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anyone in their right mind

Anyone of a sound, rational mind. Usually used to set up a context in which any sane person would or could do, say, or think a certain thing. Anyone in their right mind can see that poverty affects the entire world.
See also: anyone, mind, right

anyone who is anybody

All the most famous or important people in society. Usually used to indicate something as being glamorous, trendy, or chic, which all such famous people have, do, or are attending. I hear that the gala in New York City is going to be a star-studded event. Anyone who is anybody will be there!
See also: anybody, anyone, who

burst the bubble of (someone)

To upset or destroy someone's belief, conviction, or mood by delivering news that runs contrary to what they hold to be true. I hate to burst the bubble of everyone here, but this period of economic success will not last long.
See also: bubble, burst, of

anybody who is anybody

Anyone of fame or high social status. If we want to find a financial backer, we have to go to the gala tonight—anybody who is anybody will be there.
See also: anybody, who

anyone I know?

Who? The phrase can be an innocent question or have a suggestive or coy undertone. A: "Some guys from class will be at the party tonight." B: "Oh really? Anyone I know?" A: "I hear you've begun dating again. Anyone I know?" B: "You know Stan and I are back together, stop pretending you don't."
See also: anyone

be anybody's/anyone's guess

To be uncertain or unknown. Why dogs and cats hate each other is anybody's guess. No one has been able to determine why my daughter has been having nightmares—apparently, it's anybody's guess.
See also: guess

anyone's game

A game that anyone could potentially win (because neither person or side has an advantage). It's anyone's game—all we need is one goal to get the win!
See also: game

Anyone I know?

 and Anybody I know?
a coy way of asking who? Sally: Where were you last night? Jane: I had a date. Sally: Anyone I know? Bill: I've got a date for the formal next month. Henry: Anybody I know?
See also: anyone

It's anybody's guess

No one knows, so anyone's guess is as good as anyone else's. A: When will the messenger be here? B: It's anybody's guess.
See also: guess

run something up

1. Lit. to raise or hoist something, such as a flag. Harry ran the flag up the flagpole each morning. Will you please run up the flag today?
2. Fig. to cause something to go higher, such as the price of stocks or commodities. A rumor about higher earnings ran the price of the computer stocks up early in the afternoon. They ran up the price too high.
3. Fig. to accumulate indebtedness. I ran up a huge phone bill last month. Walter ran up a bar bill at the hotel that made his boss angry.
4. to stitch something together quickly. She's very clever. I'm sure she can run up a costume for you. The seamstress ran up a party dress in one afternoon.
See also: run, up

run up (to someone or something)

to run as far as someone or something and stop; to run to the front of someone or something. I ran up to the mailman and said hello to him. I ran up and said hello.
See also: run, up

run up

1. Make or become greater or larger, as in That offer will run up the price of the stock. [Late 1500s]
2. Accumulate, as in She ran up huge bills at the florist. [First half of 1700s]
3. Sew rapidly, as in I can run up some new curtains for the kitchen. [Mid-1800s]
4. Raise a flag, as in Let's run up the flag in time for the holiday. This usage, originating in the navy about 1900, gave rise to the slangy phrase, Let's run it up the flagpole and see if anybody salutes, meaning, "Let's try this out." The latter originated about 1960 as advertising jargon.
See also: run, up

be anybody's guess


be anyone's guess

If you say that something is anybody's guess or is anyone's guess, you mean that it is impossible to know what is true or what will happen. How she managed to stay there for an entire month was anybody's guess. How long the fuel would last was anyone's guess.
See also: guess

anyone's game

an evenly balanced contest.
See also: game

ˈanybody’s/ˈanyone’s guess

(informal) nobody knows: Who will win the next game is anybody’s guess.
See also: guess

run up

1. To cause some debt to accumulate: Don't run up such a big bill next time you go out to eat! He has been running a large debt up for months.
2. To increase some value: The craze for this company's stock will run up its price. The bidders ran the price up to $100.
See also: run, up
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Anybody with information as to where Louise may be is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 1593 of September 8.
Anybody who plays the sport already should expect to be on the course for around 30-40 minutes, depending on the amount of players.
Frappr uses the Google Maps API to allow anybody to pinpoint their location in the world and identify themselves as a "For Immediate Release" listener.
They want to hear from anybody who can put them in touch with people who have suffered an injury, or had a housing problem, in the last three years.
We all have a good side and ugly side, and I'm not better or worse than anybody.
Has anybody ever considered that a politician can visit a state too many times?
Now anybody who is not working, on a low income, pregnant, or has any illness that affects the teeth and gums and gets their oral care for free are being told to shove off.
I never killed or hit anybody with a bat, club, or big stick (two-by-four).
But as we continued to play, I think we learned that we could play with basically anybody in the country.
But with hindsight, it would have been bizarre for the government to choose anybody else.
I've never heard from anybody, I've never talked to anybody, and I don't intend to talk to anybody," Bellotti said.
Markets always rise higher than anybody hopes and fall farther than anybody fears.
THEY look so beautiful surely anybody would be tempted to adopt internet twins Belinda and Kimberley.
LEE WESTWOOD yesterday warned the Americans that they might be favourites to win the Ryder Cup but the Europeans can beat anybody.
I'm an extremely corrupt candidate and I stress that in case anybody in our reading audience is interested in sending me money.