were correct further on in the main body of the text.’
    • ‘This requirement has been withdrawn from the final report, although it remains within the body of the text.’
    • ‘The main body is made from silk and then the mosquito nets are pleated and ruched over the top.’
    • ‘Does the main body of text immediately follow the title, or does it begin on the next page?’
    • ‘Mr Miles was able to turn the clock body and the main column but then had to fashion the square base, carve four lion heads to go on the base and a crown to go on the top.’
    • ‘In many cases more detailed descriptions are to be found in the body of the text.’
    • ‘Curiously, there is no attempt to integrate these points into the main body of the text.’
    • ‘Headings in bold type naturally lead the eye to the photo captions contained within the body of the text.’
    • ‘The main body of the house had been gutted, but the pavilions remained intact.’
    • ‘If it is possible to include the appropriate text in the body of the e-mail message itself, great.’
    • ‘The bad weather and choppy waves meant the ice was breaking up; the piece of ice they were on had broken away from the main body.’
    main part, principal part, central part, core, heart, hub, nub, kernel
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    1. 3.1 The part of an email containing the message, as opposed to information such as the subject and sender.
      ‘put your name, address, and daytime phone number in the email's body’
      Compare with header (sense 4)
      • ‘No attachments need to be opened to start the virus spreading, only the email itself - the code is embedded in the body of the email.’
      • ‘Comments must be contained in the body of the message; do not send attached files.’
      • ‘Although the body of your email takes second place to its colorful and exciting subject line, you should still spend a significant amount of effort writing and working on it.’
      • ‘The email server searches through the body of the message for specific URLs that have been cultivated from a large sample of spam.’
      • ‘Submit your materials as plain text (ASCII) or in rich text format in the body of an e-mail message.’
      • ‘Place your cursor in the body of your email message’
  • 4A large or substantial amount of something; a mass or collection of something.

    ‘a rich body of Canadian folklore’
    ‘large bodies of seawater’
    • ‘However, a healthy body of evidence would appear to contradict my assertion.’
    • ‘It's hard to believe that someone with such an extensive body of work is only just now putting out his first album.’
    • ‘It is the corporate media who has and continues to influence and control the minds of the mass body of people in the United States.’
    • ‘We will face the shadow side of American power by examining the growing body of evidence for cover-up and complicity.’
    • ‘The collection of such large bodies of data limits the social and biological variables that can be recorded.’
    • ‘If such a body of belief exists, I would totally reject it, as would all of my friends.’
    • ‘I've heard very few that are actually as compelling as the artist's main body of work.’
    • ‘His lengthy introduction is an ominous, unworthy and unrepresentative opening to an impressive body of work.’
    • ‘With Horace the body of criticism is a veritable totem pole whose foundation goes back to ancient times.’
    • ‘These are examples of a growing body of research that suggests humans have an affinity towards nature.’
    • ‘Legal codes are huge bodies of code on which very little garbage collection has been performed.’
    • ‘Finally, there is a five-metre body of water that I'll inelegantly call a flop pool.’
    • ‘Anyway if you regard the body of work on the album ignoring the College Dropout theme this album is way ahead of the pack.’
    • ‘It's clear that it would a strategic body of water to block, but why is it apparently so easy to do it?’
    • ‘There are some which have a general and almost constant operation upon the collective bodies of society.’
    • ‘I admit I respect his body of work but every now and then I'll send him an e-mail just to wind him up.’
    • ‘A vast body of evidence from previously unavailable sources has been collected.’
    • ‘Different bodies of water have different amounts of salt mixed in, or different salinities.’
    • ‘The Troumassee river once existed as a significant body of water with an abundance of aquatic life.’
    • ‘So while you want someone who will compile a comprehensive body of work, you do not want that person to overdo it.’
    expanse, mass, area, stretch, region, tract, breadth, sweep, extent, aggregate, accumulation, concretion, accretion
    quantity, amount, volume, collection, proportion, mass, corpus
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    1. 4.1 A group of people with a common purpose or function acting as an organized unit.
      ‘a regulatory body’
      ‘international bodies of experts’
      • ‘No body of MPs is likely to vote against the view of the British electorate, even assuming it had the theoretical power to do so.’
      • ‘With sovereignty diffused from the king's body out into the multiple bodies of the nation, the old codes of readability broke down and new ones had to be elaborated.’
      • ‘And I even think that it is only from a body of good followers that good leaders are likely to arise.’
      • ‘Once upon a time you could negotiate but now it seems some sort of ruling body covers all the cars at Don Muang.’
      • ‘We have inducted fresh faces, critics among them, into UMNO's main bodies, including the governing supreme council.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the two main farm bodies are to meet with the banks and finance companies to discuss the impact of the severe weather on farmers.’
      • ‘Disputes arise from time to time between state education authorities and religious bodies because of the desire of the latter to have their own schools within the state system.’
      • ‘Public bodies, apart from the council, which support them do so on the basis they will continue as community groups.’
      • ‘The principal bodies will be examined in Chapter 5, with a particular focus on the main treaty-monitoring bodies.’
      • ‘Some form of hybrid body that was distinct from both central and local government seemed to offer an ideal solution.’
      • ‘Most medical bodies apart from the BMA are underresourced and naive when it comes to public relations.’
      • ‘Hcuk is the main representative body uniting over half a million Hindus in the UK.’
      • ‘The state has to realise the corporate bodies cannot function like charitable organisations.’
      • ‘Affinity groups form the basic decision-making bodies of mass actions.’
      • ‘A major distinguishing characteristic of advisory bodies is their independence.’
      • ‘Maddy Jago is Chief Officer of the New Forest Committee, an umbrella organisation representing all the main bodies that care for the forest.’
      • ‘The decision to support it has not been taken by any of the collective bodies of the Russian Academy of Science.’
      • ‘He holds positions in five public bodies and organisations, and owns a flat in Sha Tin held under his wife's name.’
      • ‘The country's two main farming bodies are involved in a race to provide cheaper phone calls to their members.’
      • ‘The Sporting Trust is an independent body that organises sporting functions to raise money for cancer.’
      association, organization, group, grouping, party, band, company, society, club, circle, fellowship, partnership, fraternity, syndicate, guild, federation, confederation, bloc, corporation, contingent, coterie, clique
      majority, preponderance, greater part, major part, main part, best part, better part, lion's share, bulk, mass, generality
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  • 5technical often with adjective A distinct material object.

