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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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Having thus shaken off its assailants, Z-32 turned west, only to run into Tartar and Ashanti at 0138 hours.
Despite the lack of that, despite continuous tension and uncertainty, life goes on in Tartar as shepherds lead their flocks of sheep over bumpy roads toward green fields.
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The Periogen Company today announced the availability of their premier product Periogen, a home-use oral rinse that dissolves oral tartar with daily application.
in each box and is designed to keep dogs happy by providing them with a tasty product that also serves to reduce tartar formation on their teeth.
3) In another bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
Plaque that stays on your teeth for more than two or three days can harden under your gum line into tartar, which acts as a reservoir for bacteria.
If this plaque is not removed it forms tartar, a hard brown coating on the teeth and the gums can become red and swollen.
This healthy retail range features an assortment of raw and cured seafood preparations, including Sashimi of Salmon and Tuna, Salmon Carpaccio, Tuna Carpaccio, Salmon Tartar, Tuna Tartar and Salmon Belle-vue.
For that girl is Safinar, known mostly as Safi, a Crimean Tartar who with her parents and her brother, Lutfi, had been living in exile in Uzbekistan since the Second World War.
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