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real mccoyThe genuine thing, neither a substitute nor an imitation.Rate it:

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real mckoyThe genuine thing, neither a substitute nor an imitation.Rate it:

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rise from the ashesTo make a comeback after a long hiatus. To come back into common use or practice. To come back into popularity. To come back to being a thing of today.Rate it:

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royal bumpsA ritual of two or more persons holding another person by the arms and legs, face up, while bumping them repeatedly on the floor. In modern times it is a lighthearted affair, generally performed only on a young person's birthday with the number of bumps corresponding to the person's age in years. Historically it was a hazing.Rate it:

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rum goAn odd affair; a surprising event; a confusing experience; a queer thing.Rate it:

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run hot and coldTo alternate between two opposite extremes, such as enthusiasm and disinterest or success and failure.Rate it:

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saddleA ridge, in the shape of a saddle, between two hills.Rate it:

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same differenceIt makes no difference; it amounts to the same thing.Rate it:

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send away forTo write to a business or other organisation, requesting a thing.Rate it:

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set apartTo distinguish, make obvious the distinction between (two things) or of (something).Rate it:

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set offTo count an addition in one thing against a reduction in something else.Rate it:

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sexual tensionPhysically induced libidinal unrest arising between two individuals when aware of each other's presence.Rate it:

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ships that pass in the nightTwo or more people who encounter one another in a transitory, incidental manner and whose relationship is without lasting significance; two or more people who almost encounter one another, but do not do so.Rate it:

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shroudOne of the two annular plates at the periphery of a water wheel, which form the sides of the buckets; a shroud plate.Rate it:

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side wallEither of the two parallel walls in a racquetball or squash court, perpendicular to the front wall; either of the walls on the side of the court.Rate it:

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skip ropeTo jump over a rope, both of whose ends are held by the jumper or by two others, while the rope is moved under the jumper's feet in a continual rhythm; to play the game of jump rope or exercise by jumping rope.Rate it:

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snake eyesTwo ones, after rolling two dice.Rate it:

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speak another vesselMy Captain signaled with pennants',/came within hailing distance 'spoke with megaphone. He learned SKIPPER of upwind ship/Mandarin/ two masted schooner es 'Mandarin's Skipper's spouse aboard as assistant navigator:Rate it:

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stalking horseA person, thing, or expedient used in a deceptive manner, to achieve some hidden purpose; a pretext or ruse.Rate it:

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sticking pointThe point at which a process or thing, especially a state of mind or emotion, reaches its greatest strength and remains steadfast; sticking-place.Rate it:

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sticking-placeThe point at which a process or thing, especially a state of mind or emotion, reaches its greatest strength and remains steadfast; sticking point.Rate it:

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such-and-suchA placeholder or generic thing.Rate it:

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tag teamTwo or more people or groups acting alternately to accomplish some task.Rate it:

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take it out onTo unleash one's anger on [a person or thing other than the one that caused it].Rate it:

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TANSTAAFLThere ain't no such thing as a free lunch; something advertised as being "free" will invariably have hidden costs.Rate it:

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telephone tagA situation in which a person unsuccessfully attempts to contact another person by telephone and leaves a message instead, and in which the second person then unsuccessfully attempts to return the initial call and leaves a message for the first person, and so on as if the two are playing a game of tag in which the most recent person to have been left with a message is now designated as "it" (i.e. as the player now obliged to chase the other and to attempt anew to make contact).Rate it:

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the end all-be allSomething ultimate; the best part of something; the thing which solves all problems associated with something.Rate it:

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the straw that broke the camel's backA small and seemingly insignificant addition to a burden that renders it too much to bear; the small thing which causes failure, or causes inability or unwillingness to endure any more of something.Rate it:

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there's always a bigger fishNo matter how large or intimidating a person or thing is, there is likely to be an even larger or more intimidating person or thing somewhere.Rate it:

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third wheelA person or thing that serves no useful purpose.Rate it:

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throw dirt enough, and some will stickIf enough allegations are made about someone or something, then even if they are all untrue, people's opinion of the person or thing will be diminished.1759, John Wesley, letter to John Downes, Rector of St. Michael's, Wood Street, read at Wesley Center Online at [1] on 14 Oct 06.I hope...that you are ignorant of the whole affair, and are so bold only because you are blind...And blind enough; so that you blunder on through thick and thin, bespattering all that come in your way, according to the old, laudable maxim, 'Throw dirt enough, and some will stick.'1857, Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's Schooldays, read at fullbooks.com on 14 Oct 06,But whatever harm a spiteful tongue could do them, he took care should be done. Only throw dirt enough, and some will stick.1864, John Henry Newman, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Penguin Classics (1994), p. 10,Archbishop Whately used to say Rate it:

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throw enough mud at the wall and some of it will stickTry the same thing often enough, and, even if the general standard is poor, sometimes one will be successful.Rate it:

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thus and soA generic thing; a placeholder name.Rate it:

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TINSTAAFLThere is no such thing as a free lunch; an alternative to TANSTAAFLRate it:

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to be mixing apples and oranges.To be considering two completely different things.Rate it:

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to be named laterUsed other than as an idiom. In an exchange, a unspecified example of a thing (in sports, usually a player), either not yet chosen or named publicly, at the time of a trade.Rate it:

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toss-upEither of two outcomes that are equally likely.Rate it:

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tough callA choice or judgment which is difficult to make, especially one involving only two alternatives.Rate it:

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trade-offa balance achieved between two desirable but incompatible features; a compromise.Rate it:

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tug of wara game or competition in which two teams pull or tug on opposite ends of a rope trying to force the other team over the line which initially marked the middle between the two teams.Rate it:

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tug of wara dispute between two parties, particularly an entrenched, back and forth dispute.Rate it:

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tuppenceTwo pence (in pre- or post-decimalisation currency).Rate it:

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tuppence worthTwo pennys' worth.Rate it:

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turf warA fight or confrontation between two divisions or parties for access to resources or capital.Rate it:

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turn about is fair playMy business partner came up to Me the week before Halloween to notify that he was leaving for two weeks in Florida 'cause is wife was tired.Rate it:

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Tweedledum and TweedledeeTwo persons or organizations deemed indistinguishable in some way.Rate it:

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uhmmHas two meanings: 1.A means of clearing one's throat. 2 . a stall to collect a thought.Rate it:

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warts and allOf or pertaining to a description or other depiction which reveals the full range of characteristics of a person or thing, including the shortcomings and imperfections.Rate it:

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weak sisterA person or thing which is the least robust or least dependable member of a group.Rate it:

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wet dreamAn exciting fantasy; a very appealing, ideal thing, person, or state-of-affairs.Rate it:

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