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the smell of an oily rag

A very meager, slim, or frugal amount of resources, especially money or fuel. As in the phrases "live off/on the smell of an oily rag" or "run off/on the smell of an oily rag," respectively. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. I spent a year travelling abroad, and I lived on the smell of an oily rag to get by. This trusty little car may not look like much, but she runs on the smell of an oily rag.
See also: of, oily, rag, smell

run off smell of an oily rag

Of a motor vehicle, to operate with exceptionally good fuel efficiency. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. This trusty little car may not look like much, but she runs off the smell of an oily rag.
See also: of, off, oily, rag, run, smell

run on the smell of an oily rag

Of a motor vehicle, to operate with exceptionally good fuel efficiency. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. This trusty little car may not look like much, but she runs on the smell of an oily rag.
See also: of, oily, on, rag, run, smell

live off smell of an oily rag

To live very frugally, economically, or sparingly; to survive with very meager resources. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. I spent a year travelling abroad, and I lived off smell of an oily rag to get by. We're going to have to live off smell of an oily rag now that we have a fourth baby on the way.
See also: live, of, off, oily, rag, smell

live on the smell of an oily rag

To live very frugally, economically, or sparingly; to survive with very meager resources. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. I spent a year travelling abroad, and I lived on the smell of an oily rag to get by. We're going to have to live on the smell of an oily rag now that we have a fourth baby on the way.
See also: live, of, oily, on, rag, smell
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Many worship cod and haddock, rejecting anything oilier, stronger flavored or bonier.
A recent genomic analysis of 28 patients with Oilier disease found no common genomic alterations, suggesting that small deletions, point mutations, or epigenetic mechanisms contribute to the development of the disease.
military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition as a result of spinal-cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations, or oilier mobility impairments.
Cargile: We follow the drill bit and currently the drill bit is going to the oilier plays.
Bone marrow transplants are a type of stem cell therapy used to treat cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia and oilier blood-related diseases.
Although major reauthorizations, such as the HEA bill of 2008, are intended to be fairly comprehensive evaluations of all programs in a bill, some significant changes can be made to legislation in oilier years if support is in place.
It's quite likely that you will see some guys that have an opportunity to redirect capital to higher-return, oilier projects taking advantage of that," said Jim Byrne, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets.
Young skin tends to be oilier but can also have dry areas so it's a question of finding skincare products that won't dry the skin out but are also not too oily.
Plans liar complete blinds could include pits, duck boats: boat blinds or any oilier unique waterfowl hideout.
Some species such as finches preferred grains whilst others such as buntings preferred the smaller, oilier seeds such as quinoa or millet.
The dextrin-containing nuggets cooked by microwave and susceptor were perceived as crunchier as and oilier than the other samples by trained panelists.
On the oilier hand, the search for perennial values is still strong, as can be seen in the quiet work of David Chipperfield, "Tony Fretton and Eric Parry, none of whom gels a look-in here.
Use a foam-based cleanser for dry skin or an gel-based one for oilier skin, followed by a toner to restore balance and keep pores free from excess dirt and bacteria (an absolute essential on a city vacation).
Many of these companies are also looking to collaborate with oilier companies and research institutions to develop innovative solutions.