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have had the Richard

To be damaged or harmed beyond repair. The "Richard" in the phrase is Richard III, which is rhyming slang for "bird" (meaning to cause a negative reaction in an audience). These books look like they've had the Richard—can I please throw them out?
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Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain

A mnemonic device for the names and sequence of the colors of the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. A: "Dang it, I always forget about indigo and violet when I try to think of the colors of the rainbow." B: "Just remember the phrase, Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain!"
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Richard Roe

In legal proceedings, the name given to the second male whose identity is unknown or protected (as "John Doe" would be the name assigned to the first such male). I'm researching Richard Roe's case right now.
See also: Richard, roe
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have had the Richard

be irreparably damaged. Australian
This expression comes from rhyming slang Richard the Third, meaning ‘bird’. In the theatre, get the bird means ‘be booed and hissed at’.
See also: have, Richard
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