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Roman hands and Russian fingers

A pun of "roaming hands and rushing fingers," referring to a tendency to make sexual contact that which is unwanted or unsolicited. Usually said of a man. Honey, I'm just not comfortable with you dating yet. All the boys your age have Roman hands and Russian fingers. Everyone has known that the director of the company had Roman hands and Russian fingers, but someone finally brought charges against him for it recently.
See also: and, finger, hand, roman, Russian

Roman holiday

An entertaining event, affair, or activity that relies on the exploitation, suffering, or failure of others. A metaphor taken from Lord Byron's poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, which refers to the practice of having gladiators fight to the death for the amusement of spectators. I think tabloids exist and flourish as a means of providing people with miniature Roman holidays. Being able to see celebrities at their absolute worst gives us a perverse feeling of satisfaction. I'll never understand the allure of boxing, watching two people beat each other half to death like we're on some sort of Roman holiday.
See also: holiday, roman

when in Rome (do as the Romans do)

proverb One should do what is customary or typical in a particular place or setting, especially when one is a tourist. I know you don't normally get relish on your hot dog, but that's the thing here. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. I don't love cotton candy, but we are at a carnival. When in Rome, right?
See also: Roman, Rome
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when in Rome do as the Romans do

Follow local custom, as in Kate said they'd all be wearing shorts or blue jeans to the outdoor wedding, so when in Rome-we'll do the same . This advice allegedly was Saint Ambrose's answer to Saint Augustine when asked whether they should fast on Saturday as Romans did, or not, as in Milan. It appeared in English by about 1530 and remains so well known that it is often shortened, as in the example.
See also: Roman, Rome
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a Roman holiday

an occasion on which enjoyment or profit is derived from the suffering or discomfort of others.
This expression comes from the poet Byron's description of the dying gladiator in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage as having been ‘butchered to make a Roman holiday’.
See also: holiday, roman
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when in Rome do as the Romans do

Follow the local customs. This old proverb supposedly comes from St. Ambrose’s answer to St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine, who asked whether they should fast on Saturday as the Romans do, or not, according to Milanese practice. Ambrose replied, “When I am here (in Milan) I do not fast Saturday, when I am in Rome, I fast on Saturday.” This Latin saying was translated into English by the fifteenth century or so and has been repeated ever since.
See also: Roman, Rome
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The reader, at this point, will emerge with a rich picture of the private sides of both Romanes and Darwin.
Chapter 6 contains the last part of the poem, in which Romanes reflects openly on the question of natural selection and the ubiquitous suffering in the evolutionary process.
Textbooks have described the sacrotuberous ligament as partly blending (Hollinshead, 1982; Sobotta, 1909; Williams et al., 1995), blending (Hollinshead, 1969; Romanes, 1964)) or connecting (Sobotta, 1909) with the dorsal sacroiliac ligaments (Figure 1).
Similarly the piriformis (Hollinshead, 1969, Moore, 1985; Romanes, 1964; Testut, 1899; Williams et al., 1995), obturator internus (Testut, 1899), semitendinosus and semimembranosus muscles (Bergman et al, 1984; Le Double, 1884) have also been described as attaching to the sacrotuberous ligament (Figure 3 and 4).
But a week before she died, Romanes endorsed a new will in which she left pounds 3million to "secure the future prospects of the company".
A facut parte din colectivul de redactare a primei Legi a Sanatatii Mintale din Romania, a fost coautor al Tratatului de Sanatate Mintala, a fost membru fondator al Ligii Romane de Sanatate Mintala si al ONG ALIAT, a fost animator si secretar al Asociatiei Romane de Psihiatre si coeditor al "Revistei Nationale de Psihiatrie" ("Revista Romana de Psihiatrie"), seria III, incepand cu 1999 si pana in 2009, precum si principal autor al Programului National de Sanatate Mintala al Ministerului Sanatatii, document oficial solicitat de Uniunea Europeana in faza de preaderare a Romaniei la UE.
Inainte de 1989, multe lucrari de istorie a bisericii ortodoxe romane, ca si cele ce vizau aspecte institutionale ale evolutiei bisericii catolice, au abordat dialogul interreligios intr-o maniera dogmatica, prezentand unitatia si demersul istoric al greco-catolicilor de pe pozitii unilaterale, alte lucrari isi polarizeaza atentia pe prozelitism, iar o alta categorie, poate cea mai insemnata, neglijeaza un aspect esential si anume, prezentarea intr-o maniera obiectiva a aproape trei sute de ani din Istoria Transilvaniei.