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three skips of a louse

obsolete Some infinitesimal or trivial amount. Sir, I care not even three skips of a louse for the censures of a reprobate such as yourself.
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louse someone or something up

Inf. to ruin something; to mess someone or something up. You really loused me up! You got me in a real mess! Who loused up my scheme?
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louse up

Spoil, ruin, bungle. For example, The bad weather loused up our plans, or Your change of mind really loused me up. This slangy expression originated in World War I, when infestation with lice was the common lot of soldiers in the trenches; its figurative use dates from the 1930s.
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louse up

To cause something to fail because of poor handling; botch something: The president loused up the merger, costing the company millions of dollars. Let me tell the story—you always louse it up.
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n. a thoroughly repellent person, usually a male. You can be such a louse!

louse something up

tv. to botch something up. Please don’t louse the typewriter ribbon up this time.
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The research also sequenced the genome of a microbe that lives inside the body louse.
There is enough blood in a single louse to identify a rapist's DNA by [polymerase chain reaction]," he said.
Comb the hair thoroughly using the fine louse detector comb.
Doctors often fail to recognize a louse or its nits, and there are many misconceptions about head lice, nits, and head lice remedies.
25 cm per month, the louse infestation occurred [approximately equal to] 3 months before egg collection (6).
TREATMENT: Comb hair daily for more than two weeks with special louse or nit comb.
Humans are the sole hosts of the pubic louse (Pthirus pubis), the body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus), and the head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) (1).
The data also indicated that the louse lineage with the global distribution experienced a population decline around 100,000 years ago.
A popular tool is a leaflet for parents explaining all about the human head louse (pediculus humanus capitis), its eggs (popularly known as "nits") and how to get rid of both.
The long-awaited treatment guidelines may help health care professionals and parents cope with the problem of head louse infestations.
The only way you can contract lice is when a louse crawls not your head.
quintana infection in head and body lice collected from patients in different locations in Ethiopia, a country where epidemiologic and clinical studies of zoonoses are scarce and a widespread louse infestation exists (6).
Thus go the latest bulletins from the dramatic war between bird and louse.