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three wise monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.avoid all evil in every formRate it:

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necessary evilAn unfavorable thing that must be done or accepted, especially because the available alternative courses of action or inaction would be worse.Rate it:

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evil twinA duplicate or counterpart of something or someone that acts in a contrary, nefarious, or insidious manner.Rate it:

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evil twinA rogue wireless access point installed near a legitimate one for purposes of eavesdropping or phishing.Rate it:

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sufficient unto the day is the evil thereofNo need to worry about the future; the present provides enough to worry about.Rate it:

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bad to the boneCompletely bad and evil; pure evil.Rate it:

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no frillsBasic or simple; providing only what is necessary, without anything extra or fancy.Rate it:

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draw outTo make something last for more time than is necessary; prolong; extend.Rate it:

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spark offTo initiate something by providing the necessary conditions.Rate it:

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you can't make an omelette without breaking eggsIn order to achieve something, it is inevitable and necessary that something should be destroyed.Rate it:

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ante upTo pay a fee necessary to play a game, typically a card gameRate it:

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managerial inbreedingBad management, caused by managers making poor selection choices in recruitment, rewards, and promotions of the staff that report to them, leading to another generation of managers who lack the necessary skill sets to reward and promote the most effective staff.Rate it:

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measure twice and cut once(literally, carpentry) One should double-check one's measurements for accuracy before cutting a piece of wood; otherwise it may be necessary to cut again, wasting time and material.1872, "Dressmaking," Hall's Journal of Health, vol. 19, no. 12, p. 280:Look at Carpenters! . . . In old times it was a proverb "Measure twice, and cut once."(figuratively, by extension) Plan and prepare in a careful, thorough manner before taking action.2008, Hilary Johnson, "Mergers rattle bank relations," Financial Week, 9 Nov. (retrieved 9 Nov. 2008):Mr. Paz noted that since the onset of the credit crisis, eBay, like other companies, hasnRate it:

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tackle the jobDetermine tools and manpower needed, Move on site, Begin and complete necessary demolition, Launch make-ready tasks in order for all trades to move on site and begin the new construction.Rate it:

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you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omeletteIn order to achieve something, it is inevitable and necessary that something should be destroyed.Rate it:

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a day late and a dollar shortCome into the picture minus some necessary fundamental factors or entities.Rate it:

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time and tide wait for no manaction is necessary without delayRate it:

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à chaque jour suffit sa peineSufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.Rate it:

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a question ofThe important question is; the necessary question is.Rate it:

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adhocdone if necessaryRate it:

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aller en flandre sans couteauTo embark in an enterprise without the necessary resources.Rate it:

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autant vaut être mordu d’un chien que d’une chienneOne evil is as bad as the other.Rate it:

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Beauty is in the Eye of the BeholderThere is no specific standard to measure beauty. So, if a person sees a beautiful thing it is not necessary that it is found beautiful by other too. They might have different opinions, as every person has his own ideas and approach.Rate it:

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blackBad; evil.Rate it:

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black magicMagic derived from evil forces, as distinct from good or benign forces; or magic performed with the intention of doing harm.Rate it:

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black manAn evil spirit, a demon.Rate it:

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Chickens Come Home to RoostCertain words or actions, which carry evil intentions, always haunt a person - who uses them or carries them outRate it:

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fall through the cracksTo be missed; to escape the necessary notice or attention.Rate it:

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familiarity breeds contemptThe more acquainted one becomes with a person, the more one knows about his or her shortcomings and, hence, the easier it is to dislike that person.1894, H. Rider Haggard, The People Of The Mist, ch. 25:This was the beginning of evil, for if no man is a hero to his valet de chambre, much less can he remain a god for long in the eyes of a curious woman. Here, as in other matters, familiarity breeds contempt.Rate it:

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fit the moldPossession of a variety of necessary and appropriate attributes and aptitudes can reveal an individual as fitting the mold for a specific difficult challenge.Rate it:

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flipsideA necessary consequence or corollary of something; especially one seen as opposite, or as pro versus con.Rate it:

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get a fixTo obtain something necessary, especially a dose of an addictive drug or anything else compulsively sought after.Rate it:

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get it how one livesTo achieve wealth or success by any means necessary.Rate it:

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go through the millTo experience the suffering or discipline necessary to bring one to a certain degree of knowledge or skill, or to a certain mental state.Rate it:

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God's workWork that is very important and necessary, especially that which receives little or no recognition or pay.Rate it:

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high timeA point in time at which something desirable or necessary is considered to be utterly due or even overdue to occur.Rate it:

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idle hands are the devil's workshopOne who is idle will likely come to do evil.Rate it:

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if need beIf necessary; if there is a need.Rate it:

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il a reculé pour mieux sauter1. He waited for something better. 2. (ironic.) He avoided a small evil to fall into a greater.Rate it:

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it happensWorrying is not necessary, since it is common to make this mistake or for this to occur.Rate it:

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it's not what you know but who you knowFor success, and especially to obtain employment, one's knowledge and skills are less useful and less important than one's network of personal contacts.1951, G. P. Bush and L. H. Hattery, "Federal Recruitment of Junior Engineers," Science, vol. 114, no. 2966, p. 456:Eighty-four students referred to political influence as a disadvantage of federal employment with such remarks as: "There are too many political connections necessary . . . it's not what you know but who you knowRate it:

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just what the doctor orderedExactly what is necessary or useful in a given situation.Rate it:

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killer instinctThe natural inclination to do whatever is necessary to succeed (including extreme violence)Rate it:

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move heaven and earthTo do whatever is necessary, including extreme or unusual actions; to go to extremes.Rate it:

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need-to-knowgiven to another only when necessary.Rate it:

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no-frillsbasic or simple; providing only what is necessary, without anything extra or fancyRate it:

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set the wheels in motionto initiate a chain of events necessary to help one achieve a goal (more quickly)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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splash outTo spend a lot of money on something desired but not necessary.Rate it:

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the end justifies the meansMorally wrong actions are sometimes necessary to achieve morally right outcomes; actions can only be considered morally right or wrong by virtue of the morality of the outcome.Rate it:

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