[ adverb ] and nothing more


only merely simply but


"I was merely asking" "it is simply a matter of time" "just a scratch" "he was only a child" "hopes that last but a moment"

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

`` We 're just real happy for the players '' , Coach Bill_Meek said of the 9 - 7 victory over the Air_Force_Academy .

`` He just lay back there and waited for it '' , Meek said .

(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)

Billy_Gardner 's line_double , which just eluded the diving Minnie_Minoso in left_field , drove_in Jim_Lemon with the winning run with two out in the last of the ninth to give the Minnesota_Twins a 6 - 5 victory over the Chicago_White_Sox Monday .

`` I'm just speculating , but I have_to think Jack feels he 's hurting Boston 's chances '' .

(The New York Times,...)

`` I knew it all_along '' , confessed Arnold with a grin , `` but I just happened to think how much nicer it would be to drop one way up there '' .

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bare bare bare

[ adverb ] indicating exactness or preciseness


exactly precisely


"he was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do" "it was just as he said--the jewel was gone" "it has just enough salt"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

`` Being at the polls was just like being at church .

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

`` Just our luck '' ! exclaimed Stram .

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

If he snatches a toy , she says , `` Caroline wants her own truck just as you do '' .

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

And of_course Larkin has just the thing they want .

He is willing to sell it just to get_it_off_his_hands .

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precise exact precise exact

[ adverb ] only a moment ago




"he has just arrived" "the sun just now came out"

Used in print

(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)

Just before game time , Robinson 's pretty wife , Connie informed him that an addition to the family can be expected late next summer .

Hansen arrived just before nightfall , two hours late , in company with Lee_MacPhail ; J._A._W._Iglehart , chairman of the Oriole board_of_directors , and Public_Relations_Director Jack_Dunn .

(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)

Just when it seems baseball might be losing its grip on the masses up pops heroics to start millions of tongues to wagging .


Since he has just shown who is top_dog , he may not be ready to receive this highest honor in the gift of the Soviet people .

(The Providence Journal...)

So the audience last night was all ears and eyes just after Act 2 , got a rousing opening chorus , `` Where's_Charley ? ''

[ adverb ] (intensifier) absolutely




"I just can't take it anymore" "he was just grand as Romeo" "it's simply beautiful!"

Used in print

(James Bryant Conant, Slums and Suburbs...)

One has_to talk confidentially with some of the directors of vocational high_schools to realize that a boy cannot just say , `` I want to be a plumber '' , and then , by doing good work , find a job .

(Edward Jablonski, Harold Arlen Happy with the Blues....)

Everett_Miller , then assistant director for the Garrick_Gaieties , a Theatre_Guild production , needed a lyricist for a song he had written ; he just happened not to need any actor at the moment , however .

After I would finish playing the songs , he 'd just go_away without a comment .

(Dell Shannon, The Ace of Spades....)

She 'd be through here , just no time at_all - leave this kind of thing ' way behind .

Yes , well , it 's a pity to spoil your girlish figure - which all those kittens would do anyway - but I think when you 've raised these we 'll just have the vet fix it so there won n't be any more .

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[ adverb ] by a small margin


"they could barely hear the speaker" "we hardly knew them" "just missed being hit" "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open" "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats

Used in print

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

There is a break in continuity just before the fourth variation in the `` Forellen '' movement , and I suspect that this is_due to imperfect splicing between sides of the original SPs .

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

They had traveled only a short distance when they spotted five Mexicans riding along a horse-trail across the stream just ahead of them .

With the first reports , Russell 's horse wheeled to the right and ran towards the buildings while Cook , followed by a hail of bullets , raced towards the arroyo of Salyer_'s_Canyon immediately in_front_of him , just reaching it as his horse fell .

(Marvin Schiller, "The Sheep's in the Meadow,"...)

At 7 : 25 two hotel doormen came thumping down the steps , carrying a saw-horse to be set_up as a barricade in_front_of the haberdashery_store window next to the entranceway , and as I watched them in their gaudy red coats that nearly scraped the ground , their golden , fringed epaulets and spic , red visored caps , I suddenly saw just over their shoulders Jessica gracefully making her way through the crowd .

(Richard Ferber, Bitter Valley....)

She glanced around the clearing , taking_in the wagon and the load of supplies and trappings scattered over the ground , the two kids , the whiteface bull that was chewing its cud just within the far reaches of the firelight .

[ adjective ] used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting


"a just and lasting peace"- A.Lincoln "a kind and just man" "a just reward" "his just inheritance"

Used in print

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

The great ultimate ends of religion have served as magnificent beacon_lights that lured people toward them with an almost irresistible force , mobilizing energies and inducing sacrifices ; for_example , the Crusades , mission efforts , just wars .

(Tristram Coffin, Not to the Swift....)

Perhaps it was right ; perhaps it was just .

[ adjective ] of moral excellence


good virtuous upright


"a genuinely good person" "a just cause" "an upright and respectable man" "the life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous"- Frederick Douglass

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[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 7401
[ adjective ] implying justice dictated by reason, conscience, and a natural sense of what is fair to all




"equitable treatment of all citizens" "an equitable distribution of gifts among the children"

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inequitable evenhanded

[ adjective ] free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; or conforming with established standards or rules




"a fair referee "fair deal" "on a fair footing" "a fair fight" "by fair means or foul"