small; scanty, skimpy, inadequate, trifling, negligible, piddling; poor, empty, unfulfilling, unsatisfying, dissatisfying.
3. hackneyed, banal, trite, overdone, Inf. bromidic, platitudinous, Inf. corny; tired, played out, Inf. old-hat, old as the hills, warmed-over; unimaginative, unoriginal, stale, insipid, jejune, uninspired; prosaic, prosy, dull, boring, SI. ho-hum, uninteresting, tedious, monotonous, dry, dry-as-dust; conventional, matter-of-fact, humdrum, commonplace, ordinary, workaday, wonted; stock, familiar, stereotyped.
4. shabby, dingy, sorry, wretched; seedy, disheveled, slovenly, unkempt, slatternly, untidy; forlorn, desolate, dreary, dismal, sad, pathetic, pitiful; impecunious, penniless, destitute, Inf on one's uppers, in bad or tough shape.
threadlike, adj. thready, fibrous, filamentous, fibri-form, piliform, fibrillar, fibrilliform; stringy, wiry, ropy, attenuated, drawn out; fine, thin, slender, narrow; winding, twisting, meandering, circuitous, tortuous, sinuous.
threat, n. 1. warning, intimidation, commination, caution, caveat, alarm, Archaic, alarum, notice, word to the wise, saber-rattling.
2. menace, danger, peril, risk, hazard, jeopardy; time bomb, bomb, sleeping volcano, sword of Damocles, quicksand.
3. omen, forewarning, foreboding, portent, evil portent, premonition; bird of ill omen, Cassandra, handwriting on the wall, gathering clouds, clouds on the horizon, brewing storm.
threaten, v. 1. menace, endanger, imperil, frighten, scare, terrify, alarm, fill with unease; warn, put on one's guard, caution, give fair warning, Inf. tip off, comminate; intimidate, daunt, terrorize, cow; browbeat, bully, thunder at, yell at, fulminate, read the riot act; snarl, growl, rattle one's sabers, bark; lower, glower, scowl.
2. tower over, hang over, beetle; impend, loom, be imminent; portend, bode, forebode, presage, forewarn; augur, foreshadow, be in the air, be in the offing.
threatening, adj. menacing, frightening, terrifying, intimidating, minacious; dangerous, perilous, hazardous, risky, chancy; looming, imminent, in the air, in the offing, in the wings, pending, impending, portending, boding, foreboding, ominous, lowering.
threnody, n. dirge, requiem, funeral song, burial hymn, threnode, Rom. Cath. Ch. trenal, Dies Irae; elegy, lament, lamentation, keen, epicedium, monody, ululation, jeremaid, Scot., Irish, coronach.
thresh, v. 1. thrash, flail, separate the grain from the chaff; gin, seed, pit, remove the seeds from.
2. flog, lash, switch, birch, scourge, flagellate, Inf lace; whip, horsewhip, curry, strap, cowhide, Inf. tan [s.o.'s] hide; cane, bastinado, cudgel, fustigate; spank, paddle, beat [s.o.'s] bottom; beat, batter, pommel, pummel, pelt, lay on, baste, Inf lambaste, Inf. thump, Inf trim, Inf. whale, Inf. whale the tar out of, SI. whump, SI. paste, Archaic, belabor.
3. thresh out or
over work out, settle, Inf. iron out; discuss, talk over, haggle, dicker, Inf. hash out, SI. hassle out; go over, go through, review, SI. hash over; debate, moot. Inf. kick around.
4. thrash, thrashing, threshing, flogging, lashing, whipping, spanking, Inf. tanning; beating, battering, pounding, pommeling, pummeling, pelting, going over, basting, SI. pasting.
threshold, n. 1. doorsill, sill, groundsill, groundsel, ground beam, ground plate; doorway, door, portal, hatch, Fr. porte; gate, gateway, postern; stile, turnstile, wicket; entrance, entryway, entry, entrde, inlet, ingress, approach, opening.
My Account / Test History
If we begin a sentence with here or there, we put the whole verb before the subject, if this is a noun.
- Here comes Mrs Foster (not I here Mrs Foster comes)
There goes your brother.
- Here she comes There he goes
This structure is possible with some other short adverbs like down, up.
So I stopped the car, and up walked a policeman.
In descriptive writing and story-telling, other adverbs of place can come at the beginning of a clause, followed by verb + subject.
- Under a tree was sitting the biggest man I have ever seen.
On the bed lay a beautiful young girl.
In books, the subject often comes after verbs like said, asked in reporting direct speech.
- What do you mean ?' asked Henry
If the subject is a pronoun, it comes before the verb.
'What do you mean?' he asked