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the smell of an oily rag

A very meager, slim, or frugal amount of resources, especially money or fuel. As in the phrases "live off/on the smell of an oily rag" or "run off/on the smell of an oily rag," respectively. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. I spent a year travelling abroad, and I lived on the smell of an oily rag to get by. This trusty little car may not look like much, but she runs on the smell of an oily rag.
See also: of, oily, rag, smell

run off smell of an oily rag

Of a motor vehicle, to operate with exceptionally good fuel efficiency. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. This trusty little car may not look like much, but she runs off the smell of an oily rag.
See also: of, off, oily, rag, run, smell

run on the smell of an oily rag

Of a motor vehicle, to operate with exceptionally good fuel efficiency. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. This trusty little car may not look like much, but she runs on the smell of an oily rag.
See also: of, oily, on, rag, run, smell

live off smell of an oily rag

To live very frugally, economically, or sparingly; to survive with very meager resources. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. I spent a year travelling abroad, and I lived off smell of an oily rag to get by. We're going to have to live off smell of an oily rag now that we have a fourth baby on the way.
See also: live, of, off, oily, rag, smell

live on the smell of an oily rag

To live very frugally, economically, or sparingly; to survive with very meager resources. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. I spent a year travelling abroad, and I lived on the smell of an oily rag to get by. We're going to have to live on the smell of an oily rag now that we have a fourth baby on the way.
See also: live, of, oily, on, rag, smell
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A recent genomic analysis of 28 patients with Oilier disease found no common genomic alterations, suggesting that small deletions, point mutations, or epigenetic mechanisms contribute to the development of the disease.
Cargile: It is driving development in oilier windows and therefore, an emphasis on NGL infrastructure, fractionation, and processing in those windows.
Marston's Old Empire IPA added extra edge and spicing to white fish, but also rated highly with salmon and oilier fish.
If you've got an oilier fish like salmon or bluefish, step up to a bigger, spicier beer: saison, the spicy Belgian beer typified by Saison Dupont or Victory Helios.
The numerous colleagues whom the authors thank for their help in producing the report are not responsible for the various weaknesses of this volume--general organization, language usage, tautologies, and oilier minor stylistic weaknesses and omissions--which remain the responsibility of the two principal authors.
Henna is best used only occasionally on oilier hair that is not coloured or permed.
Young skin tends to be oilier but can also have dry areas so it's a question of finding skincare products that won't dry the skin out but are also not too oily.
Plans liar complete blinds could include pits, duck boats: boat blinds or any oilier unique waterfowl hideout.
Some species such as finches preferred grains whilst others such as buntings preferred the smaller, oilier seeds such as quinoa or millet.
The dextrin-containing nuggets cooked by microwave and susceptor were perceived as crunchier as and oilier than the other samples by trained panelists.
On the oilier hand, the search for perennial values is still strong, as can be seen in the quiet work of David Chipperfield, "Tony Fretton and Eric Parry, none of whom gels a look-in here.
Use a foam-based cleanser for dry skin or an gel-based one for oilier skin, followed by a toner to restore balance and keep pores free from excess dirt and bacteria (an absolute essential on a city vacation).
Many of these companies are also looking to collaborate with oilier companies and research institutions to develop innovative solutions.
While courts have long upheld, modified or struck down tax laws, they almost inevitable do so on grounds oilier than "unconstitutionality" It is the "unconstitutional" basis of this ruling that makes it so unusual and raises so many red flags for CPAs, tax advisers and others; unconstitutional means the decision has the ability to affect the entire United States.