thingamajig


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thingamajig

and thingy (ˈθɪŋəmədʒɪg and ˈθɪŋi)
n. a gadget for which the proper name has been forgotten or is unknown. Hand me that thingamajig with the copper base, will you?
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For example, report that "It's the brass piece located in the filling station to the right hand of the exit tray,' and not "The thingamajig on the front of the machine is going crazy.
But consider that Golden Rule thingamajig - would you want someone destroying your property - and dare to end a tradition that's teetering on disaster.
Suddenly, Sarah's daughters, Princess Thingy and Princess Thingamajig, burst into the room, chanting: "We're going, you're not
Its how we keep ourselves from falling into the dangers of secrecy--Coca Cola can't afford to keep its thingamajig secret otherwise the whole enterprise falls apart.
Things get even stranger when, in Think, Think Thingamajig, Think, 2005, a meticulous black-and-white drawing, a human figure in top hat and tails "wears" a diamond-patterned cube.
The ridiculous stunts: Cruise entirely suspended from wires as Ethan Hunt steals crucial thingamajig from high-tech vault; Cruise trying to enter speeding English Chunnel train, in the Chunnel.
I like ca-ching [as in the sound a cash register makes], kerplunk, kaput, goobly-goop and thingamajig.
The answer is easier said than written, in part because I can't offer all those dictionary symbols such as the upside-down "e" and that carrot thingamajig.
Regarding our column on indeterminates ("Whatsisnames and Thingamajigs" VERBATIM XXIX/2), Olivier Kaiser has emailed from Paris that while quoi-que-se-soit as a synonym for "thingamagig" is not standard French, "there are actually a great many other words that serve the same purpose, such as machin, truc, bidule, as well as such combinations as machin truc, machin chouette, bidule chouette or trucmuche, all of which would be apt translations for thingamajig and the like.
Which means there's little sense encapsulating the plot - just know there are mad scientists, a sexy woman and some silly thingamajig that everyone is after.
With this declaration of manifest destiny and a blurry, mysterious, uncaptioned cover image--a shadowy Jean Tinguely thingamajig that looks like a Jurassic Park escapee in repose--Artforum came into being in June 1962 with a forty-six-page issue weighted heavily toward exhibition reviews, which bookended a feature section titled "Forum.
Worth the ticket money alone was the long overdue appearance in Scotland of showbiz legends Fran and Anna, who proved they are still as popular now as they were in their Thingamajig days.
The squarish, stainless steel thingamajig didn't just fall out of the sky - that much they know because there would be a sizable crater if it had.
High-tech chicanery, lesbian lovemaking, double- and triple-crossings and a good amount of blood all lead to Romijn-Stamos' title American bad girl, Laure Ash, making off with the jewel-encrusted, snake-shaped thingamajig a sultry model (sultry Danish model Rie Rasmussen) wears to a big premiere.