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do not spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar

Do not ruin something for an avoidable reason. "Ship" is thought to be a dialectical pronunciation of "sheep," and a "ha'porth" is a "halfpennyworth." Tar was used to protect sheep skin from flies (and thereby illness and death), so not having enough tar would contribute to the death of the sheep. You know your mom is going to be offended, so please call her before the dinner party—do not spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar.
See also: not, of, ship, spoil, tar

down with the haps

mod. knowing what’s happening; comfortable with what’s happening. (Streets.) Tell me what’s going on! I gotta be down with the haps.
See also: down, hap


n. things that are happening; events. (Streets.) Come in and tell me the haps.
See also: hap
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16 HAP was identified by using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) definition as follow: 17
Influence of aging time on inter-atomic distance of T-HAP nanopowders were compared with atomic distances of stoichiometric HAP and Ti[O.
The FWHM values of all enamel and HAP samples clearly shows the most significant changes seen after remineralization processes in both cases (Table 2 and 3).
HealthPlus employer groups will transition to HAP upon their next renewal and individual members will transition to HAP during the next open enrollment period.
Los HAPs presentan una toxicidad variable en funcion de su estructura molecular, influyendo factores como el tamano, la forma de las moleculas y la presencia de sustituyentes en determinadas posiciones de los anillos bencenicos.
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The common application of HAp was in medical field which it has similar characteristics to that of human bone [5].
Gagliardi told selectmen that new demands from both towns are jeopardizing a December water supply deadline, which could risk project funding and force HAP to abandon the project and displace residents.
1), (2) HAp has a chemical composition very similar to that of the inorganic part of human bones and has excellent biocompatibility in comparison with other implant materials.
Major sources are those that emit more than 10 tons per year of a listed HAP or 25 tons or more per year of a combination of HAPs.
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The test titled "In-Vitro 40 Million Cycle Accelerated Fatigue Test for Stents with MIV Therapeutics' HAp Coating" was conducted to evaluate the mechanical integrity and bonding properties of MIVT's ultra-thin biocompatible coating.