kissing cousin


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kissing cousin

1. Any cousin who is not a first cousin. Brad and Tom look a lot alike, but they are not that closely related—they're kissing cousins.
2. A friend or relative who is close enough to be greeted with a kiss. Lisa and Kelly have been such close friends for so long that they're kissing cousins.
See also: cousin, kiss

kissing cousins

relatives who know one another well enough to kiss when they meet. Joe and I are kissing cousins, though we ain't seen one another since we was kids. Technically, we're second cousins once removed, but I just say we're kissing cousins.
See also: cousin, kiss

kissing cousins

Two or more things that are closely akin or very similar. For example, They may be made by different manufacturers, but these two cars are kissing cousins. This metaphoric term alludes to a distant relative who is well known enough to be greeted with a kiss. [c. 1930]
See also: cousin, kiss
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"Journalism is a kissing cousin to the arts, and so I don't feel reluctant to suggest that you get some different voices in the arts debate.
EMMERDALE Cain, pictured, has already alienated Debbie and Moira and now he may be about to lose his one-time kissing cousin Charity too when she arrives to talk some sense into him - and he makes a pass at her.
In the latest update from unnamed sources toReuters, it appears that a below-value all-cash bid for Viacom presented to the company by kissing cousin CBS Corp.
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Is he siding with his kissing cousin over his wife, or is he preoccupied with problems of his own?
When it comes to kinship, the X3, which BMW calls a sports activity vehicle, is a kissing cousin of the old-style station wagon.
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Behind all the rhetorical malarkey about the free market and its cultural kissing cousin, America's radical individualism, is a blunt refusal to respond to that difficult, dogged question asked by a guy named Cain, lo these many years ago: "Am I my brother's keeper?"