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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.

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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old mate

slang A friendly term of address for a male. Primarily heard in Australia. Hey, old mate! How are you?
See also: mate, old

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

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.
See also: mate

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?
See also: mate
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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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Malemale rivalry over access to females has led to the evolution of various adaptations to make the most of male mating success and paternity among offspring.
montrouzieri, a single mating usually does not maximize female beetle fitness similar to many insect species (Goran & Tina 2000).
In the future, this new information could enable the manipulation of socio-sexual environments to improve mating success and fertility.
Animals were paired with potential mates of similar mass to control for sexual preference choices that could be based on size differences between mating pairs.
Mating frequency, fecundity and fertilization success in the hide beetle, Dermestes maculatus.
Mating procedures in Cryptococcus neoformans (Filobasidiella neoformans).
The scientists tested two predictions of the mate-guarding hypothesis in sleepy lizards: that females should play a passive role in maintaining the pair bond, and that males should become more attentive as the time of mating draws near.
After the battling has determined the winner, the female descends from her perch and mating takes place as she arches her tail up out of the way.
Yet in all cases, a genetic correlation between male traits and female preferences results inevitably from assortative mating. The genetic correlation provides a necessary (although insufficient) condition for self-accelerating evolution of male traits and female preferences (Lance 1981; Kirkpatrick 1982; Pomiankowski 1988).
Male insects typically mate many times during their lifetime, while females display diverse mating strategies (Arnqvist & Nilsson 2000).
"This mating decision is controlled by a simple chemical switch that converts an incoming pheromone signal into a cellular response," Nature quoted senior author Stephen Michnick, as saying.
The mating quirks of simultaneous hermaphrodites are attracting growing interest.
To determine if females mate more than once, and to what degree copulation influences subsequent female mating, a multiple mating experiment was conducted.
The punch line sounds like a joke, but ligers--produced by a female tiger mating with a male lion--are actual animals and one of the world's more bizarre-looking hybrids, or mixed animal species.