(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An outdated expression used to describe the failure of something that was once expected to be successful.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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It puts Venus in fourth place in the Wimbledon singles hall of fame in the modern era behind Martina Navratilova with nine wins, Steffi Graf with seven and Billie-Jean King with six.
But after retaining her title, with the help of that record 129mph serve, Venus admitted she could not enjoy her moment of glory to the full when her sister was the victim.
On the other hand, Venus as a Boy shares with Welsh's Trainspotting (or The Acid House, Glue, Porno, Ecstasy, or any of his later attempts at recapturing or escaping the brilliance of his generation-defining debut), a commitment to the warts and all representation of fragmented and broken beings existing on the ever-so-stylish social margins.
The principal man-made greenhouse gas on Earth is carbon dioxide and that's what's causing the high temperatures on Venus.
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The eldest of the two even inspired the title of a book: Venus Envy: A Sensational Season Inside the Women's Tennis Tour by L.
The products are the Venus Vibrance, billed as the first power wet-shaving system for women, and the Venus Disposable, a premium-performing disposable razor.
Unfortunately, Venus Boyz writer-director Gabriel Baur's worshipful enthusiasm for her subjects results in a naive, overlong, and at times voyeuristic exploration that will appeal primarily to curious heterosexuals.
Bet365 - Fastest serve: 11-10 Serena, Venus, 5 tie; Serena's fastest serve: 11-10 119mph and over,
As if to emphasise the point, Venus won a second consecutive Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadow and repeated the double the following year.
Venus hit 10 double faults to her sister's one and made 33 unforced errors while Serena made only 19.
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Tennis superstar Venus Williams signed the most lucrative endorsement deal ever for a female athlete in December when she agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Canton, Massachusetts-based Reebok International Ltd.