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The collective spending or purchasing power of the homosexual community. As gay couples become less marginalized, the power of pink money is an increasingly important and influential aspect of local economies. The thriving night club scene in this area of town is fueled in large part by pink money.
the pink dollar
The collective spending or purchasing power of the homosexual community. Primarily heard in US. As gay couples become less marginalized, the pink dollar is an increasingly important and influential aspect of local economies. The thriving night club scene in this area of town is fueled in large part by the pink dollar.
give (one) the pink slip
To dismiss someone from a job. I can't believe the boss gave me the pink slip after five years on the job! The new secretary hasn't taken one accurate message for me all week—I think it's time to give her the pink slip.
A slang term for low-quality beef trimmings that are used as a filler in some meat products. Our organization believes that pink slime should no longer be used in any meat preparation in this country.
A notice of termination from an employer. He was in total disbelief when he received a pink slip from his boss today, as he had worked at the company for over a decade.
be in the pink
1. To be in very good health or condition. The phrase "in the pink" is often followed by "of health" or "of condition." Jill is happy to be in the pink again after her hospital stay. Yes, I was sick a few weeks ago, but I'm in the pink of health now. After that long downturn, the economy is finally back in the pink.
2. To be drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really in the pink!
*in the pink (of condition)and *in the pink (of health)
Fig. in very good health; in very good condition, physically and emotionally. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) He recovered completely from his surgery and has been in the pink ever since. She was lively and active and in the pink of condition.
seeing pink elephantsand seeing pink spiders; Seeing snakes
intoxicated; recovering from a drinking bout; having the delirium tremens. When I got to the point of seeing pink elephants, I knew that something had to be done. The old one who's shaking—he's probably seeing snakes.
tickle someone pink
Fig. to please or entertain someone very much. Bill told a joke that really tickled us all pink. I know that these flowers will tickle her pink.
Fig. very much pleased or entertained. I was tickled pink to have you visit us. We were tickled pink when your flowers arrived.
in the pink (of something)
very strong and operating well It was almost a miracle that after his bout with pneumonia, he was back in the pink of health. These men are in the pink of condition, and the army wants to keep them that way. Our business is in the pink these days.
a pink slip(American)
a letter from your employer which tells you that you do not have a job any more It was Christmas time when Miller got his pink slip from the company.
be in the pink(old-fashioned)
to be very healthy I wasn't well last week, but I'm back in the pink, I'm pleased to say.
the pink pound(British) also the pink dollar (American)
the money that is spent by people who are homosexual (= attracted to people of their own sex) Further proof of the strength of the pink pound can be seen in Brighton, where there are numerous successful gay clubs.
pink-collar jobs are jobs that women usually do, often in offices and for little money Most women returning to work after raising children, head for pink-collar jobs in sales and service.
be tickled pink/to death(old-fashioned)
to be extremely pleased about something Val was tickled pink when Susan asked her to be bridesmaid at her wedding.
in the pink
In good health, as in We're glad to hear Bob's in the pink again. In the 1500s pink meant "the embodiment of perfection," but the current idiom dates only from about 1900.
Also, tickled to death. Delighted, as in I was tickled pink when I got his autograph, or His parents were tickled to death when he decided to marry her. The first term, first recorded in 1922, alludes to one's face turning pink with laughter when one is being tickled. The variant, clearly a hyperbole, dates from about 1800.
(as) gay as pink ink
mod. having to do with an obviously homosexual person, usually a male. These two guys—as gay as pink ink—came in together.
gay as pink inkverb
in the pink
1. mod. feeling quite well; feeling on top of the world. When she’s in the pink again, she’ll give you a ring.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Pete is in the pink and singing at the top of his lungs.
park the pink Plymouth
n. to copulate. He set out to park the pink plymouth but ended up in a train wreck.
pink elephantsand pink spiders
1. n. the delirium tremens. He was shaking something awful from the pink spiders.
2. n. hallucinatory creatures seen during the delirium tremens. (see also seeing pink elephants.) He said pink elephants were trying to kill him. He’s really drunk.
See pink elephants
1. n. a piece of paper giving notice of dismissal from employment; any dismissal from employment. I got a pink slip today. I guess I had it coming.
2. tv. to dismiss someone from employment. (see also pink-slipped.) They pink slipped the whole office force today.
3. n. a learner’s permit for driving an automobile. (In some U.S. states.) You can’t even drive in your own driveway without a pink slip.
mod. alcohol intoxicated; tipsy. She’s sitting there looking a bit pinked.
mod. fired; dismissed from employment. I guess I’ve done it. I’m pink-slipped.
seeing pink elephantsand seeing pink spiders and seeing snakes
tv. alcohol intoxicated; recovering from a drinking bout; having the delirium tremens. When I got to the point of seeing pink elephants, I knew that something had to be done. He’s screaming something about seeing pink spiders, and he wants a drink.
seeing pink spidersverb
mod. amused; utterly delighted; pleased. I am tickled pink you could come this evening.
Very pleased; delighted: I was tickled pink by the compliment.