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throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stickTry the same thing (or similar things) often enough, and, even if the general standard is poor, sometimes one will be successful.2001, And still no one is shouting stop. read in The Kingdom archives at [1] on 02 Nov 06,Many team managers are of the philosophy that if you throw enough mud at the wall some of it will stick. They believe that team preparation is all about physical fitness. They run the players into the ground and they believe they will be "flying on the day".2001, Robert McCrum, Let them eat cake, in The Observer 16 Dec 01, read on Guardian Unlimited site at [2] on 02 Nov 06,Australian publishing boomed and in the past 10 years the country's literary culture has undergone a mini golden age, capped by Carey's triumph at the 2001 Booker Prize. As one Australian arts administrator said to me many years ago: 'Listen, mate, if you throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick.'2001, Chris Collin, Re: 2-cp speys on The Strathspey Server mailing list archive at [3] on 02 Nov 06,I am finding that "if you throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick". It doesn't always work of course (especially on the nights when the class is mostly the beginners), but the class seems to thrive on the challange.2005, Ray Craft (poster on The right scale blog), Fitzhooie and his Burden, read at [4] on 02 Nov 06,Prosecutors everywhere have bad habits of overcharging lots of cases, knowing that if the throw enough mud at the wall some of it will stick.2005, Sean Kelleher, Spike Milligan: His part in our downfall in Business 07 Aug 05, read at [5] on 02 Nov 06,As long as there is negligible regulation and enforcement anyone can actually try and do the job...Weak regulation allows the industry to build strategies on full time recruitment. The theory goes: throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick.c2005, Everything You've Learned About Marketing Is Wrong, read on LINC Performance website at [6] on 02 Nov 06,They have the money to continue to believe in the repetition side of the equation. You throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick. But it still isnRate it:

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breadwinnerThe member of a household who earns all or most of the incomeRate it:

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to thine own self be trueThe easiest person to deceive is oneself."This above all:to thine own self be true,and it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man." -William ShakespeareRate it:

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Santa's workshopThe mythical structure, usually envisioned as located at the North Pole, where Santa Claus and a large number of capable elves work tirelessly and gladly year-round to produce all of the toys and other gifts to be delivered throughout the world on Christmas Day.Rate it:

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a dark horseHaving Nothing To Do With The Color Of A Fantasy Horse, Rather An Expression Of A Winner, A Success Story, A Triumph Suddenly Developing, Revealing Itself All In A Positive Manner:Rate it:

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a fresh fucked fox in a forest fireSomething which is extremely hot, in any sense. Hot weather, sexual arousal, one who is wanted by the police, etc. are all described as "hotter than..." or "as hot as a fresh fucked fox in a forest fire",Rate it:

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a leopard cannot change its spotsOne cannot change one's own nature.1597, William Shakespeare, Richard II Act i, Scene 1 (First Folio):King. Lyons make Leopards tame.Mowbray. Yea but not change his ?pots.1611, King James Version of the Bible, Jeremiah 13:23:Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe Chapter 32:End now all unkindness. Let us put the Jew to ransom, since the leopard will not change his spots, and a Jew he will continue to be.1918, Johnston McCulley, Thubway Tham's Inthane Moment:The leopard cannot change his spots, old boy.Rate it:

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across the boardPertaining to all categories or things.Rate it:

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adopt a positive agendaThousands of successful individuals maintain their goals have been achieved mainly because of their positive attitudes in all challenging projects and situations.Rate it:

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anaconda mortgageA loan arrangement in which all of the money borrowed from a lender, for whatever purpose, is secured by one's home, land, and other property.Rate it:

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and his motherServes as an intensifier for an inclusive noun or phrase such as everyone, anyone, each someone or all someones.Rate it:

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any old thinganything at allRate it:

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around robin hood's barnAll over the place.Rate it:

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around the clockAll the time or seemingly all the time; constantly.Rate it:

