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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

be (not) (one's) department

To be one's area of expertise or responsibility. I can't approve expense reports—that's not my department. Car repair is my dad's department, so he should be able to help you out.
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not (one's) department

Not one's area of expertise or responsibility. I can't approve expense reports—that's not my department. Car repair isn't really Jim's department, but I'll take a look at the engine if you like.
See also: department, not

not your department

If a task or area of knowledge is not your department, you are not responsible for it or do not know much about it. The political issues are something else, but that's not really my department. `If you identify him, then what?' — `Not my department.' Note: You can also say that something is your department if you are responsible for it or know a lot about it. `So what do we do with him?' Admiral Polaski asked. `That, gentlemen, is our department,' Rintner said. Bill spoke expertly. This had been his department.
See also: department, not

be somebody’s department

(spoken) be something that somebody is responsible for or knows a lot about: Don’t ask me about it — that’s Helen’s department, not mine.
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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
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I've been looking at other departments and I've decided I want this one.
In urban areas, departments use reserve officers to assist with traffic and crowd control during public events, such as concerts and parades.
The taxpayer indicated it would treat such costs of its engineering and procurement departments as MSC for SSCM purposes.
However, to summarize, the ECB issues violations through the Department of Buildings, Fire Department, Department of Sanitation, Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection.
Each of our 145 departments now provides a monthly forecast that allows us to look forward with more accuracy and identify course corrections sooner rather than later.
Today, corporate tax departments are faced with a daunting array of responsibilities and pressures that were unheard of five years ago.
Moving a bit closer to the mill for which we are budgeting, we can see from the illustration that I have identified 10 departments.
Collaboration within and among departments is encouraged.
More recently, the Bush administration has proposed creating an entirely new cabinet-level department, the Department of Homeland Security, to fill the alleged void in homeland defense capabilities.
P751: The Aviation Department supports the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in the development and execution of major EMS aircraft programs.
While some audit departments have a hierarchy of positions ranging from neophyte to manager, Tosco hires mainly manager-level staff and some seniors.
Wilson's executive order mandated that agencies and departments "eliminate all preferential treatment requirements that exceed federal or statutory law" and set goals and timetables, which are required by statutory law, based on "the employment pool possessing the necessary qualifications for the particular job classification at issue, rather than on general work force parity.
How could anyone try to evaluate the Labor or Energy Departments without these kinds of simple observations?
Almost every major company across the United States employs an internal audit staff, with some departments numbering in the hundreds.
As a requirement of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, all departments must document that these indicators are performed by reporting monthly to the department managers and quarterly to the quality assessment committee.