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kick in the shins

1. A thoroughly devastating or disappointing setback or failure. Losing the championship match was a real kick in the shins, but I knew I just had to train even harder and try again next year.
2. A harsh punishment (or remedy) for acting foolishly or malevolently. Usually used prescriptively (i.e., "(someone) needs a kick in the shins"). Tim needs a kick in the shins for passing up such a fantastic job opportunity. Whoever has been spreading rumors about Cathy deserves a kick in the shins!
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Shin enjoys golf, music and spending time with family in his time outside of work.
Despite his non-auteur reputation today by comparison to the likes of Kim Ki-young, Shin Sang-ok is an ingenious subject for a book.
The dictator is holding my father hostage," Shin said in a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
A well-designed shin guard should provide adequate protection for the shank, but allow range of motion of the ankle and the knee (Eugene, 2003).
The Hamas movement running the Gaza Strip rejected Shin Bet's claims and Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri described Shin Bet's account as "silly fabrications", saying it was an attempt to justify Israeli military strikes in Gaza, reports say.
Ms Shin was with her 43-year-old friend Y J Lee, who was driving, when a Toyota SUV reportedly crashed into the pair's Honda Accord.
In the past two years, a number of wonderful and engaging examinations of Shin texts and thinkers have been published, including but not limited to: The Promise of Amida Buddha: Honen's Path to Bliss, translated by Joji Atone and Yoko Hayashi (Wisdom, 2011); Cultivating Spirituality: A Modern Shin Buddhist Anthology, edited by Mark Bloom and Robert Rhodes (SUNY, 2011); and Shinran's Kyogyoshinsho: The Collection of Passages Expounding the True Teaching, Living, Faith, and Realizing of the Pure Land, D.
The pair could not be separated after eight extra holes on Sunday night and had to return yesterday morning to complete proceedings, but a new day and a different hole brought a change in fortunes as the 24-year-old Shin quickly took charge to claim her ninth LPGA crown.
Xiamen Cheng Shin Rubber (Fujian Province), Chen Shin's biggest production base of motorcycle tires, has daily capacity of 75,000 motorcycle tires.
Shin Shin fed the baby overnight at intervals of about 15 minutes and licked the cub to help with excretion, the officials said.
Shin Shin and her partner Ri Ri arrived in Tokyo from China in February 2011 and were recorded mating earlier this year.
Blaine Harden, the author of A River Lost (1996) and a former New York Times reporter now working for the PBS program Frontline, first covered the story of Shin Donghyuk--the only person to have escaped from North Korea's notorious gulags to the West--as a foreign correspondent for the Washington Post.
What most Americans spend their lives saying they will try to get to someday, Yirang Shin, a Korean exchange student who has only been in the country since January, is doing right now.
Harden's book is the story of Shin Donghyuk, the only man born in a North Korean prison camp to successfully escape both the prison camp and prison nation.
Shin Dong-hyuk, was born inside Camp 14, which was a notorious labour camp for political dissidents located south of Pyongyang.