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curb appeal

The external attractiveness of a building or property, such as can be viewed from the street (i.e., the curb). We were suckered into buying the house because of its incredible curb appeal, but once we moved in, we realized just how run-down it was inside.
See also: appeal, curb

kick (someone or something) to the curb

To discard, abandon, or dismiss someone or something that has become redundant, obsolete, useless, or unwanted. I can't believe that after 20 years of hard work the company would just kick me to the curb like that! I think it's about time we kick this old computer to the curb. I heard Jenny kicked her boyfriend to the curb last night. They must have had an awful fight!
See also: curb, kick

be kicked to the curb

To be discarded, abandoned, or dismissed (as from employment) due to being unwanted, obsolete, or redundant. I can't believe that I was kicked to the curb after 20 years of hard work for that company! I think it's about time this old computer was kicked to the curb. I heard Jenny's new boyfriend has already been kicked to the curb. Easy come, easy go!
See also: curb, kick

get kicked to the curb

To be discarded, abandoned, or dismissed (as from employment) due to being unwanted, obsolete, or redundant. I can't believe that I got kicked to the curb after 20 years of hard work for that company! I think it's about time for this old computer to get kicked to the curb. I heard Jenny's new boyfriend has already gotten kicked to the curb. Easy come, easy go!
See also: curb, get, kick

curb-crawler

A person who drives around looking to solicit prostitutes. Primarily heard in US. Don't go into that neighborhood after dark—it's known for prostitutes and curb-crawlers.

shot to the curb

mod. without money or a place to live; living in the gutter; down and out. (Alluding to being on the streets.) I’m totally out of bills, man. Shot to the curb.
See also: curb, shot

step off the curb

in. to die. (Alludes to stepping out in front of a vehicle that causes one’s death.) Ralph almost stepped off the curb during his operation.
See also: curb, off, step
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RMK also relies on prospective residents to appraise curb appeal by asking them to fill out a survey card that is attached to each guest card.
Although the curbs are durable, they are lighter than concrete
Economy minister Takeo Hiranuma will also seek understanding from ruling party lawmakers calling for the adoption of full curbs, Hirose said.
In April, Japan slapped an import curb on stone leeks and two other agricultural products from China.
The Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association has filed a similar lawsuit against the city of New York, alleging failure to have in place a Transition Plan which includes a schedule for providing curb ramps, and failure to install curb ramps during street resurfacing and alteration projects.
1 -- color) Nick Schwartz, 5, and Michael Brogin, 18, play basketball by the curb in apparent violation of a 1936 city ordinance.
The curb involves stone leeks, shiitake mushrooms and rushes used in tatami mats.
The proposal to seek the curb under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules was endorsed at a plenary meeting in Tokyo of representatives of the regional member groups of the Japan Association of the Necktie Industry, based in Kyoto, officials of the association said.
From Delaware to Detroit and from Chicago to Oakland, dozens of cities are facing, or have settled, lawsuits for failure to provide or properly maintain curb cuts that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
Another benefit of whole fruit compared to juice is the fiber content, which Applegate notes is key to weight loss because it curbs appetite.
GLENDALE - The city has appealed a federal court ruling that struck down a law barring day laborers from soliciting work from curbs, officials said Thursday.
Homeowners living in an unincorporated pocket of Newbury Park have begged Ventura County for months to fix sidewalks and curbs buckled and cracked by a hearty root system beneath parkway trees.
If the settlement money is going to curb cuts and sidewalk repairs, then simple, yet impressing, tobacco prevention messages should be imbedded in the sidewalks and curbs.
The largest ballot proposal was for a $700 million special tax on property to finance sidewalk repairs and to make sidewalks accessible from the street for those disabled from climbing curbs.
This week the Department of Public Works has offered to drill 3-inch borings in curbs that front homes where residents have installed a perforated drainage pipe.