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a match made in hell
An extremely ill-suited pairing of people or things; a match that will result in a particularly negative or disastrous outcome. (A play on the more common phrase "a match made in heaven," meaning the opposite.) I can't understand how John and Samantha are still together—they seem like a match made in in hell to me! Increasingly lax regulations and a money-hungry culture on Wall Street proved to be a match made in hell, sparking one of the worst economic crashes since the Great Depression.
A bitter argument or dispute in which each side hurls numerous insults, accusations, or verbal abuse at one another. Primarily heard in UK. At first, I thought we were just going through a rough patch in our relationship, but lately, it seems like every night Janet and I get into a slanging match with each other. It might be time to end things.
a marriage made in heavenand a match made in heaven
a happy or harmonious marriage or partnership. (See also .) The partnership of George and Ira Gershwin was a match made in heaven; they wrote such beautiful songs.
match for (someone, something, or an animal)
someone, something, or an animal that is the equal of someone, something, or some other animal, especially in a contest. My older brother is no match for me; he's much weaker. Your horse is no match for mine in a race. Mine will always win.
match (someone) against (someone else) (or something against something else)
to challenge someone with someone else in a contest; to challenge something with something else in a contest. I will match my boxer against your boxer any day. I'll match myself against you any day!
match someone or something in something
to equal someone or something in some quality. I am sure I match her in wisdom if not in grace and beauty. You do not match her in any way.
match someone (up) (with someone)and match something (up) (with something)
to pair people or things. I will match Carl up with Kelly and George with Jane. I will match up Carl with Kelly.
[for things or people] to match, be equal, or complementary. These match up. See how they are the same length? Sorry, but these two parts don't match up.
match up to something
[for something] to match, be equal to, or complementary to something. This sock does not match up to the other one. This one matches up to all the others.
match wits (with someone)
Fig. to enter into intellectual competition with someone. Whenever I try to match wits with Fred, he always ends up running circles around me with his clever repartee.
meet one's match
Fig. to meet one's equal; to encounter someone who can match or outdo one in some activity, talent, etc. John played tennis with Bill yesterday, and it looks as if John has finally met his match. Listen to Jane and Mary argue. I always thought that Jane was loud, but she has finally met her match.
mix and match
1. to assemble a limited number of items, usually clothing, in a number of different ways. Alice learned to mix and match her skirts, blouses, and sweaters so that she always could be attractively dressed on a limited budget. Gary always bought black, blue, and gray trousers and shirts so he could mix and match without too many bad combinations.
2. to select a number of items from an assortment, often in order to get a quantity discount. (As opposed to getting a quantity discount for buying a lot of only one item.) The candles were 25 percent off, and you could mix and match colors, sizes, and length. I found a good sale on shirts. They were four for fifty dollars, and the store would let you mix and match.
strike a match
to light a match by rubbing it on a rough surface. Mary struck a match and lit a candle. When Sally struck a match to light a cigarette, Jane said quickly, "No smoking, please."
everything; the whole thing. Mary's all set to give a fancy dinner party. She's got a fine tablecloth, good crystal, and silverware, the whole shebang. How much do you want for the whole shebang?
a marriage made in heaven
a perfect combination of two people or things a match made in heaven He calls the deal between the two companies a marriage made in heaven.
a match made in heaven
a perfect combination of two people or things a marriage made in heaven They needed a Spanish teacher as badly as Hayes needed a job, so you could say it was a match made in heaven.
match up (against somebody)
to have a chance to win in a competition against someone He was nominated because he matched up better against the governor. With our team's experience, I think we match up well.
meet your match
to find someone equal to you in some way Martina finally met her match on the tennis court today and lost, three sets to two.
mix and match
to combine things that are not related You can mix and match desks, bookcases, and other office furniture to fit your needs.
the whole shebang(spoken)
all of something, including everything connected with it the whole nine yards We've got offices all over the world, and we're tying the whole shebang together with a high-speed computer network. Anderson has explored the black experience in America's intellectual, cultural, and political life - the whole shebang.
a marriage/match made in heaven
1. a marriage which is likely to be happy and successful because the two people are very well suited to each other Jane and Pete had exactly the same likes and interests - it was a marriage made in heaven.
