Yankee ingenuity


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Yankee ingenuity

An inventive, imaginative, typically American cleverness used to find practical solutions or advancements. The piece of equipment is yet another example of Yankee ingenuity that has become the gold standard for farming around the world. We slag our American colleagues to no end, but we can't help but admire their Yankee ingenuity when the company is faced with some sort of technical crisis.
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Yankee ingenuity

Intelligent self-reliance using available materials. The phrase originated when mid-Atlantic and Southern colonists admired the ingenuity with which their New England neighbors were able to improvise tools and other ways to cope with poor farming conditions and harsh weather. Later on, and despite the dismay of sons and daughters of the Confederacy, “Yankee” described all of the United States (as in “The Yanks Are Coming”), and the phrase was similarly expanded to reflect American know-how and inventiveness.
See also: Yankee
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He was possessed with a mania for patronizing Yankee ingenuity, and seeing his friends fitly furnished forth.
As much as he was a child of Maine, full of Yankee ingenuity, self-reliance, and barn-raising spirit, he didn't belong there.
'Yankee ingenuity' means the canny improvised fixes, repairs, and craftwork our predecessors employed to keep their barns and brains intact through long winters without ever having to break down and ask anyone else for help.
They expect him to clear their mess and bring his new version of "change" (not to be mixed with Obama's change) that will set Yankee ingenuity free once it has broken the shackles of pesky "moderates" and Al-Qaeda-linked heritage-wreckers in Syria.
Gatling was a product of the Yankee ingenuity praised by Alexander Hamilton.
Yankee practicality demands we obtain the energy we need now at the best price we can find, while Yankee ingenuity demands we not abandon our pursuit of still better alternatives.
Most cultures have an expression for solving difficult problems by using clever, elegant solutions made from Locally available materials: Yankee ingenuity; PlacGyvering; Jugaad; Gambiarra; Zizhu chuangxin; Systeme D.
Someone once said it was Yankee ingenuity at its best.
You've got to admire Yankee ingenuity. In 1916 Albert Pratt of Vermont patented the ultimate firearms enthusiast fashion accessory, a helmet gun.
Popular culture notions of early American history usually root the origins of democracy in the United States in two intersecting bedrock institutions, the New England town meeting and the free market: allegedly the town meeting empowered local voters to free themselves from the oppression they had experienced in the European past and they used this newfound freedom to indulge their latent Yankee ingenuity in the unfettered pursuit of economic opportunity.
"I relied on guide books for the fundamentals, but it was Yankee ingenuity that gave the coop its character and kept the costs down," Michael says.
There are plenty of negativecliches about Americans being loud, too demanding, and arriving underdressed for theevent (baseball caps and sneakers at dinner!) Lose the negatives and be exemplaryof what international clients admire about Americans -- Yankee Ingenuity, integrity,determination, situational adaptability, multiculturalism and resourcefulness.
The second theme is that New Hampshirites' independent, entrepreneurial spirit and our culture of Yankee ingenuity and innovation are the New Hampshire Advantage that we must guard (and nourish) if we hope to expand prosperity in this century as we did in the last.
The NCUA Board could soon have another dose of Yankee ingenuity.
Don't forget to drop by the American Precision Museum this summer to look at its current exhibit: "From Muskets to Motorcars, Yankee Ingenuity and the Road to Mass Production." The museum, in Windsor, Vermont, on the Connecticut River border with New Hampshire, is open 10-5 through October 31.