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as a wholeConsidered all togetherRate it:

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avast there!Attention all hands!Rate it:

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avoid like the plagueTo shun, or evade if at all possible.Rate it:

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away with the fairiesNot with it, dreaming, not all there.Rate it:

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bag and baggageAll one's possessions.Rate it:

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balance the booksTo add up all the debits and credits.Rate it:

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balum rancumA hop or dance, where the women are all prostitutes. N. B. The company dance in their birthday suits.Rate it:

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bang strawA nick name for a thresher, but applied to all the servants of a farmer.Rate it:

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be the way to goRepresent the best of all possible options or courses of action; pre-eminate over all other choices or alternatives.Rate it:

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bend over backwardsTo go all out for someone who fails to show appreciation.Rate it:

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between the jigs and the reelsEventually, despite all the confusion.Rate it:

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beyond wordsIn recalling an incident, in observing an accident, any or all of which can be disastrous and shocking. A destructive fire and explosion may leave one awestruck and beyond words to describe.Rate it:

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big guyA term of endearment, usually addressed toward an all-around good male person.Rate it:

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birds of a feather flock togetner.all those of similar interests and objectives tend to congregate in the same group.Rate it:

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blackAbsorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and colourless.Rate it:

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blow one's wadTo spend all of one's money.Rate it:

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blow one's wadTo expend all of one's resources or efforts; to express all the arguments or ideas which one has.Rate it:

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Bob's your uncle"No problem", "the solution is simple", "there you have it", you have what you want, all will be well; indicates a desirable conclusion has been reached.Rate it:

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bridgeAn elevated platform above the upper deck of a mechanically propelled ship from which it is navigated and from which all activities on deck can be seen and controlled by the captain, etc; smaller ships have a wheelhouse, and sailing ships were controlled from a quarterdeck.Rate it:

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BroadwayThe highest straight in poker, ace-king-queen-jack-ten.Rate it:

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Buckley's and noneA supposed two chances (probabilities), being Buckley's chance (meaning a very small chance) or no chance at all.Rate it:

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Buckley's chanceA very small chance; no chance at all.Rate it:

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carry throughTo manage to execute; to perform successfully, all the way to the end.Rate it:

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clean outTo empty completely; to remove all money or possessions from.Rate it:

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clear cutHaving had all vegetation removed.Rate it:

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clear the decksTo remove, or fasten, all loose material, or partitions prior to a naval engagement.Rate it:

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close of playThe end of the final game (not to be confused with set or match) during a day at the All England Tennis Championships (Wimbledon)Rate it:

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day and nightAll the time; round the clock; unceasingly.Rate it:

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deaf as a poststone deaf (unable to hear at all)Rate it:

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die offTo become extinct (if a group of plants, animals, or people dies off, all of that group dies over a period of time).Rate it:

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divide and conquerA combination of political, military and economic strategies that aim to gain and maintain power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into chunks that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy.(computing) Applied to various algorithms, such as quicksort, that solve a problem by splitting it recursively into smaller problems until all of the remaining problems are trivial.(as imperative, proverb) In order to rule securely, don't allow alliances of your enemies.Rate it:

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doesn't have two nickels to rub togetherReference an individual whom from all evidence and appearances is badly bent and broken relative to personal finances.Rate it:

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drain the swamp when up to one's neck in alligators(idiomatic) When performing a long and complex task, and when you've gotten utterly immersed in secondary and tertiary unexpected tangential subtasks, it's easy to lose sight of the initial objective. This sort of distraction can be particularly problematic if the all-consuming subtask or sub-subtask is not, after all, particularly vital to the original, primary goal, but ends up sucking up time and resources (out of all proportion to its actual importance) only because it seems so urgent.Rate it:

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dummy upTo make a mock-up or prototype version of something, without some or all off its intended functionality.Rate it:

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every which wayAll over; in every direction.Rate it:

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every which wayIn all sorts of ways or manners.Rate it:

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