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a member of the clean plate club

Someone who always makes a point of eating everything they are served in a meal. Sometimes hyphenated as "clean-plate club." Come on, kids, finish the food I gave you. Don't you want to be members of the clean plate club? Our national obsession with being members of the clean-plate club, along with ever-increasing portion sizes, has led to people eating far more than they require. I've always been a picky eater, so I'm rarely a member of the clean plate club.
See also: clean, club, member, of, plate

a member of the old boys' club

One who is a part of a network of privileged men who are members of the same organizations and institutions and who assist each other in professional advancement. When you graduate from Yale, you're not only getting a degree, but a priceless entry into the old boys' club. The only way you get ahead in this industry is if you're a member of the old boys' club. That place has always been an old boys' club, so I'm not surprised they didn't give a wildly qualified woman like Margie the job.
See also: club, member, of, old

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. We're not supposed to use the lab after hours, but there's really no way to avoid it in this case.
See also: after, hour

be in the club

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

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

clean plate club

A figurative club representing the mentality that one should always make a point of eating everything one is served in a meal. Originally a campaign during the First and Second World Wars to curb food scarcity. Sometimes hyphenated as "clean-plate club." Come on, kids, finish the food I gave you. Don't you want to be members of the clean plate club? Our national obsession with the so-called clean-plate club, along with ever-increasing portion sizes, has led to people eating far more than they require.
See also: clean, club, plate

club together

To join or combine funds for a common purpose or pursuit. The video game system was too expensive for any one of us on our own, so we clubbed together to buy it instead. We're clubbing together with the neighbors to buy a beachside apartment that we'll share during the summer.
See also: club, together

Darby and Joan club

A social club for the elderly. It gets its name from the happily married elderly couple mentioned in Henry Woodfall's 1735 poem "The Joys of Love Never Forgot: A Song." Primarily heard in UK. My grandparents were very active with the local Darby and Joan club and made a lot of friends there. Any time we wanted to visit, we'd have to make sure there were no club activities going on!
See also: and, club, Darby, Joan

first rule of (something): do not talk about (something)

cliché A phrase used to highlight the need to keep some group or piece of information a secret. Often used humorously or sarcastically. Modeled on the quote from the book Fight Club and its film adaptation, "The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club." Right, welcome to Coding Club, new recruits. The first rule of Coding Club: do not talk about Coding Club. Haha, just kidding—a little joke for the film buffs here. We made a pact to take the information with us to our graves. First rule of the pact: do not talk about the pact.
See also: first, not, of, rule, talk

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.
See also: club

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

the mile-high club

slang A humorous term for people who have had sex while traveling on an airplane. He's a rock star—of course he's in the mile-high club. I guess the thrill of possibly getting caught is why people want to join the mile-high club, but just thinking about it gives me massive anxiety.
See also: club

the old boys' club

A network of privileged men who are members of the same organizations and institutions and who assist each other in professional advancement. When you graduate from Yale, you're not only getting a degree, but a priceless entry into the old boys' club. The only way you get ahead in this industry is if you're a member of the old boys' club.
See also: club, old

welcome to the club

An expression of glib commiseration used when one shares some unpleasant condition or situation with one or more other people. A: "I've barely gotten any sleep since my daughter was born." B: "Yeah, welcome to the club. That's just your life now that you have kids." A: "I just feel like all of my profits are eaten up by taxes each year." B: "Welcome to the club, buddy."
See also: club, to, welcome
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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!
See also: join
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: club, join
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

join the club

or

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.
See also: club, join
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
See also: club, join
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
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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.
See also: club, to, welcome

Join the club

verb
See also: club, join
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