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knight in shining armor

A selfless, chivalrous man who helps a woman in distress. When the police officer pulled over to help the old woman change her flat tire, she hugged him and said he was her knight in shining armor.
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chink in (one's) armor

A minor but very detrimental flaw or weakness. Yeah, he's brilliant, but his violent temper has destroyed many business relationships—it's really the chink in his armor.
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hog in armor

old-fashioned An awkward, clumsy, base, or mean person dressed in fine clothes or inhabiting a role of authority. It doesn't help our country's appearance on the global stage to have a hog in armor parading himself as our leader.
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chink in one's armor

Fig. a special weakness that provides a means for attacking or impressing someone otherwise invulnerable. (Alludes to an opening in a suit of armor that allows a weapon to penetrate.) Jane's insecurity is the chink in her armor. The boss seems mean, but the chink in his armor is that he is easily flattered.
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chink in one's armor

A vulnerable area, as in Putting things off to the last minute is the chink in Pat's armor and is bound to get her in trouble one day . This term relies on chink in the sense of "a crack or gap," a meaning dating from about 1400 and used figuratively since the mid-1600s.
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knight in shining armor

A rescuer or defender, as in What this political party needs is a knight in shining armor to change its tarnished image . This metaphoric expression alludes to a medieval knight. [Mid-1900s]
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knight in shining armor

A wonderful guy. Fairy tales chronicled fair maidens in distress who were rescued at the last minute from dragons and ogres by a gallant knight in gleaming armor, where-upon they all lived happily ever after. Even if a young woman didn't view herself as a princess or consider herself in desperate straits, she still imagined herself being carried off by the man of her dreams, Prince Charming, a knight in shining armor.
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A: For more than 450 years, the collection of arms and armor belonging to the Royal Armories has been displayed in the White Tower at the Tower of London.
Exhibits in four of the galleries will illustrate the use of arms and armor in war, hunting, tournaments and self-defense.
The program will focus on developing an advanced system by exploring and refining the potential synergy between Electro Magnetic Armor (EMA) and other armor technologies.
In meeting the requirements of this contract, BAE Systems and the Army Research Lab (ARL) will leverage our extensive experience in the development of EMA and other armor technologies," said Mark Middione, Survivability program manager for BAE Systems.
Tailored for the urban environment of the Low Intensity Conflict, the David offers armor piercing protection for a crew of 7, wide doors for fast in/out of troops on a platform that can easily get in and out of tight urban streets and alleys.
An armored 5-seater Land Rover Defender SUV will be on display, together with body armor and HMMWWV armor kits manufactured by Arotech's Armour of America subsidiary.
This award qualifies MDT Armor, a small business, to provide its range of battlefield proven armored vehicles to all agencies of the federal government.
The Armored GM Savana/Express is the first of its kind to offer level D protection for 8 passengers within the vehicle's Gross Vehicle Weight, MDT Armor uses lightweight armoring materials and unique armoring technology to provide protection for passengers while ensuring vehicle performance and maintainability.
The LOI provides for a good faith deposit by Armor Holdings, expedited due diligence, and payment of a break-up fee if Simula accepts a competing offer.
We believe this transaction represents an outstanding result for our shareholders, customers, and employees who recognize Armor Holdings as a partner with strength, vision, and strategic fit.
AMEX: SMU), said today that it has successfully completed concept development and testing on three new lightweight armor systems for use in vehicles, ships, aircraft, and building windows.
Two of the new armor systems make use of a proprietary ceramic technology and advanced composite lamination techniques to fabricate large, complex armor shapes.
NYSE:SMU) said today that sales of its proprietary armor products -- anticipated to exceed $10 million in 2000 -- are expected to grow at an annual rate of 20 percent to 25 percent over the next five years.