coast

[[t]ko͟ʊst[/t]]
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coasts, coasting, coasted
1) N-COUNT: oft adj N, N of n The coast is an area of land that is next to the sea.

Camp sites are usually situated along the coast, close to beaches.

...the west coast of Scotland.

2) VERB If a vehicle coasts somewhere, it continues to move there with the motor switched off, or without being pushed or pedalled.

[V prep/adv] My gearbox broke with a crunch and I coasted into the pits to retire...

[V prep/adv] They picked up momentum, then slipped into neutral and coasted quietly down the slope. [Also V]

Syn:
3) VERB If a person or a team is coasting, they are doing something easily, especially winning a competition.

[V to n] Ivan Lendl coasted to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Roger Rasheed...

The company was coasting on the enormous success of its early products. [Also V adv]

Syn:
4) VERB (emphasis) If you say that someone is coasting, you are emphasizing that they are not putting enough effort into what they are doing.

There was a time when Charles was coasting at school and I should have told him to buckle down. [Also V prep]

Coast along means the same as coast.

V P Matthew had no drive. He coasted along on his good looks.

5) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that the coast is clear, you mean that there is nobody around to see you or catch you.

You can come out now,' he called. `The coast is clear. She's gone.'


English dictionary. 2008.

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