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catch a Tartar

To encounter or be forced to reckon with someone or something that proves more powerful, troublesome, or formidable than one expected. They thought that I would simply give up if my complaint had to go to court, but they'll soon realize that they've caught a Tartar! It looks like we caught a Tartar when we tried to muscle their store out of the area.
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catch a Tartar

Seek out something or someone that turns out to be unexpectedly unpleasant or formidable, as in Now that she finally agreed to meet with you, you just might find that you've caught a Tartar . In this term, Tartar signifies a difficult or sometimes violent individual, referring to Turkic and Mongolian invaders of Asia in the Middle Ages. [Mid-1600s]
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catch a Tartar

encounter or get hold of a person who can neither be controlled nor got rid of; meet with a person who is unexpectedly more than your match.
The Tartars (or Tatars), a combined force of central Asian people including Mongols and Turks, established a vast empire during the Middle Ages under the leadership of the warlord Genghis Khan , and were a byword for ferocity.
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The letter to the European Parliament calls on it to "condemn the arrests and torture perpetrated by the Armenian occupiers against the delegation of Azeri villagers from the Tartar area of Azerbaijan".
For instance, by using a thick spread of flaked, white-meat fish mixed with special tartar sauce, you can turn out an open-faced brunch or luncheon treat that will please even a mean mother-in-law.
We found that when tartar is dissolved, the rest takes care of itself.
Removing this requires professional dental cleaning since tartar can't be removed by brushing or flossing.
Checking your dogs teeth for signs of plaque and tartar is highly recommended but isn't always easy, and your vet is best placed to show you how to do this properly.
1 cup LAND o LAKES Butter, softened 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup sugar 1 LAND O LAKES [TM] Egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
cream of tartar * baking soda * baking powder * small bowl * 2 plastic spoons * 8 clear plastic cups * permanent marker * measuring cup * cold water * hot water * food coloring * tablespoon * teaspoon
Of special note are the recipes for classic sauces for Salmon, including Tartar Sauce, Hollandaise, Bechamel, and Rew Wine Sauce.
8% of respondents mention the accumulation of tartar and plaque, followed by tooth pigmentation or discoloration (34.
Maybe so, say our Fisherman's fans, but we prefer the moister, more tender meat inside the crisp jackets fried up at the Seventh Avenue seafood market - even if it does sometimes fall apart in our tartar sauce containers.
Mouth-watering recipes such as Japanese Spicy Tuna Tartar, Mustard-Crusted Filet Mignon, Easiest Scalloped Potatoes Ever, Oven-Roasted Baby Artichokes, Mexican Hot Chocolate Float and more combine flavor, variety and convenience.
This tartar contained antimony that might have been contaminated with arsenic.
Given the doses of emetic tartar the king was getting, the researchers estimate that he could have been ingesting between 4 and 9 milligrams of arsenic per day.
150g plain flour 50g caster sugar 75ml soured cream Pinch salt 3 eggs 5g bicarb of soda 25g cream of tartar (leavening agent) 100ml cold water