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merchant of doom

A person who always focuses on the potential negative outcomes of a situation. I refuse to watch the evening news anymore because the reporters have all become merchants of doom.
See also: doom, merchant, of

rip-off merchant

One who cons or otherwise deceives people. I wouldn't play cards against him if I were you—he has a reputation as a rip-off merchant.
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speed merchant

1. Someone who drives very fast in their car, especially over the legal speed limit. I used to be an awful speed merchant, but I got so many tickets that I nearly lost my license. OK, I know we're running late, but there's no need to be such a speed merchant. I'd rather arrive alive.
2. An athlete who runs, skates, swims, cycles, etc., very fast. The team's new running back is one hell of a speed merchant. The speed merchant already had eight Olympic gold medals for cycling, and he finally added a Tour de France championship to his list of accolades.
3. Someone or something that performs an action much faster than is usual. I can't believe you've already read through all these reports. You're a real speed merchant! Th tablet's new CPU is a speed merchant, all right, but it eats through the battery like nobody's business.
See also: merchant, speed

*busy as a beaver (building a new dam)

 and *busy as a bee; *busy as a one-armed paperhanger; *busy as Grand Central Station; *busy as a cat on a hot tin roof; *busy as a fish peddler in Lent; *busy as a cranberry merchant (at Thanksgiving); *busy as popcorn on a skillet
very busy. (*Also: as ~.) My boss keeps me as busy as a one-armed paperhanger. I don't have time to talk to you. I'm as busy as a beaver. When the tourist season starts, this store is busy as Grand Central Station. Sorry I can't go to lunch with you. I'm as busy as a beaver building a new dam. Prying into other folks' business kept him busy as popcorn on a skillet.
See also: beaver, busy

busy as a beaver

Also, busy as a bee. Hardworking, very industrious, as in With all her activities, Sue is always busy as a bee, or Bob's busy as a beaver trying to finish painting before it rains. The comparison to beavers dates from the late 1700s, the variant from the late 1300s. Also see eager beaver; work like a beaver.
See also: beaver, busy

speed merchant

n. someone who does something fast: a runner, pitcher, swimmer, driver, etc. What a pitch! That guy is a speed merchant for sure.
See also: merchant, speed
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SecureCode must be offered by your card's issuing bank and merchants must be signed up for consumers to benefit.
The same footage inspired Jhabvala to write the Merchant Ivory Productions drama Autobiography of a Princess (1975), starring James Mason and Madhur Jaffrey.
For all future transactions, whether they are charges or credits, the merchant submits the customer identifier, and Paymentech uses the data on file to process the transaction.
A key to the success of the merchant banks has been their ability to invest their own capital.
Then again, her account (Chapter 5) of the negotiations over a number of decades between Crown and merchant groups over mercantile and sales tax assessments illustrates nicely the apparently absolutist but actually rather porous institutional structure of the colonial regime so familiar to students of the Spanish empire up the Bourbon reforms of the late eighteenth century.
For merchants interested in setting up an e-commerce Website, Thompson recommends creating an online merchant account and payment gateway, one of the services his company offers.