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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. Though short for "grow a pair of testicles/balls" (discretion should be used because of this), the phrase can be said by or of either a male or female. 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.

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.

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.

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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One medium pear provides about 24 percent of daily fiber needs.
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This time of year, because pears are everywhere, we serve it with pear jam.
Summary: The farmers of Ehden had all but forsaken their annual pear season this year, but just as they had turned their sights to the apple harvest instead, the region's pear trees miraculously bore fruit once again.
Washington, June 13 ( ANI ): An international consortium of seven worldwide universities and institutions including the University of Illinois has recently completed the first sequencing of the Asiatic pear genome.
Spiced poached pears Serves 2 * 2 pear conferences * 300ml water * 200g sugar * - lemon * 2 star anise * 1 cinnamon stick * 6g cornflour Method Carefully peel and core each of the pears, but do not remove their stalks.