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Autor:  Deivis
E-mail:  deivis_Fsilva@yahoo.com.br
Data:  07/JUN/2006 1:36 AM
Assunto:  Use of cheers

The other day someone told me that when somebody was ill and you wanted to wish good health, you could say "cheers!".

May cheers be used in such context? Isn't it only when you are celebrating something, when you toast and so on?

Right on! This interjection - cheers - is only used when you have a toast. There are other usages for the word "cheer", though..


Take a look:


1 [countable] a shout of happiness, praise, approval, or encouragement [≠ boo]:
A great cheer went up from the crowd.
So let's give a cheer to the kids who passed their exams.
The final whistle was greeted with triumphant cheers from players and spectators.
2 three cheers for somebody! spoken used to tell a group of people to shout three times as a way of showing support, happiness, thanks etc:
Three cheers for the birthday girl!
3 [uncountable] formal a feeling of happiness and confidence:
'Hello,' said Auguste cheerily. His good cheer was not returned.
Christmas cheer
4 [countable]DS a special chant (=phrase that is repeated) that the crowds at a US sports game shout in order to encourage their team to win


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Use of cheers  –  Student  06/JUN/2006, 11:34 PM
 Use of cheers  –  Deivis  07/JUN/2006, 1:36 AM
Use of cheers  –  Dale  08/JUN/2006, 5:24 PM

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