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A trial or practice version of an event, done to prepare for (and mitigate any possible problems during) the real thing. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Let's do a couple dummy runs of your speech so you feel totally comfortable with it for tomorrow's ceremony.
A childish, angry overreaction to a negative situation or outcome; a display of bad temper, likened to a temper tantrum of a child. "Dummy" here refers to the British term for the device used to soothe babies (called a pacifier in the US or a soother elsewhere), which they may spit out when in the middle of a tantrum. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. John had a dummy spit when I told him I'd sold his old comic book collection.
spit (out) the dummy
To have a childish overreaction or angry outburst to a negative situation or outcome; to act in a bad-tempered manner, likened to a temper tantrum of a child. "Dummy" here refers to a plastic teat used to soothe teething infants (also called a "pacifier" in the U.S. or a "soother" elsewhere), which they may spit when in the middle of a tantrum. Primarily heard in Australia. John spat the dummy when I told him I'd sold his old comic book collection. Don't go spitting out the dummy just because Cheryl got the promotion instead of you.
Sl. to refuse to talk. Jill dummied up when they got her into the station. John dummied up right away when the police arrived.
a dry run(British, American & Australian) also a dummy run (British & Australian)
an occasion when you practise doing something to make sure there will be no problems when you really do it We decided to do a dry run at the church the day before the wedding. We'd better have a couple of dummy runs before we do the real thing.
1. To refuse to talk or to stop talking suddenly: I was told to dummy up until my lawyer arrived.
2. To make a model of some publication or page layout: Dummy up the first page and I'll look at it. If you're finished proofreading the article, dummy it up.
beat the dummyand beat the meat and beat one’s meat and beat the pup and choke the chicken and pound one’s meat and pull one’s pud and pull one’s wire and whip one’s wire and whip the dummy and yank one’s strap
tv. to masturbate. (Usually objectionable.) Are you going to sit around all day pulling your pud? We heard him in there “choking the chicken,” as the street crowd says.
whip the dummyverb
See beat the dummy
chuck a dummy
tv. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. Somebody chucked a dummy on the patio.
1. n. an empty liquor or beer bottle. Toss your dummies over here, and I’ll put them in the bin.
2. n. a cigarette butt. The guy tossed a dummy out the window of his car.
3. n. a stupid person. (Rude and derogatory.) Don’t be such a dummy.
4. n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) He held his hands over his little dummy and ran for the bedroom.
in. to refuse to talk. (see also clam up.) Rocko dummied up right away. He’s a real thoroughbred.
My mama didn’t raise no dummy
sent. I’m not stupid. Sure I know the difference between good and bad. My mama didn’t raise no dummy.