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professional student

1. Someone in the process of earning a "professional degree"—one in a field like medicine, law, or education, for instance. We have a stellar group of professional students joining our program this year.
2. slang One who continues to pursue education instead of employment. I'm starting to worry that my son just wants to be a professional student forever and will never get a job.

professional victim

slang A derisive term for someone who claims to receive mistreatment from others, usually as a way to get attention. Boy, he's really the professional victim these days. What is he claiming I did to him this time?
See also: professional, victim

seek professional help

To request, pursue, or endeavor to obtain treatment or counseling from a psychologist or psychiatrist. At the intervention, we all urged her to seek professional help to deal with her addiction. There's no shame in seeking professional help if you think you're suffering from depression, Mike.
See also: help, professional, seek
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

seek professional help

Euph. to get psychiatric or psychological treatment. If you are seriously thinking of suicide, now is the time to seek professional help. His friends suggested that he seek professional help.
See also: help, professional, seek
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This was coming from a new teacher who now lived only 40 minutes from the university, would not need to stay in a hotel, would pay a low first-time conference fee and had even taken my pedagogy course where I repeatedly stressed the importance of attending professional conferences!
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For RIM professionals, an accurate answer is "Business is on the move!" Standards, new legislation and other compliance issues, and new technology mean there is no longer a status quo.
On May 3, 2005, TEI filed the following comments with the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service concerning recent amendments to Circular 230, which sets forth rules for "practice before the IRS." The Institute's comments and recommendation focus on in-house tax professionals, their distinct role, and the importance of developing rules applicable to this group of tax practitioners.
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