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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


1. To overdose on drugs. I think she OD'ed—call an ambulance! I've taken so much cough syrup in the past few days that I feel like I'm gonna OD on it.
2. By extension, to consume or do something to an excessive degree. Candy, cupcakes, and ice cream? The kids are going to OD on sugar! I think I OD'ed on video games this weekend. I need a break.

ex out

To draw an ex (X) or series of exes over some written word or name so as to designate its removal or need to be disregarded. A noun or pronoun can be used between "ex" and "out." A: "Why is Amy's name exed out?" B: "Because she's not coming on the field trip anymore." Just ex out all of the words that you feel need to be deleted in the next draft.
See also: ex, out

X out

To draw an ex (X) or series of exes over some written word or name so as to designate its removal or need to be disregarded. A noun or pronoun can be used between "X" and "out." A: "Why is Amy's name Xed out?" B: "Because she's not coming on the field trip anymore." Just X out all of the words that you feel need to be deleted in the next draft.
See also: out


1. noun An initialism of "toilet paper." If you're going to the store later, we're running low on TP. He walked out of the bathroom with TP stuck to his heel.
2. verb To cover something with toilet paper, especially by throwing rolls over the top of it. Every Halloween some punk kids go around TP'ing people's houses. Someone TP'd the statue in the middle of town.

effing around

rude slang Engaging in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting; fooling around. "Eff" is a euphemism for "fuck." I can't believe we spent the whole day just effing around online.
See also: around, effing


euphemism Fucking. Based on a spelling of the letter "F," which is used to abbreviate "fuck." I don't want to scream at you in front of the kids, so you better get out of this effing house right now. Quit effing around, you two!

*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

X someone or something out

to mark out something printed or in writing, with Xs. Sally X'd the incorrect information out. Sally X'd out the incorrect information. You should X Tom out. He's not coming. Please X out this line of print.
See also: out

x out

1. To make X-shaped marks on something to indicate that it should be deleted, canceled, or ignored: The editor will x out any offensive lines in your letter before publishing it. I wrote my number on the sheet and then, thinking again, I x'ed it out.
2. To remove someone or something from a list or record: Many details of the Spanish civil war have been x'ed out of the history books to make room for more recent events. My name should be on the admissions list unless they have decided to x me out.
See also: out


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


1. n. an overdose of a drug. (Initialism. Drugs.) If you take an OD and no one is around, you may end up dead.
2. in. to purposely or accidentally give oneself a fatal dose of drugs. (Drugs.) I knew he would OD someday.
3. in. to die from an overdose of drugs. (Drugs.) Two kids at my school ODed last weekend.
4. n. a person who has taken an overdose of drugs. (Hospitals.) How many ODs did you get in here last weekend?


and teepee
1. n. toilet paper. (The abbreviation is an initialism.) Don’t forget to get teepee at the store.
2. tv. to festoon the trees and shrubbery of a residential yard with toilet paper. (A teenage prank.) All the swimmers’ houses get teepeed the night before a meet.

go(ing) to the dogs

To be ruined. This expression, which has meant to come to a bad end since the seventeenth century, assumes that dogs are inferior creatures, as so many other sayings do (a dog’s life, die like a dog, sick as a dog, and so on). It was already a cliché by the time Shaw wrote, “The country is going to the dogs” (Augustus Does His Bit, 1917).
See also: dog

go(ing) to town

To do something successfully and/or with great enthusiasm. A nineteenth-century Americanism, this expression probably originally alluded to the special treat of a trip to town for rural folks. “Chocolate creams are one of the things I am fondest of. I was feeling low and I went to town,” said a character in Erle Stanley Gardner’s The Case of the Silent Partner, indicating he had eaten a great many of them.
See also: town

hold(ing) the bag, to/be left

Abandoned by others, left in the lurch to carry the responsibility or blame. The implication in this expression, used since the eighteenth century, is that one is left holding an empty bag while others have made off with the presumably valuable contents. The phrase has often been used in international relations—for example, by Thomas Jefferson (“She will leave Spain the bag to hold,” Writings, 1793), and on the eve of America’s entrance into World War II, by Clare Boothe (Luce) in Europe in the Spring (1940): “When bigger and better bags are made, America will hold them.”
See also: left
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. "He's a vegetarian, perhaps," I murmured instead.
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.
They would arrive on market days driv- ing in a peasant's cart, and would set up an office in an inn or some other Jew's house.
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.
Blush- ing with pleasure, she stepped forward, closing the door softly.
Stand- ing outside the gate, the man leaned over and kissed the woman.
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.
I heard people talking at the ferry land- ing. I heard what they said, too -- every word of it.
"Dares to hold such language," said Tom, prompt- ing -- for they talked "by the book," from memory.