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collector's item

An item that is especially noteworthy for its value, rarity, and/or history and would thus be prized by someone who collects such things. We went through my grandfather's attic and came upon a number of different collector's items, from rare toys to vintage rifles.
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be an item

To be a romantic couple. I thought Luke and Andrea broke up—is it true that they're an item again?
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collector's item

An object of great interest, value, or rarity, as in This necklace is a collector's item. Originating in the early 1900s as collector's piece, a usage still common in Britain, the term in its present form is occasionally transferred to persons as well, as in The Beach Boys became a collector's item on the tour. [c. 1930]
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be an item

If two people are an item, they are having a romantic or sexual relationship. She and Gino were an item.
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be an item

(of a couple) be involved in an established romantic or sexual relationship. informal
1997 Independent ‘It is fair to say they are an item but they are not engaged,’ said one of Mr Brown's closest confidantes.
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be an ˈitem

(informal) be involved in a romantic or sexual relationship: Are they an item?
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hot item

1. n. an item that sells well. This little thing is a hot item this season.
2. n. a romantically serious couple. Sam and Mary are quite a hot item lately.
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big-ticket item, a

An expensive purchase; a large outlay. Ticket refers either to the price tag or to the banking term meaning a preliminary record of a transaction before it is posted in a permanent book of account. The term originated in the United States about 1940 and is a borderline cliché.
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New Law: No deduction is allowed for a charitable donation of clothing or household items unless they are in good used condition or better.
The number of items on DSCR's SSA long-term contracts has substantially increased over the last few years.
Any method that does allocate costs to specific inventory items may be compared to any other permissible method that allocates costs to specific inventory items to determine reasonableness (this is hardly ever the case).
An exploratory factor analysis was conducted to examine the dimensionality and subscale structure of the 35 items.
For years, the group used multiple $2,500 micro-purchases to procure printed wiring boards (PWB), as well as a myriad of other classes of items.
The final item was "In addition to their coursework in order to practice independently a psychologist must undergo personal psychotherapy.
Understanding one's client base, she says, is key to making promotional items an essential part of a marketing strategy.
I hate them, I consider myself a garbage collector," Pilgrim says about the items the museum displays, "but it's still important to know about the Jim Crow period.
The same criteria used in the original study were applied to retain items and to determine factor consistency; that is, factor loading of .
TEI believes that this new language injects a significant new issue in determining whether a taxpayer must seek the consent of the Commissioner to change the treatment of an affected item.
For example, the first item on the original scale simply requests a "yes" or "no" response to the question, "Were the time and place of the appointments convenient for you?
For example, when a computer has been reported stolen, it is reasonable to expect that the owner can provide a detailed description of the stolen item.
Since each item recalled generates associations to other information in memory storage, which in turn interfere with further recall, Crowder speculates that cognitive triage may be an "unconscious, adaptive strategy" for getting weakly remembered items to surface first.