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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When it comes to kinship, the X3, which BMW calls a sports activity vehicle, is a kissing cousin of the old-style station wagon.
Vanity and paranoia mocked: Brad Pitt (right) and George Clooney in the Coen brothers' icily brilliant response to the war on terror, a kissing cousin to the Cold War's Dr Strangelove.
Bile green with black, bile green with white, bile green with nile green, its kissing cousin.
Extremely pleasurable to drink, zinfandel is a kissing cousin to Italy's primitivo.
Unfortunately, his kissing cousin has always had a keen interest in money and is just a little bit too excited by all they have made.
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But like kissing cousin Jack Johnson, Jorge isn't afraid of being topical - one song here decries the prevalence of silicone breast implants, another the harsh realities of the slum poverty seen in ``City of God.
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?
And in Los Angeles, young painters such as Ingrid Callame, Monique Prieto and, especially, Laura Owens - whose forty-foot-long, untitled, site-specific painting in Chicago last fall was a kissing cousin to My Aunt and I Agree - appear to have taken Hume's example as their own point of departure toward the mongrel realm of the semi-abstract.
Something of a kissing cousin to Rifkin's essay can be found in the May/June Sierra (as in the club), which features a roundtable on race, justice and the environment.
Vanity and paranoia mocked: George Clooney (above) in the Coen brothers' icily brilliant response to the War On Terror, a sour kissing cousin of Kubrick's Cold War comedy Dr Strangelove.
Cecil got it right with Shavian and Dr Fong, who both overturned runners with Classic form in the 1990s, as did Chimes Of Freedom and Kissing Cousin in the fillies' equivalent Coronation Stakes.
Indeed, what my adolescent friends and I failed to recognize was that we were living in Utopia, or at least its kissing cousin - a voluntary association that benefited those who participated.
There's cousin Carrie (Sally Grey), champing to become a kissing cousin and, in classic Cookson tradition, the Unattainable Upper Class Gals at the Big House, the sisters Thorman.