bad debt

  1. a debt that is unlikely to be repaid

    Type Of : debt

brain drain

  1. depletion or loss of intellectual and technical personnel

    Type Of : drain

boomerang

  1. a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower

    Synonyms : throw stick, throwing stick
    Type Of : missile, projectile
  2. a miscalculation that recoils on its maker

    Synonyms : backfire
    Type Of : misestimation, miscalculation, misreckoning
  3. return to the initial position from where it came; like a boomerang

    Type Of : return

bishop

  1. a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ

    Type Of : priest
  2. (chess) a piece that can be moved diagonally over unoccupied squares of the same color

    Type Of : chess piece, chessman
  3. port wine mulled with oranges and cloves

    Type Of : mulled wine

bounty

  1. payment or reward (especially from a government) for acts such as catching criminals or killing predatory animals or enlisting in the military

    Synonyms : premium
    Type Of : reward
  2. generosity evidenced by a willingness to give freely

    Synonyms : bounteousness
    Type Of : generosity, generousness
  3. the property of copious abundance

    Synonyms : amplitude, bountifulness
    Type Of : teemingness, copiousness, abundance
  4. a ship of the British navy; in 1789 part of the crew mutinied against their commander William Bligh and set him afloat in an open boat

    Synonyms : h.m.s. bounty

beaker

  1. a cup (usually without a handle)

    Type Of : cup
  2. a flatbottomed jar made of glass or plastic; used for chemistry

    Type Of : jar

brawn

  1. possessing muscular strength

    Synonyms : brawniness, heftiness, muscle, muscularity, sinew
    Type Of : strength

bankruptcy

  1. inability to discharge all your debts as they come due

    Synonyms : failure
    Type Of : insolvency
    Examples :
    • the company had to declare bankruptcy
  2. a legal process intended to insure equality among the creditors of a corporation declared to be insolvent

    Type Of : proceedings, legal proceeding, proceeding
  3. a state of complete lack of some abstract property

    Type Of : failure
    Examples :
    • spiritual bankruptcy
    • moral bankruptcy
    • intellectual bankruptcy

bud

  1. a partially opened flower

    Type Of : bloom, blossom, flower
  2. a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals

    Type Of : sprout
  3. develop buds

    Type Of : develop
    Examples :
    • The hibiscus is budding!
  4. start to grow or develop

    Type Of : begin, start
    Examples :
    • a budding friendship

before

  1. earlier in time; previously

    Synonyms : earlier
    Examples :
    • I had known her before
    • as I said before
    • he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier
  2. at or in the front

    Synonyms : ahead, in front
    Examples :
    • with the cross of Jesus marching on before