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pissing contest

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

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. 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

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
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Founded in 1905, Atlanta Life Insurance Company (ALIC) is the oldest member of Atlanta Life Financial Group's Family of Companies, whose capabilities include the reinsurance of group life insurance, dental benefits and contestable period coverage.
The contestable markets theory takes a radically different view: a threat of entry will suffice to put pressure on producers to act competitively.
a) I think that neuroscience and cognitive science and the kind of activity that has gone into the production of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual are also shot through with contestable assumptions of a generally philosophical kind, at least as neuroscience and tests and measurements are often practiced (see Griffiths, 1997 and Roberts & Watson, 2010).
In Tennessee, if an agent undertakes to obtain an insurance policy for an insured, and the policy obtained is contestable due to the acts or omissions of the agent, then the applicant has the same right to recover for failure to procure as he or she would have had if no policy had been issued at all.
a contestable market never offers more than a normal rate of profit--its economic profits must be zero or negative, even if it is oligopolistic or monopolistic.
Liliana makes decisions in Norval's name and under his signature and exposes the patriarchal original as contestable.
organization literature on contestable markets: a single producer can
It will be contestable funding so, rather than giving universities block grants, we shall be creating a greater element of competition.
This paper uses experiments to evaluate the effects of sunk-entry-costs on the entry initiatives of potential entrants and the pricing responses of incumbent monopolists in contestable markets.
Asked whether or not he would have his contract automatically extended or whether it would be a contestable process, Henry said: "It's not my decision.
Woking will think they are fortunate that there are only two relegation places that seem contestable after a miserable run has left them without a win in their last seven matches.
The point made repeatedly and well is that who Jonson was seen to be and what his works were seen to represent were questions both contestable and contested; Jonson was, in other words, a lively cultural presence.
While it may be premature to talk about the dawning of a distinctive worker consciousness as yet, there were significant socio-economic developments in Filipino society at this time that were just as significant as the much more contestable political ones.
It is extremely annoying that the director general of the WTO refers to very contestable figures used by the OECD which are not even part of the WTO reference book,'' Lamy reportedly said in his letter dated March 5.
Aside from chapters 6 and 7, the book has no overriding thesis that is contestable, no throughline argument, except the importance of Platonism.