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creature feature

A horror film in which the central focus is on one or more monsters. I miss the creature features of the '50s and '60s—they were so campy and fun, unlike the dull CGI films of today.
See also: creature, feature

creature of habit

One who prefers the comfort and reliability of routine and habitual behavior. My brother is far too much a creature of habit to be up for something like backpacking across Europe. I know we're told to shuck our routines and live spontaneously, but I'm a creature of habit—it's just easier when you know exactly how each day will pan out.
See also: creature, habit, of

creature comforts

Things that one needs in order to feel happy and comfortable. I have a hard time abandoning my creature comforts to go hiking and camping. At a minimum, I need running water!
See also: comfort, creature

put (someone or something) out of its/(one's) misery

1. To kill someone or something as a means to ending suffering. Considering the dog's extensive wounds, the vet encouraged us to put him out of his misery.
2. To quell one's curiosity. Oh, just put me out of my misery and tell me how the movie ends!
See also: misery, of, out, put

crawl with (someone or something)

To be filled or covered with people or things in motion. Ugh, the mall is crawling with teenagers tonight—let's get out of here. We took off running when we realized that the tree stump was crawling with bugs.
See also: crawl

out in the cold

Ignored, forgotten, or excluded, as from a group, activity, benefit, etc. You have to make sure you stand out in a company, or you might be left in the cold when it comes time to hand out promotions. Our constituency feels it has really been kept out in the cold during the debate around this topic. I felt a bit out in the cold at Janet's party last night.
See also: cold, out

crawling with some kind of creature

[of a surface] covered with insects or animals, moving about. The basement was crawling with rats! We came home and found the kitchen floor crawling with ants.
See also: crawl, creature, kind, of

creature comforts

things that make people comfortable. The hotel room was a bit small, but all the creature comforts were there.
See also: comfort, creature

inject (something) into (someone, something, or some creature)

 and inject (someone, something, or some creature) with (something)
to give a hypodermic injection of something to someone or an animal. The nurse injected the medicine into my arm. He injected a very large dose into the patient.

inject something into something

1. Lit. to squirt something, such as oil, water, etc., into something. The pump injected the oil into the wheel bearings when I squeezed the lever. The mechanic injected a solvent into the lock.
2. Fig. to put something, such as humor, excitement, etc., into a situation. Let's inject a little humor into this dismal affair. She likes to inject a lot of excitement into her books.

leave (someone, something, or some creature) alone

 and let (someone, something, or some creature) alone; leave (someone, something, or some creature) be; let (someone, something, or some creature) be
to stop bothering someone or something. Don't torment the cat. Leave it alone. I don't want your help. Let me alone. Don't argue about it. Let it be!
See also: alone, leave

*out in the cold

1. Lit. outdoors where it is cold. (*Typically: be ~; keep someone or some creature ~; leave someone or some creature ~; put someone or some creature ~.) Open the door! Let me in! Don't keep me out in the cold! Who left the dog out in the cold all night?
2. Fig. not informed about what is happening or has happened. (*Typically: be ~; keep someone ~; leave someone ~.) Don't keep your supervisor out in the cold. Tell her what's going on. Please don't leave me out in the cold. Share the news with me!
3. Fig. excluded. (*Typically: be ~; keep someone ~; leave someone ~.) There was a party last night, but my friends left me out in the cold. When it came to the final prizes in the dog show, they left our animals out in the cold.
See also: cold, out

put some creature out of its misery

to kill an animal in a humane manner. (See also put one out of one's misery.) The vet put that dog with cancer out of its misery. Please, put my sick goldfish out of its misery.
See also: creature, misery, of, out, put

someone's time has come

 and some creature's time has come
Euph. someone or some creature is about to die. The poor old dog's time has come. My time has come. I'm ready to go.
See also: come, time

creature comfort

Something that contributes to physical comfort, such as food, clothing, or housing. For example, Dean always stayed in the best hotels; he valued his creature comforts. This idiom was first recorded in 1659.
See also: comfort, creature

