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a bunch of baloney

Falsehoods, nonsense, or foolishness. Baloney in this sense might have originated from the word "blarney," which means flattering or nonsensical talk; more usually it refers to bologna sausage, which is blended from different meats, therefore implying content of inferior or dubious quality. Primarily heard in US. You're going to give me $5,000 if I sign the lease today? What a bunch of baloney.
See also: baloney, bunch, of

a bunch of malarkey

Exaggerated, foolish, or untruthful talk; nonsense or falsehoods. Personally, I think the notion of "love at first sight" is a bunch of malarkey.
See also: bunch, malarkey, of

bad bunch

A group of people typified by immoral, illegal, or illicit behavior, which is often seen as being corruptive and/or destructive to others. My brother was a straight-A student until he started hanging out with a bad bunch; now he's hooked on drugs and has dropped out of school.
See also: bad, bunch

best of the bunch

The most excellent, ideal, desirable, or preferable person or thing within a given group. There were several cars on display that caught my eye, but this one is definitely the best of the bunch. Mary hangs out with many talented and intelligent kids, but to me, she will always be the best of the bunch.
See also: bunch, of

get (one's) panties in a bunch

To become overly upset or emotional over something, especially that which is trivial or unimportant. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Ah, don't get your panties in a bunch, I'll have the car back by tomorrow morning! In my opinion, people are getting their panties in a bunch over this election.
See also: bunch, get, panties

it takes one bad apple to spoil the (whole) bunch

It only takes one person, thing, element, etc., to ruin the entire group, situation, project, etc. Refers to the fact that a rotting apple can cause other apples in close proximity to begin to rot as well. A: "It used to be considered the top research facility in the region, but after one of its researchers was discovered to have plagiarized a number of his papers, the whole department's reputation has been dragged through the mud." B: "Well, it takes just one bad apple to spoil the bunch." I really loved my job, but there was this one jerk there who made life miserable for everyone. It takes one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch, unfortunately.
See also: apple, bad, bunch, one, spoil, take

one bad apple spoils the (whole) bunch

It only takes one person, thing, element, etc., to ruin the entire group, situation, project, etc. Refers to the fact that a rotting apple can cause other apples in close proximity to begin to rot as well. A: "It used to be considered the top research facility in the region, but after one of its researchers was discovered to have plagiarized a number of his papers, the whole department's reputation has been dragged through the mud." B: "Well, just one bad apple spoils the bunch." I really loved my job, but there was this one jerk there who made life miserable for everyone. One bad apple spoils the whole bunch, unfortunately.
See also: apple, bad, bunch, one, spoil

pick of the bunch

The best or most ideal option in a group. Matt is the pick of the bunch, so we need to make sure he ends up on our team. I know you think that puppy is too small, but to me he's just the pick of the bunch!
See also: bunch, of, pick

bunch of fives

Sl. a punch from a closed fist. How would you like a bunch of fives right in the kisser? He ended up with a bunch of fives in the gut.
See also: bunch, five, of

bunch someone or something up

to pack or cluster things or people together. Bunch them up so you can squeeze them into the sack. Kelly bunched up the roses and put them in a vase.
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bunch up

to pack together or cluster. Spread out. Don't bunch up!
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thanks a bunch

Inf. thanks. Thanks a bunch for your help. He said "thanks a bunch" and walked out.
See also: bunch, thanks

be the best of a bad bunch/lot

  (British & Australian)
to be slightly less bad than other bad people or things in a group This picture isn't exactly what I would have chosen, but it was the best of a bad lot.
See also: bad, bunch, of

bunch up

v.
1. To move close together to form a tight group; cluster: The kids bunched up in a corner of the room, whispering to each other.
2. To pack some people or things together tightly: Bunch up the blankets and stuff them into the bag. I didn't like what I had written on the page, so I bunched it up and threw it out.
3. To come together or be more concentrated in one place: The cloth bunches up at the cuff of my shirt.
See also: bunch, up

bunch of fives

n. the fist. How would you like a bunch of fives right in the kisser?
See also: bunch, five, of

bunch-punch

1. n. an act of serial copulation with one female and a group of males. Sam always dreamed about being involved in a bunch-punch.
2. n. an act of group rape of a woman. There was a bunch-punch in this neighborhood last night, and the night before, and the night before that. Where are the police?

thanks a bunch

phr. thanks. Thanks a bunch for your help.
See also: bunch, thanks

a whole bunch

and whole bunches
mod. a whole lot; very much. (Always with a in the singular.) I like to spend evenings at home a whole bunch. Tom likes Mary whole bunches, but she thinks he’s a dork.
See also: bunch, whole

whole bunches

verb
See also: bunch, whole
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