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10 Downing Street
The address of the residence of the prime minister of the United Kingdom, used by extension to refer to the prime minister or the current UK government. Primarily heard in UK. Swift condemnation of the attack has come from 10 Downing Street, the White House, and the Kremlin.
count to ten
To take a moment to calm down, especially when angry, before doing anything rash or hasty. Used as an imperative, it can but doesn't necessarily mean to literally count to the number ten. I know your boss said some unfair things about you, but just go count to ten so you don't end up saying something that gets you fired.
handbags at ten paces
A confrontation or disagreement that is highly aggressive, emotionally expressive, and/or highly dramatic, but which does not end or result in violence. Used originally and primarily in reference to football (soccer) players, who would be sent off if they engaged in violent actions, the phrase is a play on the clichéd "pistols at ten paces," indicating a forthcoming pistol duel. Primarily heard in UK. It was handbags at ten paces between the two players, who had been verbally taunting one another throughout the match.
The address of the residence of the prime minister of the United Kingdom (10 Downing Street), used by extension to refer to the prime minister or the current UK government. Swift condemnation of the attack has come from Number Ten, with the prime minister vowing retribution. There are a huge number of people working at Number 10 who never receive the praise or scorn that is often directed solely at the prime minister.
(a) quarter of (a given hour in time)
A quarter of an hour (15 minutes) before the named hour in time (e.g., "quarter of six" would mean 5:45). Primarily heard in US. A: "What time does the movie start?" B: "Not until a quarter of eight, so we've got plenty of time!" I thought I'd be home already, but with this traffic, it'll be quarter of before I'm back.
quarter past (a given hour in time)
A quarter of an hour (15 minutes) after the named hour in time. A: "What time does the movie start?" B: "Not until a quarter past eight, so we've got plenty of time!" I thought I'd be home already, but with this traffic, it'll be quarter past before I'm back.
ten to the dozen
Very rapidly, hurriedly, and/or energetically. My aunt can get talking ten to the dozen if you get her on a topic she's passionate about. Samson came running ten to the dozen when he heard his son crying out to him from the back garden.
To take a short break, about 10 minutes. I've been painting all morning, can I please take ten? All right, fellas, take ten.
not touch (someone or something) with a ten-foot pole
To not do or be involved with something at all; to refuse to get close to something. Although his twin brother absolutely loves sushi, Bobby will not touch it with a 10-foot pole.
be ten a penny
To be very common, ordinary, or widespread. At first they were quite novel and interesting, but now these little organic cafés are getting to be ten a penny. Trashy crime novels like his are ten a penny, but at least he's doing what he loves.
I wouldn't touch (someone or something) with a ten-foot pole
I do not want to become in any way involved in or with something or someone. Get that cocaine away from me, I wouldn't touch that junk with a ten-foot pole! You might think John is attractive, but I wouldn't touch him with a ten-foot pole. He seems like a creep.
nine times out of ten
Almost every time. Nine times out of ten, I can count on getting stopped at this red light. A: "Do people always pay extra to get the combo meal?" B: "Nine times out of ten."
possession is nine-tenths of the law
Actually possessing or having custody of something represents a strong legal claim to it (moreso than simply claiming ownership). She's arguing that the antique stopwatch rightfully belongs to her, but possession is nine-tenths of the law.
at the tender age of
At the young age of. This phrase is used to emphasize how young one was when one did something in particular. The age is stated after "of." I'm not surprised to hear that he was doing science experiments at the tender age of seven—he's a child genius!
ten out of ten
A perfect score; full marks; an exceptional effort or outcome. The plot was a little flimsy, but I'd give the amazing visuals in the film a ten out of ten.
the top five/ten/etc.
The top (five, ten, twenty, etc.) best-selling or highest-ranked things in a list. The film debuted at number 1 in the box office, but it fell out of the top ten by the following week. It has constantly been ranked in the top five best games for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
OK; all right. Used to indicate affirmation or acknowledgment. The phrase comes from CB radio, which was commonly used (especially by truck drivers) before the proliferation of cell phones. A: "I'm going to pull over up ahead." B: "10-4."
Someone or something regarded as perfect or superlative in some way (as on a scale of 1 to 10). This weather is a 10 in my book—lots of sunshine with a cool breeze. A: "Wow, that girl is gorgeous." B: "I know, she's a real 10."
See also: 10
Genius is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.
Genius or things considered to have the quality of genius derive from brilliant ideas or intellect but moreso through hard work. All these successful entrepreneurs had great ideas, sure, but they worked extremely hard to realize them. Genius is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.
nine times out of ten
Fig. usually; almost always. Nine times out often people will choose coffee rather than tea.
Possession is nine-tenths of the law.
Prov. If you actually possess something, you have a stronger legal claim to owning it than someone who merely says it belongs to him or her. Dana may say he owns this house, but we actually live in it, and possession is nine-tenths of the law.
count to ten
Calm down, get hold of oneself. For example, Before you tell him what you think of him, count to ten. Often used as an imperative, this phrase in effect means that if one takes the time to count from one to ten one can regain one's composure.
count to tencount to ten under your breath in order to prevent yourself from reacting angrily to something.
nine times out of tenon nearly every occasion.
ten out of tenfull marks (used to congratulate someone for doing something perfectly).
ˌnine times out of ˈten(also ˌninety-nine ˌtimes out of a ˈhundred) almost always: Nine times out of ten our opponents will beat us. We just hope this is the one in ten. ♢ Ninety-nine times out of a hundred she’s right about people but this time she was wrong.
possession is nine points/tenths/parts of the ˈlaw(saying) if you already have or control something, it is difficult for somebody else to take it away from you, even if they have the legal right to it
ˌten out of ˈten (for something)(British English, often ironic) used to say that somebody has guessed something correctly or done something very well: Not brilliant, Robyn, but I’ll give you ten out of ten for effort.
interj. okay. (Citizens band radio.) Ten-four, old buddy. I will do that.
possession is nine-tenths of the law
Custody presumes ownership. The basis of this legal maxim that comes down from the 17th-century is the commonsense observation that if you have control of something, chances are better than average that it's yours. Lawyers term it a rebuttable presumption: ownership is recognized unless disproved by someone holding a more valid claim. The phrase started life as “possession is nine points of the law,” which referred to possession's satisfying nine out of eleven factors that constituted absolute ownership. However, “nine-tenths” entered popular usage to reflect the idea that custody is 90 percent of legal ownership.