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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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Over the coming years Oilily will concentrate on designing a unique lifestyle alongside its high-end clothing collection.
NEW YORK -- Little Skye is proud to announce the arrival of the new Fall/Winter Release of Oilily in the USA.
Last year's winner Oilily faces a tough task in bidding to repeat the victory, especially if the forecast rain arrives, according to trainer Sean Byrne.
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After almost two years off the track he made his Irish debut in a five-runner conditions hurdle at Cork in March, showing his wellbeing by racing in a fresh and keen manner before paying for his early exertions in finishing last behind Oilily.
The average item at Divine Consign sells for $5 and includes brands such as Cach Cach, Baby Lulu, Oilily, Gap, Gymboree and many more.
Consolo and Aquino have been extremely active on the Gold Coast, assisting Cartier, Longchamp, Yves Saint Laurent, Pratesi, Oilily, Cesare Paciotti and many others to the area.
Exclusive luxury retailers like Lucky Kids, CrewCuts Oilily, Strasburg Children, Abercrombie Kids, the Apple Store, Sony Style and Puma can all be found at King of Prussia to offer shoppers the hottest back-to-school clothing, accessories and electronics.
After a near miss behind the very experienced Oilily at Leopardstown, the five-year-old Golan mare was a convincing maiden winner over 1m6f at Ballinrobe and coped well with the transition to handicap company when winning over 1m2f at Clonmel only last Thursday.
The Dutch chain Oilily, will locate between 70th and 71st Streets.
Missunited was beaten in a Leopardstown maiden head-bobber by Oilily last month after previously sluicing up on her hurdle debut at Listowel.
Meanwhile, Oilily will be aimed at a Grade 3 mares event on the final day of the Punchestown Festival (April 28) following her cosy win in the www.
We have journeyed the world to bring you the most unique children's clothing from exceptional brands like OILILY, Cakewalk, Catimini, Room Seven, and Charlie Rocket.