United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


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United Kingdom

or United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Abbr. UK A country of western Europe comprising England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Beginning with the kingdom of England, it was created by three acts of union: with Wales (1536), Scotland (1707), and Ireland (1801). At the height of its power in the 1800s, it ruled an empire that spanned the globe. London is the capital and the largest city.
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Noun1.United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
balls-up, ballup, cockup, mess-up - something badly botched or muddled
clanger - a conspicuous mistake whose effects seem to reverberate; "he dropped a clanger"
clawback - finding a way to take money back from people that they were given in another way; "the Treasury will find some clawback for the extra benefits members received"
lucky dip - a selection or decision purely at random; "their system of hiring people seemed to be a sort of lucky dip"
flit - a secret move (to avoid paying debts); "they did a moonlight flit"
rustication - temporary dismissal of a student from a university
perambulation - a walk around a territory (a parish or manor or forest etc.) in order to officially assert and record its boundaries
fare-stage - a section along the route of a bus for which the fare is the same
pony-trekking - a sport in which people ride across country on ponies
rugby, rugby football, rugger - a form of football played with an oval ball
fives - a game resembling handball; played on a court with a front wall and two side walls
bar billiards, bagatelle - a table game in which short cues are used to knock balls into holes that are guarded by wooden pegs; penalties are incurred if the pegs are knocked over
tombola - a lottery in which tickets are drawn from a revolving drum
ludo - a simple board game in which players move counters according to the throw of dice
shove-halfpenny, shove-ha'penny, shovel board - a game in which coins or discs are slid by hand across a board toward a mark
lucky dip - a game in which prizes (e.g., candies or coins) are concealed in a container and for a small sum a player can draw one out at random
piss-up - vulgar expression for a bout of heavy drinking
rag - a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)
hornpipe - a British solo dance performed by sailors
panto - an abbreviation of pantomime
doddle - an easy task
minister - the job of a head of a government department
headship - the position of headmaster or headmistress
costing - cost accounting
11-plus, eleven-plus - (formerly in Britain) an examination taken by 11 and 12 year old students to select suitable candidates for grammar school
swiz - British slang for a swindle
Ministry of Transportation test, MOT test, MOT - a compulsory annual test of older motor vehicles for safety and exhaust fumes
fire watching - (during World War II in Britain) watching for fires started by bombs that dropped from the sky
snogging - (British informal) cuddle and kiss
zizz - a nap; "Arthur's taking a short zizz"
dekko - British slang for a look
square-bashing - drill on a barracks square
rub up - a review that refreshes your memory; "I need a rub up on my Latin"
shufti - a quick look around (originally military slang); "take a shufti while you're out there"
lie-in - a long stay in bed in the morning
point duty - the control of traffic by a policeman stationed at an intersection
national assistance, social assistance, supplementary benefit - benefits paid to bring incomes up to minimum levels established by law
boot sale, car boot sale - an outdoor sale at which people sell things from the trunk of their car
invigilation - keeping watch over examination candidates to prevent cheating
aggro - (informal British usage) aggravation or aggression; "I skipped it because it was too much aggro"
punch-up - a fistfight; "the quarrel ended in a punch-up"
go-slow - a form of protest by workers in which they deliberately slow down in order to cause problem from their employers
Battle of Britain - the prolonged bombardment of British cities by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and the aerial combat that accompanied it
arterial road - a major or main route
backbench - any of the seats occupied by backbenchers in the House of Commons
bar - a heating element in an electric fire; "an electric fire with three bars"
betting shop - a licensed bookmaker's shop that is not at the race track
bin liner - a plastic bag used to line a trash or garbage bin
boot - British term for the luggage compartment in a car
bottle bank - a place where bottles can be deposited for recycling
caff - informal British term for a cafe
carriageway - one of the two sides of a motorway where traffic travels in one direction only usually in two or three lanes
clearway - a road on which you are not allowed to stop (unless you have a breakdown)
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It is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland that is leaving the European Union and any arrangements affecting crossing from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland should be the same rules for crossing from England or Wales to the Republic of Ireland also.
Manama, May 23 (BNA): His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has sent a cable of condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Head of the Commonwealth, following the Manchester explosion that left dozens of casualties.
Tajik Foreign Minister Sirozhiddin Aslov on July 2 at the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland made a statement before the members of the House of Lords (upper palate) of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, who are also the members of All-Parliamentary Group of Friends of Tajikistan and United Kingdom.
Summary: The President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a congratulatory cable to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the occasion of her birthday.
On the one hand Hong Kong - a territory once 'owned' and/or under the constitutional jurisdiction of its 19th century conqueror the United Kingdom-but then returned to the constitutional jurisdiction of the Peoples Republic of China ( popularity shortened to just China.) in the late 20th Century On the other hand Cymru / Wales - another territory conquered, effectively, this time in the 12th Century by England - which as we all know became Great Britain-and then the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland before consequent upon the creation of the Republic of Ireland in the early 20th Century-becoming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
"In a bid to foster the historic friendship and cooperation bonds between the Sultanate and the United Kingdom and in response to an invitation from His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Head of the Commonwealth will pay a four-day visit to the Sultanate starting from Thursday 19th Du Alhijja 1431 AH corresponding to November 25th 2010.
Official Name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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