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a Tinkers DamnDemeaning Words in Deprecating Ejaculation, to wit; "He'll Never Amount To A 'Tinker's Damn!"Rate it:

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ask my arseA common reply to any question; still deemed wit at sea, and formerly at court, under the denomination of selling bargains.Rate it:

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attic saltpointed and delicate wit.Rate it:

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bare one's soulTo reveal one's innermost feelings and thoughts, especially concerning one's doubts, regrets, or flaws; to tell one's personal secrets to others.Rate it:

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brevity is the soul of witConciseness of expression is an essential characteristic of astute, perceptive, or witty remarks.Rate it:

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heart and soulThe core of a thing; the most essential or important part.Rate it:

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heart and soulWith the utmost earnestness.Rate it:

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kindred soulSomeone with the same feelings or attitudes as oneself; kindred spirit.Rate it:

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less is moreThat which is less complicated is often better understood and more appreciated than what is more complicated; simplicity is preferable to complexity; brevity in communication is more effective than verbosity.1855, Robert Browning, "Men and Women":Well, less is more, Lucrezia: I am judged.1954, "'Less Is More'," Time, 14 Jun.:The essence of Mies's architectural philosophy is in his famous and sometimes derided phrase, "Less is more." This means, he says, having "the greatest effect with the least means."2007, Gia Kourlas, "Dance Review: An Ordered World Defined With Soothing Spareness," New York Times, 3 Mar. (retrieved 22 Oct. 2008):The program, which features two premieresRate it:

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life and soul of the partyA person who participates in entertainment events in a very enthusiastic manner and who has a leading role in inspiring others to join in the spirit of festivity.Rate it:

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post no billsA Printed/Scripted sign; addressed to the Public to wit; "Do Not Post nor Affix"; any Bills, Notices, Wanted Posters, Advertising, Missing persons, Court Notices, Auction Bills et al on/upon this site, wall, post, b'ldg., Private PropertyRate it:

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rest his soulUsed parenthetically to mark the referent as being deceased.Rate it:

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sell a bargainA species of wit, much in vogue about the latter end of the reign of Queen Anne, and frequently alluded to by Dean Swift, who says the maids of honour often amused themselves with it. It consisted in the seller naming his or her hinder parts, in answer to the question, What? which the buyer was artfully led to ask. As a specimen, take the following instance: A lady would come into a room full of company, apparently frightened, crying out "It is white, and follows me!" As soon as someone responded "What?" she sold him the bargain, by saying "Mine arse".Rate it:

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sell one's soulTo abandon one's spiritual values or moral principles for wealth or other benefits.Rate it:

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soul kissA kiss in which contact occurs between the tongues of the kissers.Rate it:

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staircase witThinking of an idea or course of action too late to use it effectively, or the tendency to do so.Rate it:

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