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wooden mare

An ancient torture device involving a wooden horse, typically used for military punishments. I was so terrified of what my parents would do when they found out I'd failed my exam that I had visions of them making me ride the wooden mare.
See also: mare, wooden

wooden spoonist

slang The person or team that finishes last in a competition. So-named because the imaginary prize for a last-place finish is a wooden spoon. Primarily heard in UK. Of course Roy was the wooden-spoonist in today's race—I didn't know a person could run so slow!
See also: wooden

wooden top

A beet-shaped wooden toy that spins on a metal point at the bottom. What are you kids complaining about? When I was your age, I only had a wooden top to play with!
See also: top, wooden

Don't take any wooden nickels.

  (American informal)
something that you say when someone leaves, to tell them to be careful and to take good care of themselves Hey guys - have a good trip, and don't take any wooden nickels.
See also: any, nickel, take, wooden

the wooden spoon

  (British & Australian)
an imaginary prize given to the person who finishes last in a race or competition For the second year running Ireland took the wooden spoon in the Rugby tournament.
See also: spoon, wooden

Don't take any wooden nickels

Don't let yourself be cheated. This expression was first heard in the early 20th century. Although there never were any wooden nickels as legal tender, country folk going to a city were likely to be cheated by all manner of ruses, including obviously counterfeit coins. Wooden nickels did exist, however, as bank promotions during and after the Great Depression; the “coins” were redeemable for prizes.
See also: any, nickel, take, wooden
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It is hard to miss Judge Bork's ironic glee in rejecting "old categories which, applied woodenly, do not address modern problems," id.
Her stiff, outstretched arms protrude woodenly, as she raises them to reveal a small circular cavity in either hand, oozing a substance more akin to tar than blood.
If it is not, then criteria that determine what is "law-like" in other areas might mislead when applied too woodenly in the constitutional domain.
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It wasn't until the summer of 2000, in an article for The Guardian, that Miller publicly spelled out the connection between his woodenly didactic allegory and what he called the "calamity" of "anti-communist rage" in the late 1940S and early 1950S.
The loss of her brother Emil and her friend Marie has nearly extinguished her own; she moves woodenly through the gray days reminded constantly of her younger brother, gentle, full of hope, and of her friend, the beautiful, vital Marie Shabata.
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Then Coppola threw the figure over his shoulder and with a horrible, shrill laugh, ran quickly down the stairs, the figure's grotesquely dangling feet bumping and ratting woodenly on every step.
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Accompanied by four backup singers, Piercy woodenly sang: "Hot town, Eugene is our city.
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He transformed the Birds, as they are known to fans, from standing woodenly around a single microphone to a show-stopping unit leading a foot-stomping, hand-clapping party.