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kitchen cabinet

A president's unofficial group of advisors, often ones who are thought to be very influential. Why does the president trust members of his kitchen cabinet more than those of us who have spent our entire careers in Washington?
See also: cabinet, kitchen

when the sun is over the yardarm

Used to describe when people begin drinking alcohol, or the time at which it is appropriate to do so. A "yardarm" is a horizontal bar on the mast of a ship, and it is supposed that when the sun passed it at a certain time of day (around noon), sailors were allowed to drink. These days, the way I measure when the sun is over the yardarm is whether or not I've eaten lunch yet. Oh, don't pay any attention to them. They always get a bit rowdy when the sun's over the yardarm.
See also: over, sun, yardarm
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