kissing cousins


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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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KISSING COUSINS It's no secret that humans interbreed too.
Looking back from the rise of modern science, which introduced a new method for establishing truth (to which Rummel alludes in her concluding sentence), it appears that the debate between scholastics and humanists is one between siblings or at least kissing cousins. Kristeller, indeed, has said the two were more like departments in a university fighting over the allocation of resources than they were fundamentally opposed philosophies.
Aren't midwifery and labor support really kissing cousins? With midwifery being primary care for birthing women and labor support being emotional, physical, and educational support for those same women?
Nolan's dramatis personae are the street-wise, sharp-talking denizens of Times Square and Hollywood who are kissing cousins to Damon Runyon's guys and dolls; indeed, the author is so enamored of the type that he is frequently sidetracked by sketches of the mean and mighty like Billy Rose, Florenz Ziegfeld, Louis Mayer and George M.
Longer than their kissing cousins in the Star, Enquirer or Globe but every bit as bug-eyed about sex and power, the malice of these stories is equal to their gullibility--or their assumption of ours.
The old and the new often are kissing cousins in the winegrowing business.
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I know my friend was also batting for stuff he's partial too, like the PBA and the NBA, because as topics, the kissing cousins are not a wash at all.
The kissing cousins decide to leave together but while driving away, Lauren loses control of the car.
The Brannings should also be concerned about Joey and Lauren, who become kissing cousins when they give in to their feelings.
Maybe the Brannings should be keeping a closer eye on Lauren and Joey, who look certain to become kissing cousins very shortly indeed.
KISSING COUSINS: It's Kate and William with a new twist - Broughton Hall school pupil Kate Costello, 15, pictured with a cardboard cut-out of Prince William, which was on show at the West Derby's school's garden party to celebrate the Royal Wedding Pictures: GARETH JONES
Charity and Cain were more than kissing cousins and had Debbie together.
Should we be concerned that, as the Times review quoted above suggests, "buying and selling" and "lying and cheating" are often seen as kissing cousins, if not actually married?
Here would seem to be a strategy that will stabilize the relation between words and meaning by making them kissing cousins, each tied independently to a common point of material reference.