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Murphy's law

The axiom that if something can go wrong, it will. The manager always tries to anticipate Murphy's law, having us prepare for anything that could possibly go wrong on a project. Of course the toast landed butter-side down. Murphy's law.
See also: law

go see Mrs. Murphy

euphemism, old-fashioned To go to the bathroom to use the toilet. Excuse me, I just need to go see Mrs. Murphy for a moment. A: "Where's John?" B: "He just had to see Mrs. Murphy, should be back soon."
See also: go, Murphy, see

going to see Mrs. Murphy

euphemism, old-fashioned Going to the bathroom to use the toilet. Excuse me, I'm just going to see Mrs. Murphy for a moment. A: "Where's John?" B: "He's going to see Mrs. Murphy, should be back soon."
See also: going, Murphy, see

visiting Mrs. Murphy

euphemism, old-fashioned Going to the bathroom to use the toilet. Excuse me, I'm just visiting Mrs. Murphy for a moment. A: "Where's John?" B: "He's visiting Mrs. Murphy, should be back soon."
See also: Murphy, visit

Murphy's law

If anything can go wrong, it will, as in We may think we've covered all the details for the benefit, but remember Murphy's law . The identity of Murphy, if ever a real person, is unknown. Some think it alludes to (but was not invented by) a feckless Irishman named Murphy. [c. 1940]
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Murphy's law

if anything can go wrong it will.
Murphy's law is said to have been the inspiration of a Californian project manager for the firm Northrop, referring to a remark made in 1949 by a colleague, Captain Edward Murphy of the Wright Field-Aircraft Laboratory. In 1955 , Aviation Mechanics Bulletin explained Murphy's Law as ‘If an aircraft part can be installed incorrectly, someone will install it that way’.
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ˌMurphy’s ˈLaw

(humorous) a statement of the fact that, if anything can possibly go wrong, it will go wrong: Of course it had to be the day of my job interview that the car broke down — it’s Murphy’s Law.This expression was named after Edward A. Murphy, Jr., an engineer in the US Air Force.
See also: law

Mrs. Murphy

n. a bathroom. Whose turn is it at Mrs. Murphy’s?
See also: Murphy


1. n. a potato. I spent half my tour of duty peeling murphies.
2. n. a breast. (Crude. Usually plural. Usually objectionable.) She stood about six feet tall and was turned in the light so her murphies stood out in silhouette.
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David and Katherine Murphy own Concepts and Traditions Limited, operating The Soup Cellar and The Loft, one downstairs and one upstairs at 815 Front St.
Prosecutors also said they have video of Pelaez meeting with a Russian government official in Latin America where they say money was exchanged and that they have more than 100 messages between the Murphys and their Russian handlers.
Newspaper reports of the day acknowledged the Murphys for their work.
IN THIS family comedy, Eddie Murphy plays the leader of a race of one and three-quarter inch high aliens on a mercy mission to save their dying planet and also the extraterrestrials' spaceship, "Dave", which has been designed to look like a human so the otherworldly visitors can pass among us unnoticed.
org is a noble effort, and I don't envy Ricky for his self-appointed task to keep everything updated, but the Murphys could use a little more input from the community.
Catherine and Stuart Murphy and their four young children have spent 12 weeks living in one pounds 40-a-night room at the Welcome Lodge at Sarn Services on the M4 which has only a microwave and toaster to prepare their meals.
But for Randy Murphy, his stay is more like a nightmare.
The small winery is located in Mountain Ranch in Calaveras County with a tasting room in Murphys.
The resulting household turmoil was quelled when a family psychiatrist told the Murphys "that this was not a bad thing and that there was nothing wrong with it," he says.
Unlike the Murphys, Tony McCoy was bitter in what must have been the sweetest moment of his week as he won the Murphys Gold Cup aboard Cyfor Malta at Cheltenham on Saturday, writes VERITAS.
Fitzgerald's novel Tender Is the Night (1934) was dedicated to the couple, and its main characters, Dick and Nicole Diver, were, in part, patterned on the Murphys.
a startup located in Branford, is this months Murphys Innovator of the Month.
Featuring classic songs from U2 and the Dropkick Murphys to newer music from Macklemore and Ed Sheeran, check out these 17 Irish-themed tracks below:
Fianna Fail Cllr Gerry Finnerty told of the community's shock and added: "The Murphys are very popular and the company he was working with was very popular.