ancien regime arithmetic artillery back burner backdoor balance ballpark banns batting beat bill blame blues body politic breakfast table chase collective unconscious crack credit Crown Jewels death penalty dole donkey work draft electric eleven-plus evil eye exchange (telephone) final firing line football pools Godhead going grain (of wood) greenhouse effect helm high ground horizontal Host idea infants (school) initiative juniors (school) kiss of life last rites law lottery lotus position mail matter metric system milk round missus mother country motherland oath odds old-boy network onus pendulum picture pips pits placebo effect pools post pot proceedings proceeds purse strings rag trade rat race readies real world rhythm method rights (to a book) Roman alphabet rot rule book rule of law sack (bed) Sacrament scrapheap scriptures semi-finals semis sights silence slave trade slipstream sound star turn status quo students' union subconscious surface Tarot tea table third-degree three Rs time signal title role tone toss traffic vernacular vertical vicinity vote way wherewithal women's movement wooden spoon
Nouns with other meaningsThere are many other nouns which have this pattern. These include nouns which:
are used metaphorically, e.g. back burner, backdoor, high ground
relate to something unique, e.g. Tarot, three Rs, women's movement
refer to an aspect of a situation, e.g. arithmetic, final, vicinity
indicate a relationship, e.g. missus, mother country
The Government has put this issue on the back burner.
Van Morrison has to be one of the greatest modern exponents of the blues.
That would put her very much in the firing line as far as the anger of school governors is concerned.
He was of the opinion that the British Government should not take the initiative in the matter.
It puts the onus on him to clean up his act.
Now the pendulum has swung too far the other way.
Critics of homoeopathy are inclined to suggest that any benefit felt by patients is the result of the placebo effect (improvement due to belief rather than any active medicine).
Daniel used to ignore his bank statements, fantasizing that he might win the pools or be left a legacy.
'People want to escape the rat race and bring their kids up in the country', he said.
Her rent was almost due into the bargain and she was a bit short of the readies.
Together they were a formidable doubles team and reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon together.
It was daylight, 18.30 hours, and the traffic was light.
To be able to read the Bible in the vernacular was a liberating experience that freed the reader from hearing only the set passages read in the church.