Robert_Haigh's entries

Here's the list of entries submitted by Robert_Haigh  — There are currently 16 entries total — keep up the great work!

a cauliflower earAn ear that has been permanently swollen and disfigured as a result of being repeatedly struck. Often a feature of a veteran boxer or rugby player.added
9 days ago
on a napoleonic scaleon a huge, ambitious scale.added
9 days ago
every bullet has its billetFate determines who shall be killed.added
9 days ago
in the family wayto become pregnantadded
9 days ago
lightning chessA form of chess in which each player must move much faster than normal. Time is controlled by a clock or a buzzer. If a player fails to make the time control he or she forfeits the game. Also known as speed chess.added
12 days ago
play the giddy goatto behave wildly, irresponsibly.added
14 days ago
intellectual myopiaa phrase coined for stupidity.added
14 days ago
the ivy can grow no higher than its hostA remark made by the French philosopher Descartes about critics: No matter how clever a critic may be, he can never surpass the writer on whom he is dependent.added
14 days ago
touch-move ruleIn chess, a rule that states any piece touched deliberately by a player, when it is their turn to move, must be moved if a legal move is possible.added
19 days ago
of the same kidneyOf the same character, or of the same type. It usually has a bad meaning.added
21 days ago
read the tea-leavesTo foretell someone's future by examining the tea-leaves at the bottom of the cup.added
21 days ago
sit on thornsTo be in a painful or embarrassing situation; to be in constant fear of being found out.added
24 days ago
a seat of learningA retreat for scholars where learning is an end in itself, like the universities.added
25 days ago
in through the back doorTo introduce a measure in a way which one's opponents will not notice.added
25 days ago
pride of placeThe best position.added
26 days ago
de facto(adverb) in fact, whether by right or not. (adjective) existing or holding a specified position in fact but not necessarily by legal right.added
26 days ago

We need you!

A proud member of STANDS4's vibrant and growing community of passionate editors.