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all students take calculusA mnemonic for the sign values of all the trigonometric functions in the two-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system. The initial letters ASTC — for all, sine, tangent, cosine — signify which of the functions are positive, in the order of the quadrants, starting at the top right and moving counterclockwise.Rate it:

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aluminum showerThe result of a midair collision of two aircraft.Rate it:

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Appendix:Snowclones/nem X, nem Y, muito pelo contrárioExpresses disagreement with two options.Rate it:

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Appendix:Snowclones/X, thy name is YUsed to say that something or somebody embodies a particular quality, usually a negative one. This phrase is said using this format: "X, thy name is Y", where X is the quality and Y is the person or thing with that quality.Rate it:

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Appendix:Snowclones/you can't spell XYZ without YImplies a correlation between two items, where the second one is spelled with letters from the first one.Rate it:

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as the case may beAs is appropriate to the circumstances; particularly where a choice must be made between two options.Rate it:

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as the crow fliesIn a straight line distance between two locations, as opposed to the road distance or over land distance.Rate it:

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bad pennyA person or thing which is unpleasant, disreputable, or otherwise unwanted, especially one which repeatedly appears at inopportune times.Rate it:

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barber's signA standing pole and two wash-balls, historically used outside barber's shops.Rate it:

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bark up the wrong treeTo attempt or pursue the wrong thing; to take the wrong approach; to follow a false lead.Rate it:

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be on the horns of a dilemmaTo face a choice between two equally undesirable alternatives.Rate it:

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best of both worldsA combination of two seemingly contradictory benefits.Rate it:

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better an egg today than a hen tomorrowIt is better to have a sure thing now than a possibility of more later.Rate it:

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between a rock and a hard placeHaving the choice between two unpleasant or distasteful options; in a predicament or quandary.Rate it:

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between the hammer and the anvilWith the choice between two unpleasant or distasteful options; in a predicament or quandary.Rate it:

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betwixt and betweenNeither one thing nor the other.Rate it:

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bird in the handShortened form of "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush".Rate it:

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black-and-whiteClassifying people, objects or concepts as two polar opposites, especially "right" and "wrong"; dichotomous and inflexible.Rate it:

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blind dateA romantic meeting between two people who have never met before.Rate it:

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border onTo be almost like some other thing.Rate it:

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boys will be boysIt is hard, often fruitless, to attempt to curb the natural playfulness and tendency to mischief of most growing boys.1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Chapter 13But just then there was a slight altercation between Master Tommy and Master Jacky. Boys will be boys and our two twins were no exception to this golden rule.Even grown men usually remain somewhat boyish in heart"Boys will be boys", grinned grandpa while he joined his adult son playing with the fancy train-set he gave his grandson for Christmas while the kid was in school.Rate it:

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branch offto diverge into two or more separate paths.Rate it:

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bridgeA device which connects two or more computer buses, typically in a transparent manner.Rate it:

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bridgeA system which connects two or more local area networks at layer 2.Rate it:

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bridgeA valence bond, atom or chain of atoms that connects two different parts of a molecule; the atoms so connected being bridgeheads.Rate it:

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bridgeAn unintended solder connection between two or more components or pins.Rate it:

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bridge the gapTo serve as or create a connection between two disconnected or disparate things.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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build a better mousetrapTo invent the next great thing; to have a better idea.Rate it:

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burn the candle at both endsTo waste something in two directions at once.Rate it:

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butter one's bread on both sidesTo profit from two things at the same time, especially when those things seem contradictory or incompatible.Rate it:

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ça marcheOK, all right, sure, sure thing, that's fine, that works for meRate it:

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candle in the windA fragile or vulnerable thing, likely to be put in jeopardy.Rate it:

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cat and mouseA relationship in which two parties closely monitor and challenge one another in a suspicious or self-protective manner, often because each party is attempting to gain an advantage over the other.Rate it:

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cat and mouse gameTwo individuals and/or groups repeatedly keeping check on each other in a suspicious or self-protective way, often with the goal of one or both parties trying to gain a malicious advantage over the other.Rate it:

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change horses in midstreamTo change plans or approaches at an inopportune time, such as when an effort is already underway, generally considered an inadvisable thing to do.Rate it:

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clean upTo make an area or a thing clean; to pick up a mess; to tidy.Rate it:

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close enough for government workIt is not worth investing additional time on perfecting this thing.Rate it:

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closed bookA person or thing that cannot be easily understood; someone or something incomprehensible or puzzling.Rate it:

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come firstTo be the most important thing to consider.Rate it:

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common lawOne of two legal systems in England and in the United States before 1938 (the other being equity).Rate it:

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companyA military unit, typically consisting of two or three platoons.Rate it:

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consist inTo have the thing mentioned as the only or most important part.Rate it:

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cook offTo pull the pin from a grenade and wait two or three seconds before throwing.Rate it:

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cosy up toTo form a relationship with some one or some thing for the purpose of obtaining some benefit.Rate it:

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crash diveA rapid descent by a person or thing ending in a violent collision.Rate it:

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cross pathsTo be, by chance, in the same physical place at the same time, as a result of two completely separate journeys.Rate it:

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cross swordsUsed other than as an idiom: see cross, sword., to place or hold two swords so they cross each other.Rate it:

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CUThe ISO 3166-1 two-letter code for Cuba.Rate it:

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curate's eggA thing which has good and bad parts.Rate it:

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