dumbbell

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dumbbell

slang Someone who is stupid and/or clumsy. Can you believe that dumbbell is still pushing the door marked "pull"? Of course he broke the vase—that guy is such a dumbbell.

dumbbell

n. a stupid oaf. (Also a rude term of address.) I’m afraid I come on like a dumbbell sometimes.
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"A private room and the dumb-bells!" cried Geoffrey.
"Pen, ink, and paper!" he roared, when he could use the dumb-bells no longer.
These mysterious articles were followed, however, by others which were more within their, range of comprehension--by a pair of dumb-bells, a purple cricket-bag, a set of golf clubs, and a tennis racket.
Every Christmas Day he presented himself, as a profound novelty, with exactly the same words, and carrying the two bottles like dumb-bells. Every Christmas Day, Mrs.
"Good my lord, in acrobatic feats, in practice with the dumb-bells, in balancing and ground and lofty tumbling are we versed--and sith your highness asketh me, I venture here to publish that in the truly marvelous and entertaining Zampillaerostation--"
English grammar, composition, geography, and the use of the dumb-bells, by Miss Melissa Wackles; writing, arthmetic, dancing, music, and general fascination, by Miss Sophia Wackles; the art of needle-work, marking, and samplery, by Miss Jane Wackles; corporal punishment, fasting, and other tortures and terrors, by Mrs Wackles.
That done, he takes a turn at the dumb-bells, and afterwards weighing himself and opining that he is getting "too fleshy," engages with great gravity in solitary broadsword practice.
After listening to her insinuations about his physical soundness, Cutter would resume his dumb-bell practice for a month, or rise daily at the hour when his wife most liked to sleep, dress noisily, and drive out to the track with his trotting-horse.
West Ham footballers, including England legend Bobby Moore, used dumb-bells as part of their training programme as early as 1959 and weights became a staple in the first commercial gyms of the 1960s ...
For your arms, dumb-bells will work--and they don't have to be heavy.
She points out to me how so many women in the gym lift 2kg dumb-bells for squats or are running for an hour on the treadmill - a complete waste of time she says under her breath.
| An extract from the March 11, 1897, edition of Athletic Notes, issue 9673, stated: "Mr E Lawrence Levy, of the Birmingham Athletic Club, English and International Weight-lifting champion, 1896, assisted at the gymnastic display of the Northampton Amateur Athletic and Gymastic Society in the Corn Exchange on a recent occasion, and in the course of an exhibition with heavy dumb-bells performed the unique feat of holding out at right angles to the body two dumb-bells-viz,.
But Keith Duffy can put down the dumb-bells as his gym owner character on the show has been given the chop.
Next up was the arm test, which involved grabbing two 10kg dumb-bells, holding them at shoulder height while sitting and pressing them above your head one after the other.
As this parade vanished from view, I saw spinster sisters spread chunky marmalade on hunks of hot brown toast, while they sniped at each other over the teapot; widows on the romp; the spindly curate of the slums with his agile Adam's apple, lifting dumb-bells to impress spotty delinquents; the sad general behind the mustard jar, stalking Napoleon with his tin soldiers; skint Romeos in provincial hotels, evangelists and witches, spivs in mirrors, astronauts with bus passes, toothy philatelists, growers of giant marrows, picklers, seedcake bakers and astronomers in pyjamas.