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more sinned against than sinner

Less guilty or worthy of blame than others, especially those who have injured or laid such blame or guilt upon one. I may be exploiting a loophole in how much I receive in social welfare payments, but given that my retirement fund was stolen from me by fraudulent investors, I'd say I'm more sinned against than sinner. The nurse undoubtedly made questionable judgment calls in this unfortunate case; however, his hands were largely tied by ambiguous legal wordings relating to end-of-life care, and, in my opinion, he was more sinned against than sinner.
See also: more, sin

old sins cast long shadows

Old indiscretions can continue to have consequences well into the future. A: "I know I made a mistake, but that happened years ago! Why are we still talking about it?" B: "Because old sins cast long shadows."
See also: cast, long, old, shadow, sin

old sins have long shadows

Old indiscretions can continue to have consequences well into the future. A: "I know I made a mistake, but that happened years ago! Why are we still talking about it?" B: "Because old sins have long shadows."
See also: have, long, old, shadow, sin

be (as) ugly as sin

To be extremely visually displeasing or unattractive. I wouldn't buy that painting, it's ugly as sin. I heard the date didn't go well and that the guy was as ugly as sin.
See also: sin, ugly

hate someone or something like sin

Fig. to hate someone or something a great deal. She won't eat brussels sprouts. She hates 'em like sin. I don't want that man anywhere near me. I hate him like sin.
See also: hate, like, sin

live in sin

to live with and have sex with someone to whom one is not married. (Sometimes serious and sometimes jocular.) Would you like to get married, or would you prefer that we live in sin for a few more years? Let's live in sin. There's no risk of divorce.
See also: live, sin

multitude of sins

Fig. many kinds of sins or errors. The term offensive covers a multitude of sins.
See also: multitude, of, sin

Poverty is not a crime.

 and Poverty is no sin.
Prov. You should not condemn someone for being poor. Ellen: I wish there were a law to make all those poor people move out of our neighborhood. Jim: Poverty is not a crime, Ellen.
See also: crime, not, poverty

sin against someone or something

to offend or desecrate someone or something sacred or revered. The critic said that Walter sinned against the poet when he read the poem in a sarcastic manner. I would say that Walter sinned against poetry, not just one poet.
See also: sin

The wages of sin is death.

Prov. Doing bad things can get you in a lot of trouble. Serves him right. I always said, "The wages of sin is death."
See also: death, of, sin, wage

*ugly as sin

Cliché extremely ugly. (*Also: as ~.) Why would anyone want to buy that dress? It's as ugly as sin! Harold is ugly as sin, but his personality is very charming.
See also: sin, ugly

hide a multitude of sins

also cover a multitude of sins
to prevent people from noticing something bad I'm a messy eater, so I always wear black – it hides a multitude of sins.
Etymology: based on the saying love covers a multitude of sins from the Bible
See also: hide, multitude, of, sin

live in sin

to live with and have a sexual relationship with someone without being married They know that others their age view their relationship as living in sin.
Usage notes: often considered to be an old-fashioned phrase
See also: live, sin

live in sin

to live with someone that you are having a sexual relationship with but are not married to (usually in continuous tenses) Last I heard they'd moved in together and were living in sin.
See also: live, sin

cover/hide a multitude of sins

if something hides a multitude of sins, it prevents people from seeing or discovering something bad Big sweaters are warm and practical and they hide a multitude of sins.
See also: cover, multitude, of, sin

a sin tax

  (American informal)
a tax on things that are bad for you, like cigarettes and alcohol (not used with the ) Politicians like a sin tax as it brings in lots of revenue and not too many complaints.
See live in sin
See also: sin, tax

for my sins

  (British & Australian humorous)
something that you say in order to make a joke that something you have to do or something that you are is a punishment for being bad I'm organizing the office Christmas party this year for my sins. I'm an Arsenal supporter for my sins.
See also: sin

