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adjective elementary pronunciation in British English /ˌelɪˈment(ə)ri/
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  1. 1
    relating to the most basic and important part of something
    They clearly failed to take even the most elementary precautions.
    1. a.
      relating to the first and most basic things that you learn about a subject
      a course in elementary German
      elementary reading skills
  2. 2
    elementary tasks
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This phrase is thought to have been said by the detective Sherlock Holmes to his friend Dr Watson in the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930), but in fact the character never says this in any of the stories.


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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