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grow a pair

vulgar slang To start acting in a strong, confident, and/or courageous manner, especially after having previously failed to do so. The phrase is short for "grow a pair of balls (testicles)," but is not exclusively applied to males. Often used as an imperative. You need to grow a pair and ask your boss for a raise already! Janet, I know you're nervous about asking Tom out on a date, but just grow a pair and give it a shot!
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go pear-shaped

To fail or fall apart. What are we going to do this weekend if our plans go pear-shaped? Well, Molly's surprise party went pear-shaped once she accidentally found out about it.
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go pear-shaped

COMMON If a situation or activity goes pear-shaped, it starts to fail or have problems. We started well, but it all went pear-shaped and we lost five matches in a row. He is always asked to comment whenever the global economy goes pear-shaped.
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go pear-shaped

go wrong. informal
This phrase originated as RAF slang, as a humorously exaggerated allusion to the shape of an aircraft that has crashed nose first. Today, however, people probably assume it derives from the idea of a woman gaining weight on her hips.
1998 Spectator Unfortunately it all went pear-shaped because the programme to which I was going to peg my babblings…just wasn't interesting enough to sustain a whole review.
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go ˈpear-shaped

(British English, informal) if things go pear-shaped, they go wrong: Everything was going really well for Dave until the last week of the course, when it all went a bit pear-shaped and he failed an assignment. OPPOSITE: work/go like a dream
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The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and CNPP MyPlate advice people who eat more fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to reduce their risk of some chronic diseases, although little is published on the health outcomes associated with individual fruits, including pears.
Since pears are usually picked when slightly under-ripe they take a few days to improve in texture and flavour after picking.
Prickly pears are oval fruits that have a variety of colours ranging from yellow and pink to red, depending on their ripeness.
Promotion plans for the new season are in place and PBNW regional marketing managers have begun calling on retailers across the USA and Canada, analyzing data and developing programs to optimize the retailers' pear category," states Moffitt.
Grocers considering such a cross-promotion can take advantage of the Pear Bureau Northwest's Pear, Wine and Cheese wheel, which creates appropriate matchups for consumers right in the produce department.
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4 EUROPEAN colonists took pears to North America in the early 1500s.
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On the face of it, the humble prickly pear hardly seems like something that would stir much controversy, but in fact it has proven to be a rather thorny issue in the past.
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As you prepare each pear, drop it straight into the simmering syrup, cut-side up.
After 45 mins, add the carrots to the roasting tin and place the pear halves on top.