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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

1. slang Discarded, abandoned, or dismissed. Nearly 200 employees were shot to the curb as the company tried to compensate for another year of low sales. When I found out my friends had been lots of things without me, it just felt like I had been shot to the curb.
2. slang Rendered broken, ruined, or inoperable. My nerves have been completely shot to the curb since the car accident. Our plans were shot to the curb when the boss announced that the budget was being cut in half.
See also: curb, shot

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
Katsusada Hirose, vice minister of economy, trade and industry, told reporters Monday that the ministry will begin talks with the farm ministry and other parties concerned in a bid to avoid the implementation of full import curbs.
The ministry will decide whether to impose the import curb by the Oct.
The second part of this provision requires cities to consider curb modifications as part of road alteration or construction projects.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recommends the installation of curb ramps as an action that may be readily achievable under Title III of ADA.
In February 2017, the Governors Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, coordinated with Curbs Plus to announce plans to expand its operations into Pennsylvania and create 26 new manufacturing jobs over three years.
Against the backdrop, it calls for invoking import curbs when the affected domestic industry is expected to adjust its structure or recover its competitiveness during the invocation period.
But an official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said, ''It is hard to curb the imports unless the overall necktie imports from various countries show a steep surge under the WTO rules'' related to the imposition of such import curbs.
A senior official of the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday called for prudence in adopting emergency import curbs.
While saying he is not in a position to make a judgment on individual decisions, Evans said the Japanese government ought to consider ''the overall context'' before applying import curbs.
ISLAMABAD, November 02, 2009 (Balochistan Times): The Capital Development Authority (CDA) often does not erect necessary curb ramps to ensure that people with disabilities can move throughout the city in a safe and convenient manner.
This study documents that lead weights, which are used to balance motor vehicle wheels, are lost and deposited in urban streets, that they accumulate along the outer curb, and that they are rapidly abraded and ground into tiny pieces by vehicle traffic.