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from the Department of the Bleeding Obvious

Of such an obvious meaning or implication as to be completely redundant, superfluous, or unnecessary. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Pauline: "The Prime Minister has said that lower-class families are bearing the brunt of the recession worse than anyone else." Johnny: "Wow, any other riveting news from the Department of the Bleeding Obvious?"

in the trouser department

1. Literally, relating to or having to do with trousers or pants. Of course, in the trouser department, a nicely fitted pair of slacks will always look more respectable than tracksuit bottoms.
2. slang Relating to or concerning a man's penis or its physical aspects. Look at that guy in his big flashy sports car. I reckon it's compensation for not having much in the trouser department, eh?
See also: department, trouser

not be somebody's department

  (informal)
if something is not your department, you are not responsible for dealing with it or you do not know much about it As regards getting your computer fixed, you'll have to ask someone else - I'm afraid it's not my department. In general doctors don't know much about nutrition: that's not their department.
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headache department

1. n. a central source of unnecessary problems; a person who habitually causes problems. Here’s another memo from the headache department.
2. and headache house n. a liquor store or department. I stopped in at the headache house for some supplies.
See also: department, headache
References in classic literature ?
Then would the noble lord, or right honourable gentleman, in whose department it was to defend the Circumlocution Office, put an orange in his pocket, and make a regular field-day of the occasion.
Such a nursery of statesmen had the Department become in virtue of a long career of this nature, that several solemn lords had attained the reputation of being quite unearthly prodigies of business, solely from having practised, How not to do it, as the head of the Circumlocution Office.
For Mr Tite Barnacle, Mr Arthur Clennam made his fifth inquiry one day at the Circumlocution Office; having on previous occasions awaited that gentleman successively in a hall, a glass case, a waiting room, and a fire-proof passage where the Department seemed to keep its wind.
The question may have been, in the course of official business, referred to the Circumlocution Department for its consideration.
No one connected with the boarding department seemed to have any idea that meals must be served at certain fixed and regular hours, and this was a source of great worry.
The one result obtained was the expression of purblind opinion by the authorities of the detective department which pointed to Isabel, or to one of the servants, as the undiscovered thief.
queried the head of the department, a pink-and-white-faced man, whose austere side-whiskers were belied by genial little eyes.
Well, we ought to have an etiquette department, then," said Felicity.
But you can't have an etiquette department unless questions are asked.
We want you to edit the household department, Felicity," I said, seeing a cloud lowering on that fair lady's brow.
Bev will run the scrap book department, besides the editorials," said the Story Girl, seeing that I was too modest to say it myself.
Chief Inspector Heat had had a disagreeably busy day since his department received the first telegram from Greenwich a little before eleven in the morning.
Chief Inspector Heat, an efficient officer of his department, stood his ground, but for a whole minute he did not advance.
Before the public he would have liked to vindicate the efficiency of his department by establishing the identity of that man.
But he was not certain of the view his department would take.