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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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Sensory quality characteristics evaluation using hedonic-scale ratings for colour, texture, flavour, oiliness and overall acceptability of the chips made from 8 cultivars was performed and the data presented in Table 4.
Oiliness was significantly reduced at both the 2- and 4-week period, without increased dryness.
But Tony Blair possesses an oiliness, an evangelical false personality that tends to spoil his picture.
There were winners, like mackerel on a bed of creamy crab, its oiliness diffused by gooseberry coulis and white Burgundy, and there was the occasional also-ran.
New this year to the Natura Men line are five hair products: shampoo to reduce oiliness, 2-in-1 shampoo, anti-dandruff shampoo, conditioner for all hair types and gel fixative.
The result is an all natural face product that is both gentle yet incredibly effective in remedying skin balance by dealing with both extreme oiliness and excessive dryness; deep and thorough cleansing of all natural and artificial residues on the skin and closing the now cleansed pores prior to applying other products.
The collection tackles dandruff, heat damage, oiliness, colouring problems and thin/fine hair.
Instead, he's still bullying Martha to defend the odious crime family led by Jody Farr and helping their solicitor (played with maximum oiliness by Phil Davis) to ambush her.
Yatan suggests one should use an astringent or toner four times a week to reduce oiliness and stickiness on the face.
EW St Tropez SPF20 with tan enhancer, pounds 20 Light and easy to apply without a hint of oiliness, nothing's lacking with this suntan lotion.
GREASY HAIR Washing your hair every day may help combat oiliness but it could leave you with dry and damaged ends.
Dermatologist Sue Mayou says this is because stress causes the adrenal glands to produce more of the hormones that increase the oiliness of the skin.
It's odourless and despite a thick consistency, absorbs quickly into the skin without oiliness.
It most commonly affects adolescents as the hormones that regulate puberty also cause changes in the lining of the hair follicle and the oiliness of the skin.