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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; the cost of something will not be an obstacle. Send my wife the largest bouquet you can find—expense is no object.
See also: expense, no, object

(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.
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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

v.
To express disagreement with or disapproval of something: The city council objects to vulgar art displays in public buildings.
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He hopes the greater scrutiny contemplated by the new rule will discourage professional objectors, whom he sees as a bane to both plaintiffs' attorneys and defense counsel who work to resolve class actions.
Conservative councillor, William Blackett, while stressing his support for the work of conscientious objectors who served as ambulance drivers and with the Red Cross, announced he would oppose the motion.
Tribunals were notoriously harsh towards conscientious objectors, reflecting widespread public opinion that they were lazy, degenerate, ungrateful 'shirkers' seeking to benefit from the sacrifices of others.
In 2007, Korea was presented with specific measures to adopt an alternative military program for conscientious objectors with five relevant legislative bills.
The Imperial War Museums (IWM) have revealed letters, photographs, cartoons and posters which explore the harsh treatment of conscientious objectors in the two world wars as they took a stand against conscription into the armed forces.
Objectors claim drunks are using the backstreet known as Lord Nelson's Yard as a toilet, while others claim to have caught people urinating on their driveways.
You think 'Oh I would be a conscientious objector' but now, thinking about and looking at the time it was and the pressure on people, I think it would be very difficult not to have gone to fight.
"Few question the patriotism of the honest conscientious objector," he said.
Unfortunately the so called Welsh Streets Home Group, objectors to the demolition, got wind of his visit and hijacked the meeting by using the social media to gather their supporters from around the city.
Along with giving readers a sense of the experiences faced by individual objectors, Shaw also carefully illuminates the development of government policies, religious group sensibilities, and public perceptions of the individual objector who declined to participate in the war.
One objector began her interrogation by asking, "Your name is Rahm ISRAEL Emanuel, is it not?"
The predominant view today provides the following affirmative answer: "A persistent objector rule makes the applicable customary international law rule depend on timely, actual and persistent dissent to a general rule on the part of the objecting state, but applying a general rule of custom (i.e.
Army last year, has said that he wants to leave the military, claiming he is a conscientious objector because Islam is a peaceful religion and his God does "not give legitimacy to the war" in Afghanistan, Iraq or elsewhere.