out in the cold

Excluded from benefits given to others, neglected, as in Her stand on abortion left her out in the cold with the party. This idiom alludes to being left outdoors without shelter. [Mid-1800s] Also see come in from the cold.
See also: cold, out

creature comforts

Creature comforts are all the modern sleeping, eating, and washing facilities that make life easy and pleasant. Each room has its own patio or balcony and provides guests with all modern creature comforts. I'm not a camper — I like my creature comforts too much. Note: An old meaning of `creatures' is material comforts, or things that make you feel comfortable.
See also: comfort, creature

creature of habit

a person who follows an unvarying routine.
See also: creature, habit, of

a creature of ˈhabit

a person who always does certain things at certain times: My grandfather is a real creature of habit — he likes his meals at the same time every day.
See also: creature, habit, of

out in the cold

Lacking benefits given to others; neglected.
See also: cold, out
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Alfred Kazin once called him "the most solitary character in American fiction" (253), but his alienation cuts deeper still: neither white with blacks nor black with whites, he is also unmoored in a creatural sense, victimized by the somatic and neurological equipment that constitutes him, slated for a drastic weaning late in the book as he loses his sense of day and night, sleeping and wakefulness, directionality, numbers, names.
Todas las disputaciones presuponian la conciencia creatural.
Job of Athens, Timon of Uz" traces Timon and his biblical forbear to their abject residence at the "deserted margin between politics and life," finding there, again, the traumatic presence of the creatural as both condition and remainder of social existence.
A figure like Shylock," with his distant setting, his Jewish identity, his creatural appearance, "raises through its mere existence problems outside the sphere of the classical drama.
No tiene bastante en cuenta que la Iglesia es "mundo", que la mundanidad indica la realidad creatural mas fundamental de la Iglesia; olvida, en ultima instancia, que el Hijo de Dios se hizo hombre para salvar al mundo y no para salvar esta institucion.
8) Stephen Greenblatt agrees: "There are moments in Richard II in which the collapse of kingship seems to be confirmed in the discovery of the physical body of the ruler, the pathos of his creatural existence" (40).
Lacking sufficient possession of her cultural heritage--she does not have her Shakespeare by heart as Bart flatteringly pretends--Manresa is the animal with a human face who reflects the characters' creatural selves.
Podriamos decir que la tendencia creatural a la nada es inevitable en la criatura irracional, pero no en la racional.
En cualquiera de ambos casos, estando lejos el educador de su propio caracter creatural o filial, dificilmente podra favorecer o secundar el caracter creatural o filial del educando.
Esa nuda vida natural que, en el Antiguo Regimen, era politicamente indiferente y pertenecia, en tanto que vida creatural, a Dios, y en el mundo clasico se distinguia claramente--al menos en apariencia- en su condicion de zoe de la vida politica (bios), pasa ahora al primer plano de la estructura del Estado y se convierte incluso en el fundamento terreno de su legitimidad y de su soberania" (7).
We also have a hint in the Ruskin of the route that this aesthetic "turn" to medieval philosophy would follow: namely, toward the art-work as a thing put into the world by a single-minded labor of making and toward a relationship between that thing and its maker in which is figured a creatural similitude of the relationship between the creator and his world.
Pues crea una criatura a su imagen y semejanza, interlocutora suya; Dios se hace ademas semejante a la criatura racional para ser tambien interlocutor de Dios-Padre en su condicion creatural, y hacernos semejantes en nuestra condicion humana a Dios, dioses por participacion.
Tambien en forma imaginativa, pero teologicamente clara, expresa la donacion de la gracia y de la amistad divina al hombre creado en libertad, asi como el otorgamiento del dominio en el mundo creatural (22).
Once again, the jeering baboons seem to act as the creatural embodiment of the threat to Afrikaner territorial integrity posed both by the English and the 'natives'.
James brings failure down to its most creatural, corporeal level.