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be on the gravy train

To be in a state, position, or job where one makes an excessive amount of money without expending much or any effort. I'll be on the gravy train once I get paid from the settlement of the lawsuit! My brother has been on the gravy train ever since he married his wife, whose family owns one of the largest oil companies in the world.
See also: gravy, on, train

on the gravy train

In a state, position, or job where one makes an excessive amount of money without expending much or any effort. I'll be on the gravy train once I get paid from the settlement of the lawsuit! My brother ended up on the gravy train when he married his wife, whose family owns one of the largest oil companies in the world.
See also: gravy, on, train

pull a train

vulgar slang Of a woman, to have sex with two or more men sequentially or at the same time. Things were starting to get weird with my boyfriend already, but when he said he wanted me to pull a train with him and some of his friends, I knew the relationship was over.
See also: pull, train

train wreck

1. A major or total failure, disaster, or catastrophe. This project has become an absolute train wreck. We've wasted so much time and money already, I don't know how we'll make up the losses. Despite a stellar cast, the film turned out to be a real train wreck.
2. A person whose life is a complete mess or is in total disarray. I don't know about my relationship with Kevin. He's a bit of a train wreck, between you and me.
See also: train, wreck

train of thought

One's uninterrupted progression of thinking. When the phone rang, it derailed my train of thought—I totally forget what I was talking about! Please don't interrupt my train of thought when I'm writing.
See also: of, thought, train

lose one's train of thought

Fig. to forget what one was talking or thinking about. Excuse me, I lost my train of thought. What was I talking about? Your question made the speaker lose her train of thought.
See also: lose, of, thought, train

ride the gravy train

Fig. to live in ease or luxury. 1/7 had a million dollars, I sure could ride the gravy train. I wouldn't like loafing if I were rich. I don't want to ride the gravy train.
See also: gravy, ride, train

someone's train of thought

Fig. someone's pattern of thinking or sequence of ideas; what one was just thinking about. (See also .) My train of thought is probably not as clear as it should be. I cannot seem to follow your train of thought on this matter. Will you explain it a little more carefully, please?
See also: of, thought, train

train for something

to practice or drill for some task. I am training for the marathon. We all have to train for the upcoming football season.
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train one's sights on something

 and have one's sights trained on something
Fig. to have something as a goal; to direct something or oneself toward a goal. (Alludes to someone using the sights of a gun to aim it. Note plural use of sights.) You should train your sights on getting a promotion in the next year. Lisa has her sights trained on a new car.
See also: on, sight, train

train someone in something

to drill and practice someone in a particular skill or body of knowledge. Her mentor trained her in the art of argumentation. I will try to train you in the skills needed to perform this task.
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train someone on something

to educate someone in the use of something. We trained him on the high diving board, but he isn't ready for competition yet. She trained herself on the computer so she could write a book.
See also: on, train

train (someone or an animal) as something

to educate someone or an animal to serve in a particular way. We trained him as a first-rate mechanic. I trained my cocker spaniel as a moderately effective watchdog.
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train (someone or an animal) for something

to educate someone or an animal for some purpose. His parents trained him for work in the family business. He was trained for factory work.
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train something on (someone, something, or an animal)

to aim something at someone, something, or an animal. Dave trained the spotlight on Fred, who was just coming out of the building. Train your lens on that bush. There is a deer back there.
See also: on, train

train up to something

to practice or drill up to a certain level of proficiency. I don't have enough stamina for the marathon now, but I am training up to it. Alice trained up to the long-distance swim for years.
See also: train, up

the gravy train

an activity from which people make a lot of money very quickly and easily A lot of people thought they'd get on the gravy train in the eighties and make some money out of property.
See also: gravy, train

set in train

if you set in train an activity or an event, you make it begin His book set in train the events which eventually led to revolution.
See also: set, train

a train of thought

a series of connected thoughts You interrupted my train of thought - Now I can't remember what I was going to say.
See set in train
See also: of, thought, train

gravy train, ride the

Experience excessive ease, success, or profit, especially undeservedly. For example, Now that his brother is paying all his bills, Jim is riding the gravy train. The word gravy has long meant "easy profits," and the term is believed to come from 19th-century railroad slang, although the earliest recorded use dates from the early 1900s. W.C. Handy used it in one of his famous blues songs written in 1914, in which he bemoans falling off the gravy train. Also see easy street.
See also: gravy, ride

train of thought

A succession of connected ideas, a path of reasoning, as in You've interrupted my train of thought; now what was I saying? This idiom, which uses train in the sense of "an orderly sequence," was first recorded in 1651, in philosopher Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan.
See also: of, thought, train

train on

v.
To focus or aim something at some goal, mark, or target; direct something at someone or something: The guards trained their rifles on us as we approached the gate.
See also: on, train

gravy train

n. a job that brings in a steady supply of easy money or gravy. This kind of job is a real gravy train.
See also: gravy, train
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These programmable decoy rounds are also employed by Rafael's Integrated Decoy System (IDS) which features three lines of defence with real-time optimised decoy deployment, a fixed or trainable launching system, and a computerised decoy controller.
Featuring a local control unit that performs the interface with ships' EWS, the Odls comes with up to two trainable launcher units, each equipped with 15 rockets and four mortar stations.
Passive rapid-inflating corner reflectors-based RF decoy are slowly gathering popularity, but the vast majority of surface warships still rely on chaff, fired from fixed and trainable launchers, as their main RF countermeasures.
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Caption: At Euronaval 2014 Rheinmetall unveiled a new version of its trainable market-leading Multi-Ammunition Soft-kill System (Mass) launcher with an anti-torpedo capability based on up to four DCNS Canto decoys launchers.
Caption: The trainable 32-barrel Rheinmetall Mass launcher uses the company's 81 mm-calibre spin-stabilised Omni-Trap multispectral decoy, covering radar, IR, laser, electro-optical and ultraviolet (and optionally millimetric) wavebands.
We like all breeds and mongrels - especially pound rescues - because that way we get some highly trainable animals and the animal gets another chance at a good productive life,'' McElhatton said.
In addition, the phone will recognize commands such as "contact" and "redial" and offers trainable digit dialing that can be adjusted to a user's accent.
brands, only the enhanced level of DHA in Eukanuba(R) Puppy Foods has been shown to promote smarter, more trainable puppies.
Following 30 days of testing, the study showed the enhanced DHA-nourished puppies were significantly smarter, more trainable than the typical DHA-nourished puppies.
Just like babies, a puppy's ability to learn depends on healthy brain development; and Eukanuba Puppy Food - formulated with the highest level of DHA, a key brain-building nutrient - supports optimal brain development for a smart, trainable puppy.
Unlike other spam filters, the trainable filtering engine in Norton AntiSpam 2004 is able to learn what is and isn't spam by analyzing the user's outgoing email messages.
Unlike other spam filters, the trainable filtering engine in Norton AntiSpam 2004 will be able to learn what is and isn't spam by analyzing the user's outgoing email messages.
An evolution of the earlier smARTspeak NG platform, the smARTspeak XG incorporates the same modular feature-rich functionality of speaker dependent name dialing, speaker independent continuous digit dialing, speaker independent command & control and trainable continuous digit dialing for custom languages.
Evolving from the earlier smARTspeak NG platform, the smARTspeak XG incorporates the same modular feature-rich functionality of speaker dependent name dialling, speaker independent continuous digit dialling, speaker independent command & control and trainable continuous digit dialling for custom languages.