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brains versus brawn

Mental acuity or intelligence in contrast to great power or physical strength. This isn't a case of brains versus brawn—you need both intelligence and physical strength in a situation like this.
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nature versus nurture

The debate regarding whether heredity (nature) or the environment (nurture) play a more prominent role in determining one's physical and mental development. Often shortened to "nature vs. nurture." Two of the triplets have found incredible success, one as a world-renowned scientist and the other as an accomplished author and playwright, while the third has done very little with his life. It's certainly an interesting case study when considering nature versus nurture, don't you think? People talk about nature versus nurture as if it can only be one or the other, failing to realize that each person grows as a result of a complex and dynamic combination of both.
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save versus (something)

In tabletop roleplaying games, to resist or guard against some threat or outcome, such as poison, traps, death, etc. "Versus" is often abbreviated as "vs.," "vs," or "v." Quick, try rolling to save vs. poison from the giant spider's bite! You need a minimum of DC 14 in order to save versus the mage's Wand of Fireball.
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shirts and skins

slang A way to designate the players on two different teams in a casual sports game in which the teams do not have uniforms. The "skins" are the players who remove their shirts (thus exposing their skin). Come on, guys, we don't have all day—let's just do shirts and skins and start playing!
See also: and, shirt, skin
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brains and/versus brawn

intelligence and/compared with physical strength: In this job you need both brains and brawn.
See also: and, brain, brawn, versus
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