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aesthetically challenged

Distinctly unattractive or unpleasant to the eye; homely. A euphemistic and humorously politically correct term, usually said of a person. Primarily heard in UK. Deborah's new boyfriend is a bit aesthetically challenged, but she loves him and I guess that's all that counts.
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esthetically challenged

Distinctly unattractive or unpleasant to the eye; homely. A euphemistic and humorously politically correct term, usually said of a person. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Deborah's new boyfriend is a bit esthetically challenged, but she loves him and I guess that's all that counts.
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ethically challenged

Dishonest, corrupt, or otherwise unethical in behavior. Though many suspected the governor of being ethically challenged, it wasn't until evidence of a bribery scheme emerged that any legal action was taken against him.
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gravitationally challenged

1. Fat, bulky, or very heavy. A euphemistic and ironically politically correct term, usually said of a person. I don't think Mike is obese—he's just a bit gravitationally challenged.
2. Prone to or characterized by clumsiness or a lack of balance. I've been bumping into people at work all day long—I must be a bit gravitationally challenged today or something.
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horizontally challenged

Fat; overweight; obese. A pseudo-politically correct term that may be deemed offensive. I became a little horizontally challenged after my accident, as I was confined to a wheelchair for nearly a year.
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vertically challenged

Short; not tall in stature. (Pseudo-politically correct slang used for humorous effect.) Whenever anyone teases me about my height, I just tell them that I'm vertically challenged! Yeah, my boyfriend is a little vertically challenged, but he's the most loving man I've ever known.
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parentally challenged

Born to unwed parents. (Pseudo-politically correct slang used for humorous effect.) A: "Is it true that Sean is parentally challenged?" B: "No, I'm pretty sure his parents were married before he was born."
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challenge (someone) to (something)

To dare or provoke one to participate in something, such as a competition. I ushered Bob out the door as soon as that obnoxious guy challenged him to a fight. Jenna is really good at basketball, so don't challenge her to a game unless you're OK with losing!
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hygienically challenged

Euph. [of a person] dirty. (Jocular.) Bill always smells terrible. He must be hygienically challenged. A couple of the kids in my class are, let us say, hygienically challenged.
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c) If you are challenged and are unable to properly respond, you must buy a round of drinks for the challenger and the group being challenged.
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When any of this header information is found in an email, the email will not be challenged.
Deloitte analyzed more than 3,700 cases in which expert testimony was challenged, and identified 232 specific challenges in 183 cases.
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Designed for three to six players ages 10 and up, Patriot Challenge(TM) players are challenged with questions they select from red, white and blue Question Cards that have various levels of difficulty (basic, challenging and expert).
First, Afilias will strengthen its Sunrise Challenge policy by requiring anyone wanting to register a successfully challenged Sunrise name to produce proof of their valid trademark.
When challenged, the registrant in question must provide proof of their eligibility or forfeit the name and their minimum 5-year registration fee.
Students from NJIT's Albert Dorman Honors College, under the supervision of Panasonic engineers, developed the problems that the high school students are challenged to solve.