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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!
See also: rocket, science

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.
See also: rocket, up

give (one) a rocket

To scold someone for a wrongdoing. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Mom will give us a rocket if she finds out that we broke her antique vase.
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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.
See also: like, 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. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that you have to unplug electrical equipment before you try to fix them.
See also: rocket, scientist, take

put a rocket under (someone or something)

To motivate or incentivize someone 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.
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you don't have to be a rocket scientist (to do something)

One doesn'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 them.
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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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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.
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not rocket science

used to indicate that something is not very difficult to understand. humorous
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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’.
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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.
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it’s not ˈrocket science

used 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?
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you don’t have to be a ˈrocket scientist (to do something)

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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.
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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

verb
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crotch-rocket

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.

pocket-rocket

n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) He held his hands over his pocket-rocket and ran for the bedroom.

rice-rocket

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.