(one's) Venus turns out a whelp

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(one's) Venus turns out a whelp

An outdated expression used to describe the failure of something that was once expected to be successful. The phrase comes from dice, in which the best roll was once known as a "Venus" and the worst a "canis" (a dog). A "whelp" is a young dog. I thought I was definitely going to get a promotion, but I didn't even get a raise—my Venus turned out a whelp, all right.
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'I took an interest in that discovery in the river,' says Venus. (She hadn't written her cutting refusal at that time.) I've got up there-- never mind, though.'
The unfortunate Mr Venus gives him a shake of the hand with a shake of his own head, and drooping down in his chair, proceeds to pour himself out more tea.
Outgoing chairman Birchmore said: "Venus is becoming far too busy with expansion and growth for its chairman to live 4,000 kilometres away.
Cox, a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy from the University of Manchester, said that Venus has drastically changed along with the evolution of our Sun.
The Iroquois Group, an Allegany, N.Y.-headquartered network of independent insurance agencies, has hired Charles Venus as its vice president of Middle Market & Specialty.
Venus Williams beat Serena Williams 4-6, 6-3 (10-8) to win the one-off woman's match of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Thursday.
When Venus and Earth were both young, their surface conditions were probably very similar, sporting warm, organics-rich oceans and active geology.
California [U.S.A], March 14 ( ANI ): American tennis star Venus Williams booked her place in the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Master for the third time in her career after clinching a straight-sets win over No.21 seed Anastasija Sevastova here on Wednesday.
The study shows that the atmosphere on Venus' night side behaves very differently to that on the side of the planet facing the Sun (the 'dayside'), exhibiting unexpected and previously-unseen cloud types, morphologies, and dynamics - some of which appear to be connected to features on the planet's surface.
(25-36) (1) The striking action described in these stanzas asks us to imagine a Venus who is tall enough and strong enough to take hold of a young man sitting on his horse, tuck him comfortably under her arm, and walk off with both him and his horse in hand.
In Book x of the Metamorphoses, Venus tells Adonis the story of Atalanta and Hipponomes, the lovers who foolishly indulge their passion in the temple of Cybele, the Mater Deorum (x.
Venus orbits closer to the Sun than the Earth, and so never strays too far away from the Sun.
Nov 06-08 Grouping: Moon, Venus, Jupiter & Mars
Ruben Gonzales wasted a matchpoint and a 4-3 lead in the fourth-set tiebreak as New Zealand's indefatigable Michael Venus came away with a 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 win for a 1-0 lead in their Asia Oceania Group 2 final at Plantation Bay Resort and Spa here.
FROM the US to South Korea, the eyes of the world turned skyward yesterday for the rare sight of the transit of Venus.