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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!
See also: information, nugget, of

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.
See also: information, worm

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 started telling me about his toenail fungus. Talk about too much information!
See also: information, much

for your information

So you know or are aware of something. The phrase is often said with irritation and is commonly abbreviated as "FYI." For your information, I was here at 7 AM, I just didn't see you.
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information, please

A phrase used in the now-outdated method of requesting the information operator's assistance over the phone, as when seeking a particular phone number. Information, please. Yes, hi, I need the phone number for Dr. Karen Brown in Bridgeport.
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gold mine of information

Something that yields a lot of valuable or useful information. I've never met any of these relatives before, so your photo albums will be a gold mine of 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.
See also: gold, information, mine, of

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.
See also: information, mine, of


see under gold mine.

for your inforˈmation

1 (abbr. FYI) written on documents that are sent to somebody who needs to know the information in them but does not need to deal with them
2 (informal) used to tell somebody that they are wrong about something: For your information, I don’t even have a car.
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a mine of inforˈmation (about/on somebody/something)

a person, book, etc. that can give you a lot of information on a particular subject: My grandmother was a mine of information on the family’s history.People criticize television, but for children it’s a mine of information.
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Heads up!

exclam. Look out! Heads up! Watch out for the swinging bucket!
See also: Head

mine of information, a

A good source of data. The term is sometimes used ironically: Our family privately used to describe a particular history teacher as a gold mine of misinformation (based on our children’s quotations of her dicta). The word mine has been used figuratively to mean an abundant supply since the sixteenth century. The OED quotes a 1905 issue of Athenaeum: “Her book is a mine of valuable information.”
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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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Since this course was ripe with possibilities to blend information literacy skill development with research on teaching reading and writing skills, we decided to work together to help these students acquire the information literacy skills necessary to develop their access to and understanding of research, and simultaneously to commence an action research study of this process and its outcomes.
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