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be (not) (one's) department
To be one's area of expertise or responsibility. I can't approve expense reports—that's not my department. Car repair is my dad's department, so he should be able to help you out.
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from the Department of the Bleeding Obvious
Of such an obvious meaning or implication as to be completely redundant, superfluous, or unnecessary. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Pauline: "The Prime Minister has said that lower-class families are bearing the brunt of the recession worse than anyone else." Johnny: "Wow, any other riveting news from the Department of the Bleeding Obvious?"
in the trouser department
1. Literally, relating to or having to do with trousers or pants. Of course, in the trouser department, a nicely fitted pair of slacks will always look more respectable than tracksuit bottoms.
2. slang Relating to or concerning one's penis or its physical aspects. Look at that guy in his big flashy sports car. I reckon it's compensation for not having much in the trouser department, eh?
not (one's) department
Not one's area of expertise or responsibility. I can't approve expense reports—that's not my department. Car repair isn't really Jim's department, but I'll take a look at the engine if you like.
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not your department
If a task or area of knowledge is not your department, you are not responsible for it or do not know much about it. The political issues are something else, but that's not really my department. `If you identify him, then what?' — `Not my department.' Note: You can also say that something is your department if you are responsible for it or know a lot about it. `So what do we do with him?' Admiral Polaski asked. `That, gentlemen, is our department,' Rintner said. Bill spoke expertly. This had been his department.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
be somebody’s department(spoken) be something that somebody is responsible for or knows a lot about: Don’t ask me about it — that’s Helen’s department, not mine.
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1. n. a central source of unnecessary problems; a person who habitually causes problems. Here’s another memo from the headache department.
2. and headache house n. a liquor store or department. I stopped in at the headache house for some supplies.
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