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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

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

leave somebody alone

to not annoy or interrupt someone let somebody alone If you just leave her alone she'll do the job right.
See also: alone, leave

leave something alone

to not touch or be involved with something Leave the bite alone and don't scratch it.
See also: alone, leave

creature comforts

things that make life more comfortable and pleasant, such as hot water and good food I hate camping. I can't do without my creature comforts.
See also: comfort, creature

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

out in the cold

Lacking benefits given to others; neglected.
See also: cold, out
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It is hard to fight with the author, yet it is harder still to ignore the creatural logic coded in this semantic squabble.
There is a hope here, on the writer's part, that the implacable death-story of racial violence and creatural disarray might, following sacrificial logic, be yoked to the forces of life, so that the "realist" story could be paired--perhaps transcended--by its spiritual and redemptive counterpart.
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.
7 William Lawrence, the romantic zoologist and pioneer of the study of human sight, also retrospected on his earlier clinical research on the natural and historical connection of animal and man until he came to speculate in surprisingly modern evolutionary terms on mental phenomena and to propose that the formation of complex brain structures was the answer to (or compensation for) creatural extinction.
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.
I have space only to say this: exaltation of the invisible perfection of (real) Beauty has indeed long handicapped a sound grasp of the place and task of human artistry because art by its creatural nature is sensible, with a ludic quality, in this lived world.
I could spend months watching the movement of the video's creatural landscape wavering between rock and horse, rock and horse, rock and horse.
And in restraining him in his ethical hostility to God, God releases his creatural powers so that he can make positive contributions to the field of knowledge and art.
The nine pieces here run the gamut of social commentary, but one theme dominates: the "chaos and blur" of contemporary lives, despite our having "invented logic to beat back our creatural selves.