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fight in armour

obsolete Of a man, to wear a condom while engaging in sexual intercourse. Primarily heard in UK. With such a high risk of sexually transmitted infections among strangers, you'd be extremely foolish not to fight in armour.
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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 organization's appearance to have a hog in armor parading himself as our leader.
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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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a chink in someone's armour

If someone or something has a chink in their armour, they have a weakness that people can take advantage of, although they seem very strong and successful. Note: `Armour' is spelled `armor' in American English. With their superior knowledge, they might find the chinks in his armour. Labour leaders hope to use their annual conference to attack what they currently see as the most vulnerable chink in the government's armour. Note: A chink is a small hole or opening.
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a knight in shining armour

If you describe a man as a knight in shining armour, you mean that he has rescued you from a difficult situation, often in a kind and brave way. Note: `Armour' is spelled `armor' in American English. I just felt dizzy and then I collapsed. The next thing I woke up in hospital. I am very, very grateful to Tom and I always will be — he really was my knight in shining armour. She found a surprising knight in shining armor in her company's attorney, who rode in to save her job, rescue her love life and give her a place to live. Note: In stories written or set in the Middle Ages, a knight in shining armour traditionally came to the rescue of a `damsel (= young woman) in distress'.
See also: armour, knight, shine

a chink in someone's armour

a weak point in someone's character, arguments, or ideas which makes them vulnerable to attack or criticism.
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hog in armour

a person who is ill at ease.
See also: armour, hog

a knight in shining armour

an idealized or heroic person, especially a man who comes to the rescue of a woman in distress or in a difficult situation.
This expression, a variant of which is a knight on a white charger , is often used ironically of someone who presents himself in this guise but is in fact inadequate to the role. Compare with a white knight (at white).
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a chink in somebody’s ˈarmour

(British English) (American English a chink in somebody’s ˈarmor) a weakness in somebody’s argument, character, etc., that can be used in an attack: The one chink in her armour is the lack of a sense of humour. She hates people laughing at her.
A chink is a small hole.
See also: armour, chink

a knight in shining ˈarmour

(British English) (American English a knight in shining ˈarmor) (usually humorous) a man who arrives to help you when you are in trouble or danger: My car broke down at the roundabout. Luckily, a knight in shining armour stopped to help me.
See also: armour, knight, shine

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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Ceramic based armour plates used in current body armour systems to cover large areas of the torso are heavy and bulky, restricting movement and contributing to fatigue, particularly in harsh environments like Afghanistan.
As a result, the material is also far less likely to distort than standard body armour, which generally bends inwards when a bullet strikes, preventing death, but causing considerable pain.
In bringing together some of the finest renaissance armours ever made and displaying them alongside royal portraits depicting Spanish kings in those very armours, the Prado Museum has achieved something never done before in Europe.
'Keep it, my Pericles; it hath been a shield 'Twixt me and death';--and pointed to his brace-- 'For that it sav'd me, keep it; in like necessity, The which the gods protect thee from, may defend thee!' (2.1.125-8) Pericles's father insists that the armour's past purpose as a protective 'shield' should also be its purpose in the future.
Head coach Warren Gatland said: "We have all been tremendously impressed by the quality and integrity of Under Armour. The product is magnificent and all our players look forward to wearing the full range of their performance apparel."
The military draft and intelligence work in post-World War II France halted Armour's dance career, but he found renewed inspiration in the Miami Conservatory, which he opened in 1949.
It was this experience that helped Armour realize the effect of first impressions on one's professional career.
Former jailbird Armour was a close but unnanimous winner that night, and a similar
The decision follows growing concern and complaints that the existing armour was too old, bulky, heavy and uncomfortable, particularly for women.
Five years ago, I quit as quality controller in the moulding shop, took my redundancy, paid off the mortgage and began making armour with proper steel.
Made in partnership with athletic brand Under Armour, the new Active 2 UA edition is "designed for dedicated runners who want to take their fitness to the next level," Samsung said in a (https://news.samsung.com/us/samsung-under-armour-galaxy-watch-active2-under-armour-edition/) press release .
London, UK - Armour Comms, the leading provider of specialist, secure communications solutions, is to preview a brand new product line at DSEI in September.
The Hunter will be bred locally too, as the core capability of Armour, replacing the Ultra M113 that many Armour soldiers use", said Dr Ng.
Armour Group Appoints Parry from Lloyd's as Group Chief Financial Officer