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Definition of wolf noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

wolf

 noun
noun
NAmE//wʊlf//
 
(pl. wolves
NAmE//wʊlvz//
 
)
 
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  • a large wild animal of the dog family, that lives and hunts in groups a pack of wolves
  • Idioms to call for help when you do not need it, with the result that when you do need it people do not believe you
    keep the wolf from the door (informal)
     
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    to have enough money to avoid going hungry; to stop someone feeling hungry
    a lone wolf
     
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    a person who prefers to be alone
    throw somebody to the wolves
     
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    to leave someone to be roughly treated or criticized without trying to help or defend them
    a wolf in sheep's clothing
     
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    a person who seems to be friendly or harmless but is really an enemy
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: wolf