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give overUsually as an imperative. To tell someone to stop molesting, fooling around, or saying silly things. Or sometimes to stop saying flattering things.Rate it:

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somewhere over the rainbowat an unknown, hypothetical, or very distant placeRate it:

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listen upTo listen closely; to pay attention. Often used in the imperative.Rate it:

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John Q. PublicA generic individual; some hypothetical average or ordinary citizen.Rate it:

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red face testA hypothetical test of a person's embarrassment, that is either passed or failed. Saying one passes the red face test means one would not blush and thus would not be embarrassed by disclosing something to others or doing something, and saying one fails the red face test means a situation would cause them discernible embarrassment.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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allons-yfirst-person plural imperative of y allerRate it:

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bear a handto make haste; to help quickly (used mostly in the imperative)Rate it:

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China syndromeA hypothetical kind of catastrophic failure in which a nuclear reactor melts through the floor of its containment system and penetrates the earth's surface, continuing downward as if (from a Western Hemispheric point of view) traveling through the planet toward China.Rate it:

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copious free timeA hypothetical time set aside for performing time-consuming tasks, however insinuating that the speaker really has no free time.Rate it:

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dont acteTenez-vous-le pour dit. Prenez bonne note de la chose. — Note : Dans cet emploi, dont acte a une connotation impérative, sans réplique.Rate it:

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get downTo duck or take cover, usually to avoid harm. Commonly used as a caution or warning in the imperative.Rate it:

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if pigs had wings they would fly(colloquial) Expresses speakers skepticism toward a hypothetical argument by another.Rate it:

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jack it inAn imperative to stop doing something that the speaker finds annoying.Rate it:

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Joe AverageA hypothetical average or generic individual; the common man (or person, by extension).Rate it:

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Joe CitizenA hypothetical average or generic citizen; the man on the street.Rate it:

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Joe PublicA hypothetical average or generic member of the public; the common man (or person, by extension).Rate it:

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keep it realIn the imperative, an exhortation used as a departing salutation.Rate it:

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pull the other legIn imperative/precative form, used to imply that the speaker does not accept or believe what another has just said.Rate it:

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read someone's lipsTo pay close attention (often imperative).Rate it:

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say whenAn imperative form used to request that the interlocutor indicate when one should stop doing something, esp. pouring a drink, because one has reached a sufficient amount.Rate it:

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show a legTo wake up and get out of bed. (Used mostly in the imperative).Rate it:

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slásingular imperative of sláaRate it:

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stop the pressesAn imperative form used to introduce especially new, important, surprising, or recent developments.Rate it:

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take it awayTo begin, especially used to launch a performance of some sort (usually imperative and/or exclamatory).Rate it:

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watch itTo be careful or cautious; to pay attention to what one is doing (usually imperative).Rate it:

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watch one's mouthIn the imperative form, used as a warning to avoid or stop using inappropriate language, especially profanity, or disrespectful utterances.Rate it:

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watch outTo be aware or conscious; to look closely or carefully; to use caution. Often used in the imperative.Rate it:

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work around the clockTo work all day and all night without a break, because it is imperative to finish something.Rate it:

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woulda, coulda, shouldaAn expression of dismissiveness or disappointment concerning a statement, question, explanation, course of action, or occurrence involving hypothetical possibilities, uncertain facts, or missed opportunities.Rate it:

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