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summer and winter

To monitor one's behavior or abilities for a sufficiently long period of time. Oh yes, I will summer and winter him during this probationary period, to determine if we should hire him full-time.
See also: and, summer, winter

Indian summer

1. A period of unseasonably warm weather in early fall. I know it's September, but don't get out your winter clothes just yet—this area often has an Indian summer. I hate the cold weather, so I'm hoping for an Indian summer.
2. A particularly peaceful, successful, or enjoyable time as something nears its end. As her illness worsened, my grandmother still enjoyed painting, so I think she had an Indian summer before her death. I wonder if people sensed that they were in an Indian summer just before the Great Depression.
See also: Indian, summer

one swallow doesn't make a summer

A single good outcome does not indicate an overall situation that is ideal or greatly improved. A lot of things went right for us this year, but one swallow doesn't make a summer—we still have a long ways to go before our finances are back in order.
See also: make, one, summer, swallow

One swallow does not make a summer,

 and One swallow does not a summer make.
Prov. You should not assume that something is true just because you have seen one piece of evidence for it. Amanda: I got a good grade on this quiz! My troubles in school are over. Nancy: One swallow does not a summer make.
See also: does, make, not, one, summer, swallow

Indian summer

A period of mild, sunny weather occurring in late autumn, usually following a seasonable cold spell. For example, We had two whole days of Indian summer this year, and then it turned cold again. [Late 1700s]
See also: Indian, summer

an Indian summer

mainly BRITISH
An Indian summer is a period of great success late in someone's life or career, often after a period of not being successful. Despite an unexpected Indian Summer, they never really lived up to their initial promise. Note: An Indian summer is a period of unusually warm sunny weather during the autumn.
See also: Indian, summer

one swallow doesn't make a summer

You say one swallow doesn't make a summer to mean that although something good has happened, the situation may not continue to be good, and you cannot rely on it. Sales in December were up about 1 percent, which of course, is good news. One swallow, however, doesn't make a summer and it remains to be seen whether they can maintain this growth in the difficult months ahead. Note: People often use the more literary phrase one swallow does not a summer make. One swallow does not a summer make, but a visit to the Hotel Metropole in Ipswich goes a long way to improving that city's reputation. Note: Swallows are a type of bird. The reference here is to the arrival of swallows in Europe at the beginning of summer, after spending the winter further south.
See also: make, one, summer, swallow

Indian summer

1 a period of dry, warm weather occurring in late autumn. 2 a tranquil or productive period in someone's later years.
2 1930 Vita Sackville-West The Edwardians Meanwhile she was quite content that Sebastian should become tanned in the rays of Sylvia's Indian summer.
See also: Indian, summer

one swallow doesn't make a summer

a single fortunate event does not mean that what follows will also be good. proverb
1998 Spectator One swallow doesn't make a summer…nor one instance of police dereliction of duty, incompetence, laziness and stupidity a complete breakdown in law and order.
See also: make, one, summer, swallow

an ˌIndian ˈsummer

1 a period of unusually dry, warm weather in the autumn: We had a splendid Indian summer last October.
2 a period of success or happiness near the end of somebody’s life: He made his best movies in his seventies; it was for him a real Indian summer.
See also: Indian, summer

one ˌswallow doesn’t make a ˈsummer

(saying) you must not take too seriously a small sign that something is happening or will happen in the future: ‘We got a big order from Sweden this morning. Things are getting better.’ ‘One swallow doesn’t make a summer, you know. Don’t be too optimistic.’
This expression refers to the fact that swallows (= small birds with a tail with two points) spend the winter in Africa but fly to northern countries for the summer.
See also: make, one, summer, swallow

summer complaint

n. diarrhea, especially that experienced in the summer. I’ve got a touch of the summer complaint.
See also: summer
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A court heard Summerly, who was the partner of Mr Lablache's ex, had turned up at Mr Lablache's family home on Dulverton Avenue, South Shields, in the early hours of the morning, demanding a fight.
We are thrilled to be working with Beazer Homes for our second collection of homes at Summerly," said president and CEO Mark McMillin of McMillin Communities.
Summerly had won three races in a row before running a distant fourth to Sis City in the Ashland Stakes last time out.
Summerly, which is part of the Eastlake Specific Plan District in Riverside County, will eventually consist of 23 neighborhoods with more than 37 acres of public parks and a number of private parks and recreation facilities, including a private clubhouse, overlooking the existing Links at Summerly Golf Course, as well as a planned elementary school site.
The Summerly community is a joint venture of McMillin, Oaktree and Civic Partners of Huntington Beach, Calif.
Adam Summerly, former counsel at Jones Day, focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, energy delivery and power, energy utilities, private equity, and lending/structured finance and deliveries.
Scott Blasi, trainer of Summerly while Steve Asmussen serves a suspension for the remainder of the year, saddled Summerly for a victory in the restricted Ashado Stakes at Saratoga on August 4, her first start since finishing second in the Coaching Club American Oaks in late July of last season.
Among them was Alex Summerly, 16, of West Monkseaton.
Among Take D'Tour's opponents is Oonagh Maccool, formerly trained in Britain by Marcus Tregoning, while last Year's Kentucky Oaks winner Summerly returns after more than a year out with injury.
In the semi-finals, North Tyneside overcame a powerful and wellorganised Sheffield side 3-1 with goals from Jordan Summerly and Matt Hargreaves (2) to set up a decider against a highly-fancied Liverpool side.
Afleet Alex looks a sure thing among three-year-old males, while the three-year-old filly division is more competitive with Round Pond, Smuggler and Summerly the nominees.
ON THE BALL: Action from the NEYD Under-11 Cup clash between Ellington (black/blue halves) and Bedlington Roma LEED ROLES: The triumphant North Tynesde squad of (back row, left to right) Callum Willis, Joel Robson, Matt Hargreaves, Dominic Coxon, Spencer Smith, Jordan Summerly, Adam Bolton, Richard Clarke and (front row, left to right) Liam Higgins, Liam Shanley, Tyler Lilley, Konner Lamb, Stuart Patterson and Jake Stephenson.
The most prolific Graded winners of 2005 were Intercontinental and Lost In The Fog, both successful five times, Megahertz and Saint Liam each won four, while Afleet Alex, Artie Schiller, Ashado, Better Talk Now, Flower Alley, Folklore, Gun Salute, Honey Ryder, Madcap Escapade, Magna Graduate, Rock Hard Ten, Sand Springs, Shadow Cast, Summerly, Sun King and Willow O Wisp all won three.
com 55 Record price $8 million for a Storm Cat-W elcome Surprise colt, sold by Lane's End, agent, to Hideyuki Mori, agent 7 Some notable graduates in 2005 Ashado (Ogden Phipps Handicap-Gr1, Go For Wand Handicap-Gr1) , Alkaased (Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud-Gr1, Jockey Club S-Gr2), Bandini (Blue Grass S-G3), Blues And Royals (U AE DerbyGr2), Clock Stopper (Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Handicap-Gr2), Coin Silver (Lexington S-Gr2), Consolidator (San F elipe SGr2), Madcap Escapade (Shirley Jones HandicapGr2, Princess Rooney SGr2, Vinery Madison SGr3), Offlee W ild (Suburban Handicap-Gr1, Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap-Gr3), Roses In May (Dubai World CupGr1), Summerly (K entucky Oaks-Gr1)three-year -old filly), Azeri (champion older female), W ilko (Breeders' CupJuvenile-Gr1)
Coast Soccer prevailed 4-0 over Cowgate with goals from Jordan Summerly (2), James Vasey and Jake Stephenson.