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a Captain Cook

slang A brief glance or inspection; a look. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "Captain Cook" rhymes with "look." (Captain James Cook was an 18th-century British navigator.) Primarily heard in UK. I think you better take a Captain Cook at this—the entire file has been deleted! Can I have a Captain Cook at the map? Please tell me that the boss had a Captain Cook at the memo before you sent it to the whole department.
See also: captain, cook

aye aye, Captain

1. An affirmation that a request or order from the ship's captain has been understood and will be carried out directly. A: "Lower the mainsail, sailor." B: "Aye aye, Captain!"
2. An affirmative response to a request or order. A: "Hey, Tom, grab me a drink when you're heading to the bar, would ya?" B: "Aye aye, Captain! What are you drinking?"
See also: aye, captain

Captain Obvious

A person who makes a statement or statements of such obvious meaning or implication as to be entirely redundant, superfluous, or unnecessary. Pauline: "The President has said that lower-class families are bearing the brunt of the recession worse than anyone else." Johnny: "Thank you, Captain Obvious!" A: "Your photos are out of focus because you didn't adjust the lens properly." B: "Wow, Captain Obvious strikes again!"
See also: captain, obvious

captain of industry

A wealthy and powerful person in the business world. Her family will never accept an unemployed artist like me—they expect her to marry a captain of industry. Do you want to come to the gala with me and hob-nob with some captains of industry?
See also: captain, industry, of

captain the ship

cliché To be or act as the leader of some group, enterprise, undertaking, etc. The company was on the brink of financial ruin until the new CEO came in to captain the ship. With the impressive young quarterback captaining the ship, the team is poised to win the championship for the first time in nearly 30 years.
See also: captain, ship

captain's pick

1. In sports, often golf, a player who does not meet the criteria for inclusion on a team and is instead added by the team captain. Primarily heard in UK. I didn't play as well as I would have hoped this season, so I'm praying that I'll be one of the captain's picks for the tournament.
2. A decision unilaterally made by a person of power, especially in politics. Primarily heard in Australia. You can't select someone for office without consulting the rest of us! There are bylaws that are supposed to prevent captain's picks like this.
See also: pick

have a Captain Cook

slang To glance at or inspect (someone or something), especially in a quick, informal, or nonchalant manner; to take a look. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "Captain Cook" rhymes with "look." (Captain James Cook was an 18th-century British navigator.) Primarily heard in UK. I think you better have a Captain Cook at this—the entire file has been deleted! Can I have a Captain Cook at the map?
See also: captain, cook, have

take a Captain Cook

slang To glance at or inspect (someone or something), especially in a quick, informal, or nonchalant manner; to take a look. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "Captain Cook" rhymes with "look." (Captain James Cook was an 18th-century British navigator.) Primarily heard in UK. I think you better take a Captain Cook at this—the entire file has been deleted! Can I take a Captain Cook at the map?
See also: captain, cook, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

captain of industry

Fig. a high-ranking corporation officer; a wealthy and successful capitalist. The captains of industry manage to hang on to their money no matter what. It's fun to see those captains of industry drive up in their limousines.
See also: captain, industry, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a captain of ˈindustry

a person who manages a large industrial company: He later moved to Seattle, where he became a well-known figure and captain of industry.
See also: captain, industry, of
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