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cheap Charlie

A derogatory term for a miserly or parsimonious person. Used largely in countries of Southeast Asia, it likely originated in Vietnam during the Vietnam War to refer to American GIs (who called soldiers of the Viet Cong "Charlie") unwilling to spend extravagantly at bars, restaurants, or for prostitutes. Buy us a round of drinks, don't be a cheap Charlie!
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good-time Charlie

An affable, lively, and entertaining man who is often or always seeking pleasure or a good time. I was something of a good-time Charlie back in college, always ready to party. I had a lot of friends and a great time, but I didn't get very good grades as a result.
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good-time Charlie

Affable, convivial fellow, as in Joe was a typical good-time Charlie, always ready for a party. [Colloquial; 1920s]
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Alpha Charlie

n. a bawling out; a severe scolding. (Based on AC = ass-chewing. NATO Phonetic Alphabet.) The cop stopped me and gave me a real Alpha Charlie for speeding.
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Charlie Foxtrot

and CF (The CF is from the so-called NATO Phonetic Alphabet.)
1. Go to cluster fuck (sense 1).
2. Go to cluster fuck (sense 2).
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Charlie Irvine

n. a police officer. (see also Irv.) Look smart, dude, here comes Charlie Irvine.
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good-time Charlie

An easygoing and sociable guy. Popular in the 1920s, the phrase described a man who was always ready to have fun, although it sometimes meant someone who was your pal only during good times and who would desert you in your hour of need.
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Saturday evening's presentation may not have been flawless, but it didn't have to be, not when Chuck Grigaitis is given a grand opportunity to stretch his already considerable acting skills in the role of Charlie Gordon.
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Now we trust each other, and Charlie is much more comfortable and happy.
Charlie Snr played as a midfielder and striker for St Johnstone, Brechin City, Dundee United, Partick Thistle, Forfar Athletic and Arbroath.
Earlier on, Charlie also met Bella (one of the Aston Villa mascots).
You'll relate to and be warmed by Charlie and his best friend Barbara.
Charlie thought about the five kids in his house and his father out of work these past six months.
He said: "I can understand putting Charlie through mental torment because she's getting paid for it.
Liz Chambers, who had organised the memorial, said: "I knew Charlie from when he was little.
Charlie wagged his tail and barked for their attention.
In sum, Charlie was a National Three-Wall Doubles Champion once, a National Four-Wall semifinalist once, a National One-Wall Doubles semi-finalist six times, And a National One-Wall Doubles runner-up four times.
His father recognizes "that Charlie isn't rehabbing at home.
Charlie came in the office the first day Daniel was there and immediately asked "Who's that?
For more background on Charlie and his newsletter, see NL/NL 10/17/05, in which he is profiled.
The stepfather of five-year-old Charlie Dunn who drowned at a water park has been jailed for more than seven years.