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be busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest

slang To be very busy or preoccupied. Take this to someone else—I'm busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest right now. With the law set to take effect soon, local businesses have been busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest trying to get in line with new regulations.
See also: busy, contest, man

dick measuring contest

vulgar slang A petty competition among individuals (usually men) who are trying to prove that they are better at something than the others. You're all good golfers, OK? Now can we please stop this ridiculous dick measuring contest? I hate how these political debates always seem to turn into a dick measuring contest, with each candidate trying to outdo the others.
See also: contest, dick, measure

no contest

1. A plea in a criminal court case, in which the defendant accepts a conviction without offering a defense, but also without admitting guilt. The college student plead no contest to charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault.
2. An outcome in a combat sport, especially boxing, in which there is neither a winner nor a loser due to reasons outside of the combatants' control. The referee declared no contest when the power went out in the stadium. The referee accidentally hit one of the fighters in the eye with his elbow, so he had to declare a no contest.
3. A situation in which one side is overwhelmingly more likely to succeed over the other. A: "Who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman?" B: "Superman, no contest." Everyone assumed it was no contest that Robertson would win, given his size, experience, and ability. Yet against all odds, Ramirez defeated him in the final seconds of the match.
See also: contest, no

not going to win any beauty contests

Not especially beautiful or attractive. Sometimes used as a facetious or sarcastic way of calling someone or something ugly. I know I'm not going to win any beauty contests, but I don't think I'm so ugly that no one would want to be with me. A: "What do you think of their new house?" B: "Well, it isn't going to win any beauty contests, that's for sure."
See also: any, beauty, contest, going, not, win

pissing contest

rude slang A useless or trivial argument, competition, or comparison. Whenever Jeff and Tim hang out, they always get into this pissing contest about who's the bigger sci-fi fanatic. If you two are quite finished with your little pissing contest, do you think we might get back to work now?
See also: contest, piss
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

no contest

 
1. Lit. [in games] a situation where one team fails to appear for a competition. It was declared no contest because the opposing team was stuck in traffic out on the expressway.
2. Fig. a situation where the winner-to-be of a contest is obvious even before holding the contest. It was no contest. The wrestler was so big and strong that no one could have defeated him.
See also: contest, no

not going to win any beauty contests

Fig. homely; ugly. Fred isn't going to win any beauty contests, but he's smart and considerate and he does well at his job. This old truck of mine is not going to win any beauty contests, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.
See also: any, beauty, contest, going, not, win
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

no contest

1 a decision by the referee to declare a boxing match invalid on the grounds that one or both of the boxers are not making serious efforts. 2 a competition, comparison, or choice of which the outcome is a foregone conclusion.
This expression is mainly found in the USA, and is perhaps influenced by the plea of nolo contendere (I do not wish to contend) in US law, meaning that the defendant in a criminal prosecution accepts conviction but does not admit guilt.
See also: contest, no
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If a rural banking market is perfectly contestable, potential competition insures that incumbent firms are producing a level of output (deposits) consistent with a welfare maximum.
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This is seen to reduce costs and increase participation of eligible contestable end-users in the retail market.
Baumol applied the concept of a 'perfectly contestable market' to monopolies and oligopolies in certain types of industry sectors, such as city-to-city air services (Baumol, 1982(b): 7), despite admitting that neither 'perfect competition' nor 'perfect contestability' were common.
A single product natural monopoly--as defined in the contestability literature--is forced by the "weak invisible hand" to charge an average cost price if the market is perfectly contestable. Furthermore, in the presence of sunk costs, the incumbent firm can realize a profit equal to the sunk cost without inviting entry.
Improved governance is possible when a bridge can be created allowing people to remain in their comfort zone while extending the boundaries through contestable concepts.
"One fact is not contestable, Jenson wishes and expects to drive for Williams in 2005 and 2006 and has made this intention clear.
To think about journalism avant la lettre or censorship before "freedom of the press," we need to find terms appropriate to analyzing a contested and contestable discursive space in which generic forms, rhetorical strategies, ideological positions, claims of authority, material formats, and material interests compete and intermingle.
THE best policy on tonight's televised First Division game between Nottingham Forest and Grimsby is probably to let it pass undisturbed and wait for other fixtures later in the week on which there may be spreads that appear more contestable.
In areas where there are contestable views about the most effective ways of teaching a particular area of the curriculum, the teachers' beliefs can theoretically and practically influence the outcomes students gain from their pedagogical encounters.
Huntsman makes a politically incorrect but important point for historians to ponder: that written histories are often more flexible and contestable in their open, unsecret nature than the guarded oral accounts for specific times, places and occasions, which are transitory and disappear even in their moment of enactment.
The chronology of this version is highly contestable, but some consolation can be gained, at any rate for an Irishman, from the assertion that the bogus question of how "Irish" any of these writers is can be restricted to the authors of the prelude and the aftermath, not to the central four.