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a candidate for a pair of wings

euphemism One who will die soon. This phrase can refer to one who is literally about to die or to one who behaves recklessly. His prognosis isn't good. It sounds like he's a candidate for a pair of wings at this point. If you don't wear your helmet at the skate park, you're a candidate for a pair of wings.
See also: candidate, of, pair, wing

look like a candidate for a pair of wings

euphemism To look like one who is likely or about to die soon. I just saw my Uncle Michael. He's gotten so frail and sickly—he looks like a candidate for a pair of wings, if I'm honest. I'm sure I looked like a candidate for a pair of wings with how ill I was, but thankfully I've been feeling much better lately.
See also: candidate, like, look, of, pair, wing

*candidate for a pair of wings

Euph. someone who is likely to die; someone who is close to death. (Jocular. *Typically: be ~; look like ~.) Whenever Jane wants to cross the street, she just walks out into traffic without looking. She's a candidate for a pair of wings, I say. Tom: How's Bill doing? I heard he was sick. Jane: Not good, I'm afraid. He looks like a candidate for a pair of wings.
See also: candidate, of, pair, wing

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After the deadline passed, Abdel Aziz Salman, the secretary general of the Supreme ElectoralCommission,announced Sunday that Al-Sisi, the first to apply for candidacy, had collected 188,930 signatures.
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The former prime minister of Luxembourg, well versed in the inner workings of the EU, presented his candidacy to EPP Chair Joseph Daul (France), on 27 February.
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Barcelona mayor Xavier Tiras confirmed on Friday that the Catalan capital will not bid for the Winter Olympics in 2022, suggesting that the city would instead present its candidacy for 2026.