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like an owl in an ivy bush

With a vacant stare, often due to drunkenness. Ivy bushes were thought to be enjoyed by both owls and Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. Whenever Rob drinks, he eventually looks like an owl in an ivy bush, gazing off into the distance at nothing.
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Ivy League

1. noun The collective name for the group of eight prestigious universities located in the Northeastern US, including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale. Meredith really wants to go to a school in the Ivy League, but I doubt she has good enough grades.
2. adjective Referring to those universities. Meredith really wants to go to an Ivy League school, but I doubt she has good enough grades.
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Ivy League

A preppy clothing style. Named for the athletic federation of Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale, “Ivy League” described a 1950s and '60s men's fashion: pants with no pleats and a buckle in the rear. The buckle could be used to expand or shorten the waist fit, although it was primarily for adornment. There were also British-influence narrow-brim caps that had a buckle in the back. Why “Ivy League”? The schools were considered (at least by some) to be sophisticated, elite, and thus worthy of emulation, an attitude that their students did little to disabuse.
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A variety of ivies (including most of the ones shown here) is available at nurseries, florists, and supermarkets throughout the West.
To learn more ivies, join the American Ivy Society ($20 per year; Box 2123, Naples, FL 34106-2123; www.
Some of the variability seen in ivies is due to ivies' amazing ability to sport or mutate.
In some cultivars, or in some climates, these changes are hardly noticeable, but in the Bird's Foot ivies with deeply cut foliage, the seasonal difference can be quite pronounced.
Ivies mature when they flower for the first time, at which point they cease to be climbers and become trees.
For many gardeners ivies begin and end with the common English variety, which they spend much of their gardening life uprooting.
I grow miniature ivies in pots, and I'd love to see a textured pattern on someone's former lawn with five or six different ivy cultivars.