    ‘the path taken by the falling body’
    • ‘At this point Aristotle observes that substances - material bodies - are in a sense composite.’
    • ‘The laws predict the mutual force between all bodies of mass, but they cannot explain that force.’
    • ‘One contains constrained bodies that fall slowly, the other pendulums that repeat their motions again and again.’
    • ‘OK, the earth and Venus, they're roughly an earth mass, so there's clearly a distribution of bodies of different masses.’
    • ‘Apples fall to the ground; so do material objects and unsupported bodies.’
    object, entity, item, piece of matter
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  • 6A full or substantial quality of flavor in wine.

    • ‘But it's the structure and body of this wine that really make it stand out.’
    • ‘I prefer to choose my wine pairing not on colour but on texture and body.’
    • ‘It proved an excellent choice; full of intense flavours with a rich, warm body.’
    • ‘Hallmarks of quality are fullness of body, balance of acidity, and persistence of flavour.’
    • ‘Light in colour and light in body, it is a really approachable wine.’
    • ‘The wine itself is rather fuller in body and more alcoholic than Chianti, reflecting its warmer production zone.’
    • ‘They describe the teas in terms of light, medium, and full body as well as in terms of taste.’
    1. 6.1 Fullness or thickness of a person's hair.
      ‘designed to add body to limp and straight hair’
      • ‘It will also remove a great deal of the fullness and the body from the hair giving it a sleeker look.’
      fullness, solidity, density, thickness, firmness, substance, mass
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  • 7(in pottery) a clay used for making the main part of ceramic ware, as distinct from a glaze.

    • ‘Transfer printing permitted the rapid and exact replication of detailed designs on a variety of ceramic bodies.’
    • ‘In Siraj's ceramics, this body is in clay, bearing several forms and colours within it.’
    • ‘The ceramics section has dealt with processes for clay body formulation for various uses.’

verbbodies, bodying, bodied

[with object]
  • 1body something forthformal Give material form to something abstract.

