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the dismal science

A disparaging term for the discipline of economics, coined in 1849 by Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle as a label for the school of economists who supported the abolition of slavery. Economists have predicted that the exponential population growth will eventually cause our entire society to collapse in on itself—I suppose that is why they are known as practitioners of the dismal science.
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be not rocket science

To not be a pursuit, activity, or endeavor that requires extraordinary skill or intelligence. Look, all you need to do is reformat the hard drive on your computer. It isn't rocket science! Sure, it took a little bit of time to figure out, but reinstalling the modem wasn't rocket science or anything.
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rocket science

A pursuit, activity, or endeavor that requires extraordinary skill or intelligence. Most often used in the negative to imply the opposite. Look, all you need to do is reformat the hard drive on your computer. It isn't rocket science! I thought it would be simple enough to fix the car's engine on my own, but this turned out to be like rocket science to me!
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have something down to a science

to be able to manage all the details of doing something very well We have traffic management at the new stadium down to a science.
Related vocabulary: have something down pat
See also: down, have, science

blind somebody with science

  (British & Australian)
if you blind someone with science, you confuse them by using technical language that they are not likely to understand I think he decided to blind us with science because he didn't want us asking any difficult questions.
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References in classic literature ?
And the personality of the veteran scientist made so vivid a picture upon the mind of the impressionable young Bell that the grand passion of science became henceforth the master-motif of his life.
Your method of reasoning is the opposite to that of science.
I shall then briefly sketch the nature of that fundamental science which I believe to be the true metaphysic, in which mind and matter alike are seen to be constructed out of a neutral stuff, whose causal laws have no such duality as that of psychology, but form the basis upon which both physics and psychology are built.
And thought I was lost," continued the man of science too much bent on his own ideas, to understand her interruption.
Noel Vanstone saw his way to another compliment; and, at the same moment, the wary captain saw his way to another burst of science.
There is so much written Science that no living person has ever read: and there is so much thought-out Science that hasn't yet been written.
Georgiana, you have led me deeper than ever into the heart of science.
You think, then, that aerostatic science has said its last word?
From the "Master of Sentences," he had passed to the "Capitularies of Charlemagne;" and he had devoured in succession, in his appetite for science, decretals upon decretals, those of Theodore, Bishop of Hispalus; those of Bouchard, Bishop of Worms; those of Yves, Bishop of Chartres; next the decretal of Gratian, which succeeded the capitularies of Charlemagne; then the collection of Gregory IX.
You have nothing to stand on, you unscientific dogmatists with your positive science which you are always lugging about into places it has no right to be.
The science and history of the animal kingdom, including
It spread equally among all classes of citizens-- men of science, shopkeepers, merchants, porters, chair-men, as well as "greenhorns," were stirred in their innermost fibres.
It was in this place, seemingly belonging entirely to the past, that Professor Stangerson and his daughter installed themselves to lay the foundations for the science of the future.
Through fear there grew also MY virtue, that is to say: Science.
Levin had come across the magazine articles about which they were disputing, and had read them, interested in them as a development of the first principles of science, familiar to him as a natural science student at the university.
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