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a pair of boots
▪ I really need a new pair of boots this winter.
a pair of earrings
▪ I saw a lovely pair of earrings in the jeweller's on the High Street.
a pair of glasses
▪ She was wearing a new pair of glasses.
a pair of gloves
▪ Forbes pulled on a pair of black leather gloves.
a pair of shoes
▪ I need a new pair of shoes.
a pair of socks
▪ He had a spare pair of socks in his gym bag.
arrange sth in pairs/groups etc
▪ The children were arranged in lines according to height.
au pair
pair of handcuffs
▪ a pair of handcuffs
pair of pliers
▪ a pair of pliers
pair of scissors
▪ a pair of scissors
pair of secateurs
▪ a pair of secateurs
pair of slacks
▪ a pair of slacks
pair of trousers
▪ I need a new pair of trousers for work.
pair of tweezers
▪ She was plucking her eyebrows with a pair of tweezers.
pair of...shears
▪ Sam was trimming the hedge with a pair of garden shears.
▪ In a separate incident, Ferguson also showed Irvine a clean pair of heels.
▪ I put on a clean pair of socks.
▪ The clinical teacher should be part of the ward team, but must resist becoming an extra pair of hands.
▪ The car was like an extra pair of legs, which they used just to go a few blocks.
▪ We could visit a theatre, and there would be an extra pair of hands in the garden.
▪ The extra pair of heads, now connected, traces the other half of the tape's width.
▪ But an extra pair of hands is still needed, especially during busy periods.
▪ And then they say - I want a new pair of shoes, Buck sweetie.
▪ She could not have bought a new pair of shoes since Brook Farm.
▪ Until I can afford a new pair of designer boxer shorts, I will go along with that.
▪ Ay, lady, the smokehouse is empty and baby needs a new pair of opera pumps.
▪ The riding breeches £30 and the new pair of riding boots £225.
▪ We repeat what we just did using this new pair: 924 goes once into 1365, with remainder 441.
▪ But he'd still much rather have a new pair of football boots at Christmas.
▪ If that come out I might buy me a new pair of shoes.
▪ An older pair tending their spawn.
▪ Ah, just what I was looking for: an old pair of pantyhose, useful as a filter in an emergency.
▪ The leather slip-ons were an old, comfortable pair.
▪ What to do with an old pair of sneakers?
▪ Football fever got to us and Brian fashioned a small ball out of an old pair of underpants and a defunct blindfold.
▪ Flaubert's housekeeper made Julio a coat out of an old pair of trousers.
▪ You can often answer these questions by closely examining an old pair of shoes to see the area of most wear.
▪ This time it was one shoe of an old pair.
▪ I bought my first pair of those brown suede boots back in the early Sixties.
▪ She could not have bought a new pair of shoes since Brook Farm.
▪ The second method is to buy a pair that have already bred.
▪ If that come out I might buy me a new pair of shoes.
▪ If you are going to buy only one pair, I would recommend something around 7 × 50.
▪ And this equipment is not just something you go out and buy like a pair of shoes.
▪ If you want to buy a flamboyant pair of trousers, go ahead!
▪ She bought a pair of used high-heeled pumps from a friend for five dollars.
▪ He had obviously taken off his wellington boots in the kitchen and not bothered to pull on a pair of shoes.
