Definition of two number from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//tuː//
; NAmE NAmE//tuː//
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  • 2 There are examples of how to use numbers at the entry for five. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  • Word OriginOld English twā (feminine and neuter) of Germanic origin; related to Dutch twee and German zwei, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin and Greek duo. Compare with twain.Idioms
    be in two minds about something/about doing something (British English) (North American English be of two minds about something/about doing something)
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    to be unable to decide what you think about somebody/something, or whether to do something or not I was in two minds about the book (= I didn't know if I liked it or not). She's in two minds about accepting his invitation.
    a day, moment, pound, etc. or two
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    one or a few days, moments, pounds, etc. May I borrow it for a day or two?
    fall between two stools
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    (British English) to fail to be or to get either of two choices, both of which would have been acceptable
    in or into two pieces or halves He broke the bar of chocolate in two and gave me half. two or three at a time; in small numbers People arrived in twos and threes.
    in two shakes, in a couple of shakes
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    (informal) very soon We’ll be there in a couple of shakes.
    it takes two to do something
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    (saying) one person cannot be completely responsible for something You can't put all the blame on him. It takes two to make a marriage.
    not have two beans, brain cells, etc. to rub together
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    (informal) to have no money; to be very stupid, etc.
    put two and two together
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    to guess the truth from what you see, hear, etc. He's inclined to put two and two together and make five (= reaches the wrong conclusion from what he sees, hears, etc.).
    (informal) I am in the same position or I agree with you ‘I'm tired!’ ‘That makes two of us!’
    two sides of the same coin
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    used to talk about two ways of looking at the same situation
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: two