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pink money

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.
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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.
See also: dollar, pink

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.
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pink slime

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.
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pink slip

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.
See also: pink, slip

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!
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*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.
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seeing pink elephants

 and 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 shakinghe's probably seeing snakes.
See also: elephant, pink, seeing

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.
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tickled pink

Fig. very much pleased or entertained. I was tickled pink to have you visit us. We were tickled pink when your flowers arrived.
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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.
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a pink slip

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.
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be in the pink

to be very healthy I wasn't well last week, but I'm back in the pink, I'm pleased to say.
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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.
See also: pink, pound


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

to be extremely pleased about something Val was tickled pink when Susan asked her to be bridesmaid at her wedding.
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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.
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tickled pink

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.
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(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.
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gay as pink ink

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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.
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park the pink Plymouth

n. to copulate. He set out to park the pink plymouth but ended up in a train wreck.
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pink elephants

and 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.
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pink spiders

See also: pink, spider

pink slip

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.
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mod. alcohol intoxicated; tipsy. She’s sitting there looking a bit pinked.
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mod. fired; dismissed from employment. I guess I’ve done it. I’m pink-slipped.

seeing pink elephants

and 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.
See also: elephant, pink, seeing

seeing pink spiders

See also: pink, seeing, spider

tickled (pink)

mod. amused; utterly delighted; pleased. I am tickled pink you could come this evening.
See also: pink, tickle

tickled pink

Very pleased; delighted: I was tickled pink by the compliment.
See also: pink, tickle
References in classic literature ?
The beautiful ladies are always gayly dancing around with pink sunshades and bead purses, and the grand gentlemen are politely dancing and drinking ginger pop.
The little pink sloth-creature dashed at me, and I gashed down its ugly face with the nail in my stick and in another minute was scrambling up a steep side pathway, a kind of sloping chimney, out of the ravine.
And he ruminated long before the portrait of a white-haired man with black eyebrows and a pink, painted sort of smile that seemed to contradict the black warning in his eyes.
cried Natasha, who now thought she too remembered the word pink being used, and saw in this the most extraordinary and mysterious part of the prediction.
At once a pink kitten crept out of the upset cage, sat down upon the glass roof, and yawned and blinked its round eyes.
Some were lying asleep while others lay sucking their paws and looking around them with big pink eyes.
You will always be the same size--and the same saucy, inconsiderate Glass Cat, with pink brains and a hard ruby heart.
three times a bridesmaid, never a bride,' " said Anne, peeping through the window over the pink and snow of the blossoming orchard beneath.
An occasional man bent forward, intent upon the pink stockings.
Now a bit of pink ribbon to tie it with, and I shall be done in time to do up my best collar," she said, turning her boxes topsy-turvy for the necessary ribbon in that delightful flurry which young ladies feel on such occasions.
The floor is covered with a white velvet carpet with pink roses all over it and there are pink silk curtains at the windows.
The Story Girl twisted a spray of divinest pink in her brown curls, and told us an old legend of a beautiful Indian maiden who died of a broken heart when the first snows of winter were falling, because she believed her long-absent lover was false.
Her eyes were shining, and her cheeks showed the delicate pink of life's--real life's--approaching dawn.
Nay, he went farther, and in private communications with his Major would caution and rally him, crying, "Mind your oi, Dob, my boy, them girls is bent on mischief--me Lady has just got a box of gowns from Europe, and there's a pink satin for Glorvina, which will finish ye, Dob, if it's in the power of woman or satin to move ye.
Although her dress, her coiffure, and all the preparations for the ball had cost Kitty great trouble and consideration, at this moment she walked into the ballroom in her elaborate tulle dress over a pink slip as easily and simply as though all the rosettes and lace, all the minute details of her attire, had not cost her or her family a moment's attention, as though she had been born in that tulle and lace, with her hair done up high on her head, and a rose and two leaves on the top of it.