    ‘he bodied forth the traditional Prussian remedy for all ills’
    • ‘Actors body it forth, personify, animate, amplify, isolate and expand gestures, emotions, exclamations, revelations and silences.’
    • ‘In the novel or drama, the writer is able not only to enact his visions of life in the imagination, but, by bodying them forth in external words and acts, to possess them for reflection.’
    • ‘Their potentialities call forth our own, and in the dialogue of which I have spoken, we discover our own inner vision by bodying them forth.’
    • ‘The artist will draw it into himself as if with a deep breath from an infinite distance, exalt it, and body it forth.’
    • ‘This amounts to reading lines - not bodying them forth, as Actors do, but simply intoning them.’
    • ‘He not only told of the kingdom of God, he bodied it forth.’
    • ‘They have bodied it forth in deed and in accomplishment.’
    • ‘Matter exists only spiritually and to represent some idea, and body it forth.’
    • ‘But the experience of writing about and depicting these dramatic incidents is at least as important as their origins, because the novelist bodies them forth, comments upon them, reacts to them; he learns for them and gives them both form and meaning, rather like, in a simpler way, expressing words in anger sometimes relives feelings and sometimes exacerbates them.’
    • ‘In the triple pun, ` And there, the Matter ends,’ the fictive ` I’ experiences a new death by losing his soul as well as his identity in the depths of despair, the curtain is rung down on the bad dream along with all the legal theatricalities that bodied it forth, and the poem destroys itself in a tour de force.’
    • ‘He concludes that we should regard the individual as ‘organism plus environment’ and that the creation and maintenance of a life project is foremost a process of ‘bodying it forth’ in the multi-relational emergence of life.’
    • ‘The men and cows, the hens, horses and sheep are of the selfsame order as those which the American school boy draws upon his slate, but there is abundant evidence of close observation, of a humor far keener and broader than the power of expression which bodies it forth.’
    • ‘It would seem that he had a certain experience with regard to the nature of matter and bodied it forth in the idiom and thought images of the age in which he had grown up.’
    • ‘Looking out over the city I could contain it all, contain it and body it forth.’
    • ‘Its deficiency lies, however, in failing to recognise that the Universality we encounter in sense-perception has features which go far beyond what is given in the encounters in question, and are sometimes so categorial that no set of such encounters can ever adequately body them forth.’
  • 2Build the bodywork of (a motor vehicle)

    ‘an era when automobiles were bodied over wooden frames’
    • ‘This was a most notable motorcar and was the first fibreglass bodied car.’
    • ‘At this year's SAE show, Allegheny wowed attendees by displaying one of the rare stainless steel bodied 1960 Thunderbirds it built in cooperation with Ford.’
    • ‘Local interest is in the shape of Mark Fennell from Bristol and Glastonbury's Keith White, both using the Corrado bodied cars in the Super Silhouette class.’
    • ‘There was a wicker bodied car made in Europe in 1924.’
    • ‘The Vanquish and DB9 are sports coupés of roughly the same size, both aluminium bodied and powered by the same 5.9 litre V12 engine.’
    • ‘Last week I recalled that the New York Museum of modern art has kept a Farina bodied Italian car as an example of what they called ‘sculpture in movement.’’
    • ‘This year he would have been one of four with the classic Pininfarina bodied coupe.’
    • ‘Toyota first imported the T - 100 and as the market found it lacking heft and zip it was replaced in 1999 by the U.S. bodied, import-engined Tundra.’
    • ‘It is a hand-built fiberglass bodied proof-of-concept car, designed to signal DC's intended production methods.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the 10,000 hp, jet powered, saloon bodied car, Fireforce will make a return appearance at the base.’
    • ‘Last week I wrote about a wicker bodied car made in Europe in 1924.’
    • ‘Unlike some competitors, which overdose you with their looks, this Bertone bodied Maserati is restrained understatement.’


  • body and soul

    • Involving every aspect of a person; completely.

