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a visit from (Aunt) Flo

euphemism The time during which a woman menstruates; a woman's period. A pun on the female name "Flo" (a shortening of Florence) and the "flow" of blood from the uterus that occurs during menstruation. I always get horrible cramps whenever I get a visit from Aunt Flo. Do you think you might be pregnant? How long has it been since you've had a visit from Flo?
See also: Flo, visit

Aunt Flo

euphemism A humorous term for a menstrual period. A pun on the "flow" of blood and tissue from the uterus. Ugh, I have horrible cramps because Aunt Flo has come to town.
See also: aunt, Flo

Aunt Sally

Something or someone set up as the object of criticism, derision, or as an easily defeated opposing opinion (i.e., a straw man). Named after a game where sticks or balls are thrown at a clay or wooden head (the Aunt Sally). Primarily heard in UK. I hate hanging out with that crowd, they always aim their jokes at me like I'm an Aunt Sally. My opponent's representation of me is nothing but an Aunt Sally; he refuses to debate me on my true position and instead attacks a fictitious one from afar!
See also: aunt, sally

Bob's your uncle and Fanny's your aunt

A phrase used to emphasize how easily or quickly something can be done. Similar in meaning to "there you have it." Primarily heard in UK, Australia. All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients in one pot, let it cook, and then Bob's your uncle and Fanny's your aunt!
See also: and, aunt, uncle

Fanny's your aunt

Used as a humorous response to the phrase "Bob's your uncle," which is used to emphasize how easily or quickly something can be done. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. A: "All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients in one pot, let it cook, and then Bob's your uncle!" B: "And Fanny's your aunt!"
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oh my giddy aunt

dated A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. Oh my giddy aunt, what a generous gift! Oh my giddy aunt! Don't scare me like that! A: "Oh my giddy aunt, what manner of rubbish are you watching?" B: "Haven't you seen this before? This is the latest reality TV sensation!"
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Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

A mnemonic device used in mathematics for remembering the order of operations when calculating an equation: Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, Addition and Subtraction. If you find yourself getting confused about whether to square the value before you divide while solving for X and Y, just remember the phrase "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally." A: "I know the answer! X equals 75!" B: "You forgot about Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally—you didn't multiply the two values before subtracting them from the third."
See also: aunt, dear, excuse, please, sally
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Aunt Flo

n. a woman’s menstrual period. (see also visit from Flo. Refers to the menstrual flow.) I am sorry to announce that Aunt Flo has come for a visit.
See also: aunt, Flo
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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I have to go to Charlottetown tonight," returned Aunt Eliza.
I want to get acquainted with my--my nephews and nieces," said Aunt Eliza, with a rather pleasant glance around our group.
You will let me leave the book, aunt? The doctor can hardly object to that!"
"Let me leave you to repose, dear aunt; I will call again to-morrow." I looked accidentally towards the window as I said that.
Sophia well understood what her aunt meant; but did not think proper to make her an answer.
I, for one, freely confess that I don't know what to do with her any more than if she was one of those strange, outlandish birds you used to bring home from foreign parts." And Aunt Plenty gave a perplexed shake of the head which caused great commotion among the stiff loops of purple ribbon that bristled all over the cap like crocus buds.
But our aunt thought best to remove her because she complained, and she has been dawdling about ever since she came.
"How easy white folks al'us does things!" said Aunt Chloe, pausing while she was greasing a griddle with a scrap of bacon on her fork, and regarding young Master George with pride.
"But, Aunt Chloe, I'm getting mighty hungry," said George.
Without speaking, Pollyanna turned and followed her aunt from the room.
One of them was murdered--what do you think of that!--and the other (I heard your aunt say it, in so many words) committed the crime.
The spinster aunt trembled, till some pebbles which had accidentally found their way into the large watering-pot shook like an infant's rattle.
My shirt and trousers, stained with heat, dew, grass, and the Kentish soil on which I had slept - and torn besides - might have frightened the birds from my aunt's garden, as I stood at the gate.
So he told his wife, Aunt Em, of his trouble, and she first cried a little and then said that they must be brave and do the best they could, and go away somewhere and try to earn an honest living.
"It shouldn't be hard to decide," scolded Aunt Jamesina.