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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

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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Des milliers de Russes manifestent depuis pres d'une semaine pour contester les resultats des legislatives.
Ils seront legion les concurrents susceptibles de venir lui contester la victoire finale, a commencer par le top weight Draa Erih Mansour un coursier a la longue experience et qui aura l'avantage de s'etre place a plusieurs reprises sur des distances similaires a celle du jour et dont sa participation a l'arrivee ne trouvera rien a redire, ainsi que la vaillante coursiere, Nassima, qui, malgre son assez longue absence des pistes, concerve des chances serieuses pour venir jouer les premiers roles en compagnie de l'excellente coursiere de 6 ans, Rive de Sersou, qui reprend du service apres une longue absence des pistes mais qui ne devrait pas sur le parcours du jour rencontrer de grandes difficultes pour venir acceder en bon rang a l'arrivee.
This demand was made by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader - Faisal Wadia - who was flanked by his partys contester for NA-246 by-election Imran Ismail, the party Sindh Chief Nadir Akmal Leghari, Dawa Khan Sabir and others.
Professor Abdul Rab Rasul had obtained 119 votes while his contester Muhammad Younis Qanuni got 116 votes.
Fabio Quagliarella et Alessandro Del Piero ont donne, en un peu plus d'une heure, un avantage aux Turinois que les Milanais n'ont jamais ete en mesure de contester, meme si Ibrahimovic a donne l'espoir a huit minutes de la fin du temps reglementaire.
Des eleveurs et des collecteurs de lait cru ont observe hier un rassemblement devant le siege de la laiterie de Draa Ben Khedda pour contester la suspension de l'achat de leur produit par cette unite, a-t-on appris sur place.
1 mondial, son compatriote Phil Mickelson, qui aurait pu la lui contester, ne terminant qu'a la 12e place ex aequo.
MAZAR SHARIF, August 04, 2010 (Frontier Star): A guard of a Wolasi Jirga candidate was injured when the parliamentary elections contester came under attack in Balkh province, official said Wednesday.
Le president de l'Assemblee des representants du peuple (ARP) a dit avoir recu mercredi de l'Instance provisoire de controle de la constitutionnalite des projets de loi (IPCCPL) une notification de demande de recours collectif lancee par un groupe de deputes pour contester la constitutionnalite de loi organique nA2017-27 amendant et completant la loi portant creation du Conseil superieur de la magistrature (CSM).
Il est devenu difficile de contester a l'Algerie sa place centrale dans la lutte contre le terrorisme et le maintien de la stabilite et des equilibres de la sous-region.
Tres solide, Murray a nettement domine le match, Nadal ne paraissant jamais en mesure de lui contester la victoire.
Le depute Aymen Aloui (Front populaire) a declare, mardi 28 mars 2017, que 34 signatures des differents groupes parlementaires ont ete collectees pour contester l'adoption du projet de loi amendant et completant la loi relative au Conseil superieur de la magistrature (CSM).
Le judo, la boxe et l'athletisme se sont ensuite joints aux clubs des sports collectifs pour contester l'article 6 du decret executif 15-74, publie au Journal officiel.
Manchester City a jusqu'a jeudi pour accepter ou contester l'accusation.
Azzouz, qui, lui aussi, reste sur une tres belle victoire, dans des conditions similaires a celle du jour et qui mettra a profit son depart a egalite de poteaux pour tenter de lui contester la plus haute marche du podium, cependant, la partie n'est pas pour autant gagnee car des coursiers comme Serena des Charmes, qui reste sur une longue serie de tres bons resultats et qui bien placee a la limite du second poteau, peut leur ravir la vedette et personne ne trouvera a redire, ainsi que la vaillante coursiere de 8 ans, Uma, de l'ecurie Fd.