ab ovo usque ad mala

Latin phrase
ab ovo us·​que ad ma·​la | \ äb-ˈō-vō-ˌu̇s-kwe-ˌäd-ˈmä-lä How to pronounce ab ovo usque ad mala (audio) \

Definition of ab ovo usque ad mala

 (Entry 1 of 10)

: from egg to apples : from soup to nuts : from beginning to end


geographical name
Ja·​lal-Abad | \ jä-ˈläl-ä-ˌbäd How to pronounce Jalal-Abad (audio) \

Definition of Jalal-Abad (Entry 2 of 10)

city in southwest central Kyrgyzstan near the border with Uzbekistan population 90,500

a bad crowd

noun (1)

Definition of a bad crowd (Entry 3 of 10)

: people who do illegal or immoral things Her parents are concerned that she's been hanging out with a bad crowd.

come to a bad end

idiom (1)

Definition of come to a bad end (Entry 4 of 10)

1 : to end up in a bad situation because of one's actions If he keeps living this way he's sure to come to a bad end.
2 : to die in an unpleasant way According to legend, more than one person came to a bad end because of her.

do a bad job

idiom (2)

Definition of do a bad job (Entry 5 of 10)

: to do something poorly He did a bad job of explaining his reasons.

give (something) up as a bad job

idiom (3)

Definition of give (something) up as a bad job (Entry 6 of 10)

: to stop trying to do something because it cannot be done I tried my best to persuade him, but in the end I gave it up as a bad job.

in a bad light

idiom (4)

Definition of in a bad light (Entry 7 of 10)

: in a way that makes someone or something look bad The defendants were shown/depicted in a bad light by the lawyer.

in a bad way

idiom (5)

Definition of in a bad way (Entry 8 of 10)

: in a bad state or condition Without enough funding, public services are in a pretty bad way right now.

leave a bad taste in someone's mouth

idiom (6)

Definition of leave a bad taste in someone's mouth (Entry 9 of 10)

: to make someone feel bad or disgusted The whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth.

not a bad thing

noun (2)

Definition of not a bad thing (Entry 10 of 10)

: something that could have good results Becoming friends with your boss is not a bad thing.

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“Ab ovo usque ad mala.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abad. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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