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play the ball and not the manTo attack the ball instead of an opponent who is usually controlling the ball. Often considered a positive action, and sometimes a requirement not to concede a penalty.Rate it:

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play the ball and not the manTo object to someone's argument by attacking the argument itself instead of them or a facet of their personality; to avoid or make the opposite of an ad hominem attack. Usually considered a positive action, and an avoidance of a fallacious argumentative technique. Often used in comparison to play the man and not the ball.Rate it:

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play the man and not the ballTo attack an opponent instead of attacking the ball, which is usually being controlled by the attacked player at the time.Rate it:

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play the man and not the ballTo object to someone's argument by attacking them or a facet of their personality instead of the argument itself; to make an ad hominem attack.Rate it:

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man is man to manThe human is a human for itselfRate it:

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give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetimeIt is more worthwhile to teach someone to do something than to do it for them.Rate it:

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give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetimeIt is more worthwhile to teach someone to do something, than to do something for them.Rate it:

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if there's grass on the pitch, play ballOnce someone has grown pubic hair or started puberty, they are sexually accessible.Rate it:

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play ballAn expression used at the beginning of a game of baseball.Rate it:

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play ballTo start anything tumultuous.Rate it:

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play ballTo work together; to cooperate.Rate it:

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one man's meat is another man's poisonPeople have differing tastes; what pleases one person may displease another.Rate it:

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man is a wolf to manHumans prey upon one another.Rate it:

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take one's ball and go homeTo cease participating in an activity that has turned to one's disadvantage, especially out of spite, or in a way that prevents others from participating as well.Rate it:

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God does not play dice with the universeThe course of all events is predetermined.Rate it:

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Adam and Eve not Adam and SteveImplying that only heterosexual relations are normal.Rate it:

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waste not, want notIf one is not wasteful then one will not be needy.Rate it:

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do not pass go, do not collect $200A phrase telling someone to pursue a path directly without deviations.Rate it:

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if you're not Dutch, you're not muchThe Dutch culture is vastly superior to all other cultures in existence.Rate it:

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do not pass Go, do not collect two hundred dollarsAlternative spelling of do not pass go, do not collect $200Rate it:

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do not pass go, do not collect £200A phrase telling someone to pursue a path directly without deviations.Rate it:

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not my circus, not my monkeysIt's none of my business; indicates that one is not responsible for controlling or changing a volatile or delicate situation.Rate it:

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not your circus, not your monkeysIt's none of your business; an exhortation to stay out of a volatile or delicate situation.Rate it:

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bygones be bygones, and fair play for time to comeLet all past wrongs be forgotten, with a resumption of cordial relations.Rate it:

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Play Cat and MouseTo make someone fool by playing tricks, to annoy or tease someoneRate it:

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all work and no play makes jack a dull boyToo much focus on one's career is often viewed unfavorably.Too much hard work and not enough leisure time can be unhealthy.Rate it:

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and don't play one on TVA term often used after a person claims to have no expertise in a topic of discussion, but still wants to contribute a comment.Rate it:

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party and playUsed other than as an idiom: see party, play.Rate it:

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party and playMarked by the use of drugs and the absence of sexual inhibitions.Rate it:

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Play Fast and LooseTo be capricious and irresponsible, to do all that pleases one without caring to have offended othersRate 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 fast and looseTo ignore proper behavior or social conventions, especially when it suits ones purpose.Rate it:

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early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wiseplatitude from Benjamin Franklin under the pseudonym Poor Richard.Rate it:

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

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man and boyDuring one's manhood and during one's boyhoodRate it:

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man and wifeA newly married coupleRate it:

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time and tide tarry for no manAlternative form of time and tide wait for no man.Rate it:

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ground ball with eyesA weakly hit ground ball that barely evades the infielders.Rate it:

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wait for the ball to dropTo wait in expectation of an occurrence.Rate it:

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ball upTo crush into a ball shape.Rate it:

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ball upTo hunch over and pull in one's arms and legs.Rate it:

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get the ball rollingTo begin; to start some action; to set in motion.Rate it:

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keep one's eye on the ballMy ethos has always been to be very straight with people, tell it as it is. It doesn't often make people happy but I found that over a period of time it's better to be that way. So being straight, also being very focused on your objectives, keep your eye on the ball and not get deflected away from it.Rate it:

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Behind the Eight BallGetting into trouble or difficult situation due to bad luck, a situation through which, one might not get out easilyRate it:

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On the BallWell informed, alert, attentive, aware, competentRate it:

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bald as a billiard ballOne whom has lost much hair and prematurely bald.Rate it:

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ball hogA player who keeps the ball to themselves, rather than passing itRate it:

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ball of fireA person who is especially hard-working, high-achieving, ambitious, or active.Rate it:

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ball outMisspelling of bawl out.Rate it:

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ball-breakerA person or task which is excessively demanding or punishing.Rate it:

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