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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.
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rocket science

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!
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rocket up

To make very rapid progress in some area. They're such a popular band that their new single is just rocketing up the charts.
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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.
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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.
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it doesn't take a rocket scientist to do something

also you don't have to be a rocket scientist to do something
it is easy to understand something It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that fewer and fewer schools can afford to maintain competitive athletic programs.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form it's not rocket science: A five year old could put this puzzle together - it's not rocket science.
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give somebody a rocket

  (British & Australian informal)
to speak angrily to someone about something that they have done (often + for + doing sth) My mum gave me a rocket for tearing my new jeans. (British & Australian informal)
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go like a rocket

if a machine goes like a rocket, it works very well 'How's the new computer?' 'Great, goes like a rocket.'
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it doesn't take a rocket scientist

  also you don't have to be a rocket scientist
if you say that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand something, you mean that it is obvious (usually + to do sth) Drugs equals crime. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.
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put a rocket under somebody

  (British & Australian)
to do something to make someone hurry We're going to have to put a rocket under Tim if we want to catch that train.
See also: put, rocket

blow snot rockets

and 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.
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blow a snot rocket

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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.
References in classic literature ?
When I cried out that it was a false alarm, she replaced it, glanced at the rocket, rushed from the room, and I have not seen her since.
Something that was not a rocket, that came not hissing but screaming, went over Harold March's head and expanded beyond the mound into light and deafening din, staggering the brain with unbearable brutalities of noise.
In the mad excitement of that moment March peered through the storm, looking again for the long lean figure that stood beside the stand of the rocket.
Before the fires of the rocket had faded from the sky, long before the first gun had sounded from the distant hills, a splutter of rifle fire had flashed and flickered all around from the hidden trenches of the enemy.
My father was a Rocket like myself, and of French extraction.
Well, I said Pylotechnic," answered the Rocket, in a severe tone of voice, and the Bengal Light felt so crushed that he began at once to bully the little squibs, in order to show that he was still a person of some importance.
I was saying," continued the Rocket, "I was saying--What was I saying?
That is a very selfish reason," said the Rocket angrily.
said the Rocket indignantly; "you forget that I am very uncommon, and very remarkable.
You are the rudest person I ever met," said the Rocket, "and you cannot understand my friendship for the Prince.
Very important for you, I have no doubt," answered the Rocket, "but I shall weep if I choose"; and he actually burst into real tears, which flowed down his stick like rain-drops, and nearly drowned two little beetles, who were just thinking of setting up house together, and were looking for a nice dry spot to live in.
Every one was a great success except the Remarkable Rocket.
You are a very irritating person," said the Rocket, "and very ill- bred.
Well, that is his loss, not mine," answered the Rocket.
It is quite evident that you have always lived in the country," answered the Rocket, "otherwise you would know who I am.