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10 Downing Street

The address of the residence of the prime minister of the United Kingdom, used by extension to refer to the prime minister or the current UK government. Primarily heard in UK. Swift condemnation of the attack has come from 10 Downing Street, the White House, and the Kremlin.
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23 Skidoo Street

A fictitious location referring to a place away from possible or looming trouble, taken from the phrase "23 skidoo." Primarily heard in US. Those guys ahead look rough, let's head over to 23 Skidoo Street.
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keep stum

To remain silent; to not say anything; to avoid revealing secret or sensitive information. An alternative spelling of the more common "keep schtum/shtum." It's better to just keep stum when the boss starts flinging accusations than risk further incensing him. We'll need to keep stum about this deal for the time being.
See also: keep, stum

Queen Street farmer

A businessman who owns and operates a farm as an investment property. ("Queen Street" is located in Auckland's business district.) Primarily heard in New Zealand. Of course he doesn't know what he's doing with the livestock—he's a Queen Street farmer.
See also: farmer, queen, street
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.


1. and stum [st?m] and stumble-bumbles (ˈstəmblæˈbəmblæz) n. barbiturates; sedatives; tranquilizers; alcohol. (Drugs.) Kelly was shocked to find a handful of stumble-bumbles in his brother’s jeans.
2. n. the inability to stand up and walk straight. I guess I have the stumbles today. Not enough sleep, I guess.
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stum [st?m]

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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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