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quick-and-dirtyOf or pertaining to the creation or repair of software or hardware in a manner which permits operation within a brief period of time, although with compromised functionality or reliability.Rate it:

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rack and ruinComplete destructionRate it:

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rain dogs and catsTo rain very heavily.Rate it:

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rained cats and dogspouredRate it:

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raise the flag and see who salutesIt generates, usually as a preliminary step.Rate it:

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rank and fileordinary membersRate it:

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rank and fileThose lacking any particular title or status; those having no station.Rate it:

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ridden hard and put away wetMistreated; not properly cared for.Rate it:

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rip and roarReact With Violent Body Language As Well As Strong Verbal Rejection, "Booo!"Rate it:

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rough and readyCrude or unpolished, but still fit for use; good enough.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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run with the hare and hunt with the houndsTo support both sides of an argument.Rate it:

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screwed, blued and tattooedPlaced in a perplexing, very difficult situation, especially a situation in which one has been unjustly victimized.Rate it:

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scrimp and saveTo scrimp greatly; to economize; to live very frugally, particularly when saving for something.Rate it:

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seek and ye shall findsomething can be found if it is looked for.Rate it:

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sex, drugs and rock 'n' rollIndulgent and pleasurable activities.Rate it:

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sex, lies and videotapeThe controversy surrounding a political scandal.Rate it:

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share and share alikeEqual rights to or equal portions of profits, assets, bequests, or other valuable items legally owed to investors, partners, beneficiaries, or other named associates.Rate it:

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share and share alikeTo divide possessions, benefits, or obligations equally among members of a group.Rate it:

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shoot first and ask questions laterTo act boldly.Rate it:

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shoot first and ask questions laterTo take action with serious consequences without delay, preserving the benefit of surprise by not providing indication of one's intent.Rate it:

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short and sweetA direct and brief communication.Rate it:

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short and sweetEfficiently brief in duration, especially when referring to an unpleasant task.Rate it:

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short back and sidesman's haircutRate it:

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sick and tiredbored to the point of wearinessRate it:

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sick and tiredannoyed or frustrated with something or someone, to the point of losing one's temper or patience.Rate it:

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sick and tiredAn expression of the weary, depressed, shocked, disillusioned, disappointed, oppressed, overworked.Rate it:

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six and two threesTwo equivalent choices or situations.Rate it:

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skimp and saveAlternative form of scrimp and save.Rate it:

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skin and bonesSaid of one who is emaciated; very skinny, as from lack of nutrition.Rate it:

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smoke and mirrorsA deceptive, fraudulent, or unconvincing explanation or description.Rate it:

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snakes and laddersA children's luck-based board game played on a numbered grid, the aim of which is to proceed to the end, and in which ladders aid progress and snakes impede it.Rate it:

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snakes and laddersany situation in which people or events go forward and backward, seemingly at randomRate it:

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so on and so forthIndicates that a list continues in a similar manner.Rate it:

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so-and-soA name used to take the place of an epithet.Rate it:

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so-and-soA placeholder name, used when a name is not known; a generic name.Rate it:

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so-and-soAnything generic.Rate it:

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song and danceAn excessively complex set of instructions.Rate it:

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song and danceAn excessively elaborate story or excuse used to justify something.Rate it:

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sow the wind and reap the whirlwindAlternative form of sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.Rate it:

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spare the rod and spoil the childIf one does not discipline a child, he or she will never learn obedience and good manners.Rate it:

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speak of the devil and he appearsAlternative form of speak of the devil.Rate it:

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speak of the devil and he shall appearAlternative form of speak of the devil.Rate it:

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speak softly and carry a big stickDo not boast or utter verbal threats, but do make others aware that you are prepared to use physical force if necessary.Rate it:

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spic and spanPerfectly clean.Rate it:

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spick and spanAlternative form of spick-and-span.Rate it:

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spick-and-spanClean, spotless; original sense "like new".Rate it:

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spit-and-polishPaying much attention to outward appearance.Rate it:

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spit-shined and polishedShaved, showered, shoes shined, fresh clothing, nicely dressed and dashed with cologne.Rate it:

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sticks and stonesEvocative of the saying "sticks and stones may (or will) break my bones, but words (or names) will never hurt (or harm) me".1957, Brendan Gill, The Day the Money StoppedRate it:

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