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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. 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

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

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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Salah Gosh, a la tete du redoute NISS, avait demissionne en avril dernier, deux jours apres le renversement par l'armee du president soudanais Omar al-Bachir, a la suite d'une contestation inedite.
Les etudiants ont egalement repris l'appel a la [beaucoup moins que] desobeissance civile [beaucoup plus grand que], scande pour la premiere fois vendredi dernier lors de la manifestation hebdomadaire a Alger, apres le refus par l'armee de [beaucoup moins que] mesures d'apaisement [beaucoup plus grand que], comme la liberation des personnes arretees en lien avec la contestation.
Second, we look at global governance in a more dynamic perspective, assuming that processes of contestation are at the origin of multiactor constellations.
Here, social contestation occurs regarding the result of that re-creation and how narratives and social imaginaries interact.
The creation of memory, whether personal or as a product of 'hegemonic narratives', is indivisibly linked to enduring 'contestations' and with that the quest and very meaning of 'truth'.
military transgression to explore the effects of contestation of two national identity-protective frames--minimization of the transgression and reaffirmation of the national identity--on public opinion.
"If the contestation is approved, there will be no vacuum and the elections will be held in 60 days," Aoun told reporters following a meeting for his bloc in Rabieh.
Le 16 mars 1961, sans attendre l'issue de la contestation de son election, sentant peut-etre que son mandat de depute est en danger, Chartrand presente sa demission.
After disclosing that the SPYL is being used "to fight anyone's battle" in the party's presidential succession race (something he is unhappy about), Ngurare pontificates about his preferences: "We want to fight party battles, not individual battles." But what really reveals that he is no longer what he used to be is the following: "Democracy requires that there is a contest, but once the contestation is over, all we want is for everyone to rally behind whoever is successful in the interest of Namibia and its people.
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A rappeler que le gouverneur de Siliana avait fait l'objet de vives contestations notamment en ce qui concerne un lien de parente avec l'ancien Chef du gouvernement, Hamadi Jebali.
It is this complexity and tension that Roxana Waterson and Kwok Kian-Woon attempt to address in their edited volume Contestations of Memory in Southeast Asia.
n Contestations registered against traffic violations, 767 contestations in 2008, these increased to 1,003 contestations in 2009.
Summary: Newly elected Leba nese MPs facing election challenges will likely keep their posts in Parliament as the Constitutional Council is likely to turn down all vote complaints.AaAs-Safir newspaper, citing well-informed sources from the Constitutional Council, said Tuesday decisions concerning contestations will be announced Wednesday or Thursday.