Definition of “elbow” - English Dictionary

“elbow” in British English

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elbownoun [ C ]

uk /ˈel.bəʊ/ us /ˈel.boʊ/

B1 the part in the middle of the arm where it bends, or the part of a piece of clothing that covers this area:

Her arm was bandaged from the elbow to the fingers.
The sleeve of his shirt was torn at the elbow.

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elbowverb [ T usually + adv/prep ]

uk /ˈel.bəʊ/ us /ˈel.boʊ/

disapproving to push someone rudely with your elbows so that you can move or have more space:

He elbowed his way to the front of the crowd.
They elbowed the onlookers aside.

to hit someone with your elbow, sometimes as a sign to make them notice or remember something:

She elbowed me in the ribs before I could say anything.

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(Definition of “elbow” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“elbow” in American English

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elbownoun [ C ]

us /ˈel·boʊ/

the bony point at which the arm bends, or the part of a piece of clothing which covers this area:

His shirt sleeve was torn at the elbow.

elbowverb [ T ]

us /ˈel·boʊ/

to push with an elbow, or to push rudely, esp. to get past someone:

He elbowed his way through the crowd.

(Definition of “elbow” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)