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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

INFORMAL
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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Controlled items under the MTCR are included in the munitions list and are subject to the same scrutiny as other defense articles.
Upgrading your asset management system and using the Latest technology to tag and identify items can make it possible to do a far better job with the Limited people and time that you have available.
In stating that a change in character of an item may constitute a change in method of accounting, the IRS has ignored a substantial body of case law to the contrary.
Nine items were written for each dimension, that were reviewed by experts and reduced to 31 items, which then comprised the original version of the CSQ.
A warrant may not validly authorize the seizure of items for which probable cause to search has not been established.
On each subsequent memory trial in all the experiments, children first recalled several "weak" items -- those remembered least often in previous trials -- followed by "strong" items most often recalled in earlier tests, and finally some more weak items.
All bidders need to do is win their item and know the group or organization they want to donate it to.
The spouse did not receive a significant benefit, even though she had a joint interest in an account into which her husband had deposited funds from his unreported sports memorabilia sales, as she only used the account to buy groceries and other items for normal family support.
Analysis of correlation matrix involving items from the original Beliefs Scales yielded 14 components with eigenvalues > 1, and the scree plot indicated at least six components.
Unique Item Identification and Valuation (DFARS Case 2003-D081)
Items of lesser value will be used for the traditional garage sale, or be used as a tax-deductible donation to a charity.
Item 10: hose end, male; NSN 4730-01-446-9975; PN 118256021
Other expense/deduction items with no differences are reported on Line 37 (in columns (A) and (D) only).
More frequent testing and inspections are required for supply items that have entered their service life.
When looking for items to sell at an auction think more along the line of documents.