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(straight) from central casting

(sometimes capitalized as Central Casting) Having, fitting, or conforming to well-established stereotypical traits or characteristics of a given type of person, character, group, situation, or style. The phrase is a reference to Central Casting, a California-based casting company that specializes in hiring for roles as extras, body doubles, and for bit parts. My grandfather looks like a cowboy from central casting, with his boots, Stetson hat, and mouth full of chewing tobacco. It was a campy, schlocky B-movie, complete with pointless romance, cheesy special effects, and an alien monster straight from Central Casting.
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(straight) out of central casting

(sometimes capitalized as Central Casting) Having, fitting, or conforming to well-established stereotypical traits or characteristics of a given type of person, character, group, situation, or style. The phrase is a reference to Central Casting, a California-based casting company that specializes in hiring for roles as extras, body doubles, and for bit parts. My grandfather looks like a cowboy out of central casting, with his boots, Stetson hat, and mouth full of chewing tobacco. It was a campy, schlocky B-movie, complete with pointless romance, cheesy special effects, and an alien monster straight out of Central Casting.
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central dogma

The core belief of a particular area of study. It is often used in molecular biology to describe the relationship between DNA, RNA, and proteins. The central dogma of molecular biology is that DNA makes RNA, which makes protein.
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*busy as a beaver (building a new dam)

 and *busy as a bee; *busy as a one-armed paperhanger; *busy as Grand Central Station; *busy as a cat on a hot tin roof; *busy as a fish peddler in Lent; *busy as a cranberry merchant (at Thanksgiving); *busy as popcorn on a skillet
very busy. (*Also: as ~.) My boss keeps me as busy as a one-armed paperhanger. I don't have time to talk to you. I'm as busy as a beaver. When the tourist season starts, this store is busy as Grand Central Station. Sorry I can't go to lunch with you. I'm as busy as a beaver building a new dam. Prying into other folks' business kept him busy as popcorn on a skillet.
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busy as a beaver

Also, busy as a bee. Hardworking, very industrious, as in With all her activities, Sue is always busy as a bee, or Bob's busy as a beaver trying to finish painting before it rains. The comparison to beavers dates from the late 1700s, the variant from the late 1300s. Also see eager beaver; work like a beaver.
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Grand Central Station

n. any busy and hectic place. (From Grand Central Station in New York City—a very busy place.) At just about closing time, this place becomes Grand Central Station.
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And enthusiasm among students eager to major in Central American studies is high.
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In their theoretical hearts, most monetary economists believe in some form of monetarism, that if a central bank prints enough money, ultimately prices must rise.
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If CAFTA is approved by the congresses of the United States and Central America, it will make a big difference for the region," says Marcio Cuevas, Minister of Economy for Guatemala.
Orson Clay, Spring, TX, South Central Division; Linda Anthony, teacher
The security structures and institutions of Central America were and largely remain organized and equipped to fight yesterday's wars and confront yesterday's challenges.
There are clear and understandable reasons for Central Asia not being equally represented in this book, but the explicit inter-regional orientation of this edition highlights Eickelman's sensitivity to and support of interdisciplinary.
The cell was responsible for thefts of high explosives from the central Texas region.
First, to provide a common frame of reference, I develop a model of the payment system, with special reference to the essential role of the central bank.
The merger is subject to the approval of Central Parking's shareholders, requisite regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
Knight and his chairman of the Board of Governors, Dutch central bank Governor Nout Wellink, not only acted to please the delegates from central banks, financial institutions, and guests from the international banking and financial communities.
Fifteen Central Park West, an all-limestone apartment building, is being developed by Zeckendorf in a joint venture with the Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds, and Global Holdings.
Central America could gain a lot with free trade, at least in macroeconomic terms.
Second Place: Eric Verne Eason, West Central Division (Colorado); John Drumheller, teacher
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