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quench (one's) thirst at any dirty puddle

To be sexually promiscuous. In my day, you had one sexual partner your whole life—now, people will just quench their thirst at any dirty puddle!
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the biggest frog in the puddle

The most powerful, influential, knowledgeable, or experienced person within a small group. This phrase often implies that the person may not have as much clout in a larger group or arena of some kind. Since she was so popular and well-known within the walls of her small high school, Jennifer was used to being the biggest frog in the puddle. Once she started attending a large state university, however, she suddenly realized that it would take a lot more effort to make friends. His coarse management style has made it evident that he was used to being the biggest frog in the puddle. That attitude certainly won't be tolerated by anyone at his new company.
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biggest frog in the puddle

 and biggest toad in the puddle
Prov. The most important or powerful person in some small, unimportant group. Jill: Elaine seems to be obsessed with becoming class president. Jane: Yes, she really wants to be the biggest frog in the puddle. The people in my office don't care about doing their work; mostly they compete over who will be the biggest toad in the puddle.
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puddle jumper

n. a small airplane. I’m not going to fly 200 miles in that puddle jumper!
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Puddling resulted in breaking down of aggregates and therefore, reduced the number of macropores.
Our results indicated that wider, deeper and longer cracks could be attributed to the puddling operation.
Puddling in rice did not bring about any significant adverse effect on the productivity of wheat, although the trends did indicate a negative effect on wheat in the P-BMP treatment.
Traditional systems of rice cultivation use puddling to increase water availability and control weeds in rainfed, stress-prone environments.
Aggarwal GC, Sidhu AS, Sekhon NK, Sandhu KS, Sur HS (1995) Puddling and N management effects on crop response in a rice-wheat cropping system.
Puddling treatments were applied using the laboratory puddling apparatus described above.
In contrast to the field condition, the implements of laboratory puddling puddle the soil vertically and not horizontally and do not create a compacted layer below the puddled zone.
Percolation rate measurements were carried out 1 week and 2 and 4 months after puddling in the puddling experiment.
Immediately after puddling, the amount of dispersed material in the water was measured; 100 mL of soil suspension was sampled by inserting a pipette to 10 mm depth below the water surface.
The mean weight diameter of aggregates in the puddle layer was determined 1 week after puddling using a wet sieving procedure similar to the Yoder (1936) apparatus.
Puddling increased plant height slightly during the first 2.
Root growth was not affected by soil type or puddling intensity (data not shown).
Rice yield was significantly affected by soil type and soil puddling intensity (Fig.
05) affected by soil type or soil puddling intensity.
Soil puddling, however, had no effect, except for a trend for decreased canopy size in the loam due to high puddling intensity.