      ‘the company owned them body and soul’
      • ‘Ruth Barrett's Aerobic Praise class takes place at Toothill Church and promises to literally provide a workout for the body and soul.’
      • ‘They were the happiest years, through and through my whole body and soul.’
      • ‘Vocal Liam Hayton put body and soul into the rearguard action but Harrogate stretched ahead with a converted try after a catalogue of errors in defence.’
      • ‘Be it a pilgrimage or just a sightseeing trip, travelling to a new environ is sure to refresh one's mind, body and soul.’
      • ‘Right now, he's wasting no time in preparing body and soul for what could be the biggest fight of his life - an attempt to return to the glory days of Death Row.’
      • ‘It was desperate and helpless and came from somewhere deep inside her in huge loud sobs that racked her entire body and soul.’
      • ‘It is the time when everyone likes to unleash the child in them who loves to splash in puddles or just sit back and allow the tiny drops of rain sooth his body and soul.’
      • ‘Committed body and soul to the role, he finds all the humble humanity of Braddock.’
      • ‘The carnage and corruption of boxing harm body and soul.’
      • ‘I will never fear for my daughter at street corners, because the song has infected her, body and soul.’
      completely, entirely, totally, utterly, fully, thoroughly, wholeheartedly, unconditionally, unrestrictedly, one hundred per cent, in all respects, to the hilt, all the way
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  • in a body

    • All together; as a group.

      ‘they departed in a body’
      • ‘Yesterday was the first time boys from the Primary School came over to the College in a body to see the Founder's Day ceremony.’
      • ‘Each tribe marched in a body and close to each other so that none might be left behind, nor was there any straggling allowed.’
      • ‘In practice, we explore this threshold, this place where old and new meet in a body.’
      • ‘Peasants were often mustered by priest or bailiff to vote in a body.’
      together, all together, as a group, in a body, as one, as a whole, in a mass, wholesale
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  • keep body and soul together

    • Stay alive, especially in difficult circumstances.

      ‘do you think a man can keep body and soul together by selling coconuts?’
      • ‘And to keep body and soul together, they have to earn.’
      • ‘In Anna's own words she received ‘enough for an apple and an egg’ - enough to keep body and soul together for one more day.’
      • ‘Of course, they also take care of papa's business of drug dealing and other nefarious schemes to keep body and soul together in the manner to which papa has made them accustomed.’
      • ‘Very few individuals and organisations take the trouble of even conducting a survey or identifying poor Muslims of rural areas who wage a daily battle to win a war of survival to keep body and soul together.’
      • ‘I don't have to be ashamed of what I do and I keep body and soul together.’
      • ‘I think women and men both are interested today in the main things that are important to keep body and soul together, so to speak.’
      • ‘There is a more defined balance in his life - one which led him to call a halt to endless touring schedules four years ago, recognising it as a less than ideal recipe to keep body and soul together.’
      • ‘He is busy hoarding our money - money that belongs to taxpayers - in the bank, while people are being forced to borrow to stay alive, to keep body and soul together.’
      • ‘Generations past, grateful for anything to keep body and soul together, would not have understood the gripes of middle class types with the ability to ‘downshift.’’
      • ‘In the early 1950s she returned to Edinburgh, set up Ancona Films in her flat in Rose Street, shot some superb short documentaries, kept body and soul together by working as a medical locum and met Edinburgh-born Pirie.’
      survive, live, stay alive, exist, eke out an existence, endure
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  • over my dead body

    • informal Used to emphasize that one opposes something and would do anything to prevent it from happening.

      ‘she moves into our home over my dead body’
      • ‘‘That will be done over my dead body,’ said Sensenbrenner in an interview.’
      • ‘I can guarantee you one thing, anybody I know who wants to spend money at Fineline motorcycles is going to have to do so over my dead body.’
      • ‘At some point during his long, intolerant career, he must have said, ‘They'll legalize homosexuality over my dead body.’’
      • ‘For his part, the Fulham manager, Chris Coleman, insisted his prized striker was going nowhere and said: ‘He'll be sold over my dead body.’’
      • ‘As one business leader said to me last week: ‘He will do this over my dead body.’’
      • ‘If you want me to have an examination done, it'll be over my dead body.’
      • ‘‘They'll walk away with the windows over my dead body,’ said a senior source in the company.’
      • ‘I tell the House that it is on record that the Prime Minister has said: ‘That road will go through my electorate over my dead body.’’
      • ‘That bastard will have to go over my dead body to ask for my Jenny's paw.’
      • ‘And unless they change that character's name and are willing to protect my father's reputation, I will not allow this movie to be made - over my dead body.’


Old English bodig, of unknown origin.