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fives

[fahyvz] /faɪvz/
noun, (used with a singular verb) British
1.
a game resembling handball, played on a court having a front wall and two side walls.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; five + -s3

five

[fahyv] /faɪv/
noun
1.
a cardinal number, four plus one.
2.
a symbol for this number, as 5 or V.
3.
a set of this many persons or things.
4.
a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with five pips.
5.
Informal. a five-dollar bill:
Can you give me two fives for a ten?
adjective
6.
amounting to five in number.
Idioms
7.
take five, Informal. to take a brief respite.
Origin
before 1000; 1925-30 for def 7; Middle English; Old English fīf; cognate with Dutch vijf, German fünf, Old Norse fimm, Gothic fimf, Latin quīnque, Greek pénte, Sanskrit pancha
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Examples from the web for fives
  • fives are not equal and every human must look backward over earlier mistakes.
  • Lacrosse players ran to the bleachers after the game and gave high-fives to a row of cheering fans.
  • The paddlers now pulled the canoes onto the beach, shook out their weary arms, and gave high-fives all around.
  • And of course there's traffic and weather on the fives.
  • Winks, thumbs up, and long-range high-fives may or may not be exchanged.
  • The two groups immediately recognized each other and gave each other hugs and high-fives.
  • So high-fives to all you astronomy lovers and to all those astrologers there is a reason for school.
  • He ran to the back of the court and leapt toward the stands, offering high fives to an especially boisterous section of the crowd.
  • Hundreds of teens line the aisles, exchanging high-fives.
  • Most of the counterfeits that led to these arrests were fives and tens.
British Dictionary definitions for fives

fives

/faɪvz/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) a ball game similar to squash but played with bats or the hands

five

/faɪv/
noun
1.
the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
2.
a numeral, 5, V, etc, representing this number
3.
the amount or quantity that is one greater than four
4.
something representing, represented by, or consisting of five units, such as a playing card with five symbols on it
determiner
5.
  1. amounting to five: five minutes, five nights
  2. (as pronoun): choose any five you like, related prefixes penta- quinque-
See also fives
Word Origin
Old English fīf; related to Old Norse fimm, Gothic fimf, Old High German finf, Latin quinque, Greek pente, Sanskrit pañca
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Word Origin and History for fives

five

n.

Old English fif, from Proto-Germanic *fimfe (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon fif, Dutch vijf, Old Norse fimm, Old High German funf, Gothic fimf), from PIE *penkwe- (cf. Sanskrit panca, Greek pente, Latin quinque, Old Church Slavonic peti, Lithuanian penke, Old Welsh pimp). The sound shift that removed the *-m- is a regular development involving Old English, Old Frisian, and Old Saxon (cf. thought, from stem of think; couth from *kunthaz; us from *uns.

Slang five-finger discount "theft" is from 1966. Five o'clock shadow attested by 1937. The original five-year plan was 1928 in the U.S.S.R.

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Slang definitions & phrases for fives

fives

Related Terms

bunch of fives


five

noun

The hand; the five fingers (1950s+ Jive talk)

Related Terms

give someone five, hang five, nine-to-five, slip (or give) me five, take five


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Idioms and Phrases with fives

five

see: take five
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Encyclopedia Article for fives

a ball game played by two or four players in a court enclosed on three or four sides, the hard ball being struck with the hand usually protected by a glove. The derivation of the word fives is doubtful. It may be from an old game called Longue Paume, in which five on a side played, or from allusion to the five fingers of the hand or from the fact that winners formerly had to make five points

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