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get the royal treatment

To receive extravagant treatment or elaborate attention and care. At our spa, we make sure all our customers get the royal treatment. By signing up with us, your website will get the royal treatment from our team of professional web developers!
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give (someone) the royal treatment

To treat someone or something extravagantly; to give someone or something elaborate attention and care. At our spa, we give all of our customers the royal treatment. Give your website the royal treatment with one of our professional web development kits now!
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right royal

1. Very fine, enjoyable, or excellent. Primarily heard in UK. I can't wait for Friday—we're going to have a right royal night out on the town. It meant a lot to me that my parents put out such a right royal welcome for me when I came home from university.
2. Absolute; utter; extreme. Primarily heard in UK. This course I started last month is a right royal pain in my arse. Well, this is a right royal mess you've found yourself in, eh Bob?
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a battle royal

1. A fight in which more than two participants are involved and the last person to survive is declared the winner. The men were eager to see who would be declared the wrestling champion at the end of the battle royal.
2. A heated argument. Things got pretty heated between the union and the school board at the meeting last night. It was quite the battle royal!
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royal road to (something)

The easiest, most direct, or most effective way to reach or achieve something. The institution is the lone royal road to getting work as a filmmaker in this country, effectively creating a monopoly within the industry that they are free to exploit. If they can win their division, they will be on the royal road to the championship during the playoffs.
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royal road (to something)

A particularly smooth, easy, or trouble-free journey or development (to some status, position, or result). Each year, people flock to Hollywood hoping to find the royal road to fame and fortune. His family's wealth and status put him on the royal road to success from the moment he was born.
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a royal pain

Someone or something that is very irritating. "Royal" is used as an intensifier. Of course the client has more demands. Ugh, he is a royal pain. This project has turned into a royal pain—I doubt well get it done by the deadline.
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royal pain

Someone or something that causes a large or severe amount of frustration, annoyance, or aggravation. This new computer is proving to be a royal pain. It's been crashing at least once a day since I first started it up! These federal investigators have been royal pains. I know they have a job to do, but I wish they would just let us get on with our work.
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royal pain in the ass

rude slang Someone or something that causes a large or severe amount of frustration, annoyance, or aggravation. This new computer is proving to be a royal pain in the ass. It's been crashing at least once a day since I first started it up! These federal investigators have been royal pains in the ass. I know they have a job to do, but I wish they would just let us get on with our work.
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a battle royal

a classic, hard-fought battle or argument. The meeting turned into a battle royal and everyone left angry.
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a royal pain

a great annoyance. This guy's a royal pain, but we have to put up with him because he's the boss. the royal treatment very good treatment; very good and thoughtful care of a person. I was well cared for. They gave me the royal treatment. I got the royal treatment when I stayed at that expensive hotel.
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There is no royal road to learning.

Prov. Learning things requires work. Sue: I don't see why we have to do homework every night. Why can't we just listen to the lectures? Nancy: There is no royal road to learning.
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battle royal

a fiercely contested fight or dispute.
1997 Fred Chappell Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave You The boys told no one about the fight…it was a battle royal and went on from two o'clock in the afternoon until sundown.
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royal road to

a way of attaining or reaching something without trouble.
This expression alludes to a remark attributed to the Greek mathematician Euclid ( c .300 bc ). When the Egyptian ruler Ptolemy I asked whether geometry could not be made easier, Euclid is said to have replied: ‘There is no royal road to geometry’.
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royal pain

n. someone or something irritating; a severe annoyance. Her questions were a royal pain, but I had to answer them as part of my job.
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the royal road

A way or method that presents no difficulties: the royal road to success.
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References in classic literature ?
He took the opportunity of calling out his guard, the Swiss troops and the musketeers, and he had planted them round the Palais Royal, on the quays, and on the Pont Neuf.
The king returned amidst the silence of a vast multitude to the Palais Royal.
The feasting and merrymaking continued until late in the evening, when they separated to meet again the next morning and take part in the birthday celebration, to which this royal banquet was merely the introduction.
The royal palace of Tamaahmaah was a large house of two stories; the lower of stone, the upper of wood.
Tamaahmaah came on board of the ship in royal style, in his double pirogue.
Chaka dreamed this also," I went on: "that one of you, the princes, held his royal spear.
In fact, a page, who was pouring out wine for his royal highness, on hearing the jingling of spurs in the next chamber, turned round like a child, without perceiving that he was continuing to pour out, not into the glass, but upon the tablecloth.
Now, therefore, accept the royal pardon and resume the care of your family estates; for your father must be growing old.
Thus, the doctor had become well known to the public, although he could not claim membership in either of the Royal Geographical Societies of London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, or St.
The brilliantly polished Tin Woodman marched next, at the head of the Royal Army of Oz which consisted of twenty-eight officers, from Generals down to Captains.
There was a cry of rage and alarm from the royal child.
The maid's cheek darkened beneath the satin of her transparent skin, and the eyes of Astok, Prince of Dusar, darkened, too, as he read that which passed unspoken between the two in the royal gardens of the jeddak.
You may be sure the royal children of Ev and their Queen mother were delighted at seeing again their beloved country; and when the towers of the palace of Ev came into view they could not forbear cheering at the sight.
So when the courtier arrived with the royal message he was told to take back word to the King that his orders should be obeyed.
I shall escort them myself," his Majesty repeated, gently but firmly, laying aside the Royal robes, and changing his crown for a small coronet, "and you may stay at home.