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1. Literally, an arcade game in which the player uses a small rubber mallet to hit robotic toy moles that pop up randomly in holes laid out across the surface of the machine. I love coming to this old arcade. I have a lot of fond memories playing whack-a-mole and skee ball here as a kid.
2. By extension, a situation in which problems continue to arise faster than one is able to solve or cope with them, resulting in piecemeal, incomplete, or temporary results. These dang pop-up ads are so annoying! It's a game of whack-a-mole every time I go online these days! Every time we think we have the software debugged, more problems show up. We've just been playing whack-a-mole from day one!

blind as a bat/beetle/mole

Totally blind, or, figuratively, unseeing. None of these animals is, by the way, truly blind. The bat flies about in the dark in seemingly erratic paths (see bats in one’s belfry), and the beetle and mole burrow through the ground. Nevertheless, these similes are quite old and have become clichés. The bat analogy dates from the sixteenth century at least (John Harvey); the mole and beetle similes come from Roman times and were cited in translations by Erasmus.
See also: bat, beetle, blind, mole
References in classic literature ?
She told him how unwilling she was to marry the ugly mole, as then she had to live underground where the sun never shone, and she could not help bursting into tears.
You can sit on my back, and we will fly far away from the ugly mole and his dark house, over the mountains, to the warm countries where the sun shines more brightly than here, where it is always summer, and there are always beautiful flowers.
he was a different kind of husband to the son of the toad and the mole with the black-velvet coat.
Prosecutor Philip Morley said Mole was seen carrying a large holdall, then he chatted online about selling the guns the next day.
RESULTS: Main event - quarter-finals: Kieron Plews 3 Connor Angus 0, Joe Weldon 3 Xander Lown 0, Drew Mole 3 Tasha Kennedy 0, Kieren Lown 3 Ben Smith 2.
To find out, they put mole rats in a chamber with no oxygen.
They'll scan your mole for PS35 (PS15 for any additional ones you want looking at), and let you know in a few days if you need to see a GP.
The investigators estimated that among white women, each additional mole measuring 3 mm or more conferred about a 12% increase in the melanoma death rate, even after confounders were controlled for.
12) "The Mole" is a sonnet like Clare's more well-known animal poems, such as "The Badger," "The Fox," "The Hedgehog," and "The Marten," and all these mammals have in common with the mole that they were marked as vermin that could be killed for compensation under "An Acte for the preservation of Grayne," passed in 1566, and which remained in effect until 1863.
El gran dilema lo tendra a la hora de escoger un guiso en particular: mole negro y verde con guajolote o pato, mole amarillo con puerco, mole verde con pollo, romeritos con mole almendrado, enchiladas con mole, y conejo enchilado en adobo, por mencionar solo algunas de las delicias que lo esperan en este lugar.
The outline of the mole becomes less distinct and irregular or it develops a black margin
Results: The incidence of hydatidiform mole in Hamadan province estimated 3.
THE number of moles on your right arm is an indicator of how likely you are to get skin cancer, a new study suggests.
It's important to know what's normal for your skin and to tell your doctor about any change in the size, shape, colour or feel of a mole or a normal patch of skin.
Mole Mapper is available to download immediately from the App Store.