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the patience of Job

An immense and unyielding degree of patience and conviction, especially in the face of problems or difficulty. A reference to the biblical figure Job, whose absolute faith in God remained unshaken despite the numerous afflictions set upon himself, his family, and his estate by Satan. This field of work requires the patience of Job, so if you're looking for immediate results, you're in the wrong profession. My sister is amazing. She has five unruly children, but she has the patience of Job with every single one of them.
See also: job, of, patience

enough to plague a saint

So trying or frustrating as to bother even the most patient person. The annoying action can be stated between "enough" and "to." Being with screaming kids all day is enough to plague a saint. The kids have really let loose today with enough shrieking to plague a saint.
See also: enough, plague, saint

the patience of a saint

An immense and unyielding degree of patience, especially in the face of problems or difficulty. This field of work requires the patience of a saint, so if you're looking for immediate results, you're in the wrong profession. My sister is amazing. She has five unruly children, but she has the patience of a saint with every single one of them.
See also: of, patience, saint

enough something to plague a saint

 and something is enough to plague a saint
Rur. enough of something to annoy even a patient person. That little boy has enough curiosity to plague a saint! Sally's a well-meaning woman, but her endless gossiping is enough to plague a saint.
See also: enough, plague, saint

have the patience of a saint

 and have the patience of Job
Fig. to have a great deal of patience. Steve has the patience of Job given the way his wife nags him. Dear Martha has the patience of a saint; she raised six children by herself.
See also: have, of, patience, saint

the patience of a ˈsaint/of ˈJob

very great patience: I don’t know how she does it — she’s got the patience of a saint, that woman!You need the patience of Job to deal with customers like that.Job was a character in the Bible who lost his family, his home and his possessions, but still did not reject God.
See also: job, of, patience, saint
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Saint Joseph continued to be more real as a person and saint to me when, at the young age of 16, I left home and went to the seminary after I graduated from high school.
Saint Bernard (breed of large, reddish-brown and white dog)--Since no sentient being can be labeled by color (that's racist even when you're talking about animals), except when a member of the group in question is making the color commentary, and since dogs can't talk (at least to most people), we can't simply call them large, reddish-brown and white dogs.
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Evident also in their deepest aspirations, the ambivalence characterizing their lives and their pursuit of an identity troubled some of these "worldly saints," and eventually enhanced the appeal of the semi-monastic life favored by their similarly ambivalent hagiographers.
Clearly the book is an attempt to reunite the genders after years of scholarship that have considered female saints apart from their male counterparts.
In the introduction to The Road Before Us, for example, Saint argues that his project is "a reconstitution" of an America that acknowledges "fully participating gay black voices" (xxiv).
Mauricio Alconedo, one of her most accomplished male dancers, was discovered by Burns six years ago at Saint Joseph Ballet's community outreach program, "Dancefree Weeks.
After all, God, through the intercession of Saint Joseph, was a partner in this project.
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Synthia Saint James, whose work conveys family, harmony and unity, is an internationally acclaimed artist with dozens of commissions and projects in the works.
Blue Coat or Powdered Wig: Free People of Color in Pre-Revolutionary Saint Domingue.
The article argues that the depictions of cobblers making holidays resonated with the early modern English politics of ritual observance, and its concluding discussion of the Saint Crispin's Day speech in Henry V shows how the play imagines king and cobblers vying for control of England's commemorative practice.
Some cynics, hastily reading the title, might jump to the conclusion that All Saints is a "non-book," a scissor-and-paste assemblage of a saint for every day, with pious reflections.
Saint Mary's University, an institution of more than 8,000 graduates and undergraduates, located in the south end of Halifax, appears Roman Catholic, even Jesuit.