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Definition of nine number from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

nine

 number
number
NAmE//naɪn//
 
 
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  • 9 There are examples of how to use numbers at the entry for five.
  • Idioms
    dressed to the nines (informal)
     
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    wearing very elegant or formal clothes
    have nine lives
     
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    (especially of a cat) to be very lucky in dangerous situations
    nine times out of ten
     
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    almost every time I'm always emailing her, but nine times out of ten she doesn't reply.
    nine to five
     
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    the normal working hours in an office I work nine to five. a nine-to-five job
    possession is nine tenths of the law (saying)
     
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    if you already have or control something, it is difficult for someone else to take it away from you, even if they have the legal right to it
    the whole nine yards (informal)
     
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    everything, or a situation that includes everything When Dan cooks dinner he always goes the whole nine yards, with three courses and a choice of dessert.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: nine