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kick in the breech

A humiliating disappointment or setback. Losing my job after my car broke down was a real kick in the breech.
See also: breech, kick

too big for (one's) breeches

Overconfident in one's importance, skill, or authority; behaving as if one is more important or influential than one actually is. He's gotten too big for his breeches ever since he got that promotion. John's been too big for his breeches now that he's been scouted by pro teams.
See also: big, breech
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kick in the pants, a

1. Also, a kick in the teeth. A humiliating setback or rebuff. For example, That rejection was a real kick in the pants, or That review was a kick in the teeth. A third, vulgar variant of these colloquial terms is a kick in the ass. Versions of this last expression- kick in the breech, kick in the behind-have been used since the early 1800s.
2. A cause of enjoyment, as in That show was a real kick in the pants. This meaning is virtually the opposite of def. 1 and can be differentiated from it only by the context. [1960s]
See also: kick
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too big for one's britches (breeches)

Conceited, self-important. This expression, alluding to becoming so swelled with self-importance as to burst out of one’s clothes, sounds ancient but dates only from about 1900, as does the closely related too big for one’s boots. The latter appeared in Sir Henry Maxwell’s Life of W. H. Smith (1894): “Sometimes a young man, ‘too big for his boots,’ would sniff at being put in charge of a railway bookstall.” And H. G. Wells (Kipp, The Story of a Simple Soul, 1905) wrote, “He’s getting too big for ’is britches.”
See also: big, britches
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Being a longtime LEE user, I have several LEE Auto Disc Powder Measures and added one for my Auto Breech Lock Pro.
The term fetuses presenting by breech have worse outcomes than cephalic presenting ones, irrespective of the mode of delivery although it is unclear whether this is due to underlying conditions (perhaps the very factors that caused the breech presentation in the first place) that make them vulnerable, or the effects of delivery in this position.
Arranging CS delivery for so many expected breech deliveries is impractical in this resource poor peripheral setting.
The incidence of breech presentation at term is 3-4%1.
Breech deliveries have always been topical issues in obstetrics because of the very high perinatal mortality and morbidity.
Her parents, Emma and James Strachan, from Framlingham, Suffolk, had decided against a caesarean section as is common practice for breech babies in the UK.
* PARENTS' CLAIM The ObGyn failed to recognize fetal distress during the breech version.
A mortar that can be either breech loaded or muzzle loaded, and can be used in either an indirect or direct fire mode, is still worth pursuing particularly for use in the current theaters of operation.
Either way, the bolt; spring, NSN 536012-189-0284; and nut, NSN 5310-01336-3521, on the breech crank assembly end up missing.
While a rise in cesarean section (C-section) delivery rates due to breech presentation has improved neonatal outcome, 40% of term breech deliveries in the Netherlands are planned vaginal deliveries.
I keep spotting tall Acanthus mollis, or bear's breech, right, with its stately spires of white flowers enclosed in pinky-purple bracts.
When both hind legs are retained in uterus, a common condition than unilateral retention is called breech presentation.
Breech (1897-1978), a pioneer financial executive and CPA, was as well known in his day as many Hollywood celebrities today.
To the Editor: The decline of planned vaginal breech birth was accelerated by publication of the results of the Term Breech Trial in 2000.
I had one but the problem was my daughter was breech. I really didn't want it but was forced to have one.