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curse a blue streak
To use profane language with great rapidity and intensity. My dad cursed a blue streak after he found out I'd put a dent in his car.
swear a blue streak
To use profane language with great rapidity and intensity. My dad swore a blue streak after he found out I'd put a dent in his car.
Something that moves very quickly and unceasingly. A: "Could you follow what Rob said?" B: "Not at all. The way he talks a blue streak, I couldn't keep up!"
like a streak
Very quickly. Once I saw that swarm of bees, I took off like a streak in the opposite direction.
cuss a blue streak
To use profane language with great rapidity and intensity. My dad cussed a blue streak after he found out I'd put a dent in his car.
like greased lightning
Extremely fast. Wow, that car just blew past me—it's moving like greased lightning! When I take tests, I speed through them like greased lightning, so I'm sure I'll be the first one done.
talk a blue streak
To speak with great rapidity, volume, and/or intensity. He's a lovely guy, but he'll talk a blue streak if you let him. It can be exhausting! It can be hard to follow along with her when she starts talking a blue streak like that.
A tendency to be cowardly or easily frightened. She likes to strut around like she's the boss of the place, but she has a yellow streak running down her spine if you ever confront her on an issue. He knew what they were doing was wrong, but his yellow streak kept him from intervening.
a streak of (good) luck
A period of continuous good fortune. We've had a real streak of luck ahead of the build. The planning permission came through very quickly, the bank approved our second loan application, and the weather is supposed to stay sunny and dry for the next few months. With this refund from the IRS, it looks like my streak of good luck is still going!
a streak of bad luck
A period of continuous misfortune. I've just had a streak of bad luck lately. After losing my job, I found out that I won't be entitled to any social welfare payments while I look for work. She broke up with him? Wow, the poor guy's streak of bad luck continues.
A consecutive series of victories, successes, or instances of good fortune. The team, considered the least likely of the entire league to make it to the playoffs, has continued its remarkable winning streak for the 14th straight game. We've finally started having a bit of a winning streak with our latest products. Caught up in an unbelievable winning streak, I started making riskier and riskier bets, until I ended up losing everything in a single game of cards.
A consecutive series of defeats, losses, or instances of ill fortune. The team, once considered likely to win the championship for a second straight year, has lost another miserable game this afternoon, continuing its 14-game losing streak. After seeming unable to get a foothold in the smartphone market, the tech giant finally broke its losing streak with its latest device, which has proven enormously popular with people around the globe. Yet another company that I invested in crashed and burned. I am on one heck of a losing streak in the stock market.
A series of concurrent fortunate outcomes or occurrences. I was having a bit of a lucky streak at blackjack, which is pretty unusual for me, so I started getting a bit more reckless with the amount of money I was willing to wager. His first few films were near universal successes, both critically and commercially, but since then he has released crappy film after crappy film. Was his early work just a lucky streak, or did he run out of good ideas so soon?
An inclination, tendency, or propensity for cruelty, spite, malice, or violence. Her dad is usually a pretty nice, chilled out guy, but he's gets a real mean streak when he's been drinking. I think you should take your son to a therapist—he's got a mean streak that is very uncommon in a boy his age.
1. To move across (something or some place) so fast as to be hard to see. I was staring up at the sky when what I thought was a rocket came streaking across. Tom streaked across the office and out the door to get the package of documents to the post office in time.
2. To slide across (something) and leave behind a streak of residue. The slug streaked slowly across the window. That's going to streak across the wall if you don't wipe it up!
3. To run across (something or some place) without wearing any clothes. They were just about to bring the players back onto the field when two students went streaking across. Some lunatic streaked across campus earlier today.
cuss a blue streak
Rur. to curse a great deal. When she dropped the brick on her toe, she cussed a blue streak. Bill could cuss a blue streak by the time he was eight years old.
have a yellow bellyand have a yellow streak down one's back
Fig. to be cowardly. Tex has a yellow streak down his back a mile wide. He's afraid to cross the street!
like greased lightning
Rur. very fast. Once I get her tuned up, this old car will go like greased lightning. He's a fat kid, but he can run like greased lightning.
Fig. a series of losses [in sports, for instance]. (*Typically: be on ~; have ~; continue one's ~.) The team was on a losing streak that started nearly three years ago.