2. a combination of two things or two people which is very successful Strawberries and cream are a marriage made in heaven.See move heaven and earth, God help
a shouting match(British, American & Australian) also a slanging match (British & Australian)
an argument where people shout at each other If your child says something rude or unpleasant to you, don't get into a shouting match with them, just leave the room. The debate turned into a slanging match.
be no match for something/somebody
to be less powerful or effective than something or someone else Health warnings are no match for the addictive power of cigarettes.See a marriage made in heaven, meet match
meet your match
to meet someone who is able to defeat you in an argument or a competition The world chess champion finally met his match when he was beaten by a computer.
the whole shebang(informal)
the whole of something, including everything that is connected with it The party's next week but my parents are organizing the whole shebang.
the whole shooting match(informal)
the whole of something, including everything that is connected with it There are four projects at present and Gerry's in charge of the whole shooting match.
meet one's match
Encounter someone equal in ability to oneself, as in The chess champion was about to meet his match in a computer. This expression originated about 1300 as find one's match, but the alliterative meet was being used by the mid-1500s and has survived.
mix and match
Combine different items in a number of ways. For example, The store displayed skirts, blouses, and slacks in colors that one could mix and match. [Mid-1900s]
whole ball of wax, the
Also, the whole enchilada or shooting match or shebang . Everything, all the elements, the entire affair. For example, The union demanded higher wages, a pension plan, job security-the whole ball of wax, or The contract includes paperback rights, film rights, electronic media-the whole enchilada, or She lost her job, her pension, her health-care coverage, the whole shooting match. Not all the allusions in these slangy terms are clear. Ball of wax may refer to a 17th-century English legal practice whereby land was divided among heirs by covering scraps of paper representing portions of land with wax, rolling each into a ball, and drawing the balls from a hat. An enchilada combines several foods inside a tortilla; a shooting match denotes a shooting competition; and a shebang is a rude hut or shelter. The first two of these slangy terms date from the second half of the 1900s, the last two from the late 1800s. For synonyms, see whole kit and caboodle; whole megillah.
Also, whole shooting match. See whole ball of wax.
1. To compare something with something else to see whether their parts correspond: We matched our list of attendees against the invited guests. Match the list of workers against the checks to see what's missing.
2. To set someone or something in competition with someone or something else: The sports league tries to match each team against other teams of the same ability. We were matched against a much smarter team for the debate.
1. To be the same, comparable, or in agreement: There's some kind of mistake—the numbers you wrote on these two forms don't match up. Match the pictures up—they're crooked.
2. To cause something to be the same, comparable, or in agreement: He matched up the edges of the books on the bookcase. Match the pictures up—they're crooked.
3. To form a pair or group from some set of people or things: I have to thank the dating service for matching us up. I matched up the socks.
4. match up with To be the same as, comparable with, or in agreement with something else: Each number on this list must match up with the numbers on the other list.
5. match up with To take something as a corresponding element or partner: The teacher asked each student to match up with one other student and form a double line.
1. To be the same as, comparable with, or in agreement with something: The results of our study matched with the previous results perfectly.
2. To compare something with something else to see whether their parts correspond: Match your scorecard with mine to see whether there is any disagreement.
3. To set someone or something in competition with someone or something else: I don't know why they matched us with a team that is so much stronger than we are; we'll only lose.
n. an argument; a pointless competition. (Usually objectionable.) Let’s call a halt to this pissing-match and get to work.
the whole shebangand the whole shooting match (...ʃəˈbæŋ)
n. the whole affair; everything and everyone. (Folksy.) The whole shebang is just about washed up. The boss put an end to the whole shooting match.