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siphon the python

vulgar slang Of a male, to urinate. (Here, "python" is a euphemism for the penis.) Primarily heard in Australia. Excuse me a minute. After all those beers, I need to go siphon the python.
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siphon something off

 (from something)
1. Lit. to suck or draw a liquid off from something. Harry siphoned the cream off the milk. He siphoned off the cream.
2. Fig. to embezzle or steal something a little at a time. The teller had been siphoning money off for years. she siphoned off a few dollars from the collection every week or so.
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siphon off something

also siphon something off
to take something that was intended for someone or something else The dictator and his close friends siphoned off up to 20 percent of the annual budget. The donated food was mostly siphoned off and sold, while the needy got almost nothing.
Usage notes: sometimes used without off: A third-party candidate siphoned southern support. She siphoned more than $15,000 from a patient's trust fund.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of siphon (a tube used to move liquid from one container to another)
See also: off, siphon

siphon off

v.
1. To draw off or convey something through or as if through a siphon: I used a tube to siphon off the excess water in the fish tank. The lawn mower ran out of gas, so we siphoned some off from the car's gas tank.
2. To appropriate some money illegally or dishonestly: The managers were siphoning off money from the foundation and putting it into secret accounts. The dictator siphoned millions of dollars off and hid the money in private bank accounts.
See also: off, siphon
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The first objective of this study was to conduct an in-depth chemical characterization of commercial-size geoduck siphon and mantle from clams harvested in Southeast Alaska.
The geoduck mantle was separated from the siphon, and each muscle was split longitudinally into 2 equal portions that served as treatment replicates (fresh vs.
In fact, the first attempt at cured-in-place lining one of the 78-inch siphons was a disaster as the lining collapsed and had to be cut out and removed.
For linings this size, several cranes are needed along with other bulky equipment, which means that very large pads are needed at both ends of the siphons.
For an augmented marked graph, minimal siphons can be classified into R-siphons and NR-siphons.
In particulars, some of these characterisations are based on cycles, instead of siphons.
Some will deposit on the side walls of the vessel, on the bottom of the vessel, in the fill siphon, in the pour siphon and in the throat of the inductor [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED].
Essentially, the liner construction method provided two isolated side-by-side siphons that were separated by concrete.
In addition, since the two siphons delivered approximately 60 mgd of raw water to area industrial users, by-pass systems would be needed at both sites to handle deliveries while the siphons were being inspected and repaired.
Deterioration over the years resulted in corrosion of the siphon s inner walls and leakage at the intake structure.
Request for Proposal are invited for 2014 Large Diameter Interceptor Sewer and Siphon Inspection
To protect public health and the environment, King County is building a new 85-inch siphon pipe under Salmon Bay between the Ballard and Interbay areas of Seattle.
The contract: Supply brand new siphons cryogenic Dewar tanks for liquid nitrogen and helium and the supply, installation and commissioning of a brand new scieniacza argon ion and electron microscope brand new to the Centre of Microelectronics and Nanotechnology, University of RzeszEw.
9, Texas, USA is to reduce water losses from seepage, leakage and evaporation through the rehabilitation of the sections of two siphons, repairs to the Anacuitas Aqueduct, lining of one mile of the main canal, and installation of automated canal gates.