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bright shiny object

Something that is widely appealing or attention-grabbing for its superficial characteristics, but which is usually not useful, substantial, or long lasting. Recent technological advances seem to be just a series of bright shiny objects, consuming all of our attention for a while before something shinier comes along.
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sex object

One who is valued or regarded as a source of sexual pleasure. She was tired of being treated like a sex object, so she began dressing more conservatively and demanded more respect from the men within her social circle.
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Money is no object,

 and Expense is no object.
Fig. It does not matter how much something costs. Please show me your finest automobile. Money is no object. I want the finest earrings you have. Don't worry about how much they cost because expense is no object.
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object to someone or something

to disapprove of someone or something. I object to him as your choice. I object to your opinion.
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money is no object

Also, expense is no object. It doesn't matter how much it costs, as in Get the very best fur coat you can find-money is no object. In this expression no object means "something not taken into account or presenting no obstacle." It was first recorded as salary will be no object in a 1782 newspaper advertisement for someone seeking a job. Both money and expense were so described by the mid-1800s.
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money is no object

COMMON If money is no object for someone, they are willing or able to spend as much money as necessary. The shop has a range of superb Swedish crystal glasses that I would have if money were no object.
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no object

not influencing or restricting choices or decisions.
1998 Independent I'm a very impulsive buyer, if I see something I buy it, money no object.
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the object of the exercise

the main point or purpose of an activity.
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money, expense, etc. is no ˈobject

there is no need to worry about the amount of money, etc., because there is enough or because it has no importance: Choose whatever you like from the menu. It’s your birthday so money is no object.He was ready to travel anywhere. Distance was no object.
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an ˈobject lesson

a practical example of what you should or should not do in a particular situation: It was an object lesson in how not to make a speech. He did absolutely everything wrong.An object lesson was a school lesson that used real objects as a way of teaching in a very direct and practical way.
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object to

v.
To express disagreement with or disapproval of something: The city council objects to vulgar art displays in public buildings.
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References in classic literature ?
To this my brother at first objected, declaring that it was forbidden; but on the Barmecide insisting that it was out of the question that he should drink by himself, he consented to take a little.