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a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go downAn otherwise unpleasant situation can be pleasant when a pleasant aspect is deliberately introduced.1999, Eli Yassif, The Hebrew Folktale: History, Genre, Meaning, Indiana University Press, ISBN 0253335833, page 372,One is known as the "sweetening parable," that is to say a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Thus, when the aim is to preach to the people, to guide them along the "bitter," arduous path of upholding burdensome precepts and prohibitions, a tale can lighten the load, make the "medicine" easier "to swallow."2001, Maureen Reagan, First Father, First Daughter: A Memoir, Little, Brown, ISBN 0316736368, page 319,It put some fun into the tedious business of preparing for a presidential debate. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, right?2004, John Hoover, How to Work for an Idiot: Survive & Thrive... Without Killing Your Boss, Career Press, ISBN 1564147045, page 11,If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, a barrel of laughs can wash down the big pills you might need to swallow.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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freedom of speechThe right of citizens to speak, or otherwise communicate, without fear of harm or prosecution.Rate it:

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dry outTo have excess water evaporate or be otherwise removed.Rate it:

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pain in the assSomething that causes discomfort or is otherwise troublesome.Rate it:

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kangaroo courtA judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding, or a group which conducts such proceedings, which is without proper authority, abusive, or otherwise unjust.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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achilles' heela weak point or fault in someone or something otherwise perfect or excellentRate it:

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all dressed up and nowhere to goElaborately attired or otherwise fully prepared for an anticipated situation or activity which, nevertheless, fails to occur.Rate it:

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better angelsMorally upright or otherwise positive attributes of human character.Rate it:

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booze canA nightclub or bar, especially one which operates illegally or is otherwise disreputable.Rate it:

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break downTo become unstable, mentally or otherwise.Rate it:

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break the cycleTo act so as to end a repeating pattern of harmful or otherwise negative behavior.Rate it:

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bystander effectThat someone is less likely to help another if other potential helpers are present than otherwise.Rate it:

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ceteris rebus (not cetera)as regards the rest; otherwise.Rate it:

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check offto remove something from a list, by crossing it or otherwiseRate it:

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cradle robberA person who marries or becomes romantically involved with someone who is much younger or who employs or otherwise engages a young person for a purpose inappropriate for his or her age.Rate it:

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cross the aisleTo vote, unite, or otherwise co-operate with members of another political party in order to achieve governmental or political action.Rate it:

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Derangement SyndromeThe acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal and balanced people triggered by the mention of a specific topic.Rate it:

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find one's voiceTo become willing or able to talk or otherwise express one's opinions.Rate it:

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fucked upin disarray or dishevelment (emotionally or otherwise)Rate it:

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give as good as one getsTo behave toward others in a manner resembling or commensurate with their behavior towards oneself, especially in a situation where one is insulted or otherwise ill-treated.Rate it:

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gold plateto incorporate costly or otherwise excessive features or refinements unnecessarily, to over engineerRate it:

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harsh one's mellowDisturbing someone otherwise in a state of calm.Rate it:

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keep to oneselfTo refrain from telling or otherwise expressing.Rate it:

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kick the tiresTo inspect something to ensure it meets expected standards or has favored characteristics, typically before committing to purchasing or otherwise selecting it.Rate it:

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killTo amaze, exceed, stun, or otherwise incapacitate.Rate it:

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leave for deadTo abandon a person or other living creature that is injured or otherwise incapacitated, assuming that the death of the one abandoned will soon follow.Rate it:

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live oneSomeone who is eccentric, nonconformist, or otherwise peculiar.Rate it:

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look out! there's a car coming!Pay attention, otherwise you can be ran over.Rate it:

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low roadA course of action which is undignified, wrongful, or otherwise unseemly.Rate it:

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moment in the sunA brief instance in which an otherwise obscure, unremarkable, or humble person draws attention.Rate it:

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mouth breatherA person who is boorish, stupid, or otherwise unattractive.Rate it:

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mouth offTo complain or otherwise express oneself in a loud, immoderate manner.Rate it:

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not a pretty sightSomething disappointing, disquieting, disreputable, or otherwise unworthy of admiration.Rate it:

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open seasonA situation in which someone is endangered, blamed, harassed, or opposed in a sustained manner by a number of others; a situation in which something is endangered or otherwise opposed.Rate it:

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or elseOtherwise or as an alternative.Rate it:

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out on one's earFired, dismissed or thrown out, especially for some wrongdoing or otherwise with disgrace.Rate it:

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pick up onTo notice, observe, learn, or understand, especially something otherwise overlooked.Rate it:

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play fast and looseTo be recklessly inaccurate, inappropriate, or otherwise ignoring guidelines and conventions.Rate it:

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play offTo pretend not to be embarrassed, upset, impressed, or otherwise affected by something.Rate it:

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powder kegAn explosive or otherwise volatile situation.Rate it:

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push someone's buttonsTo do specific things to anger someone (less commonly, sexually arouse or otherwise elicit a strong reaction), especially intentionally or maliciously.Rate it:

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put words in someone's mouthTo encourage or induce someone to appear to assert something by asking a leading question or by otherwise manipulating him or her.Rate it:

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res ita (aliter) se habetthe matter stands so (otherwise).Rate it:

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robber baronIn Europe, an aristocrat who charged exorbitant fees or otherwise exacted money from people who journeyed across land or waterways which he controlled.Rate it:

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slam one's clam on crazyFor a woman to have sex with another person deemed insane or otherwise undesirableRate it:

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soft shoeA speech, explanation, sales pitch, or other set of remarks delivered in a restrained or conciliatory manner in order to persuade, distract, or otherwise influence someone.Rate it:

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spiff upto decorate or otherwise make more attractiveRate it:

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