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(special) snowflake

A derisive term for a person who acts or is judged to act entitled to special treatment or opportunities. Generations of students before you have read this book with no gripes about its content, and you will too—you're not special snowflakes. Surprise, surprise—some snowflake was offended by the "mocking tone" of my last column on safe spaces. Toughen up, special snowflakes—you don't need to put a trigger warning on every little thing.
See also: snowflake

be nothing special

To be not particularly wonderful, remarkable, beautiful, great, etc. A: "How's your sandwich?" B: "Eh, it's nothing special." I don't know why everyone is so enamored of this actress; she's nothing special, in my opinion.
See also: nothing, special

blue plate special

A specifically designated inexpensive meal at a restaurant, diner, or other eatery. The "special" dish typically changes daily. I'm thinking of ordering the blue plate special—what about you? Hey Tammy, what's today's blue plate special?
See also: blue, plate, special

blue-light special

A brief discount or sale. The phrase refers to the use of flashing blue lights to indicate sudden, brief sales in the department store Kmart. Primarily heard in US. I wonder what today's blue-light special will be. It never seems to be for anything I actually need!
See also: special

early bird special

A special in some restaurants or similar eateries where some meals are available at a lower price before the usual dinner hours. Stereotypically associated with older people and retirees. Since we were there in time for the early bird special, our bill for dinner was really cheap. Geez Mom, why are we eating at 4:30? It's like the early bird special! Do we really have to go for the early bird special? We're not 80!
See also: bird, early, special

King Kong pills

1. dated slang Barbiturate pills or tablets. He used to snort coke for hours, then bring himself back down with King Kong pills.
2. slang Temazepam, a sleep-aid commonly sold under the brand name Restoril. If you ever want a weird trip, take some King Kong pills and try to stay awake for as long as possible. Things get loopy.
3. slang A drug or supplement meant to enlarge a man's penis or improve his sexual performance. He bought some King Kong pills online to make his johnson bigger. Who knows what they'll actually do, but I guarantee they won't do that!
See also: king, Kong, pill

nothing special

Nothing exceptional or particularly wonderful, remarkable, beautiful, great, etc. I don't know why everyone is so enamored of this actress—she's nothing special, in my opinion. A: "What are you doing for your birthday?" B: "Nothing special. We'll probably just stay in."
See also: nothing, special

Saturday night special

slang A small, inexpensive handgun that is easy to obtain and conceal. Eight out of 10 suicides in this city are committed with Saturday night specials.
See also: night, Saturday, special

special delivery

1. A postal service by which letters or packages are delivered outside of the scheduled mail delivery times for an extra fee. I sent that parcel by special delivery so that you would get it in time for your birthday.
2. A phrase said humorously when giving something to someone, especially if the item is unappealing. A: "Special delivery: here's the report you need to work on!" B: "Gee, thanks."
See also: delivery, special

special measures

1. A designation given to a public establishment, such as a school or hospital, that is in need of improvement. Often used in the phrase "in special measures." Primarily heard in UK. My son's school is currently in special measures, so he's transferring to a different one next year.
2. Steps that must be taken, however unusual or extreme, to bring about some outcome. Oh, I will take special measures to ensure that the neighbors' dog stops barking, even if I have to buy him a muzzle myself! Don't worry, we took special measures to make sure that nobody finds us in here—we have furniture blocking all the doors.
See also: measure, special

special needs

Pertaining to one who has a mental or physical disability. I teach special needs kids, and I love it.
See also: needs, special

there is a special place in heaven for (someone)

Said of a person whom one considers to be especially kind, wonderful, altruistic, etc. I just think there is a special place in heaven for people like my aunt who sacrifice so much for those they love. Wow, I can't believe that woman paid for my ticket after I forgot my wallet. There's a special place in heaven for kindhearted strangers like her.
See also: for, heaven, place, special, there

there is a special place in hell for (someone)

Said of a person whom one considers to be especially wicked, evil, malevolent, etc. Often used facetiously or sarcastically. There is a special place in hell for the conniving snakes who defraud vulnerable people over the phone. Ugh, did you see that jackass? I tell you, there's a special place in hell for jerks who cut people off in traffic!
See also: for, hell, place, special, there
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Saturday night special

a small, easily obtainable pistol. There was another killing last night with a Saturday night special. That's the tenth shooting done with a Saturday night special this week.
See also: night, Saturday, special
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

King Kong pills

and King Kong specials
n. barbiturates. (see also gorilla biscuits.) Watch out for those King Kong pills. She’s a bit numb from “King Kong specials.”
See also: king, Kong, pill

King Kong specials

See also: king, Kong, special

Saturday night special

n. a small, easily obtainable pistol. There was another killing last night with a Saturday night special.
See also: night, Saturday, special
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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It turned out to be one of their new, standard production, Flat-Top .44 Specials, this one with a 5-1/2" barrel.
Although the .44 Special arrived in the closing days of 1907, it would remain for Elmer Keith to really make it a household name among sixgunners.
Keith laid the .44 Special torch down in the mid-1950s, however, Skeeter Skelton picked it up in the 1960s carrying it for nearly 25 years.
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The Specials Laboratory is a leading light in the North-East manufacturing sector and in March 2010, it was named Manufacturer and Company of the Year for Tyneside and
Just like in the postmodernist 1990s, when we weren't allowed to say anything was good or bad and had to hide behind 'appropriate' or 'inappropriate', so 'special' has hidden meanings.
When the government announce special measures, it's never a good thing.
"All the players in my squad are special," he replied when asked about Neil Webb's standing in the England set-up.
Alias/Wavefront, an SGI (NYSE:SGI) company, in concert with its 3December global sponsors, HP, Intel and ATI, announced recently several special offers in celebration of 3December--the computer graphics and industrial design industry event that encircles the globe annually on December 3rd.
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The Specials broke up in the early 1980s when three members--Terry Hall, Lynval Golding, and Neville Staples--left to form Fun Boy Three.
Golding, Staples, guitarist Roddy Byers, and bassist Horace Panter form the nucleus of this new incarnation of The Specials. "We're not trying to pretend that we have re-created the old Specials," says Byers.
Examples of individual Specials include returns with missing schedules or incomplete information, certain noncash charitable contributions issues on Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions, and unallowable items on Schedule A.
Although the IRM presently provides guidance only for individual returns with Forms 8275, it is safe to assume that similar procedures will be issued for C and S corporation Special returns.
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