a whale of a time

Definition of a whale of a time


  1. :  a great time We had a whale of a time at the party.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  any of various very large, aquatic, marine mammals (order Cetacea) that have a torpedo-shaped body with a thick layer of blubber, paddle-shaped forelimbs but no hind limbs, a horizontally flattened tail, and nostrils that open externally at the top of the head

    :  cetacean — see baleen whale, toothed whale

    :  one that is impressive especially in size

  1. :  to engage in whale fishing

  1. :  lash, thrash

    :  to strike or hit vigorously

    :  to defeat soundly

  1. :  the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues :  duration

    :  a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future

    :  leisure

  1. :  to arrange or set the time of :  schedule

    :  to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time

    :  to set the tempo, speed, or duration of

  1. :  of or relating to time

    :  recording time

    :  timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment

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a trip made at another's expense

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