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able to fog a mirror

Alive, perhaps barely. (If one holds up a mirror to one's nose or mouth, the breath will cause fog to appear.) I spent the whole day moving furniture, so I'm barely able to fog a mirror now. He'll date any woman who's able to fog a mirror.
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able to fog a mirror

Fig. Inf. alive, even if just barely. (Usually jocular. Alludes to the use of a small mirror placed under the nose to tell if a person is breathing or not. (Able to can be replaced with can.) Look, I don't need an athlete to do this job! Anybody able to fog a mirror will do fine!
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fog over

[for something made of glass] to become covered over with water vapor. The windshield fogged over because I forgot to turn on the defroster. The mirror fogged over, and I couldn't see to shave.
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fog something up

to make something made of glass become covered with a film of water vapor. The moisture fogged the windshield up, and we had to stop to clean it off. The moisture fogged up the glass.
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fog up

[for something made of glass] to become partially or completely obscured by a film of water vapor. The glass fogged up, and we couldn't see out.
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in a fog

 and in a haze
Fig. dazed; not paying attention to what is going on around one; not alert. Jane always seems to be in a fog. When I get up, I'm in a fog for an hour. After surgery, I was in a haze until the anesthetic wore off.
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in a fog

confused or not aware I was in a fog for several days after my son's accident.
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in a fog

Also, in a haze. Preoccupied, not paying attention; also, at a loss, confused. For example, After the accident he went about in a fog, even though he had not been injured, or Millie always seems to be in a haze; she never knows what's going on. These expressions allude to fog or haze obscuring one's view; the fog usage dates from about 1600, haze from about 1800.
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fog in

v.
1. To surround something with fog: The descending mists fogged in the little village. The storm clouds fogged us in on the mountaintop. Because the airport was fogged in, all of the flights were canceled.
2. To cause something to be unable to move safely due to fog. Used chiefly in the passive: The airplane was fogged in and could not land.
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fog up

v.
1. To become covered with condensation: The bathroom mirror fogged up after I took a shower.
2. To cause something to become covered with condensation: The steam from the kettle fogged up the kitchen windows. Don't breathe on the lens—you'll fog it up.
3. To become teary-eyed out of a strong sense of emotion: I fogged up when my parents' photo was unveiled.
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Fogger said it could help to think of your body as a car engine: good, clean fuel helps it run best.
People have this erroneous thought that alcohol helps you relax, but it is actually a depressant," according to Fogger.
Over-the-counter foggers, Potter explains, are quite different from true fumigants that can penetrate deep into the hidden places where many insects hide.
With the fogger, similar amounts of the sprays coated both the top and bottom of infested leaves.
CedarFog, along with our fogger, delivers natural pest control that's great for not only bed bugs, but also fleas, ticks, lice, roaches and many other common pests.
a few days while the foggers may last just a couple hours.
Warning labels on such insecticide foggers instruct users that only one can should be used per 500 square feet, police said.
Thousands of New York City consumers rely on pesticide foggers to control insect infestations in their homes that can lead to health problems, and we commend the EPA for making this decision that will help keep this method of pest control cost-effective for those consumers," said Chris Cathcart, CSPA president.
The acquired product portfolio includes a complete line of aerosol sprays as well as baits, fly lights, foggers and other products that are marketed to pest management professionals in North America.
Commercial bug sprays and foggers can keep pests at bay, of course, however, they also kill beneficial insects in your garden (such as spiders, for instance).
Hartz(R) offers a complete line of flea and tick treatments for pets and the home including a variety of topical treatments, flea collars, shampoos, sprays, and powders, home foggers, home sprays and carpet powders.
The new expanded habitat will include a slide for the pandas to roll down, cool rocks both for pandas and for visitors, and foggers that will create a cooler area more natural to the giant panda's native habitat.
The most familiar of the products currently containing the banned chemical include: Raid, Combat, Hot Shot, Ortho and Real Kill, including all sprays and foggers.
These products -- which include on-animal sprays, shampoos and powders, collars, indoor foggers, aerosols, concentrates and pump-sprays -- are based on the active ingredient Methoprene to which Central would acquire production rights.
The Clorox units have acquired the well-known brand names and trademarks, and formulas for Black Flag products, which are predominantly a line of aerosol insecticides, plus the Roach Motel line of insect traps and the Holiday line of foggers.