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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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During the contest period, the observed transaction prices of a contested firm's stock represent a portfolio of the underlying stock, PI, and a call option, C.
All three non-parametric test results suggest that the transaction price of a contested firm' s stock represents a portfolio containing the underlying stock and a call option on the firm's management.
Thus it appears that the proxy contested group exhibits risk differences not observed in the reference group.
The previous section presented evidence consistent with the hypothesis that, during the contest period, the stock of a contested finn is actually a portfolio of a stock and a call option.
Note in Table 4 that, on average, contested firm shareholders are given a call option valued at $1.364 or 8.76% of the underlying stock price and on average, the underlying stock price is 3.36% below the observed market price.
Table 5 displays information on the estimated beta and variance of the contested firms' underlying stock returns during the contest period.
In this case, the CAPM predicts an upward shift in the expected returns during the contest period for the common stock of the contested firm.
During the contest period, a contested firm's shareholders hold an option similar to a call option on the firm's management.
These findings indicate that proxy fights, on average, provide contested firm's shareholders with a valuable call option but in most cases a decline in wealth may actually occur.
The rules provide an exception if the contested liability requires a payment to another person and arises under a workers' compensation act or under any tort.
The DSF provisions do not apply with respect to any liability of the taxpayer arising under any workers' compensation act or a contested liability under Sec.
The contested liabilities rules are complex and the interpretations of what constitutes a transfer of money or other property to provide for the satisfaction of an asserted liability are strict.