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(straight) from central casting

(sometimes capitalized as Central Casting) Having, fitting, or conforming to well-established stereotypical traits or characteristics of a given type of person, character, group, situation, or style. The phrase is a reference to Central Casting, a California-based casting company that specializes in hiring for roles as extras, body doubles, and for bit parts. My grandfather looks like a cowboy from central casting, with his boots, Stetson hat, and mouth full of chewing tobacco. It was a campy, schlocky B-movie, complete with pointless romance, cheesy special effects, and an alien monster straight from Central Casting.
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(straight) out of central casting

(sometimes capitalized as Central Casting) Having, fitting, or conforming to well-established stereotypical traits or characteristics of a given type of person, character, group, situation, or style. The phrase is a reference to Central Casting, a California-based casting company that specializes in hiring for roles as extras, body doubles, and for bit parts. My grandfather looks like a cowboy out of central casting, with his boots, Stetson hat, and mouth full of chewing tobacco. It was a campy, schlocky B-movie, complete with pointless romance, cheesy special effects, and an alien monster straight out of Central Casting.
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central dogma

The core belief of a particular area of study. It is often used in molecular biology to describe the relationship between DNA, RNA, and proteins. The central dogma of molecular biology is that DNA makes RNA, which makes protein.
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*busy as a beaver (building a new dam)

 and *busy as a bee; *busy as a one-armed paperhanger; *busy as Grand Central Station; *busy as a cat on a hot tin roof; *busy as a fish peddler in Lent; *busy as a cranberry merchant (at Thanksgiving); *busy as popcorn on a skillet
very busy. (*Also: as ~.) My boss keeps me as busy as a one-armed paperhanger. I don't have time to talk to you. I'm as busy as a beaver. When the tourist season starts, this store is busy as Grand Central Station. Sorry I can't go to lunch with you. I'm as busy as a beaver building a new dam. Prying into other folks' business kept him busy as popcorn on a skillet.
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busy as a beaver

Also, busy as a bee. Hardworking, very industrious, as in With all her activities, Sue is always busy as a bee, or Bob's busy as a beaver trying to finish painting before it rains. The comparison to beavers dates from the late 1700s, the variant from the late 1300s. Also see eager beaver; work like a beaver.
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Grand Central Station

n. any busy and hectic place. (From Grand Central Station in New York City—a very busy place.) At just about closing time, this place becomes Grand Central Station.
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Fournir les carburants De son cote, le Gouvernement a decide, dans sa recente reunion, d'augmenter les quantites de gaz naturel fournies aux centrales electriques de 77 millions de metres cubes/jour a 84 millions de metres cubes/jour.
La reaction du P-DG de Sonelgaz intervient a la suite d'informations publiees par des medias mettant en cause la transparence dans les procedures de passation du marche pour le projet de realisation de la centrale de Hadjret Enouss (wilaya de Tipasa) a la firme canadienne SNC Lavalin.
La centrale de Guiza Nord, elle fonctionne a systeme de circuit complexe.
Etant un substitut bon marche et disponible, le charbon fut le choix du ministere de l'Energie pour combler la penurie de carburants et mettre un terme aux coupures de courant engendrees par le manque de carburants aux centrales electriques.
La semaine derniere, le secteur de l'electricite fut aussi contraint de reduire les tensions du reseau de 1300 magawatts, mettant ainsi six centrales d'electricite hors de service.
Les centrales n'ont pas fonctionne faute de carburant.
La Compagnie Holding d'Electricite d'Egypte a appele ces derniers a mettre un terme a ce siege pour reprendre les activites dans les deux centrales.
Selon la source, nombre de centrales temoignent actuellement d'une baisse d'alimentation en gaz naturel, ce qui affecte leur capacite de production d'electricite.
beaucoup moins que]La centrale d'Abou Qir est parmi les plus grandes centrales de production d'electricite.
Par Ingi Amr Une centrale de purification privee semble etre la source de cette contamination.
Les centrales d'Abou Qir (650 MW) et de Damiette Ouest (500 MW) seront mises en fonction au cours du mois d'aout.
Les sit-in arretent les centrales En prevision a cela, le ministere a du reduire les taux de charges et de capacites d'energies electriques dans certains villages et dans certaines regions des villes, pour affronter cette crise.
Le secteur de l'Electricite a surmonte les difficultes liees a la mise au point des centrales d'Abou Qir et Damiette qui entreront en service en juillet.
De son cote, le ministre de l'Interieur a indique que des forces de Police assumeront la mission de securiser les centrales hydrauliques a Matrouh.
Le ministere des Finances a donne son aval au deblocage d'un montant d'un milliard de dollars pour le compte du ministere du Petrole afin qu'il puisse fournir le carburant et le fuel necessaires au fonctionnement des centrales electriques et d'autres, dans le cadre des efforts deployes pour parer a une baisse de la tension electrique dans certaines centrales alimentant des regions precises.
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