Confusing Words Clarified: Group T; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "T" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
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2. The determined or customary moment when something begins or ends: "It is now time for dinner after which there will be time to watch our favorite TV program before it is time to go to bed."
3. One's experiences during a specific event: "We had a great time at the tea yesterday afternoon."
4. A period or length of apprenticeship, training, or military service: "He served his time in the naval reserve and he was glad that he had the experience."
"I still have time before I complete my internship at the hospital."
Spring is the time to plant thyme in the garden.
2. A bloodsucking insect: "After she had gone outside to play, my cat came home with a tick on her neck that was difficult to remove."
"It is dangerous for people to get a tick bite because the tick may carry a disease; such as, Rocky Mountain spotted fever or Lyme disease."3. Primarily a British usage: a mark; such as, ✓ or ✔, which is used to show that something like an item on a list has been noted, done, etc.: "Put a tick (✓) next to each item on the list as you complete it."
4. Another British term indicating an agreement to pay for something after a period of time: "She bought her items on tick; that is, she promised to pay for the things later."
5. A British indication about the time it takes a clock to make one click, a second, or a very short time: "Her husband said he would be with her in a tick and she responded that she needed at least two ticks to be ready to go."
He felt a sudden tic in his left leg. When he looked down, he saw a tick on his leg. In a tick, he thought of applying a handful of salt on the tick and hoped that would make it drop off.
"I bought a one way ticket on the bus."
I bought a ticket to the meeting of the candidates so I could hear the complete ticket of each of those who were running for the office of mayor.
"Before I mailed the package, I made sure it was tied firmly with heavy string."
His boat was tied to the pier so the tide wouldn't take it out to sea.
Searching the library for the history of Tyre really will tire me out because I have to climb the ladder to explore the tier of books.
2. Fitting very close to the body: "His pants are too tight, so he needs to get a looser, more comfortable pair, before we can go."
3. A low supply; not easily available: "We can't afford to go on a vacation because money is just too tight since we're getting much less income."
My cousin was not tight when we first got together at the local pub and he treated us all to a drink. In fact, we sat tight until we all became tight and the bouncer, who was wearing tight trousers, told us that we had to leave.
The farmer was trying to till his rocky field when he came across a pile of till at the edge of river next to his field. He looked closely and found some gold nuggets which he took to the bank and asked that they be put in the till for safekeeping.
2. Wood used as a building material; lumber: "We went to the lumber yard and ordered the timber needed to build the shed."
3. A dressed piece of wood, especially a beam in a structure: "I used a nail to fasten the timber to the frame as we were building the shed."
His wife laughed at him when he was hammering the timber on to the front porch. He was singing at the time; and she said, the timbre of his voice was enough to scare away the crows.
"He seemed to experience a mental twinge of conscience when he realized what he had done."
The artist didn't seem to have a twinge of conscience when she decided to tinge the original painting of the sunset by adding a hint of orange.
When we were traveling to the tip of the island, the local guide gave us a tip about the staff of waiters at the hotel; for example, he suggested that we should be generous with our tip or the water pitcher on the table might "accidentally" tip over and spill into one of our laps.
She had a slight cut on the tissue of her upper arm; so, she used a paper tissue to stop the bleeding.
Her sports hero just won the title in the boxing competition. One would think that this title was a hereditary title because his father held the title before he did and together they even bought the title to some river front property.
"After work, we drove to the country for a picnic."2. A word used to indicate the end of an activity: "We came to the end of the story and had to return the book to the library."
3. Used to indicate that the following verb is in the infinitive form: "You asked why I like to swim. Well, that's a difficult question to answer."
"I decided to sell the car and the trailer, too."
"His teasing had gone too far and my sister was upset and was crying."
"The boy found only one or two pink shells on the beach."
I was too excited to realize that there would be two extra guests for dinner this evening.
Her father told the clerk that he wanted a couple of the pens and that he would give two to his daughter, too.
A toad was towed to another pond by hanging on to one of its long-toed feet.
Is it possible that being pigeon-toed is a strange condition since it could mean that someone is half pigeon and half toad?
"His career is toast because of this one little mistake in judgment.2. A person in desperate straits; someone who is doomed: "Just one little slip in this job and you're toast."
Here's a toast to bread without which we would not have toast with our breakfast and remember that a toast is one of the few things that can be eaten or drunk.