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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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Sensory descriptors were defined for the parameters of color, flavor, juiciness, tenderness, oiliness and overall acceptability as presented in Table 1.
The descriptors for various sensory attributes were defined (Table I) and the panelists were asked to rate their acceptance for color, flavor, juiciness, tenderness, oiliness and overall acceptability according to hedonic scale: 1, dislike extremely; 2, dislike very much; 3, dislike moderately; 4, dislike slightly; 5, neither like nor dislike; 6, like slightly; 7, like moderately; 8, like very much; 9, like extremely (Meilgaard et al.
No significant differences were observed for oiliness in the various cheeses.
Coded samples were presented to the panellists and scored for colour, texture, flavour, oiliness and overall acceptability on a 9-point hedonic scale as shown in Table 1 [14].
Normaderm Pro Mat contains a suitable formula composed of UVA/B protection without residual oiliness in order to limit sebum production, in addition to mattifying microspheres for a "dry touch" technology and a sebum-regulating active ingredient, Vitamin Cg.
Softness, smooth feel, luster, shine, dryness, oiliness, ease of combing and ease of brushing were all measured.
GREASY HAIR Washing your hair every day may help combat oiliness but it could leave you with dry and damaged ends.
It promised to cool, refresh and tone skin while reducing oiliness, so my expectations were high.
They included erythema, dryness, oiliness, and peeling.
It's odourless and despite a thick consistency, absorbs quickly into the skin without oiliness.
It is well-balanced with almost a touch of oiliness but is very clean.
Oiliness / peeling, dryness, and erythema were the most common adverse events reported in controlled studies.
Men suffer from the same skin care issues as women: oiliness, clogged pores, dry and rough skin, wrinkles and sagging, and these conditions tend to affect them on the same scale as women," notes Dr.
The flavor is magnificent, very much like a rich terrine des fruits de mer, but without any heaviness or oiliness.
The laser sensors are unaffected by surface conditions, such as color or oiliness, Symens said.