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420

A term referring to the use of marijuana. It can also refer specifically to such use on the date April 20 (4/20) or the time 4:20. The origin of the term is uncertain. Whoa, look at all that smoke—there's some 420 action going on in here! Anybody got some weed so we can celebrate 4/20 the right way?

(on) the wrong side of (some age)

Older than a certain age. Why is she dressing like a teenager when she is clearly the wrong side of 40? I'm sore after every workout these days, so I'm definitely on the wrong side of 30!
See also: of, side, wrong

20 to (some hour)

Twenty minutes before the next hour. Come on, kids, hurry up! It's already 20 to 8, and we have to be there by 8:10! A: "Is it 5:40? Or 20 to 6?" B: "It's both. You do know that they refer to the same time, right?"
See also: 20, to

20/20 hindsight

Knowledge of what one should have done, because it is easier to clearly reevaluate past actions or decisions than when they are being made or done. A reference to the visual acuity of normal eyesight (20/20 vision). With 20/20 hindsight, I can see now that having my brother as my legal counsel was unwise. A: "I can't believe I was ever interested in such a self-absorbed jerk." B: "Don't blame yourself. We all have 20/20 hindsight."
See also: 20, hindsight

a/(one's) 20

slang One's location. "20" comes from the CB radio phrase "10-20," referring to one's location. A: "Did anyone get a 20 on Danny?" B: "Yeah, he told me he's at Main and Auburn." Hey, what's your 20 right now?
See also: 20

be (on) the right side of (an age)

To be younger than a certain age. You can get away with dressing like a teenager when you're still on the right side of 30. I was never sore after working out when I was on the right side of 40!
See also: of, right, side

be (on) the wrong side of (some age)

To be older than a certain age. Why is she dressing like a teenager when she is clearly the wrong side of 40? I'm sore after every workout these days, so I'm definitely on the wrong side of 30!
See also: of, side, wrong

get a 20 on (someone)

slang To know or determine someone's location. "20" comes from the CB radio phrase "10-20," referring to one's location. A: "Did anyone get a 20 on Danny?" B: "Yeah, he told me he's at Main and Auburn." Let me know when you get a 20 on them.
See also: 20, get, on

have a 20 on (someone)

slang To know or determine someone's location. "20" comes from the CB radio phrase "10-20," referring to one's location. A: "Does anyone have a 20 on Danny?" B: "Yeah, he told me he's at Main and Auburn." Let me know when you have a 20 on them.
See also: 20, have, on

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, to, twenty

the sunny side of (an age)

Just a little bit younger than a landmark age, such as 20, 30, 40, etc. The thriller centers on a young journalist on the sunny side of 30 discovering the treacherous world of politics in Washington, D.C. What would you know about a business like this? You're still on the sunny side of 20!
See also: of, side, sunny

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

The ability to determine how some mistake or failure in the past could have been avoided. Often used ironically or sarcastically; sometimes stylized as "20/20 hindsight." I can see now that having my brother as my legal counsel was unwise, but I guess twenty-twenty hindsight isn't much use right now. A: "I can't believe I was ever interested in such a self-absorbed jerk." B: "Don't beat yourself about it. We all have 20/20 hindsight."
See also: hindsight

with 20/20 hindsight

With the benefit of one's current knowledge or experience, thus allowing them to see why something in the past was wrong or how some mistake could have been avoided. Said when examining some negative past event retrospectively. Often written as "with twenty-twenty hindsight." I spent my whole life working, almost every minute of every day. Now, with 20-20 hindsight at the end of my life, I see that I squandered the time I could have been spending with my family. Of course, with 20-20 hindsight, it's easy to laugh at the quack doctors of the early 19th century, but back then, even legitimate medicine was still largely rooted in superstition and pseudoscience.
See also: 20, hindsight
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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

20/20 hindsight

verb
See also: 20, hindsight
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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