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1. Any day of major financial chaos or disaster; refers specifically to September 24, 1869, when stock speculators attempting to corner US gold trade caused the entire market to crash. The extremely fast growth in Wall Street has some economists worried that another Black Friday might be ahead if such growth continues unchecked.
2. The day after Thanksgiving in the US, on which extravagant sales create a frenzy of consumer activity in stores across the country. I hate working in retail on Black Friday—everyone acts like a crazy person!
Monday morning quarterback
A person who acts like they have all the answers to a problem, especially in hindsight, usually without having any experience in that area. Likened to fans and commentators who criticize a football team after a Sunday game. Primarily heard in US. Social media seems to have turned everyone into a Monday morning quarterback whenever political issues are discussed.
man crush Monday
A phrase that accompanies a social media post of a man that the poster finds attractive (often their significant other or a celebrity). Often abbreviated as "MCM." Such posts occur on Mondays due to the name, created simply for alliteration. Check out my handsome hubby on man crush Monday! Ryan Gosling is my man crush Monday.
On Monday. I don't have enough money right now, but don't worry, I'll pay you back come Monday.
that Monday morning feeling
The listlessness and dissatisfaction felt upon returning to work on Monday after the weekend. Ugh, I'm getting that Monday morning feeling already and it's still Sunday night! I don't want the weekend to end.
a week tomorrow/on (some day)/etc.
One week from the day specified. Primarily heard in UK. I'm flying to Ireland a week on Saturday for my brother's wedding. We need that report finished a week tomorrow.
a week yesterday/last (some day)/etc.
One week before the day specified. They only gave me the assignment a week yesterday, so I'm really stressed out about getting it finished by tomorrow. Chris left on his work trip a week last Tuesday.
In the US, the Monday after Thanksgiving, on which many online retailers offer significant sales. It closely follows Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, on which brick-and-mortar stores hold sales. A: "How could you afford such a nice TV?" B: "Oh, I bought it on Cyber Monday. You wouldn't believe how cheap it was!"
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a week yesterday
A week and a day before today. I last saw Stu a week yesterday, before he left on vacation.
Monday's child is fair of face
People born on a Monday will supposedly be very attractive. From a nursery rhyme called "Monday's Child" meant to help children remember the days of the week (and predict a child's future). The modern version of which commonly reads: Monday's child is fair of face, Tuesday's child is full of grace, Wednesday's child is full of woe, Thursday's child has far to go, Friday's child is loving and giving, Saturday's child works hard for a living, And the child that is born on the Sabbath day, Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay. His mother likes to tell people that he was born on a Monday, because she likes to boast about how handsome he is and "Monday's child is fair of face."
Rur. when Monday comes. (Can be used with other expressions for time, as in come next week, come December, come five o'clock. See the second example.) Joe plays so hard on the weekend that come Monday, he's all worn out. You may think that putting up storm windows is a bother, but come December, you'll be glad you did it.
Monday's child is fair of face.
Prov. A child born on Monday will be good-looking. (This comes from a rhyme that tells what children will be like, according to which day they are born: "Monday's child is fair of face, / Tuesday's child is full of grace, / Wednesday's child is full of woe, / Thursday's child has far to go, / Friday's child is loving and giving, / Saturday's child works hard for a living, / But a child that is born on the Sabbath day / Is blithe and bonny, good and gay.") Joan is so pretty, she must be a Monday's child. Monday's child is fair of face.
1. Also Black Monday, Black Tuesday, etc. A day of economic catastrophe, as in We feared there'd be another Black Friday. This usage dates from September 24, 1869, a Friday when stock manipulators Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to corner the gold market and caused its collapse. The adjective black has been appended to similar occasions ever since, including October 29, 1929, the Tuesday of the market collapse that marked the start of the Great Depression, and Black Monday of October 19, 1987, when the stock market experienced its greatest fall since the Great Depression.
2. Any day marked by great confusion or activity, as in It was just my luck to be traveling on Black Tuesday. This usage, too, is based on the events of 1869, marked by economic chaos. It has since been extended to other kinds of confusion, such as an accident hampering traffic during the evening rush hour.
A person who criticizes or passes judgment from a position of hindsight, as in Ethel was a Monday-morning quarterback about all the personnel changes in her department-she always claimed to have known what was going to happen . This expression, first recorded in 1932, alludes to fans who verbally "replay" Sunday's football game the next day, the quarterback being the team member who calls the plays.
See also: quarterback
a Monday morning quarterbackAMERICAN
A Monday morning quarterback, is someone who criticizes others after something has happened by saying that they should have dealt with it differently, although the people involved could not have known what would happen. It is very easy to play Monday morning quarterback, and I do not envy the choices put before a great many of the world's leaders. Note: You can also accuse someone of Monday morning quarterbacking. The Attorney rejects such Monday-morning quarterbacking, insisting that his lawyers did, quote, `an excellent job'. Note: In American football, the quarterback is usually the player who calls out signals which tell the team which moves to make. In the United States, most professional football games are played on Sunday. A `Monday morning quarterback' is someone, usually a man, who tells people what the coach should have done to win the game.
Monday morning quarterbacka person who is wise after the event. North American
In American football, a quarterback is the player stationed behind the centre who directs the team's attacking play. In North American English the word has also developed the sense of ‘a person who directs or coordinates an operation or project’. A Monday morning quarterback is someone who passes judgement on something or criticizes it when it is too late for their comments to be of any use, since the particular game or project in question has finished or been completed.
ˌMonday morning ˈquarterback(American English, informal, disapproving) a person who criticizes or comments on an event after it has happened: It’s easy to play Monday morning quarterback and say that he made a poor decision. ▶ ˌMonday morning ˈquarterback verb criticize or comment on an event after it has happened: I don’t like to Monday morning quarterback any work that is done by another investigator. ˌMonday morning ˈquarterbacking noun: This is the worst kind of Monday-morning quarterbacking.The quarterback directs the play in an American football game. Most games are played on a Sunday so Monday morning is the day after the game finished.
that Monday ˈmorning feelinga feeling of being depressed because you have to start a new week back at work: In my new job, I never have that awful Monday morning feeling.
a ˌweek toˈmorrow, on ˈMonday, etc.(British English) (also a ˌweek from toˈmorrow, ˈMonday, etc. American English, British English ) seven days after the day that you mention: It’s my birthday a week on Tuesday.
a ˌweek ˈyesterday, last ˈMonday, etc.(especially British English) seven days before the day that you mention: It was a week yesterday that we heard the news.
A person who criticizes decisions or actions after the fact, with twenty-twenty hindsight. The term originated in the 1930s when football as a spectator sport was seen mostly on weekends, and office discussions of the previous weekend’s game would often be dominated by one or more “experts” who “revised” the quarterback’s instructions to the team so as to achieve superior results. In print the term appeared in Barry Wood’s What Price Football (1932), in which he applied it to sportswriters who were not content with reporting the game but felt they had to analyze it. In succeeding decades it was transferred to anyone second-guessing any past decision.
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