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be not rocket science
To not be a pursuit, activity, or endeavor that requires extraordinary skill or intelligence. Look, all you need to do is reformat the hard drive on your computer. It isn't rocket science! Sure, it took a little bit of time to figure out, but reinstalling the modem wasn't rocket science or anything.
A pursuit, activity, or endeavor that requires extraordinary skill or intelligence. Most often used in the negative to imply the opposite. Look, all you need to do is reformat the hard drive on your computer. It isn't rocket science! I thought it would be simple enough to fix the car's engine on my own, but this turned out to be like rocket science to me!
To make very rapid progress in some area. They're such a popular band that their new single is just rocketing up the charts.
give (one) a rocket
To scold one for a wrongdoing. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Mom will give us a rocket if she finds out that we broke her antique vase.
go like a rocket
To work well or successfully, as of a machine. Primarily heard in Australia. We finally have dry clothes again, thanks to our new dryer going like a rocket.
it doesn't take a rocket scientist (to do something)
One doesn't have to be particularly intelligent to be able to do or understand something. I doesn't take a rocket scientist to learn how to change the oil in your car. How has he not learned how to check his email yet? It doesn't take a rocket scientist.
put a rocket under (someone or something)
To motivate or give someone an incentive to do something faster, better, or with greater energy or enthusiasm. Primarily heard in UK. It's been over a week now and we still haven't gotten our delivery! I think it's time you called customer support and put a rocket under them. Here's hoping the new manager will put a rocket under his squad, because they've been looking like amateurs the past few games.
you don't have to be a rocket scientist (to do something)
You don't have to be particularly intelligent to be able to do or understand something. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to learn how to change the oil in your car. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that you have to unplug electrical equipment before you try to fix it.
rise like a rocket (and fall like a stick)
To experience a meteoric rise in success (and then have one's fortunes reversed just as suddenly and dramatically). The phrase can be used to describe someone or something who has only experienced a period of success so far, not necessarily one followed by a downturn. Everyone has their eyes on the young actress who has been rising like a rocket in the film industry. The company rose like a rocket by trading sub-prime mortgages, and then fell like a stick when the housing bubble burst.
rocket (in)to something
1. Lit. [for a projectile] to ascend into the sky or into space; [for something] to shoot rapidly into something. The space shuttle rocketed into space. The locomotive rocketed into the darkness.
2. Fig. [for someone] to ascend rapidly into something, such as fame or prominence. Jill rocketed into prominence after her spectacular performance on the guitar. She will undoubtedly rocket to success.
See also: rocket
rocket something into something
to send something somewhere-usually into space-by rocket. The government rocketed the satellite into space. Someone suggested rocketing our waste into space.
See also: rocket
not rocket science
If you say that something isn't rocket science, you mean that it is easy or obvious. It isn't rocket science to figure out that you will sell more sweets if you put them where small children will see them. People should be able to fill in the forms themselves — this isn't rocket science. Note: You can use expressions such as it doesn't take or you don't have to be a rocket scientist to point out that something is very easy or obvious. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why he's so angry. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work it out. Note: The expression rocket scientist, meaning `very clever person', is used in various other structures. Now I'm no rocket scientist, but even I could see those figures looked way too high.
not rocket scienceused to indicate that something is not very difficult to understand. humorous
rise like a rocket (and fall like a stick)rise suddenly and dramatically (and subsequently fall in a similar manner).
The origin of this phrase is a jibe made by Thomas Paine about Edmund Burke's oratory in a 1792 House of Commons debate on the subject of the French Revolution. Paine remarked: ‘As he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick’.
give somebody a ˈrocket(British English, informal) criticize somebody very strongly for doing something wrong: His boss gave him a rocket for losing the contract.
it’s not ˈrocket scienceused in order to emphasize that something is not complicated or difficult to do or understand: Oh, I’m sure I’ll manage. It’s not exactly rocket science, is it?
you don’t have to be a ˈrocket scientist (to do something),
it doesn’t take a ˈrocket scientist (to do something)used to emphasize that something is easy to understand: Of course this model sells more than the others — it’s the cheapest! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work that one out.
blow snot rocketsand blow a snot rocket
tv. to blow gobs of nasal mucus from one nostril at a time by blocking off the other nostril with a thumb. Bob is always blowing snot rockets! How crude! He tried to blow a snot rocket at the dog, but it kept right on barking.
blow a snot rocketverb
n. a motorcycle. (For some, only foreign motorcycles are so called.) I can buy a nice car for less than you paid for that crotch-rocket.
n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) He held his hands over his pocket-rocket and ran for the bedroom.
n. a Japanese motorcycle; a crotch-rocket from Japan. He added a crack-rack to his rice-rocket.