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(one's) best bib and tucker

One's dressiest or most formal attire. A "bib" and a "tucker" are outdated clothing embellishments. Be sure to wear your best bib and tucker to the gala tonight.
See also: and, bib, tucker


An initialism of "brought in by," used in medical settings as shorthand to identify who brought the patient in to a hospital, clinic, physician, etc. Patient is aged 25. BIB father. Cause of illness/injury is unknown.

poke (one's) bib in

To involve oneself in an intrusive or nosy manner into something that is not one's business or responsibility. Primarily heard in Australia. I wish my neighbors would quit poking their bibs in and just leave us alone! Liam, don't poke your bib in your brother's affairs—he can manage well enough on his own.
See also: bib, poke

stick (one's) bib in

To involve oneself in an intrusive or nosy manner into something that is not one's business or responsibility. Primarily heard in Australia. I wish my neighbors would quit sticking their bibs in and just leave us alone! Liam, don't stick your bib in your brother's affairs—he can manage well enough on his own.
See also: bib, stick
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

one's best bib and tucker

Rur. one's best clothing. I always put on my best bib and tucker on Sundays. Put on your best bib and tucker, and let's go to the city.
See also: and, bib, tucker
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

best bib and tucker

One's finest clothes, dressed up, as in The men were told to put on their best bib and tucker for the dinner dance. Although wearing either a bib (frill at front of a man's shirt) or a tucker (ornamental lace covering a woman's neck and shoulders) is obsolete, the phrase survives. [Mid-1700s] For a synonym, see Sunday best.
See also: and, bib, tucker
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

stick your bib in


poke your bib in

If someone sticks their bib in or pokes their bib in, they interfere in a situation or an argument. I wish he wouldn't keep sticking his bib in. Note: You can also say that someone sticks their bib into something. They want to limit the right of unions to stick their bibs into disputes where none of their members is actually involved.
See also: bib, stick

your best bib and tucker

If you are wearing your best bib and tucker, you are wearing very smart, formal clothes. The conference guests all turned up on time in their best bib and tucker. Note: In the past, a `bib' was the part of an apron which covered the chest. A `tucker' was a decorative part of a woman's dress, covering her neck and shoulders.
See also: and, bib, tucker
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

your best bib and tucker

your best clothes. informal
Bib and tucker originally referred to certain items of women's clothing. A bib is a garment worn over the upper front part of the body (e.g. the bib of an apron), and a tucker was a decorative piece of lace formerly worn on a woman's bodice.
See also: and, bib, tucker

stick (or poke) your bib in

interfere. Australian & New Zealand informal
See also: bib, stick
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

your best bib and ˈtucker

(humorous) your best clothes that you only wear on special occasions: Bill put on his best bib and tucker and booked a table at a top restaurant for a romantic dinner.
Bib and tucker are both items of clothing worn in the past.
See also: and, bib, tucker
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

best bib and tucker, one's

Dressed in one’s finest clothes. A tucker was an ornamental piece of lace worn by women in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to cover the neck and shoulders. A bib was either a fancy frill worn at the front of a man’s shirt or an actual formal shirt front. Their pairing with best dates from the mid-eighteenth century. The word bib appeared in print in America in 1795: “The old gentleman put on his best bib and band [i.e., collar]” (The Art of Courting, Newburyport, Massachusetts). A later locution, dating from the mid-nineteenth century, is one’s Sunday best, also known as Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes. It refers to an era when one’s finery was reserved for church (or “prayer meeting”). These Americanisms sound archaic today. See also gussied up.
See also: and, bib
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Donna Bibber: We are micromolders and the advances are pushing to smaller and smaller parts (1,000 parts/plastic pellet, 0.00004 grams) with extremely tight tolerances (single microns) and small features on larger microfluidic components (3 micron width/depth).
For the first leg of the stool, Bibber states, "It's all about the tool--truly the enabling component for anything we do with micromolding." Isometric already had significant experience in building micro tools, which are paramount to its success in micromolding.
In the years to come, Bibber predicted, expect to see more developments that will help to solve age-old biological challenges such as that which was solved with these intraocular devices.
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In his story collection, Van Bibber and Others (1892), he introduced his new upperclass hero, Courtland Van Bibber, of rich Dutch ancestry, the moneyed young clubman and eternal playboy, the public consummate law-abider who, by night (like today's comic books' caped crime-stoppers), descended to the underworld, disguised, to save maidens and right wrongs.
Van Bibber, Noah John, RN A resident of Littleton, CO , he was a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at St Joseph Hospital, Denver at the time of his death on May 4, 2011.
"The couplings [to ordinary matter] would be vanishingly small," says ADMX codirector Karl Van Bibber. Unlike a neutralino, though, an axion would interact with a magnetic field.
Chairing the seminars will be Professor Duc Pham from the MEC, Cardiff and speakers include: Donna Bibber from Micro Engineering Solutions in the US; Peter Manser of the Centre for Micro & Nano Moulding in the UK; Arthur Turner, of Deckel Grinders in the UK; Jonathan Montgomery, of SmalTec in the US; Wally Cruz, of Wallyco in Puerto Rico; and Svetan Ratchev, of Precision Manufacturing Group in the UK.
Organized by: Richard N Boyd, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Karl van Bibber, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
According to The Guardian the book, which is set in a town called Lamonic Bibber and features a scheme to get rid of the village dog, is Stanton's first and his follow-up, entitled Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire, is longlisted for the Guardian children's book prize.
With the development of eMortgages and the growing use of business process methods, the mortgage industry should expect that issues of intellectual property rights and patent protection will have a growing impact on how business is done, noted Terry Van Bibber, president of SafeDocs Co.
According to Terry Van Bibber, President of Safedocs, "the industry will see mainstream adoption of e-signatures in 2007."
Donna Bibber, who is the company's sales and marketing vice president as well as a plastics engineer, said that plastic MEMS components are generally molded of polycarbonate, cyclic olefin copolymer, and polymethyl methacrylate, or acrylic.