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organ grinder's monkey

One who acts for or does the bidding of someone much more powerful. Following the announcement, many are accusing the prime minister of being an organ grinder's monkey for the US president. Don't hurl abuse at these companies' PR representatives; they're just the organ grinders' monkeys, after all.
See also: monkey, organ

the organ grinder's monkey

BRITISH
If you call someone the organ grinder's monkey, you mean that they are doing what a powerful person wants them to do, but have no real power themselves. He's the organ grinder's monkey, his only role in life to get money for his boss. Note: People use the terms organ grinder and monkey in many different structures to mean the powerful person and the person who does what they want. Why bother with monkeys when you can deal with the organ grinder? Some will say that I focus too much attention on the monkey, whilst allowing the organ grinder to get off free. Note: This expression is often used to show a lack of respect for both of the people you are talking about, but especially for the `monkey'. Note: In former times, organ grinders were street entertainers who played barrel organs. Sometimes they had a monkey that performed to the music.
See also: monkey, organ
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But in 1972, with the efforts of national government and local community, the only surviving bamboo organ was shipped to Germany for restoration.
We hope our successful experience can provide a reference to countries with similar cultural backgrounds and social development levels,' Huang Jiefu, chairman of the China National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee, told China Daily.
Discussing a bill on organ donation during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on National Health Services (NHS), the acting chief of the Human Organ Transplant Authority (Hota), Brig Aamer Ikram said the suggestion made in the bill of paying anyone who donates an organ Rs600,000 will start an open trade in human organs.
The participants were asked about their religious and other beliefs towards organ donation, their reasons for not donating organs, and their personal opinions about organ donation through a questionnaire.
Results: More than half of students had little or no knowledge about the progress made in deceased organ donation in Pakistan as well as in developed countries.
This week features a series to organ donation December 1, our the UK to presume donation has been out.
We sincerely appreciate the enthusiastic support and help from the international community to China's organ transplant reform in recent years and earnestly welcome any good-willed or realistic suggestions and even criticism.
An organ preservation solution is a method of preserving the organs of the body when they are not inside the body system.
The planned change to the current law, which will come as a relief for many patients waiting in line for organ transplants, was explained by ME-ezzinoy-lu: "The current system requires the family's permission, regardless of the individual's intention, meaning that even if donation is officially permitted by the individual, an objection from a first-degree relative might pose an obstacle for the transplantation to occur.
In a country where human rights abuses are rampant, the plan for voluntary organ donations is vague and lacking transparency.
The Qatar Centre for Organ Donation and Transplantation at the Hamad General Hospital is holding organ donation awareness drives across major malls, hypermarkets and corporations in an effort to encourage more residents to become living donors for organs such as kidneys and parts of the liver as well as to sign up for the deceased organ donors scheme.
A LOCAL organ trust has been awarded a pounds 50,000 grant for an ambitious restoration project.
But with the recent arrival of the console for the "Mighty Wurlitzer" pipe organ, the performance hall has come one step closer to reawakening the organ music of the past.
A proposal for a directive aiming to improve the quality and safety measures for organ donation and the exchange of organs between the EU member states was launched by the European Commission, on 8 December.