One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An insect related to the grasshoppers. The male produces a characteristic rhythmical chirping sound.
Family Gryllidae: many genera and species, including the field cricket and the house cricket
- ‘Now they know that male crickets are able to make a high pitched sound which humans cannot hear.’
- ‘I kept tadpoles and frogs, raised orphaned birds successfully, learned to tell time by the sun, and the temperature by the rate at which crickets and katydids chirped.’
- ‘Cue audio: sounds of crickets chirping while the girls stare blankly at the camera and at each other.’
- ‘The only sounds were crickets chirping and the sound of cars driving around on other streets.’
- ‘This little guy likes to find his way inside grasshoppers, crickets and other plant-eating insects.’
- ‘The warm summer air whipped through Chris' open window blowing with it the sounds of crickets chirping.’
- ‘They also occasionally eat insects, especially grasshoppers, cicadas and crickets.’
- ‘Only the sounds of the watery ripples, chirping crickets, and the dirt under her feet disturbed the silence.’
- ‘Suddenly the sound of crickets chirping in the night filled the room.’
- ‘Only the sound of crickets chirping and grass swaying in the wind were heard.’
- ‘Insects such as the red locust, crickets, grasshoppers, and flying ants are collected in season and either fried with salt to make popular snacks or dried for later use.’
- ‘Besides birds, crickets and grasshoppers were his favorite animals.’
- ‘On its brightly lit glass shelves sit trays piled with crispy crickets, grasshoppers, other insects and worms.’
- ‘According to Walker, only male katydids and crickets strike up a tune, and when they do, they invariably have one thing on their mind: sex.’
- ‘She sniffed delicately as her ears moved to the sounds of crickets chirping.’
- ‘I've actually found grasshoppers and crickets that had been cooked in the greens because no one cleaned them first.’
- ‘They could only hear the sound of crickets chirping from outside the small privacy window of the room.’
- ‘The only sound heard was crickets, chirping their nightly tunes hidden somewhere in the darkness.’
- ‘Near the end of the film, there's a scene that has the sound of crickets chirping on the soundtrack, indicating it's taking place at night.’
- ‘I'm continuing with the list even though everyone seems to have abandoned me and left me with the sound of crickets chirping.’
Middle English: from Old French criquet, from criquer ‘to crackle’, of imitative origin.
An open-air game played on a large grass field with ball, bats, and two wickets, between teams of eleven players, the object of the game being to score more runs than the opposition.
Cricket is played mainly in Britain and in territories formerly under British rule, including Australia, South Africa, the West Indies, New Zealand, and the Indian subcontinent. The full game with two innings per side can last several days; shorter matches are usual at the amateur level and have become popular at the professional level since the 1960s‘a game of cricket’as modifier ‘a cricket bat’
- ‘When a Jamaican family moves in next door and build a cricket net in the back garden, David is thrilled.’
- ‘As we filled our pockets greedily, the family playing cricket in the wind looked at us strangely.’
- ‘He organised combined services rugby union and cricket teams to play against other countries.’
- ‘If you left home and the family wireless, you were in the cricket wilderness.’
- ‘Even if the cricket committee did want to go for a top name, it is not certain that the hard-up club would be able to agree to cough up the wages.’
- ‘Tarquin had an uncomplicated life centred around work, the cricket club and his family.’
- ‘I don't think I've heard of other chaps having a cricket pitch named after them.’
- ‘Byas is a down-to-earth bloke, as much at home on the family farm as he is in the cricket spotlight.’
- ‘A street in Saltaire has been named after one of cricket's greatest legends and a Shipley hero.’
- ‘The village has a good sports field with football and cricket teams.’
- ‘We spend a fair bit of time away from our families, not as much as the cricket boys, but you try to keep your family unit with you as much as you can.’
- ‘Darren fondly remembers those early days, playing backyard cricket with keen family and friends.’
- ‘The next, he was dead, his family in a mess and the cricket world in a state of shock and numbness.’
- ‘Though cricket brought her such name and fame, it is golf that runs in her family.’
- ‘He hails from a cricket loving family where all his brothers played the game at the highest level.’
- ‘A Bradford man who was beaten to death in the grounds of a cricket club is to have a special garden named after him.’
- ‘So many runs in three days of cricket can't be a good wicket for Test match cricket.’
- ‘Have countries gone to war and have people died in the name of cricket?’
- ‘He was murdered after he wandered off to play on swings as his family watched a cricket match in a park.’
- ‘The lack of patience from their batsmen has often been the bane of Bangladesh's cricket team.’
informal Something contrary to traditional standards of fairness or rectitude.
evil, sinful, immoral, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, bad, iniquitous, corrupt, black-hearted, ungodly, unholy, irreligious, unrighteous, sacrilegious, profane, blasphemous, impious, base, mean, vileView synonyms
- ‘At this point David Crystal couldn't help himself: ‘Oh I say, that's not cricket.’’
- ‘In my book, that constitutes bad manners and is just not cricket!’
- ‘FOR THE United Cricket Board of SA to move the Warriors franchise from Mercedes-Benz Park to Port Elizabeth after a grace period of one year is just not cricket.’
- ‘Persecution of Bangladesh is just not cricket.’
- ‘The shocking selection criteria it used to appoint him as its new chief executive officer is just not cricket.’
- ‘‘That's not cricket,’ was one of the dreadful cliches thrown at me as a errant child in Tasmania in the 1940s.’
- ‘It's just not cricket, not playing by the rules at all.’
- ‘Don't vote for me twice though, that's just not cricket.’
- ‘Blustering racial epithets simply is not cricket, and it's a positive move by the ICC to punish offenders.’
- ‘Complaining about the Red Cross is not nice, it's not cricket, and it's not done.’
- ‘‘It tells us that the old adage that ‘It's not cricket,’ which applied to just about everything in life, is no longer valid - and that's a real pity.’’
- ‘In cricket, no, it's not that you can't do that, it's you don't do that, that's just not cricket.’
- ‘This caused a considerable diplomatic and press furore and coined the term ‘It's not cricket!’’
- ‘And that, say my critics, is definitely not cricket.’
- ‘Critics will argue that such a deliberate attempt to dupe the press - especially by fellow journalists - is simply not cricket.’
- ‘Make of that what you will, but I reckon it's not cricket.’
- ‘But dropping a new ball in the rough - just not cricket, dear boy.’
- ‘And ignoring Colonel Philipps's military rank was not cricket either.’
- ‘In his view, what we have done to him is really not cricket.’
- ‘Proposals for the Lyons Lane ground are worrying nearby residents, who say it's just not cricket.’
Late 16th century: of unknown origin.
A low wooden stool; a footstool.
Mid 16th century: of uncertain origin.
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