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23 skidoo

To clear out or get away in haste before getting into or causing trouble, referring either to oneself or to another. "23" may refer to the Flatirons Building in New York City (located on 23rd Street), around which great winds tend to blow. It may also derive from an older use meaning to tell someone to clear out of one's way. Primarily heard in US. It looks like there's trouble brewing here. I'd better 23 skidoo! Quit loitering around here. 23 skidoo!
See also: 23, skidoo

23 Skidoo Street

A fictitious location referring to a place away from possible or looming trouble, taken from the phrase "23 skidoo." Primarily heard in US. Those guys ahead look rough, let's head over to 23 Skidoo Street.
See also: 23, Skidoo, street

free, white, and twenty-one

antiquated Having the legal freedom to make one's own decisions in life, without being beholden to the influence of anyone else. The phrase arose from the time in the US when slavery was still prominent, and being white and twenty-one (the age of majority) meant that one was a free, and thus "full," citizen. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Hell, I don't need your approval, or anyone else's, for that matter. I'm free, white, and twenty-one, so I'll do as I please!
See also: and

hindsight is (always) 20/20

It is easier to clearly reevaluate past actions or decisions than when they are being made or done; things are clearer or more obvious when they are reflected upon. A reference to the visual acuity of normal eyesight (20/20 vision). I can see now that having my brother as my legal counsel was unwise, but I guess hindsight is always 20/20. A: "I can't believe I was ever interested in such a self-absorbed jerk." B: "Don't blame yourself. Hindsight is 20/20, after all."
See also: 20, hindsight

talk twenty to the dozen

To talk (to someone) very rapidly, hurriedly, and/or energetically. My aunt can get talking twenty to the dozen if you get her on a topic she's passionate about.
See also: dozen, talk, twenty

twenty winks

A very brief nap or a short sleep. When you have a baby for the first time, you are suddenly forced to learn how to operate on only twenty winks at a time. I'm going to go grab a quick twenty winks before everyone starts arriving for the dinner party.
See also: twenty, wink

twenty-twenty hindsight

Knowledge after the fact, as in With twenty-twenty hindsight, I wouldn't have bought these tickets. This idiom uses twenty-twenty in the optometrist's sense, that is, "indicating normal vision," and hindsight in the sense of "looking back" or "reconsidering." [First half of 1900s]
See also: hindsight

twenty-four seven

all the time; twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
The phrase, which originated in the US, is often written 24/7 .
See also: seven

the ˌtop ˈten, ˈtwenty, etc.

the ten, twenty, etc. best-selling pop records each week: The song didn’t even make (= get into) the top twenty.
See also: top

twenty-four, seven

and 24-7
mod. all the time, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. He’s always at home, 24-7!
See also: seven

twenty-twenty hindsight

and 20/20 hindsight
n. an ability to figure out what one should have done after it is too late to do it. Everybody has twenty-twenty hindsight!
See also: hindsight
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Sato's point in her long discussion of this significant twenties phenomenon is that the consumer culture, mass media (including radio and movies), and urban conditions were changing the direction of many young women's lives and that this development was frightening to both the State and the intellectuals who believed they should have control over women's lives.
Her characterizations of the literate housewives, the journalists who wrote for the magazines, and, most significantly, the confessional articles written by ordinary female readers breaks new ground in our understanding of twenties Japanese women.
The six-disc set from Warner Home Video (WHV) will include "The Public Enemy," "White Heat," "Angels with Dirty Faces," "Little Caesar," "The Petrified Forest" and "The Roaring Twenties.
During the late nineteenth century, men typically did not leave the homes of their parents unless they were in their mid-twenties, and more than half of the Chicago men in their late twenties remained unmarried.
In the terms of evolutionary psychology, men in their late twenties faced increasing competition for mates and, in fact, dimming prospects for marriage.
Homage to the Swedish Ballet 1920-1925," Murray Louis's re-creation of four ballets from the early twenties based on sketches of the original costumes, was a feast for the eyes.
Louis's choreography was sometimes overwhelmed by the costumes, but, at its best, used gesture to comment on how art of the twenties radically played with the image of the human body in a changing world.
It would be imprudent to make generalizations about differences in age and patterns of solicitation based on these kinds of cases, since more than a few individuals in their teens and twenties propositioned or allowed themselves to be propositioned by males older than themselves, more often than not to make money.