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bright shiny object

Something that is widely appealing or attention-grabbing for its superficial characteristics, but which is usually not useful, substantial, or long lasting. Recent technological advances seem to be just a series of bright shiny objects, consuming all of our attention for a while before something shinier comes along.
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sex object

One who is valued or regarded as a source of sexual pleasure. She was tired of being treated like a sex object, so she began dressing more conservatively and demanded more respect from the men within her social circle.
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money is no object

Financial resources are unlimited, so one can spend without limitation. Send my wife the largest bouquet you can find—money is no object.
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expense is no object

It does not matter how much something costs. Send my wife the largest bouquet you can find—expense is no object.
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(something) is no object

Something has no bearing on or causes no restrictions to some decision or course of action. Usually used in reference to money. Send my wife the largest bouquet you can find—money is no object. The studio has given us free reign to make the biggest, mot impressive film we can imagine, and they've assured us that expense is no object.
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the object of the exercise

The main point, focus, or goal of an activity or task. If you're an investor, holding onto stocks that damage your portfolio defeats the object of the exercise. If you're trying to improve your health, not just shed a few quick pounds, the object of the exercise should be to develop a diet that is sustainable in the long term.
See also: exercise, object, of

an object lesson

An actual, concrete example of something. Your overreaction was an object lesson in how to ensure that your kids don't tell you the truth.
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object to (someone or something)

To oppose, disagree with, or disapprove of someone or something. I know the board members object to the spending increase, but I really think it is vital for the company's success. My parents have always objected to the women I date, so I just don't tell them about my love life anymore.
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Money is no object,

 and Expense is no object.
Fig. It does not matter how much something costs. Please show me your finest automobile. Money is no object. I want the finest earrings you have. Don't worry about how much they cost because expense is no object.
See also: money, no, object

object to someone or something

to disapprove of someone or something. I object to him as your choice. I object to your opinion.
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money is no object

Also, expense is no object. It doesn't matter how much it costs, as in Get the very best fur coat you can find-money is no object. In this expression no object means "something not taken into account or presenting no obstacle." It was first recorded as salary will be no object in a 1782 newspaper advertisement for someone seeking a job. Both money and expense were so described by the mid-1800s.
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money is no object

COMMON If money is no object for someone, they are willing or able to spend as much money as necessary. The shop has a range of superb Swedish crystal glasses that I would have if money were no object.
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no object

not influencing or restricting choices or decisions.
1998 Independent I'm a very impulsive buyer, if I see something I buy it, money no object.
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the object of the exercise

the main point or purpose of an activity.
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money, expense, etc. is no ˈobject

there is no need to worry about the amount of money, etc., because there is enough or because it has no importance: Choose whatever you like from the menu. It’s your birthday so money is no object.He was ready to travel anywhere. Distance was no object.
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an ˈobject lesson

a practical example of what you should or should not do in a particular situation: It was an object lesson in how not to make a speech. He did absolutely everything wrong.An object lesson was a school lesson that used real objects as a way of teaching in a very direct and practical way.
See also: lesson, object

object to

To express disagreement with or disapproval of something: The city council objects to vulgar art displays in public buildings.
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In the First World War, conscientious objectors were assessed by a local tribunal, which rarely granted absolute exemption, instead enlisting them in the Army, including the Non-Combatant Corps, where many disobeyed orders and ended up in prison.
A CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR WAS REQUIRED to register for the draft, complete a questionnaire, and have his request for IV-E status ruled on by his local draft board.
The war presented Mennonites and other conscientious objectors with unique challenges in dealing with a democratic state in a time of a popular war.
Later in the afternoon, as the hearing got progressively more outlandish, one of the objectors, Queen Sister Deloney, asked why, if Emanuel's "granddad's Technicolor dreamcoat" was so important to him, he left it in the house in the first place.
However, such certainty is notoriously lacking, both in relation to the formation of customary law and in relation to the content of the persistent objector rule itself.
The Army and Fort Campbell has procedures in place for soldiers who declare themselves to be conscientious objectors and who apply for conscientious objector status," an Army statement read.
17) An Investigating Officer (IO) reviewed the reports and--despite the concerns raised--recommended Hanna be classified as a conscientious objector, concluding that her religious, moral, and ethical beliefs made her "opposed to war in any form.
whose then existing creed or principles forbid its members to participate in war in any form" were granted conscientious objector status.
Any Potential Objector who believes that a portion of his or her the Association-Determined Service Fee shall be used to fund non-chargeable activities may object to the amount of said fee by mailing a notice of objection to Montana Nurses Association, 20 Old Montana State Highway, MT 59634, or by delivering such a notice to Montana Nurses Association at said address.
Perhaps more impressive considering his own pacifist inclinations--Peter Brock was himself a conscientious objector during the Second World War--the author does not present the experiences of his subjects in a hagiographic light.
The poems have been chosen from Stafford's earlier works by poet, teacher, and former Marine officer (one of the first to be honorably discharged as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War) Fred Marchant.
Section 587 of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 required GAO to address (1) the trends in the number of conscientious objector applications for the active and reserve components during calendar years 2002 through 2006; (2) how each component administers its process for evaluating conscientious objector applications; and (3) whether, upon discharge, conscientious objectors are eligible for the same benefits as other former servicemembers.
I commend Webb for his conscientious objector stand, but I wonder if his comrades were aware that Webb was endangering their lives.
9, 1943, Franz Jagerstatter's career as a conscientious objector came to an end when the Reich Military Tribunal executed the Austrian farmer for refusing to serve in the Nazi military.