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A shortening of "Democrat," referring to a member of the Democratic Party. Of course they're arguing—he's a dem and she's a Republican.


1. verb To show someone how something functions or how to operate it. My boss wants me to demo the software to her. Can you demo this exercise machine for me so I don't hurt myself?
2. noun An explanation of how something functions or how to operate it. My boss wants a demo of the software—can you help her? Can you give me a demo on this exercise machine so I don't hurt myself?
3. noun A car or machine used primarily to show someone how something functions or how to operate it. This car is just like the demo Phil showed me at the dealership.

them's the breaks

There is nothing we can do about the way things have unfolded, especially bad ones, so there is no reason to be upset about it; that's just the way things are. I'm pretty gutted about not getting into the grad school program I wanted, but hey, them's the breaks.
See also: break

them's the facts

colloquial You've got to accept that these are the facts of the situation; that's just the way things are. Typically said of something that is unfortunate or undesirable for the other person. A: "I can't believe you got the promotion over me!" B: "Sorry, them's the facts!" Look, what happened to your family was wrong. Them's the facts. But wallowing in self-pity about it ain't gonna help one bit!
See also: fact
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.


1. and dem (dɛm) n. a member of the Democratic Party. A couple of dems are running for the caucus, but no other party is represented.
2. n. a demonstration (of something). Hey, Chuck, give this man a demo.
3. n. an automobile or other machine or device that has been used by a dealer for demonstration purposes. I can give you a demo for half price.
4. tv. to demonstrate something (to someone). Let me demo this for you so you can see how it works.
5. tv. to demonstrate (something) to someone. I’ve got to go demo these people on this software.


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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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