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obsolete A pejorative term for an older single woman; a spinster or old maid. From an old proverb that women who die unmarried are fated to lead apes—considered at the time to be unproductive animals—in hell. At the risk of being labeled an ape leader by ignorant people, I have chosen a life without marriage, and I am perfectly happy to do so. Well, I would rather be an ape leader than trapped in a loveless marriage, like you. Why would you turn down an eligible bachelor like him? It's almost like you want to become an ape leader!
every inch a/the (something)
Fully and completely something; something in every detail. The designer will understand if you want to make more changes—he is every inch a professional. Wow, your costume is great! You look every inch the old Hollywood starlet.
leader of the pack
The most powerful or influential person in a particular group. I know Tommy is the leader of the pack, which worries me. He's constantly in trouble at school, and I don't want that tendency to rub off on my son. Sure, Joyce has always been the leader of the pack, but she's so bossy! I don't know if I can take much more of her dictating everything we do.
A product or service offered at or below cost in order to attract customers to a store in the hopes that they will then purchase other items. The supermarket is offering free turkeys as a loss leader, requiring that customers spend over $100 on other items to be eligible for the promotion. Our affordable phone repair service has always served as a loss leader for us. We undercharge for the service because most customers end up purchasing accessories or insurance plans for their devices to ensure they don't break in the future.
take me to your leader
cliché A catchphrase associated with the arrival of an extraterrestrial being, uttered upon its first encounter with humanity. The phrase is thought to originate in a humorous cartoon by Alex Graham published in The New Yorker in 1953, in which two space aliens encounter a horse in a field and exclaim, "Kindly take us to your President!" It's a cheesy sci-fi B movie about a Martian invasion. In the opening scene, a spaceship crash lands in a field, and the Martian who emerges tells a farmer, "Take me to your leader." For Halloween, Tommy decided to dress up as an alien. Every time he saw someone, he would go up to them and say, "Take me to your leader!"
the leader of the free world
1. The United States of America, especially in relation to international politics. Sometimes capitalized. Ever since the Cold War, America has prided itself on being known as the Leader of the Free World. Some people feel that our country has a responsibility, as the leader of the free world, to help shape the way countries across the globe do business.
2. By extension, the President of the United States of America. Sometimes capitalized. Since he was a young boy, Gerald had dreamed of someday becoming the leader of the free world.
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every ˌinch a/the ˈleader, ˈstar, ˈhero, etc.a leader, star, hero, etc. in every way; completely a leader, star, hero, etc: She is every inch a movie star. ♢ That horse looks every inch a winner. ♢ He looked every inch the romantic hero.
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