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(straight) from central casting

(sometimes capitalized as Central Casting) Having, fitting, or conforming to well-established stereotypical traits or characteristics of a given type of person, character, group, situation, or style. The phrase is a reference to Central Casting, a California-based casting company that specializes in hiring for roles as extras, body doubles, and for bit parts. My grandfather looks like a cowboy from central casting, with his boots, Stetson hat, and mouth full of chewing tobacco. It was a campy, schlocky B-movie, complete with pointless romance, cheesy special effects, and an alien monster straight from Central Casting.
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(straight) out of central casting

(sometimes capitalized as Central Casting) Having, fitting, or conforming to well-established stereotypical traits or characteristics of a given type of person, character, group, situation, or style. The phrase is a reference to Central Casting, a California-based casting company that specializes in hiring for roles as extras, body doubles, and for bit parts. My grandfather looks like a cowboy out of central casting, with his boots, Stetson hat, and mouth full of chewing tobacco. It was a campy, schlocky B-movie, complete with pointless romance, cheesy special effects, and an alien monster straight out of Central Casting.
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central dogma

The core belief of a particular area of study. It is often used in molecular biology to describe the relationship between DNA, RNA, and proteins. The central dogma of molecular biology is that DNA makes RNA, which makes protein.
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*busy as a beaver (building a new dam)

 and *busy as a bee; *busy as a one-armed paperhanger; *busy as Grand Central Station; *busy as a cat on a hot tin roof; *busy as a fish peddler in Lent; *busy as a cranberry merchant (at Thanksgiving); *busy as popcorn on a skillet
very busy. (*Also: as ~.) My boss keeps me as busy as a one-armed paperhanger. I don't have time to talk to you. I'm as busy as a beaver. When the tourist season starts, this store is busy as Grand Central Station. Sorry I can't go to lunch with you. I'm as busy as a beaver building a new dam. Prying into other folks' business kept him busy as popcorn on a skillet.
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busy as a beaver

Also, busy as a bee. Hardworking, very industrious, as in With all her activities, Sue is always busy as a bee, or Bob's busy as a beaver trying to finish painting before it rains. The comparison to beavers dates from the late 1700s, the variant from the late 1300s. Also see eager beaver; work like a beaver.
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Grand Central Station

n. any busy and hectic place. (From Grand Central Station in New York City—a very busy place.) At just about closing time, this place becomes Grand Central Station.
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Summary The Central African Republic insurance industry grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.
Los Angeles County is home to more than a half-million people with ties to Central America, according to 2005 Census Bureau figures.
buildings in the area and tie-in with many other buildings on Central Park West.
There are positive supply shocks, which can have a transitory deflationary impact on measures of aggregate price changes, but just as with negative supply shocks like an oil price hike, so long as it is a relative price shift, it is not the central bank's concern.
West Central had a very successful 2003 and 2004, but we're certainly not content to just 'keep up'--as I'm sure each of our members wants to be as successful as they can be.
Comprising the countries of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, Central America has a gross domestic product (GDP) of US$68,021 million.
Zachary Garcia, Ada, OK, South Central Division; W.
The leaders of Central America have taken some initial, but bold steps toward this end.
The Tax Court concluded that Central did not continue Colonial's historical business enterprise of the last five years--as a holding company.
The first is to provide an introduction to the anthropology of the Middle East and Central Asia, the second to indicate how the study of these regions contributes to the main currents in anthropology.
Past terrorist activity in the central Texas region demonstrates the need for a coordinated approach to counterterrorism.
Two themes of the Central Banking Seminar are directly relevant to consideration of payment system issues.
Central Parking Corporation's Board of Directors, following the unanimous recommendation of a Special Committee composed entirely of independent directors, has approved the merger agreement and also will recommend approval by Central Parking's shareholders.
Looking back at three-quarters of a century in central bank cooperation provided a fitting opportunity for the BIS leaders to demonstrate that central bankers are learning to open up and be more responsive to a skeptical public and to the financial community at large.
Fifteen Central Park West, an all-limestone apartment building, is being developed by Zeckendorf in a joint venture with the Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds, and Global Holdings.
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