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a (unit of time) or two
For only one or a few units of time specified (minutes, hours, days, etc.). Is it all right if I borrow the car for an hour or two? I'd like to drive to the mall. You can keep the book for a day or two, but I need it back by this weekend to study for my exam.
slang A large person or thing, especially due to being extremely overweight. Chiefly used in Internet memes, especially in the phrase, "In awe at the size of this lad. Absolute unit.", or similar variations. Primarily heard in UK. Would you look at the size of the fella heading out of that pub? What an absolute unit! Some creep on Twitter shared an old photo of me with the caption, "In awe at the size of this lad. Absolute unit." I'm nearly four stone lighter now, for God's sake!
by the (unit)
For each unit, as of items sold in this manner. How much does this meat cost by the pound?
See also: by
One of one's parents. (Often used in the plural to indicate both parents.) Which parental unit is coming to pick you up from school today, nerd? I'd love to come, but I need to check with the parental units if it's all right.
by the unit
Fig. each; per. (Used to designate the unit of measure, but not the rate of a measure.) Lettuce is sold by the head. Gas is sold by the gallon.
n. parents. (see also rent(al)s.) Hey, units! I need to talk to you about something really important.
See parental units
See also: unit
1. n. a gadget. Now, take one of the red units—put the copper strip in the slot—place the whole thing in this larger unit—and you’re done. Hand me that unit on the thingy there.
2. n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) Why are you always scratching your unit?
3. Go to (parental) units.