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PunchboardA book-size laminated paper 1'/2 inch thick board with 25 to 200 drilled holes in surface. Holes contain 'accordion-fold', numbered kite-paper which when 'punched-out of board' with small PUNCH-tool may reveal a 'winning-chance number': Winning Numbers posted on board. Variety of Valuable prizes is predetermined by cost of a single 'PUNCH': Win! Box Candy, jewelry, trinkets, appliances, tools, flashlights et al:Rate it:

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pure finderSomeone who collected dog faeces for sale to tanneries (which used it as a siccative for bookbinding leather). Undertaken by old women in Britain in the 18th century. (Reference: Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore, 1987, paperback 1996 ISBN 1-86046-150-6 chapter 1 page 21.)Rate it:

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push itTo make an extraordinary or risky effort; to behave in a way which tests the limits; to expect too much.Rate it:

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put a gun to someone's headTo compel someone; to create a situation in which someone has no alternative course of action.Rate it:

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put down rootsTo do things which show that one wishes to stay put.Rate it:

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put the cat among the pigeonsProfessor Stephen Hawking put the cat among the pigeons last week with his cheery remarks about comet Machholz-2, which some astronomers believe could be heading our way. — The Times, 19 September 1994.Rate it:

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put up toTo encourage or trick to perform an action which is foolish or wrong.Rate it:

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put words in someone's mouthTo say or imply that someone has said something which he or she did not precisely or directly say.Rate it:

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quick-and-dirtyOf or pertaining to the creation or repair of software or hardware in a manner which permits operation within a brief period of time, although with compromised functionality or reliability.Rate it:

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quod erat demonstrandumwhich was to be proved; which was to be demonstrated.Rate it:

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quod googleWhich one should Google.Rate it:

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race against timeA situation in which something must be done hurriedly, by a deadline.Rate it:

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rag baggerA sailboat, usually a cruising sailboats which tend to carry and store lots of supplies along the deck, or any sailboat that looks like a neglected vessel, or messy vessel.Rate it:

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reach-aroundA passing style in which the ballhandler performs a crossover step in the direction of the intended pass and then extends his or her arms to throw the pass around the defender.Rate it:

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real dealA thing or person which is genuine, authentic, or worthy of serious regard.Rate it:

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real jobA job which requires the employee to, work regular hours for a consistent wage that often exceeds the provisions of applicable minimum wage legislation. A job that produces a living wage.Rate it:

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revolving door syndromeA situation in which employee turnover in an organization is inordinately high.Rate it:

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revolving door syndromeA situation in which a person or group repeats a cycle of behaviors or experiences, usually with unsuccessful or undesirable results.Rate it:

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revolving door syndromeA situation in which an individual changes employers, perhaps more than once, switching between employment with the government or with an organization having oversight authority and employment with an organization regulated by or overseen by the other employer.Rate it:

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ride on a railTo be subjected to a punishment most prevalent in the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries in which an offender was made to straddle a fence rail held on the shoulders of two or more bearers. The victim was then paraded around town or taken to the city limits and dumped by the roadside.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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rocket scientistSomeone qualified to understand or handle that which is overly complex, detailed or confusing; a genius.Rate it:

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roll off the tongueTo proceed into oral expression in a manner which is fluent, appealing, or glib.Rate it:

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root causeAn initiating cause of a chain of events which leads to an outcome or effect of interest.Rate it:

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roped into itIndividuals occasionally become involved with agendas which present untenable conditions, agendas or personality conflicts.Rate it:

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round tableA conference at which participants of similar status discuss and exchange viewsRate it:

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rubber jungleIn a commercial passenger airliner, the dense, forest-like profusion of suspended tubes, straps, bags, and masks which results when large numbers of oxygen masks are deployed.Rate it:

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rule the dayTo set the standard which guides behavior; to control a situation, group, strategy, etc.Rate it:

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rumor campaignA method of persuasion in which damaging rumors or innuendo are deliberately spread concerning a person or other target, while the source of the rumors tries to avoid detection.Rate it:

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Russian rouletteA deadly game in which a person loads a single bullet in the cylinder of a revolver, spins the cylinder so that the location of the bullet is unknown, points the weapon at his/her head, and pulls the trigger. In its most lethal form, played by multiple participants each of whom takes a turn until the weapon discharges.Rate it:

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sacred cowSomething which cannot be tampered with, or criticized, for fear of public outcry.Rate it:

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saddleA part, such as a flange, which is hollowed out to fit upon a convex surface and serve as a means of attachment or support.Rate it:

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same old storyWhat usually happens, a happening which is not surprising.Rate it:

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saran (fiber) (us) a term used to describe manufactured fibersSaran (fibre) (US) A Term Used To Describe Manufactured Fibers In Which The Fibre-forming Substance Is Any Long-chain Synthetic Polymer Composed Of At Least 80% By Weight Of 1,1-dichloroethene (vinylidene Chloride) Units. The Iso Generic Name Is ChlorofibreRate it:

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save by the bellIn a boxing or wrestling match or similar competition, to ring the bell which concludes the round and thereby to prevent a competitor who has been knocked down from being counted out by the referee.Rate it:

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saved by the bellIn a boxing or wrestling match or similar competition, spared from being counted out by the referee by the ringing of the bell which concludes the round.Rate it:

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say cheeseUsed imperatively to elicit a smile from someone for a photograph by their saying "cheese" (the vowel of which, when pronounced as is usual in English, forces a somewhat smile-shaped mouth).Rate it:

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say no moreWhat has already been said conveys all the meaning and information needed to draw a conclusion concerning a matter which it would be imprudent to discuss further.Rate it:

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scratch outTo remove something which was written, by erasing or by putting a mark through it.Rate it:

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screwed, blued and tattooedPlaced in a perplexing, very difficult situation, especially a situation in which one has been unjustly victimized.Rate it:

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se a carapuça serviuif the shoe fits; if the cap fitsRate it:

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se fourrer le doigt dans l’œil jusqu’au coude (pop.)To deceive oneself most blindly; To put one’s foot in it.Rate it:

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se tirer une balle dans le piedto shoot oneself in the footRate it:

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see you in hellA farewell which implies that the person addressed is about to die and be damned.Rate it:

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sell a bargainA species of wit, much in vogue about the latter end of the reign of Queen Anne, and frequently alluded to by Dean Swift, who says the maids of honour often amused themselves with it. It consisted in the seller naming his or her hinder parts, in answer to the question, What? which the buyer was artfully led to ask. As a specimen, take the following instance: A lady would come into a room full of company, apparently frightened, crying out "It is white, and follows me!" As soon as someone responded "What?" she sold him the bargain, by saying "Mine arse".Rate it:

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sell down the riverTo betray, especially in a manner which causes serious difficulty for the one betrayed.Rate it:

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sell-by dateThe final date on which a perishable product can be legally sold to the public.Rate it:

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separate the wheat from the chaffTo select only that which is of value.Rate it:

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set the thames on fireTo achieve something amazing; to do something which brings great public acclaim.Rate it:

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shank-nagTo travel on foot.Rate it:

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