*lucky streakand *streak of luck
Fig. a series of lucky wins in gambling or games. (*Typically: be on ~; have ~.) Thanks to a lucky streak, I won enough in Las Vegas to pay for the trip.
Fig. a tendency for a person to do things that are mean. I think that Wally has a mean streak that no one ever saw before this incident.
streak across something
to move across something very fast. A comet streaked across the night sky. Tom streaked across the street to get a cup of coffee.
streak of bad luckand string of bad luck
a series of events that are only bad luck. After a long string of bad luck, we finally got a lucky break.
streak of good luckand string of good luck
a series of fortunate events. After a series of failures, we started out on a streak of good luck.
talk a blue streak
Fig. to talk very much and very rapidly. Billy didn't talk until he was two, and then he started talking a blue streak. I can't understand anything Bob says. He talks a blue streak, and I can't follow his thinking.
yellow streak (down someone's back)
a tendency toward cowardice. Tim's got a yellow streak down his back a mile wide. Get rid of that yellow streak. Show some courage.
like greased lightning
Also, like a blue streak; like the wind; like blazes. Very fast indeed, as in He climbed that ladder like greased lightning, or She kept on talking like a blue streak, or The children ran like the wind when they heard there'd be free ice cream. The likening of speed to lightning dates from the 1500s, and grease was added in the early 1800s to further accentuate the idea of haste. The first variant, blue streak, also dates from the early 1800s and alludes to something resembling lightning. The wind in the second variant has been a metaphor for swiftness since ancient Roman times. The blazes in the last variant, first recorded in 1925, alludes to fire or lightning.
talk someone's arm off
Also, talk someone's ear or head or pants off ; talk a blue streak; talk until one is blue in the face; talk the bark off a tree or the hind leg off a donkey or horse . Talk so much as to exhaust the listener, as in Whenever I run into her she talks my arm off, or Louise was so excited that she talked a blue streak, or You can talk the bark off a tree but you still won't convince me. The first four expressions imply that one is so bored by a person's loquacity that one's arm (or ear or head or pants) fall off; they date from the first half of the 1900s (also see pants off). The term like a blue streak alone simply means "very quickly," but in this idiom, first recorded in 1914, it means "continuously." The obvious hyperboles implying talk that takes the bark off a tree, first recorded in 1831, or the hind leg off a horse, from 1808, are heard less often today. Also see under blue in the face.
A series of consecutive successes, a run of good luck, as in Our son-in-law has been on a winning streak with his investments. This expression comes from gambling. [Mid-1900s]
talk a blue streakAMERICAN, INFORMAL
If someone talks a blue streak, they talk a lot and very fast. My Mom always says I talked a blue streak from the time I opened my mouth. Note: You can also say that someone swears or curses a blue streak, meaning that they swear a lot. He was led out by the police, cursing a blue streak as he went. Note: This expression refers to a blue streak of lightning flashing quickly across the sky.
talk a blue streakspeak continuously and at great length. North American informal
A blue streak refers to something like a flash of lightning in its speed and vividness.
like a streak (of lightning)very fast. informal
like greased ˈlightning(informal) very fast: After the phone call, he was out of the door like greased lightning.
a ˈyellow streak(disapproving) the quality of being easily frightened; cowardice: He won’t fight? I always thought he had a yellow streak in him.
Yellow is often used to describe somebody who is a coward.
have a yellow streak down one’s back
tv. to be cowardly. (Have got can replace have.) wrong. If you have a yellow streak down your back, you don’t take many risks.
1. in. to move rapidly from one place to another. The train streaked into the station and came to a stop just inches from the end of the track.
2. in. to run about in a public place naked. This kid was streaking back and forth until the cops caught him.
3. tv. to grace or ornament a public place or event with a naked run. Charles streaked the baseball game, but nobody noticed him.
4. n. a naked run in a public place. (see also streaker.) There was a streak at the end of the game, but people were leaving then and didn’t see it.
5. n. an exciting time; a wild party. We had a streak at Tom’s.
talk a blue streak
tv. to talk fast or a lot. Some parrots never talk. Others talk a blue streak whenever it’s light.