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nugget of information

A particular or singular thing that someone has written or said which is especially informative, interesting, useful, etc. Can also be used sarcastically to imply that what is said is banal, useless, or uninformative. Amidst the rather rambling speech delivered by the prime minister, there was one little nugget of information that voters would do well to keep in mind. This book is a fascinating read, and it's filled with nuggets of information about the war. Thanks for that nugget of information, Jeff. I'm sure sunbathing tips will really come in handy in Iceland!
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worm information

To get someone (sometimes with a touch of trickery) to reveal details that likely would not have been volunteered. Usually followed by "out of," as in "worm information out of." Bill was keeping quiet about his break-up, but I knew I could worm information out of him if I tried hard enough. Kira worms information about upcoming tests out of her teachers by complimenting them and straightening up their classrooms.
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mine of information

Someone or something that contains a lot of knowledge about a particular topic. You should ask Amanda for advice about your cake recipe—she's a mine of information about baking.
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too much information

What was said is the type of information that should be kept private. A: "Your father and I used to do a lot of necking there." B: "Geez, Mom, too much information!" Then he se started telling me about his toenail fungus. Talk about too much information!
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for your information

a phrase that introduces or follows a piece of information. (Can be spoken with considerable impatience.) Mary: What is this one? Sue: For your information, it is exactly the same as the one you just asked about. Bob: How long do I have to wait here? Bill: For your information, we will be here until the bus driver feels that it is safe to travel.
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(a) gold mine of information

Fig. someone or something that is full of information. Grandfather is a gold mine of information about World War I. The new encyclopedia is a positive gold mine of useful information.
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Heads up!

Raise your head and look around you carefully for information or something that you need to see or avoid. Heads up! Watch out for that door! Heads up! There is a car coming.
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inside information

information known only by those most involved with the issue; secret information relating to an organization. I have some inside information about the Smith Company.
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mine of information

Fig. someone or something that is full of information. Grandfather is a mine of information about World War II. The new search engine is a positive mine of useful information.
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see under gold mine.

Heads up!

exclam. Look out! Heads up! Watch out for the swinging bucket!
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Information, please

During the Dark Ages before computerized directory assistance, callers who didn't know a phone number dialed the operator and asked to be connected to “information.” The information operator would then supply the number, and at no charge. “Information” with “please” added in a more polite era, was adopted as the title of a very popular radio quiz show in which a panel of experts tried to answer questions submitted by listeners. The phrase then became widely used as a preamble to any sort of question. The radio program was satirized by another quiz show whose title “It Pays to Be Ignorant” also became a brief fad in everyday speech.
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References in classic literature ?
He was amazed at the information the latter contained.
The substance of the information which I thus obtained was as follows:--
Clements discovered that one of their fellow-passengers was well acquainted with the neighbourhood of Blackwater, and could give her all the information she needed on the subject of localities.
The only information to be obtained from the people of the house was derived from the servant who waited on the lodgers.
We restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you to [provide an appropriate description, such as "those employees who need to know that information to provide products or services to you"].
13 do not apply if you disclose nonpublic personal information as necessary to effect, administer, or enforce a transaction that a consumer requests or authorizes, or in connection with:
In contrast, "innocent" eavesdroppers may be free of insider trading liability if they have no fiduciary duty to the relevant company and accidentally overhear material, nonpublic information about it.
As authors of this account, we recognize that it isn't unusual to create partnerships between librarians and teaching faculty to infuse information literacy skills more effectively into the curriculum.
Negroponte and Dresang purport that the impact of the microchip extends beyond direct contact with digital media to influence how one gives, receives, and creates information.
These operations resonate across the global information grid undetected or masked.
The federal agencies implementing Gramm- Leach-Bliley believe that any information obtained by a financial institution in connection with providing a financial product or service is protected, even if the information is not typically considered to be financial in nature.
482 and the sham-transaction doctrine), P's exam team sought guidance from Counsel as to the circumstances under which it could obtain and use tax information from other Service sources about the unrelated entities, including audits of those entities.
Sega calls DTIC the "DoD technical information broker" that will play a vital role in DDR & E's mission.
Information is important but, ironically, in most organizations, particularly where the influence of information professionals is circumscribed, information is often mismanaged, misunderstood,
It is still expected to manage the constant increase in the volume of information, digitize and bring online new sources of information, and apply new ways of using this information for competitive differentiation.
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