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(straight) from central casting

(sometimes capitalized as Central Casting) Having, fitting, or conforming to well-established stereotypical traits or characteristics of a given type of person, character, group, situation, or style. The phrase is a reference to Central Casting, a California-based casting company that specializes in hiring for roles as extras, body doubles, and for bit parts. My grandfather looks like a cowboy from central casting, with his boots, Stetson hat, and mouth full of chewing tobacco. It was a campy, schlocky B-movie, complete with pointless romance, cheesy special effects, and an alien monster straight from Central Casting.
See also: casting, central

(straight) out of central casting

(sometimes capitalized as Central Casting) Having, fitting, or conforming to well-established stereotypical traits or characteristics of a given type of person, character, group, situation, or style. The phrase is a reference to Central Casting, a California-based casting company that specializes in hiring for roles as extras, body doubles, and for bit parts. My grandfather looks like a cowboy out of central casting, with his boots, Stetson hat, and mouth full of chewing tobacco. It was a campy, schlocky B-movie, complete with pointless romance, cheesy special effects, and an alien monster straight out of Central Casting.
See also: casting, central, of, out

central dogma

The core belief of a particular area of study. It is often used in molecular biology to describe the relationship between DNA, RNA, and proteins. The central dogma of molecular biology is that DNA makes RNA, which makes protein.
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Grand Central Station

A place that is very busy or chaotic, like New York City's Grand Central Terminal train station. The benefits area of our HR department becomes like Grand Central Station once open enrollment starts. So many people coming and going—geez, it's like Grand Central Station in here.
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*busy as a beaver (building a new dam)

 and *busy as a bee; *busy as a one-armed paperhanger; *busy as Grand Central Station; *busy as a cat on a hot tin roof; *busy as a fish peddler in Lent; *busy as a cranberry merchant (at Thanksgiving); *busy as popcorn on a skillet
very busy. (*Also: as ~.) My boss keeps me as busy as a one-armed paperhanger. I don't have time to talk to you. I'm as busy as a beaver. When the tourist season starts, this store is busy as Grand Central Station. Sorry I can't go to lunch with you. I'm as busy as a beaver building a new dam. Prying into other folks' business kept him busy as popcorn on a skillet.
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busy as a beaver

Also, busy as a bee. Hardworking, very industrious, as in With all her activities, Sue is always busy as a bee, or Bob's busy as a beaver trying to finish painting before it rains. The comparison to beavers dates from the late 1700s, the variant from the late 1300s. Also see eager beaver; work like a beaver.
See also: beaver, busy

Grand Central Station

n. any busy and hectic place. (From Grand Central Station in New York City—a very busy place.) At just about closing time, this place becomes Grand Central Station.
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Hay que felicitar a la industria electrica, publica y privada, por las nuevas centrales inauguradas en dias pasados.
Le document appelle au renforcement de la vulgarisation agricole sur le secteur des cultures fourrageres et a la creation de sections du Groupement Interprofessionnel des Viandes Rouges et du Lait dans les regions pour intervenir en cas de litiges entre les centres de collecte et les centrales laitieres en periode de surproduction.
Cela doit pousser les centrales syndicales a mieux encadrer la classe ouvriere et les travailleurs pour une meilleure representativite.
La centrale de Guiza Nord, elle fonctionne a systeme de circuit complexe.
Ils avaient appele a recevoir la production totale et a ne pas fermer les centrales laitiere, dans le cas contraire, les degats seront partages, a-t-il encore dit.
Etant un substitut bon marche et disponible, le charbon fut le choix du ministere de l'Energie pour combler la penurie de carburants et mettre un terme aux coupures de courant engendrees par le manque de carburants aux centrales electriques.
Le president de la chambre regionale des proprietaires des centrales laitieres a Beja, Othman Ajroudi, a mis en relief l'intensite de la crise au niveau des centrales laitieres appelant a ce propos, a revoir les quotas imposes par les industriels laitiers et a retourner au payement par quinzaine au lieu du regime de payement de 45jours.
S'adressant a la Mena, Dr Chaker a indique que les Emirats arabes unis avaient pris la decision de construire quatre centrales nucleaires pour produire de l'energie electrique et adoucir l'eau de mer.
C'est pour cette raison, la centrale Noor I deviendra la septieme plusgrande centrale au monde, apres les cinq centrales americaines, et cellede l'Espagne.
Le ministere du Petrole devait acheminer ces carburants vers les centrales d'electricite de Koraimate, du 6 Octobre, du Nord et du Sud du Caire, de Sidi Krir et d'Ismailia.
Placee sous le haut patronage du ministre emirati de l'Economie , Sultan Bin Said Al Mansouri, la ceremonie a ete marquee par la remise des decorations a des personnalites et leaders arabes exercant dans l'Administration, les banques islamiques, les banques commerciales et les banques centrales.
Le Centre national de controle du reseau electrique a detecte la mise hors service de six centrales d'electricite otant ainsi 2500 MW au reseau unifie.
Nombre de citoyens et d'employes ont assiege les centrales electriques d'Ain al Sokhna et Suez pour y revendiquer des emplois.
Deficit estime a 700 megawatts et ayant pour origine la penurie de carburants qui alimentent les centrales electriques.
Aussitot que les coupures de courant se sont reduites apres l'entree en service des centrales d'Abou Qir et de Damiette Ouest, les crises regagnent de nouveau le secteur.
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