▪ Marta then pulls out a tiny pair of baby shoes.
▪ As she pulled on a pair of faded jeans and a sweatshirt, she made another decision.
▪ Tom said, adjusting the contrast as Jane Fonda pulled on a pair of nylon panty hose in Klute.
▪ Ask a practitioner more about it - sounds like something anyone who pulls on a pair of trainers should know about!
▪ Then he buttoned the top over his undershirt, and pulled on a pair of green socks.
▪ He has pulled on a pair of jeans and a sweater. ` What's up Dad?
▪ She had pulled on a pair of yellow rubber gauntlets. ` Spring cleaning.
▪ Perhaps she would put on another pair of socks.
▪ Meticulously she tied a scarf around her head and put on a pair of dark glasses.
▪ She didn't really know what she should be wearing, but that morning she put on an old pair of jeans.
▪ Then he put on the pair of brown leather cloves he had stuck into his overcoat pocket.
▪ He looked calmly around the yard, then put on a pair of mirrored sunglasses before slamming the car door shut.
▪ You could also spend an exhausting day at Squaw Valley and never put on a pair of skis.
▪ Come here, put a pair of trousers on or something.
▪ She put on a pair of sunglasses.
▪ This kitchen is unheated, and underneath the cloth he's only wearing a pair of underpants.
▪ He would wear a pair of shoes until they almost fell apart.
▪ He wears nothing but a pair of shorts.
▪ He wears a pair of black gloves.
▪ He was wearing a pair of steel-rimmed spectacles.
▪ He was wearing a very attractive pair of black tassel loafers.
▪ The boots were very comfortable from new even when wearing a single pair of walking socks.
▪ Cynthia arrived, wearing a pair of blue oven mitts and carrying a large stew pot.
a safe pair of hands
show (sb) a clean pair of heels
▪ a pair of clip-on earrings
▪ a pair of socks
▪ Bill and his brother were a rather odd-looking pair.
▪ Do the next exercise in pairs.
▪ I've got three pairs.
▪ I need a new pair of shoes.
▪ If you wear glasses, take an extra pair when you go on vacation.
▪ Stein and his business partner are a rather unusual pair.
▪ They felt like a pair of burglars, enjoying themselves in someone else's house while the owner was away.
▪ Downstairs he found Beryl at the table with the newspaper, her coffee and a pair of scissors.
▪ Have each pair average the number of drops the penny holds.
▪ In one later incarnation, she is depicted as severe, with a scalpel and a large pair of pincers.
▪ Make a right pair, you will.
▪ Norcross found that the acquisition of a button-pressing task proceeded more rapidly with the first pair of stimuli than with the second.
▪ The square was empty, except for a pair of winos sleeping it off under the statue.
a safe pair of hands
▪ But the third was also paired up and came home with me.
▪ He had been paired off with Whitlock.
▪ If a conditioned response occurs, you will begin alternating escape scenes and pairing scenes.
▪ Strong optimism paired with strong anxiety.
▪ Well, by the time things had sorted themselves out, Johnny Miller was nearest to us and we were paired with him.
▪ You can have your menu paired with wines for an additional $ 45.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pair \Pair\ (p[^a]r), n. [F. paire, LL. paria, L. paria, pl. of par pair, fr. par, adj., equal. Cf. Apparel, Par equality, Peer an equal.]

