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kitchen cabinet

A president's unofficial group of advisors, often ones who are thought to be very influential. Why does the president trust members of his kitchen cabinet more than those of us who have spent our entire careers in Washington?
See also: cabinet, kitchen

when the sun is over the yardarm

Used to describe when people begin drinking alcohol, or the time at which it is appropriate to do so. A "yardarm" is a horizontal bar on the mast of a ship, and it is supposed that when the sun passed it at a certain time of day (around noon), sailors were allowed to drink. These days, the way I measure when the sun is over the yardarm is whether or not I've eaten lunch yet. Oh, don't pay any attention to them. They always get a bit rowdy when the sun's over the yardarm.
See also: over, sun, yardarm
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de Treville, the whole assemblage rushed into the cabinet, he not thinking to shut the door against anyone, and all crowded round the wounded man.
de Treville was highly astonished to see his protege make a sudden spring, become crimson with passion, and rush from the cabinet crying, "S'blood, he shall not escape me this time!"
As those words escaped him, he walked to the buhl cabinet. He sat down in the chair placed before it, and searched in the basket among his keys.
At the instant when she moved, he took it up once more, locked the cabinet, and, rising, turned and faced her.
And why had Major Fitz-David's face changed when he found that I had discovered the remains of his shattered work of art in the cabinet drawer?
The ample heavy folds of the velvet left just room at the two corners of the wall for two little upright cabinets in buhl, containing rows of drawers, and supporting two fine bronze productions (reduced in size) of the Venus Milo and the Venus Callipyge.
I have not yet been asked to form a Cabinet. It is doubtful whether I ever shall.
Letheringham's Cabinet, of course, would be a moderate Liberal one, a paragon of milk and water in effectiveness.
You know that I have in my palace the cabinets of the years.
At last he remembered the conversation of the two Princes about the cabinets of the years, and that if he could manage to reach the oak tree, he would be certain to discover what had become of Rosalie.
Sitting with her hands laid separately upon the desk, and the tall cabinet towering before her, she looked as if she were performing on a dumb church organ.
Woe to the suppliant, if such a one there were or ever had been, who had any concession to look for in the inexorable face at the cabinet. Woe to the defaulter whose appeal lay to the tribunal where those severe eyes presided.
your Indian cabinet has no lock to it," says my lady.
Plainly the letter had come by the laboratory door; possibly, indeed, it had been written in the cabinet; and if that were so, it must be differently judged, and handled with the more caution.
And as for cabinet counsels, it may be their motto, plenus rimarum sum: one futile person, that maketh it his glory to tell, will do more hurt than many, that know it their duty to conceal.
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