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an Aladdin's lamp
A magical object that allows its owner to make wishes and have them granted. (In The Arabian Nights, Aladdin finds a magic lamp in a cave.) The kids think that old ring they found in the attic is an Aladdin's lamp, but it's really just a piece of junk. I'm always awed by my daughter's imagination. Every boring household object has the potential to be a magical Aladdin's lamp to her. Did you have to tell the kids that that beat-up radio is an Aladdin's lamp? It doesn't even work, but now, they won't let me throw it out!
between you, (and) me, and the lamppost
In complete confidence between the speaker and the listener, as of a forthcoming secret or rumor. Now, this is between you, me, and the lamppost, but I'm thinking about filing for divorce. Between you and me and the lamppost, I hear that they're going to lay off half the staff by the end of the week.
dated slang One's eyes. It seemed like the fire went out of his lamps months ago—I hope everything's all right. The poor girl was so tired she could barely keep her lamps open.
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smell of the lamp
To show the signs of arduous, overwrought effort, and to lack freshness or vitality as a result. (Said especially of academic or literary work.) His thesis is meticulously crafted, but the paragraphs are so dry and calculated, and the paper lacks any flourish or style. As a whole, it rather smells of the lamp to me.
the smell of the lamp
Signs of arduous, overwrought effort, with an absence of freshness or vitality as a result. (Said especially of academic or literary work.) His thesis is meticulously crafted, but the paragraphs are so dry and calculated, and the paper lacks any flourish or style. As a whole, it has the smell of the lamp about it.
two lamps burning and no ship at sea
Said of someone who squanders money on lavish things. Oil lamps were, at one time, quite expensive, and a wealthy person who could afford such an expense would also likely have had a ship at sea. Someone who did not have ships at sea but burned multiple oil lamps was then wasting what little money they had. I'm not surprised that Reginald is in the poorhouse these days—he always had two lamps burning and no ship at sea.
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an Aladdin's lampa talisman that enables its owner to fulfil every desire.
In the Arabian Nights tale of Aladdin, the hero finds a magic lamp in a cave. He discovers that rubbing it summons a powerful genie who is able to carry out all his wishes.
smell of the lampshow signs of laborious study and effort.
The lamp here is an oil lamp, formerly used for night-time work or study.
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tv. to look at someone or something. (The “lamps” are the eyes.) Here, lamp this tire for a minute. It’s low isn’t it?
n. the eyes. (Crude.) His lamps are closed. He’s asleep or dead.
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