  1. A number of things resembling one another, or belonging together; a set; as, a pair or flight of stairs. ``A pair of beads.''
    --Beau. & Fl. ``Four pair of stairs.''

    Note: [Now mostly or quite disused.]

    Two crowns in my pocket, two pair of cards.
    --Beau. & Fl.

  2. Two things of a kind, similar in form, suited to each other, and intended to be used together; as, a pair of gloves or stockings; a pair of shoes.

  3. Two of a sort; a span; a yoke; a couple; a brace; as, a pair of horses; a pair of oxen.

  4. A married couple; a man and wife. ``A happy pair.''
    --Dryden. ``The hapless pair.''

  5. A single thing, composed of two pieces fitted to each other and used together; as, a pair of scissors; a pair of pants; a pair of tongs; a pair of bellows.

  6. Two members of opposite parties or opinion, as in a parliamentary body, who mutually agree not to vote on a given question (in order, for example, to allow the members to be absent during the vote without affecting the outcome of the vote), or on issues of a party nature during a specified time; as, there were two pairs on the final vote. [Parliamentary Cant]

    Note: A member who is thus paired with one who would have voted oppositely is said to be paired for or paired against a measure, depending on the member's position.

  7. (Kinematics) In a mechanism, two elements, or bodies, which are so applied to each other as to mutually constrain relative motion.

    Note: Pairs are named in accordance with the kind of motion they permit; thus, a journal and its bearing form a turning pair, a cylinder and its piston a sliding pair, a screw and its nut a twisting pair, etc. Any pair in which the constraining contact is along lines or at points only (as a cam and roller acting together), is designated a higher pair; any pair having constraining surfaces which fit each other (as a cylindrical pin and eye, a screw and its nut, etc.), is called a lower pair.

    Pair royal (pl. Pairs Royal) three things of a sort; -- used especially of playing cards in some games, as cribbage; as three kings, three ``eight spots'' etc. Four of a kind are called a double pair royal. ``Something in his face gave me as much pleasure as a pair royal of naturals in my own hand.''
    --Goldsmith. ``That great pair royal of adamantine sisters [the Fates].''

    Syn: Pair, Flight, Set.

    Usage: Originally, pair was not confined to two things, but was applied to any number of equal things (pares), that go together. Ben Jonson speaks of a pair (set) of chessmen; also, he and Lord Bacon speak of a pair (pack) of cards. A ``pair of stairs'' is still in popular use, as well as the later expression, ``flight of stairs.''


Pair \Pair\, v. t. [See Impair.] To impair. [Obs.]


Pair \Pair\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Paired; p. pr. & vb. n. Pairing.]

  1. To be joined in pairs; to couple; to mate, as for breeding.

  2. To suit; to fit, as a counterpart.

    My heart was made to fit and pair with thine.

  3. Same as To pair off. See phrase below.

    To pair off, to separate from a group in pairs or couples; specif. (Parliamentary Cant), to agree with one of the opposite party or opinion to abstain from voting on specified questions or issues. See Pair, n., 6.


Pair \Pair\, v. t.

  1. To unite in couples; to form a pair of; to bring together, as things which belong together, or which complement, or are adapted to one another.

    Glossy jet is paired with shining white.

  2. To engage (one's self) with another of opposite opinions not to vote on a particular question or class of questions. [Parliamentary Cant]

    Paired fins. (Zo["o]l.) See under Fin.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to come together with another; be mated or married" (intransitive), also "to make a pair by matching" (transitive), c.1600, from pair (n.). These senses now often are distinguished by pair off (c.1803) for the former and pair up (1908) for the latter. Related: Paired; pairing.


mid-13c., "two of a kind coupled in use," from Old French paire "pair, couple," and directly from Medieval Latin paria "equals," neuter Latin par (genitive paris) "a pair, counterpart, equal," noun use of par (adj.) "equal, equal-sized, well-matched" (see par (n.)). Originally of things. Of persons from late 14c. Meaning "a woman's breasts" is attested from 1922. Pair bond (v.) is first attested 1940, in reference to birds mating.


Etymology 1 n. two similar or identical things taken together; often followed by of. vb. (context transitive English) To group into sets of two. Etymology 2

vb. (context obsolete English) To impair.

  1. n. a set of two similar things considered as a unit [syn: brace]

  2. two items of the same kind [syn: couple, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad]

  3. two people considered as a unit

  4. a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value

  1. v. form a pair or pairs; "The two old friends paired off" [syn: pair off, partner off, couple]

  2. bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project" [syn: match, mate, couple, twin]

  3. occur in pairs [syn: geminate]

  4. arrange in pairs; "Pair these numbers" [syn: geminate]

  5. make love; "Birds mate in the Spring" [syn: copulate, mate, couple]


PAIR (Peer-Allocated Instant Response) is a project in the Netherlands that aims to match students with best-suited peer candidates for online support. It was launched in 2006 by the Open University of the Netherlands, an online university, and was supported by Fontys University and SURF, the national organization in the Netherlands that coordinates ICT in higher education.

