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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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: local
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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A police wiretap on Scalise's office in 1934, picked him up using Carfano's contacts to arrange for James Plumeri, a Lucchese Crime Family member, to damage some trucks in lower Manhattan, apparently as part of Scalise's efforts to orga nize Teamsters Local 272.
* An informal 1993 survey the Washington Post of local newscasts on stations in five big cities found the percentage of stories involving crime , sex, disaster, accidents, or public fears running at anywhere from 46 to 74.
Because travel was restricted, many people rediscovered their local shops who still managed to stay open during the bad weather.
Bills like Sensenbrenner's, combined with the efforts of local legislators around the country to press their own civil servants into the fight against illegal immigration, could produce a revolution in immigration enforcement.
As more and more people traverse the globe, plopping down in "exotic" countries with little knowledge of local culture or politics, it's no wonder that the term responsible tourism is gaining credence.
Transportation aside, much of the annoying racket assaulting residential eardrums comes under the purview of local ordinances.
As a local, we are very active at the state level, with all three members holding positions on the North Dakota Music Teachers Executive Board.
Local 32B-32J represents 60,000 handy-persons, doormen elevator operators and other building maintenance workers who provide services to both residential and commercial buildings.
"We, in Local 164, have learned firsthand how critical it is to preserve the electrical and telecommunications systems in the buildings in our jurisdiction," explained Dressel.
They identify themselves as: "People who facilitate and coordinate natural and human resources to improve a local population's way of life.
Many local pubs also serve food regularly and it's always worth giving the menu a try.
We present the results of a survey of public health and environmental practitioners to uncover state and local health tracking needs and priorities.
Even real estate, which has always relied on local market knowledge, local property management, local leasing expertise and even local architecture, has been swept into the movement to go global.