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be up to ninety

To be extremely busy or overworked; to have many things to contend with at once. Primarily heard in Ireland. Sorry I haven't been in touch, but between work and our new baby, I've just been up to ninety lately! We're up to ninety in here, Mary! Could you take this order out to table 10 straight away, please?
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up to ninety

Extremely busy or overworked; having many things to contend with at once. Primarily heard in Ireland. Sorry I haven't been in touch, but between work and our new baby, I've just been up to ninety lately! We're up to ninety in here, Mary! Could you take this order out to table 10 straight away, please?
See also: ninety, up

Genius is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration.

Prov. People get brilliant results primarily by working hard, not because they have special inborn powers. Child: Betty always does the best drawings in art class. She must be a genius. Father: If you worked hard, you could do just as well. Remember, genius is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration.
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com) UP-ALL-NIGHT LINER LUCIA PIERONI designed the make-up looks for Emilio Pucci and Chloe, claiming Nineties grunge and "rave girls" were the inspiration, which explains why both had a gorgeously smudgy eyeliner look.
com) below the lower lashes, smudging with your finger tip - and for an authentic Nineties carefree feel, go without mascara.
UP artists got really creative when coming up with ways to achieve a pale, matte Nineties lip, using anything but lipstick.
uk) A matte liquid lipstick is an easier way to get the look, and has better staying power, but, for the ultimate Nineties homage, it doesn't get better than a shiny brown lip, as seen at Kenzo.
Moschino, right, and Kenzo, inset, below, were just two of the design houses looking back to the Nineties for beauty inspiration
The real deal: Nineties supermodel Linda Evangelista
It may have been a Nineties song about the Gen-X but how relevant it is even now.
High technology, the replacement of human contact by contact with machines, the continued downsizing of corporations so those with jobs will have to work harder -- these themes also often appear in discussions about job hunting in "the Nineties.
We project our fears and our fantasies into "the Nineties," but we'll just have to wait for some "defining moments" which will light up the metaphor and give us a glimpse of what we're in for.
Respondents see a number of specialized injection molding technologies as being poised for fast growth in the Nineties.
Less prominently cited areas of improvement for the Nineties were:
Motors and drives--a new generation of new types of energy-saving, variable-speed pumps and motors (about which you'll be hearing more soon) was picked by Patrick Quaney of Quaney Plastics & Molding as the number-one machinery advance for the Nineties.
Next, at 12:00 PM (ET), Abbott and Costello come to the aid of a ship's captain when cardsharks take over his Mississippi riverboat in THE NAUGHTY NINETIES (1945), the film featuring their enduring routine "Who's on First?
As a start-up brokerage in the early nineties, we realized that online trading would be an essential service for existing and new account holders," says Kevin Gagne, president of Empire.