The system works as follows: Online students requiring help type their question into an IM-like client; they are then automatically and instantaneously paired with another student who is currently online. When the conversation is over, both parties rate the experience. The currently used allocation algorithm does not perform a semantic analysis of the question; it allocates peer tutors based on their position in the curriculum relative to the help seeker, their past workload and past ratings.

A simulation of the allocation algorithm was carried out and two 8-week pilot projects were conducted at the Open University and the Fontys University.

(B, N) pair

In mathematics, a (B, N) pair is a structure on groups of Lie type that allows one to give uniform proofs of many results, instead of giving a large number of case-by-case proofs. Roughly speaking, it shows that all such groups are similar to the general linear group over a field. They were invented by the mathematician Jacques Tits, and are also sometimes known as Tits systems.

Pair (parliamentary convention)

In parliamentary practice, pairing is an informal arrangement between the government and opposition parties whereby a member of a House of Parliament agrees or is designated by the party whip to abstain from voting while a member of the other party needs to be absent from the House due to other commitments, illness, travel problems, etc. A pairing would usually be arranged or approved by the party whips and will usually not apply for critical votes, such as no-confidence votes.

The member abstaining from voting is referred to as a pair. In the United States, pairing is an informal arrangement between members and the pairs are called live pairs.

An alternative method of maintaining the relative voting positions of parties in a legislative body is proxy voting, which is used, for example, in New Zealand.

PAIR (puncture-aspiration-injection-reaspiration)

The PAIR (puncture-aspiration-injection-reaspiration) procedure is a noninvasive treatment option to remove hydatid cysts. PAIR is considered an alternative treatment for cystic echinococcosis ( hydatid disease) and is often indicated for patients who do not respond to surgery or benzimidazoles

The PAIR procedure can be performed as follows:

  1. ultrasound-guided percutaneous puncture of the cyst
  2. aspiration of cystic fluid
  3. injection of a scolicidal solution
  4. reaspiration of the solution

Usage examples of "pair".

And a gorgeous pair of eyes they were, the young police sergeant noted as Abie Singleton continued her tirade against the Houston Police Department.

Far aboon, ommost lost to mi view, Aw lang for a pair ov his wings, To fly wi him, an sing like him, too.

Commodore had reformed the squadron into a single line abreast, except for the pair detached ahead.

He was sitting in a music hall one evening, sipping his absinth and admiring the art of a certain famous Russian dancer, when he caught a passing glimpse of a pair of evil black eyes upon him.

He opened a drawer and took out a pair of achromatic goggles and a tube of mixed colors.

Even the steadily increasing snow did not cut into the glare of the lights very much, or change the illusion that the whole works, from the crappy siding to the pair of tin woodstove stacks sticking acrooked out of the roof to the single rusty gas-pump out front, was simply set-dressing.

Mr Steplight and I made a fine pair of travelling-companions, for he addressed no word to me nor even looked in my direction during all the first stage so that I might have been a parcel he had shoved onto the seat beside him.

Spiraling pairs of cytosine, guanine, adenine, and thymine: we know these are instructions for growth, for the development of life, all coded in sequences of paired elements.

She had used the base pairs of the DNA---combinations of pairs of four nucleotides called adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thy mine--to encode her message.

She could almost hear him grumble whenever the pair gazed adoringly at each other.

Sometimes we are fused with Cervantes, but more often we are invisible wanderers who accompany the sublime pair in their adventures and debacles.

Dyne, his scrawny arms strapped to a pair of Y-shaped branches, eyes girlishly aflutter, feigned to yield his hairless body into the ecstatic admixture of bliss and pain of which he fancied heaven was justly composed.

You climb down the ladder and go aft to the ballast-tank vents, the shiny metal plates in pairs along the centerline.

Dyson Pair or their aggressor is going to fade away in a single millennia.

I shall take leave to say that to throw away a new doublet of murry taffeta and a pair of stocks broidered with gold quirks about the ankles, not to make mention of a set of silver aiglets and a pair of trunk hose scarce worn, passeth the bounds of prodigality.