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all politics is local
Because voters are strongly influenced by the political decisions that impact their everyday lives, politicians must make them a priority, in order to stay in office. A: "I'm shocked by how many times the candidates have come to our little town." B: "Well, they know who votes for them, and all politics is local, after all."
couldn't organise a chook raffle in a (country) pub
(Someone) is utterly incompetent or unable to arrange things successfully; (someone) can't even manage or carry out the simplest of tasks. ("Chook" is an informal term for a hen or chicken.) Primarily heard in Australia. I'm not surprised Marie's event was a disaster—she couldn't organise a chook raffle in a country pub! The leaders of this country couldn't organise a chook raffle in a country pub, let alone overhaul the entire tax code! No wonder the strike failed. Those dipsticks couldn't organise a chook raffle in a pub!
A native resident of a rural location, often with the derogatory implication that they are less intelligent, refined, or cultured than someone from a city. You're certainly more interesting than the local yokels I knew back in Arkansas. Just stop and ask some local yokel for directions.
In football (soccer), a match between two teams that are based in areas geographically close to one another. Primarily heard in UK. I'm watching the local derby between Chelsea and Arsenal right now, but maybe I'll see you later.
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a local resident of a rural place. (Mildly derogatory.) One of the local yokels helped me change the tire. The local yokels all listen to the same radio station.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A native or inhabitant of a particular locale, as in She's only gone out with local yokels, so she's not used to more sophisticated men. This disparaging rhyming term was first used by troops stationed away from home. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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local yokel(ˈloklæ ˈjoklæ)
n. a local resident of a rural place. (Mildly derogatory.) One of the local yokels helped me change the tire.
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