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helpmate

1. A companion who provides assistance or support, especially a wife or husband. It's only by the support of my lifelong helpmate that I was able to get through the hardship of my father's death.
2. Anything or anyone that aids, assists, or is helpful, especially regularly or constantly. We've entered an age where phones are no longer merely tools for communication—they've become helpmates in nearly every facet of life.

she'll be right(, mate)

Everything will be OK; things will get better; don't worry about it. Primarily heard in Australia. Dave: "I'm just really worried that something's going to go wrong at the conference." Jim: "I know she'll be right, with how hard you've worked!" Sarah: "Things have felt really rocky between me and John lately." Janet: "She'll be right, mate. I'm sure it's just the stress of his final exams that's making things hard at the moment."

she'll be apples

Everything will be fine; things will get better; don't worry about it. Primarily heard in Australia. Don't worry about the presentation. She'll be apples, considering how hard you've worked! A: "Things have felt really rocky between me and John lately." B: "She'll be apples, mate. I'm sure it's just the stress of his final exams that's making things hard at the moment."
See also: apple

she's right(, mate)

Everything will be OK; things will get better; don't worry about it. Primarily heard in Australia. Dave: "I'm just really worried that something's going to go wrong at the conference." Jim: "She's right. With how hard you've worked, it will be great!" Sarah: "Things have felt really rocky between me and John lately." Janet: "She's right, mate. I'm sure it's just the stress of his final exams that's making things hard at the moment."

she's sweet(, mate)

Everything will be OK; things will get better; don't worry about it. Primarily heard in Australia. Dave: "I'm just really worried that something's going to go wrong at the conference." Jim: "She's sweet. With how hard you've worked, it will be great!" Sarah: "Things have felt really rocky between me and John lately." Janet: "She's sweet, mate. I'm sure it's just the stress of his final exams that's making things hard at the moment."

label mate

Someone who is a recording artist with the same studio label (as another person). I was a little worried to become label mates with a such a controversial artist, but the extra publicity has actually helped spur sales of our albums as well. The two were label mates for nearly 15 years before becoming a couple.
See also: label, mate

mate with

1. To copulate so as to produce children or offspring with. The female praying mantis is notorious for eating the head of its male mate after—or sometimes while—mating with him. A: "She's a nice girl and all, but I don't know if she's someone I'd want to mate with." B: "Ugh, can you please not refer to it as mating?"
2. To pair an animal with a mate so that the two will copulate and produce offspring. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "mate" and "with." I'm been mating my English bulldog with a number of female dogs around the state.
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mate someone with someone

 and mate an animal with some other animal
to pair or breed people or animals. The king sought to mate his daughter with the son of a magician. Harry wanted to mate his guppies with June's guppies.
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mate with an animal

[for an animal] to copulate with its own kind. The gander mated with the goose in the barnyard. The coyote acted as if it wanted to mate with the dog.
See also: animal, mate

mate with someone

to marry with someone, and presumably, to copulate with someone. Did you meet anyone you would like to mate with and spend the rest of your life with?
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label mate

n. someone who records on the same label (as the speaker). (Record industry.) Frank Duke is my label mate, and we like to get together and gossip about the record industry.
See also: label, mate
References in classic literature ?
Just as I was beginning to hope that the mate would come out calmer, for I heard him knocking away at something in the hold, and work is good for him, there came up the hatchway a sudden, startled scream, which made my blood run cold, and up on the deck he came as if shot from a gun, a raging madman, with his eyes rolling and his face convulsed with fear.
God, forgive me, but the mate was right to jump overboard.
"'How long ha' ye been goin' tull sea,' says I, 'not tull be knowin' the mate's duty uz tull deluver no cargo wuthout receipt for same?
They no blamed the mate for ut, but me, an' me ashore ot the time on shup's buzz'ness.
And the mate danced up and down upon the cabin top and yelled, "Yah!
Two days they kept us there, and the mate would climb up in the rigging to mock us and yell, Yah!
I would get the second mate to relieve me at that hour.
"Very well, sir." Out- side the cuddy he put his head in the second mate's door to inform him of my unheard-of caprice to take a five hours' anchor watch on myself.
This was precisely what Raja and his mate were doing--they were turning the lidi back toward me, or at least Raja was.
Our young friend listened to the mate with a queer sense of discomfort growing on him.
I found the poor men on board almost in a tumult to get the victuals out of the boiler before it was ready; but my mate observed his orders, and kept a good guard at the cook-room door, and the man he placed there, after using all possible persuasion to have patience, kept them off by force; however, he caused some biscuit-cakes to be dipped in the pot, and softened with the liquor of the meat, which they called brewis, and gave them every one some to stay their stomachs, and told them it was for their own safety that he was obliged to give them but little at a time.
The woman had found a revolver in a table drawer in the room in which she had been locked, and now she kept the mate of the Kincaid at bay with the weapon.
She sank her fangs into her mate's shoulder in reproof; and he, frightened, unaware of what constituted this new onslaught, struck back ferociously and in still greater fright, ripping down the side of the she-wolf's muzzle.
"Well," said he, "my mate Bill would be called the captain, as like as not.
I met my mates in the morning, a broken, scattered band.