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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."
See also: all, local, politics

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!
See also: chook, organise, pub, raffle

local yokel

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.
See also: local


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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local yokel

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

local yokel

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Reconsidering the relationship between Japan and Taiwan, Tateishi insists that Taiwanese art must not merely illustrate "localness" for the Japanese audience, but must adopt Taiwanese subjectivity as the core of its creativity (Yen 2001, 543-45).
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There is great excitement about localness and authenticity.
Localness and transcendence through memory is precisely what the detailed 1952 report of the reunion discloses.
In Singapore, too, there is, I started to discern, a local Starbucks culture, or more aptly, a local rhythm to Starbucks; and this localness is a key to any understanding of global consumption.
The Romantics, she argues further, characterized this space by its localness, its detachment from commercialism, and its focus on collective activity.
At the same time that information is becoming atomized and zipping around the world at faster and faster speeds, we are discovering that our "localness" is what's being valued and, to some extent, funded.
But newspapers with their deep roots can match the "localness" that people feel with Craigslist, that sense that they are buying from their neighbors.
The category of the Sinophone allows for exquisite attention to the localness of this literature written in the Sinitic script: Sinophone Taiwan literature written by Han writers often mix standard Hanyu with Hokkien, Hakka, and English, while indigenous writers hybridize it with Austronesian languages, often registering strong anti-colonial intentions.
The idea of Heimat made this synthesis between the local and the national possible because it allowed Germans to imagine "nationhood as a form of localness" (p.26).