nail polish on a hangnail

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nail polish on a hangnail

Ugly or useless despite an attractive appearance. This phrase, which is most often heard in “You can put nail polish on a hangnail, but it's still a hangnail,” can be used in all sorts of situations . . . and for all sorts of people.
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if my guess is fight, he sits scrutinizing his latest hangnail and writing his own name over and over in different scripts until he bores himself into a coma.
Covell said, is to hold down the use of insurance, to keep the patient from going to the doctor indiscriminately "for every stubbed toe and hangnail.
As for concerns about perceived conflicts from lawyers funding judicial races, he said, "You have a hangnail so the appropriate remedy is to amputate the arm?
The dark side of that liminality that enshrines (at the other end, it can be said, to enshroud) the lover's loved one does hurt, though the pain is less like that of a toothache and more like that of a hangnail.
This is why I quote Mel Brooks, who once said, "Tragedy is when I have a hangnail.
Tenants will always balk, or try to use a hangnail on their toe or the dog eating their homework to change a deal," recited William G.
A prominent physician and researcher located in central New Jersey says he is concerned about the patient who walks into the doctor's office with a hangnail and a positive blood test for Lyme disease and suddenly gets diagnosed with the disease.
Gonzalez's bill is akin to cutting off an arm to get rid of a hangnail.
It makes absolutely no sense to send a fire crew in a 15-ton, $700,000 firetruck to someone who has a hangnail," he said.
Going bankrupt instead of trying a short sale is like cutting your hand off because of a hangnail.
The stainless steel set includes a mini- cuticle and hangnail snipper, a mini- cuticle pusher and nail cleaner, and a great mini- nail file.
57) For example, if a patient requested a heart transplant for a hangnail, few people, if any, would argue that a physician had an obligation to provide the demanded therapy.
Some players, if they have a hangnail, they aren't back in a week.
by mist, flesh and hangnail drizzle; free from a former bloody embrace,
Participants may ride along with Rumbles Hangnail and the Moombah cast as they explore the world of trains with songs such as "I've Been Working on the Railroad?