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be in the club

To be pregnant. Yes, it's true—I'm in the club and about three months along!
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be in the pudding club

To be pregnant. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Yes, it's true—I'm in the pudding club and about three months along!
See also: club, pudding

after hours

Beyond the established time that something typically closes or ends. I had to stay after hours in order to finish that report. My father is friends with the shop owner, so she opened it after hours just for me.
See also: after, hour

join the club

An expression used when two people have something unpleasant in common. Yeah, join the club—I hardly got any sleep night either.
See also: club, join

in the (pudding) club

euphemism Pregnant. This is my sister's first time in the club, and she's pretty nervous about the whole thing. But mom and I went through it enough times that she'll have no shortage of advice. Social media has been inundated with rumors that the pop star is in the pudding club following the emergence of some revealing paparazzi pictures online.
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after hours

after the regular closing time; after any normal or regular time, such as one's bedtime. John got a job sweeping floors in the library after hours.
See also: after, hour

Join the club!

Inf. an expression indicating that the person spoken to is in the same, or a similar, unfortunate state as the speaker. You don't have anyplace to stay? Join the club! Neither do we. Did you get fired too? Join the club!
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after hours

After normal working hours, after closing time; also, after legal or established opening hours. For example, I haven't time while the shop is open, but I can see you after hours, or The restaurant employees sometimes stayed for a meal after hours. This term originally referred to laws governing business hours. It also gave rise to the term after-hours club, for a drinking club that remained open later than similar establishments. [Mid-1800s]
See also: after, hour

join the club

A phrase used to express sympathy for a common experience. For example, You waited three hours for the doctor? Join the club! [c. 1940]
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join the club


welcome to the club

You say join the club or welcome to the club when someone has been telling you about their problems or feelings, and you want to show that you have had the same problems or feel the same way. Tory MP, Andrew Smith, confesses he doesn't entirely understand the issue. Join the club, Andrew. You feel exhausted? Welcome to the club.
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in the club (or the pudding club)

pregnant. British informal
1993 Carl MacDougall The Lights Below Must be serious if you're drinking with the old man. Did you stick her in the club?
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join (or welcome to) the club

used as a humorous exclamation to express solidarity with someone else who is experiencing problems or difficulties that the speaker has already experienced.
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be in the ˈclub

(British English, informal) be pregnant
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ˌafter ˈhours

after the period during which a shop, pub, etc. is open: Pubs are not allowed to sell drinks after hours.
See also: after, hour

join the ˈclub

said as a reply to somebody who tells you their bad news when you are or have been in the same situation yourself; an expression of sympathy: ‘I failed the exam again!’ ‘Join the club! Pete, Sarah and I have as well, so don’t worry!’
See also: club, join

Welcome to the club

and Join the club and WTTC
sent. & comp. abb. The rest of us are in the same situation. So you’re short of cash? Welcome to the club. You’re just like us. Join the club; we’ve got jackets.
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Join the club

See also: club, join
References in classic literature ?
In truth, my father, that was a club, for I, Mopo, saw it in after days.
Five men have held that club in war and a hundred- and-seventy-three have given up their lives beneath its strokes.
Consequently, the clubrooms became deserted, the servants dozed in the antechambers, the newspapers grew mouldy on the tables, sounds of snoring came from dark corners, and the members of the Gun Club, erstwhile so noisy in their seances, were reduced to silence by this disastrous peace and gave themselves up wholly to dreams of a Platonic kind of artillery.
Maston, "allow me to say that, if I cannot get an opportunity to try my new mortars on a real field of battle, I shall say good-by to the members of the Gun Club, and go and bury myself in the prairies of Arkansas
And at these moments, when contradictions rained like hail, the well-known irritability of the secretary of the Gun Club constituted a permanent danger for the Honorable Belfast.
Maston abusing the learned Belfast as usual, who was by his side; the secretary of the Gun Club maintaining for the thousandth time that he had just seen the projectile, and adding that he could see Michel Ardan's face looking through one of the scuttles, at the same time enforcing his argument by a series of gestures which his formidable hook rendered very unpleasant.
The members constituted themselves into a club conclave on the church steps.
By this time, Doctor Wybrow had remembered his patients, and had heard enough of the club gossip.
This spirited burst from Beth electrified the club, and Jo left her seat to shake hands approvingly.
And, to the dismay of the rest of the club, Jo threw open the door of the closet, and displayed Laurie sitting on a rag bag, flushed and twinkling with suppressed laughter.
So well did he cling to the neck of the one man that they dared not strike with their clubs.
When he breakfasted or dined all the resources of the club--its kitchens and pantries, its buttery and dairy--aided to crowd his table with their most succulent stores; he was served by the gravest waiters, in dress coats, and shoes with swan-skin soles, who proffered the viands in special porcelain, and on the finest linen; club decanters, of a lost mould, contained his sherry, his port, and his cinnamon-spiced claret; while his beverages were refreshingly cooled with ice, brought at great cost from the American lakes.
I gave the little vulgarian a shilling, and returned to the club disgusted.
That the street held he should get away from the club before two in the morning, for his missus needed him more than the club needed him.
The man smiled grimly, and brought a hatchet and a club.