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Flying Dutchman

A name that can apply either to a legendary ship, whose ghostly wreckage is said to be sometimes seen in times of bad weather near the Cape of Good Hope, or to the captain of this ship, who must sail until Judgment Day. I swear, I saw the Flying Dutchman during that last storm. Every time I take out my boat, I'm reminded of the Flying Dutchman, and how he is doomed to sail the seas until kingdom come.
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I'm a Dutchman

Used to highlight something that one finds to be extremely unbelievable or completely unacceptable. (If used in the construction "or I'm a Dutchman," it implies that the speaker thinks it is very unlikely that what they said will prove to be untrue.) If this player is considered to be the best in the league, then I'm a Dutchman. She's going to win the award for Best Actress or I'm a Dutchman.
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I'm a Dutchman

used to express your disbelief or as a way of underlining an emphatic assertion. British
1994 Ian Botham My Autobiography I read somewhere that Warne said he had been possessed by demons. Well, in that case I'm a Dutchman.
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He joined Dutchmen as controller in 1995 and became VP of Finance in 1997.
The July 2004 internal audit of Dutchmen also found segregation of duties deficiencies and noted that an excess number of individuals, including Schwartzhoff, had access rights to the computer system to print checks.
Had Thor learned its lesson from the first incident and acted sooner to implement more effective corporate staff efforts and more rigorous engagement by its audit committee, the fraud at Dutchmen might have been prevented.
LONG GONE: The Two Dutchmen Inn at Towngate, Marsden, a picture taken in August 1968, just before the pub closed and (below) the completely transformed site today (62-3198)
Although the two Dutchmen and two Britons were released, prison governor Christos Lambadas said "bureaucratic problems" were hampering the release of the others.
Patrick Dirksen, 27, one of the two Dutchmen released said: "It was too long.
The two Dutchmen were loaned their bail money by their Government but Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said he would not use taxpayers' money to post the Britons' bail.
The victory also carried with it a certain element of revenge as the Australians had secured their fifth Wimbledon title last year with a four-set win over the Dutchmen.
The third set was much closer until the Australians, who have won nine Grand Slams but have yet to triumph at the French Open, found themselves five set-points down in a tie-break and the Dutchmen seized the initiative with a powerful serve by Haarhuis.