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you could hear the grass grow(ing)

It is so still or quiet that one would be able to hear even the tiniest, imperceptible sounds. I reckon you could hear the grass growing in the awkward silence that followed that dreadful performance.
See also: could, grass, hear

*sure as God made little green apples

 and *sure as eggs is eggs; *sure as fate; *sure as I'm stand-ing here; *sure as you live
Rur. absolutely certain. (*Also: as ~.) I'm as sure as God made little green apples that he's the one. I'm right, as sure as you live!
See also: apple, god, green, little, made, sure


and F-ing
mod. fucking. (Usually objectionable.) What an effing stupid idea! Who is that F-ing idiot.


See effing

effing around

and F-ing around
in. fucking around; messing around. (see also fuck around. Usually objectionable.) They were F-ing around with the switch and turned it on accidentally.
See also: around, effing

F-ing around

See also: around
References in classic literature ?
From this little distance the many fires, with the black forms of men pass- ing to and fro before the crimson rays, made weird and satanic effects.
I don't mind marching, if there's going to be fight- ing at the end of it.
The red floats of her paddle-wheels revolv ing with mad rapidity tore up the whole reach into foam.
To a young man fairly conscientious and as well-mean ing as only the young man can be, the current ill usage of life comes with a peculiar cruelty.
I was on the point of saying this, but Schomberg's stare was intimidat ing.
I screamed aloud, and scalded, half blinded, agonised, I staggered through the leaping, hiss- ing water towards the shore.
I have a dim memory of the foot of a Martian coming down within a score of yards of my head, driving straight into the loose gravel, whirling it this way and that and lifting again; of a long suspense, and then of the four carry- ing the debris of their comrade between them, now clear and then presently faint through a veil of smoke, receding interminably, as it seemed to me, across a vast space of river and meadow.
But when that be- ing, parting with his black hands the long matted locks that hung before his face, as you part the two halves of a curtain, looked out at him with glisten- ing, wild, black-and-white eyes, the weirdness of this silent encounter fairly staggered him.
He had done his duty to the community by shutting up a wander- ing and probably dangerous maniac.
Stand- ing outside the gate, the man leaned over and kissed the woman.
He's writ- ing a story, and he wants to be in love.
While we laid off after breakfast to sleep up, both of us being about wore out, I got to thinking that if I could fix up some way to keep pap and the widow from trying to follow me, it would be a certainer thing than trust- ing to luck to get far enough off before they missed me; you see, all kinds of things might happen.
Dares to hold such language," said Tom, prompt- ing -- for they talked "by the book," from memory.
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ING US said it will also repurchase from ING Group 7,255,853 shares of its common stock pursuant to the terms of a share repurchase agreement with ING Group.