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chaps (ch ps, sh ps) pl.n. Heavy leather trousers without a seat, worn over ordinary trousers by ranch hands to protect their legs. [Short for American Spanish chaparreras , from Spanish chaparro , chaparral ; see chaparral .]
1. One of the hard, usually permanent structures projecting from the head of certain mammals, such as cattle, sheep, goats, or antelopes, consisting of a bony core covered with a sheath of keratinous material.
2. A hard protuberance, such as an antler or projection on the head of a giraffe or rhinoceros, that is similar to or suggestive of a horn.
a. The hard smooth keratinous material forming the outer covering of the horns of cattle or related animals.
b. A natural or synthetic substance resembling this material.
4. A container, such as a powder horn, made from a horn.
5. Something having the shape of a horn, especially:
a. A horn of plenty; a cornucopia.
b. Either of the ends of a new moon.
c. The point of an anvil.
d. The pommel of a saddle.
e. An ear trumpet.
f. A device for projecting sound waves, as in a loudspeaker.
g. A hollow, metallic electromagnetic transmission antenna with a circular or rectangular cross section.
a. A wind instrument made of an animal horn.
b. A brass wind instrument, such as a trombone or tuba.
c. A French horn.
d. A wind instrument, such as a trumpet or saxophone, used in a jazz band.
a. A usually electrical signaling device that produces a loud resonant sound: an automobile horn.
b. Any of various noisemakers operated by blowing or by squeezing a hollow rubber ball.
8. Slang A telephone.
intr.v. horned, horn·ing, horns
To join without being invited; intrude. Used with in.
blow/toot (one's) own horn Informal
To brag or boast about oneself.
draw/haul/pull in (one's) horns Informal
1. To restrain oneself; draw back.
2. To retreat from a previously taken position, view, or stance.
3. To economize.
on the horns of a dilemma
Faced with two equally undesirable alternatives.
adj. big·ger, big·gest
1. Of considerable size, number, quantity, magnitude, or extent; large. See Synonyms at large.
a. Of great force; strong: a big wind; in a big rage.
b. Obsolete Of great strength.
a. Mature or grown-up: big enough to take the bus by herself.
b. Older or eldest. Used especially of a sibling: My big brother is leaving for college next week.
4. Pregnant: big with child.
5. Filled up; brimming over: felt big with love.
6. Having or exercising considerable authority, control, or influence: a big official; a big chief.
7. Conspicuous in position, wealth, or importance; prominent: a big figure in the peace movement.
8. Of great significance; momentous: a big decision; a big victory.
9. Informal Widely liked, used, or practiced; popular: "For public opinion . . . has grown harsh and yuppie-bashing is big" Sally Jacobs.
10. Informal Self-important; cocky: You're too big for your own good.
11. Loud and firm; resounding: a big voice.
12. Bountiful; generous: had a big heart.
1. In a pretentious or boastful way: talked big about the new job.
a. With considerable success: made it big with their recent best-selling album.
b. In a thorough or unmistakable way; emphatically: failed big at the box office.