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babysitter test

1. An informal "test" to determine the trustworthiness or integrity of a person by judging whether one would trust that person to take care of one's children. I don't trust him to take my car across the country; he certainly wouldn't pass the babysitter test.
2. A test to determine if a household appliance is easy and intuitive to use, i.e., whether a babysitter would be able to use it with ease. The new smart television is radically advanced, but it also passes the babysitter test: anyone in the house can learn to use it in just a few minutes!
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Summary: Man threatened to kill babysitter who discovered he had been having an affair
Some of the babysitters tie the small children with ropes so that they may not wander off.
Firemen discovered the mother and her two children dead in their beds while the babysitter died later that day in hospital.
The State then called the babysitter, the mother, the police officer, the nurse, and the doctor to testify regarding the child's description of the assault.
Anyway, the mother shouldn't use unlicensed places and the babysitter shouldn't illegally offer babysitting.
When the suspect showed up before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday, he pleaded not guilty and denied having threatened to kill the babysitter.
The 'James Bond' star said he believed babysitters were going to make a "lot of money" out of the film in which he plays an investigative journalist who finds himself on the trail of a vicious serial killer.
Then clean the house before the babysitter comes, retract myself from the washing basket after a panicked delve for something to wear, put it on, take it off, put it on, take it off and phone at least three friends for their opinion as to whether or not it belongs in the Eighties.
The Birmingham paedophile has now been jailed for two years, but the babysitter was only given a three-year community supervision order.
Light and her boyfriend, Stephen Quick, have been in custody since March after a three-year-old girl told her mother she had been touched inappropriately by her babysitter and that the couple had taken photographs.
WORCESTER - A Webster boy who was under the care of an adult babysitter drowned yesterday afternoon while swimming in Coes Pond at the closed Hillside Beach beside Worcester Housing Authority's Lakeside Apartments.
A TEENAGE babysitter was reduced to tears when a woman's former lover burst into the house looking for her husband.
Booming babysitter wages in Birmingham mean that hiring a sitter can now cost more than the night out itself.
He was told to leave the area by police but later returned and threatened to stab the baby, Miss Elgie and her babysitter.