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helpmate

1. A companion who provides assistance or support, especially a wife or husband. It's only by the support of my lifelong helpmate that I was able to get through the hardship of my father's death.
2. Anything or anyone that aids, assists, or is helpful, especially regularly or constantly. We've entered an age where phones are no longer merely tools for communication—they've become helpmates in nearly every facet of life.

she'll be right(, mate)

Everything will be OK; things will get better; don't worry about it. Primarily heard in Australia. Dave: "I'm just really worried that something's going to go wrong at the conference." Jim: "I know she'll be right, with how hard you've worked!" Sarah: "Things have felt really rocky between me and John lately." Janet: "She'll be right, mate. I'm sure it's just the stress of his final exams that's making things hard at the moment."

she'll be apples

Everything will be fine; things will get better; don't worry about it. Primarily heard in Australia. Don't worry about the presentation. She'll be apples, considering how hard you've worked! A: "Things have felt really rocky between me and John lately." B: "She'll be apples, mate. I'm sure it's just the stress of his final exams that's making things hard at the moment."
See also: apple

she's right(, mate)

Everything will be OK; things will get better; don't worry about it. Primarily heard in Australia. Dave: "I'm just really worried that something's going to go wrong at the conference." Jim: "She's right. With how hard you've worked, it will be great!" Sarah: "Things have felt really rocky between me and John lately." Janet: "She's right, mate. I'm sure it's just the stress of his final exams that's making things hard at the moment."

she's sweet(, mate)

Everything will be OK; things will get better; don't worry about it. Primarily heard in Australia. Dave: "I'm just really worried that something's going to go wrong at the conference." Jim: "She's sweet. With how hard you've worked, it will be great!" Sarah: "Things have felt really rocky between me and John lately." Janet: "She's sweet, mate. I'm sure it's just the stress of his final exams that's making things hard at the moment."

mate someone with someone

 and mate an animal with some other animal
to pair or breed people or animals. The king sought to mate his daughter with the son of a magician. Harry wanted to mate his guppies with June's guppies.
See also: mate

mate with an animal

[for an animal] to copulate with its own kind. The gander mated with the goose in the barnyard. The coyote acted as if it wanted to mate with the dog.
See also: animal, mate

mate with someone

to marry with someone, and presumably, to copulate with someone. Did you meet anyone you would like to mate with and spend the rest of your life with?
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label mate

n. someone who records on the same label (as the speaker). (Record industry.) Frank Duke is my label mate, and we like to get together and gossip about the record industry.
See also: label, mate
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In addition, by inciting interference competition among the males attracted, a female increases her chances of mating with those successful in dominating rivals.
Electroantennographic Analysis of the Effect of Mating on Pheromone Production and on Male Responsiveness at Various Days after Mating
Chase and his McGill colleague Kristin Vaga reported in the April Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology that they haven't found clear behavioral signs of conflict, such as avoidance, in the mating of garden snails.
1996), while another study of males competing for females (triad mating experiments) has demonstrated that removal of tufts has no influence on mating success (Scheffer et al.
This indicates that chemical signals from the male are also important determinants in a female's decision about when mating will occur.
Also the average egg clutch size was comparatively smaller in the 3 mates and multiple mating treatment compared to other treatments as shown in Fig.
Previously, the UEA team had found that in a single mating, males exposed to male rivals prior to mating mated for significantly longer and produced more offspring than those held alone.
As a result, an "arms race" for the control of fertilization may have led to the evolution of the diverse array of mating systems and bizarre accessory glands and organs found in simultaneous hermaphrodites (Michiels, 1998).
Males capable of mating on an every-other-day basis should thus easily account for insemination of all of the females in the population (Morse 1994).
Like salmon returning to spawn in the same creek bed in which they were hatched, an inner compass guides the emperors to the same mating place where they were conceived and born.
Mating success was determined by females who laid eggs.
By mating with healthy red-beaked guys, female finches have a "better chance of having a mate that will go the distance in rearing offspring," says Blount.
The yeast is a heterothallic basidiomycete with two mating types, MATa and MAT[alpha] identified in all the four serotypes, A, B, C, and D.
Dr Travis How and Dr Michael Butt, of Hinders University, say that sleepy lizards, large herbivorous skinks of semi-arid Lands, form monogamous pairs each spring that last six to eight weeks before mating.