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A woman who wears the clothing and assumes the demeanor of a male, especially as part of an exaggerated performance piece. The mother of two performs with a drag king troupe on the weekends, much to the bemusement of some of her more conservative friends.
king of (the) beasts
The lion, especially in cultural or artistic depictions. Engraved in striking marble, the king of beasts stands sentinel over this ancient arena. The king of the beasts is the symbol for the zodiac sign Leo.
king of the jungle
The lion, especially in cultural or artistic depictions. (Usually a misnomer, as lions typically inhabit deserts or dry forests, as opposed to jungles.) Engraved in striking marble, the king of the jungle stands sentinel over this ancient arena. The king of the jungle is the symbol for the zodiac sign Leo.
king of the hill
The most powerful, successful, or authoritative person in a group or organization. After years of slowly moving up the ranks, Joe finally became king of the hill in his office. This team will be hard to beat, reigning as king of the hill for three years straight.
a cat may look at a king
Everyone has rights, regardless of status, especially to do things that are of no consequence to others. You can't keep us out of the student council office just because we're underclassmen! A cat may look at a king, after all!
A very large sum of money. I've always wanted to vacation in Hawaii, but the plane tickets cost a king's ransom.
the King's English
The standard form of English, as spoken by educated people in England. We're friends now, so quit being so formal and speaking the King's English. As a professor, you really should speak the King's English.
See also: English
cash is king
A catchphrase for financial advice that cautions against investing when prices on the stock market are too high, and instead recommends keeping one's money in cash. My stockbroker told me that cash is king right now, so I wouldn't invest if I were you.
a cat can look at a king
Everyone has rights, regardless of status, especially to do things that are of no consequence to others. You can't keep us out of the student council office just because we're underclassmen! A cat can look at a king, after all!
(as) cocky as the king of spades
Conceited or haughty. Don't invite Joe to lunch unless you want to hear him brag about all the important things he's doing in his new job. He's just as cocky as the king of spades lately.
king of the castle
The most powerful, successful, or authoritative person in a group or organization. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. After years of slowly moving up the ranks, Joe finally became king of the castle in his office. This team will be hard to beat, reigning as king of the castle for three years straight.
turn king's/queen's evidence
To provide evidence in court implicating other parties involved in the crime for which one has been charged, in order to receive a reduced sentence or to avoid prosecution altogether. We're leaning on him pretty hard, so we think he'll turn king's evidence and finger his accomplices.
live like a king
To have a luxurious lifestyle, in which one's every need or desire is satisfied. The pirate retired with so many riches that he lived like a king for the rest of his years, purchasing every comfort he could imagine. The cost of living is so much lower there that we could live like kings.
Cash is king.
Prov. It is best to keep one's investment money in cash. (Said when the prices in the securities markets are too high. It is better to build up cash and wait for a break in the market.) Things look a little pricey now. I'd say that cash is king for the moment. I'm holding a little cash for a little bottom fishing, but I wouldn't say that cash is king.
cat can look at a king
Prov. No one is so important that an ordinary person cannot look at him or her; everyone has the right to be curious about important people. Jane: I get so angry at those people who read tabloid magazines. The private lives of television stars are none of their business. Alan: Don't be so hard on them. A cat can look at a king. Fred: You shouldn't stare at me like that. I'm your boss. Jill: A cat can look at a king.
*cocky as the king of spades
boastful; overly proud. (*Also: as ~.) He'd challenge anyone to a fight. He's as cocky as the king of spades. She strutted in, cocky as the king of spades.
fit for a kingand fit for the gods
Fig. very nice; luxurious. What a delicious meal. It was fit for a king. Our room at the hotel was fit for a king.
In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
Prov. A person who is not particularly capable can attain a powerful position if the people around him or her are even less capable. Jill: How on earth did Joe get promoted to be head of his department? He's such a blunderer! Jane: In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
Fig. a great deal of money. (To pay an amount as large as one might have to pay to get back a king held for ransom. *Typically: cost ~; pay ~; spend~.) I would like to buy a nice watch, but I don't want to pay a king's ransom for it. It's a lovely house. I bet it cost a king's ransom.
Kings have long arms.and Governments have long arms.
Prov. Those who are in power can always catch and punish people who have opposed them, no matter how far away those opponents may go. After his attempt to assassinate the king, the prince sailed to a distant country, although his wife warned him it would be to no avail. "Kings have long arms," she reminded him.
sport of kings
horse racing. The sport of kings has sure impoverished a lot of commoners.
A huge sum of money, as in That handmade rug must have cost a king's ransom. This metaphoric expression originally referred to the sum required to release a king from captivity. [Late 1400s]
live like a king
Also, live like a prince. Enjoy a lavish style of living, as in He spared no expense, preferring to live like a king as long as he could, or Since they got their inheritance, the Andersons are living like princes. This expression continues to be used despite the much smaller role royalty plays in the present day. [Mid-1500s]
live like a king
If someone lives like a king, they have a very luxurious lifestyle. Although he lives like a king, he manages it without causing resentment. Company executives lived like kings and were paid millions of dollars each.
a king's ransommainly BRITISH
A king's ransom is an extremely large sum of money. She was paid a king's ransom for a five-minute appearance in the film. With so few skilled electricians available, these people can charge a king's ransom for their services.
Cash is king
sent. It is best to keep one’s investment money in cash. (Said when the prices in the securities market are too high. It is better to build up cash and wait for a break in the market.) Things look a little pricey now. I’d say that cash is king for the moment.
n. a very repellent male. (California.) You are just King Grod! So gross!
King Kong pillsand King Kong specials
n. barbiturates. (see also gorilla biscuits.) Watch out for those King Kong pills. She’s a bit numb from “King Kong specials.”
King Kong specialsverb
See King Kong pills