be as ugly as sin

to be very ugly That dog of his is as ugly as sin.
See also: sin, ugly

fall into

1. Enter or engage in, be drawn into, as in I told Dad not to fall into conversation with them. [Late 1400s]
2. See fall in, def. 1.
3. Be naturally divisible into, as in These students fall into three categories. [First half of 1600s]
4. fall into error or sin . Be drawn into bad behavior, as in I fell into error when I started spending time with the wrong crowd. This usage, like fall from grace, originally alluded to religious concerns. It is now used less often and more loosely. [Late 1100s]
5. fall into a trap. Be deceived, unknowingly become involved in something. For example, By admitting I had free time, I fell into the trap of having to help him with his work . Also see under fall in; fall in line; fall in place.
See also: fall

live in sin

Cohabit outside marriage, as in Bill and Anne lived in sin for years before they got married. This term, dating from the early 1800s, is mostly used in a jocular fashion today, when customs and views are more liberal in this regard. Also see live together.
See also: live, sin

more sinned against than sinning

Less guilty than those who have injured one, as in It's true she took the money but they did owe her quite a bit-in a way she's more sinned against than sinning . This expression comes from Shakespeare's King Lear (3:2), where the King, on the heath during a storm, so describes his plight.
See also: more, sin

multitude of sins, cover a

Compensate for numerous evils, as in You may not be offering to help with the fair, but that big donation covers a multitude of sins . This expression originated in the New Testament (I Peter 4:8): "And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins."
See also: cover, multitude, of

ugly as sin

Physically or morally hideous, as in I can't think why she likes that dog; it's ugly as sin. This simile, first recorded in 1801, replaced the earlier ugly as the devil.
See also: sin, ugly

wages of sin, the

The results or consequences of evildoing, as in She ate all of the strawberries and ended up with a terrible stomachache-the wages of sin, no doubt . This expression comes from the New Testament, where Paul writes to the Romans (6:23): "The wages of sin is death." Today it is often used more lightly, as in the example.
See also: of, wage

fall into

1. To descend or drop freely or effortlessly into something: I was so tired that I went to my bedroom and fell into bed.
2. To come to assume a configuration, pattern, or order: The lines of text fell into neat rows. After a quick meeting, our plans fell into place.
3. To come upon, receive, or become involved with something, especially by chance: They fell into a lot of money unexpectedly, so they bought a new car.
4. To undergo a change of state or emotion, especially a negative change: I took one look at my class schedule and fell into a bad mood. The tenants complained when the apartment building fell into disrepair.
See also: fall

(as) ugly as sin

mod. very ugly. This car’s as ugly as sin, but it’s cheap and dependable.
See also: sin, ugly

ugly as sin

See also: sin, ugly


n. synthetic marijuana. (Drugs. From synthetic.) Most of this stuff the kids put down good money for is not sin but angel dust.


n. a van fitted with bedding as a place for necking and lovemaking. Willy said he was saving his money to buy a sin-bin so he could have more fun on dates.

live in sin

To cohabit in a sexual relationship without being married.
See also: live, sin

as sin

Completely or extremely: He is guilty as sin.
See also: sin
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Of course, if I said that, if a person walks over a rail line and gets squished by a train, they deserve all they get - I would have sinned because freedom of speech is a big no-no too.
com, which will offer "an online confessional service that provides sinners with a completely anonymous forum to unburden sins and repent if they've sinned recently, or are thinking of sinning, or would simply like to hear someone else's sins, complete and unexpurgated.
Lent is the holy season when the Liturgy once more calls the faithful to radical conversion and trust in God's mercy: "Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Nelson, Professor of Theology at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, have coedited this collection of nine theological papers that examine the doctrine of sin from different perspectives of those who have been sinned against.
Adam and Eve sinned, thereby opening the door to evil which in turn required the need for man's redemption brought about by Our Lord's passion, death and resurrection.
Anyone aware of having sinned mortally must not receive Communion without having received absolution in the Sacrament of Penance" (#1415).
Liability lawyers would dissolve in hysterics if, in giving a deposition, a bishop lifted up his hands and said, "I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, through my most grievous fault.
They take up the way of return: "I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned.
At this point David finally accepts responsibility for his wrongdoing: "I have sinned against the Lord.