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better than a poke in the eye (with a sharp stick)

cliché Not especially desirable, beneficial, or worthy of excitement, but still better than nothing; it could be worse. Many different variants of "sharp stick" are sometimes used. I mean, it was nice of him, but what will I do with a bowling ball? Oh well, better than a poke in the eye, I suppose! A: "Twenty long years of service, and all they're giving me is this cheap watch!" B: "Still, it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!" They're offering us $1,000 per person for the settlement. It's not much, but I guess it's better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.
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1. adjective Characterized by red or rust-colored soil or dust. I love running along the rusty-dusty trails in the foothills of these mountains.
2. slang One's buttocks. Primarily heard in US. Get up off your rusty-dusty and go take out the trash!
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n. the posterior; the buttocks. (see also duster.) I almost kicked him in the rusty-dusty.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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It will mark the first time Midge and Rusty have taken to the stage together to play some ground-breaking dance tunes off the first Visage album, many of which have not been played live before, according to promoters.
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The organisation found Rusty a secure foster home where he has been living in comfort ever since.
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Brown achieves a perfect balance between excitement and introspection, melancholy and humor -- seen from the first page, where Rusty is staying with his aunt while his parents are busy at the hospital.
Water and Sanitation Authority Managing Director Rao Muhammad Qasim visited the spot to learn the 48-inch rusty sewer pipeline on Al-Mustafa Road had completed its life while a nine-inch water supply pipeline was also damaged due to the incident.
Accolades from the prestigious worldwide tasting competition, presented by Gin Magazine, include a Gold medal for the California distillery's Blade Gin[TM] in the Contemporary Gin category and a Gold medal for Rusty Blade Gin[TM] in the Matured Gin Category.
But Rusty today claims that for a long time she wanted to get back with ex-hubby Stephen Belafonte - who was pictured out with a glamorous mystery woman in LA this week.
Rusty spent eight months living and working with Mel, who tells how she blew an [euro]90million fortune in her new memoir Brutally Honest.
Rusty Golden, described recently by a musical critic and US radio host as 'that electric kind of performer that pulls in a room just by walking on stage' will be saying 'howdy' to his fans and making new friends at his favourite Juffair venue from tomorrow evening.
"Pati ako, rusty ako sa ganito eh," he said in jest, referring to the post-game presser reserved for the winning coach.
Rusty Firmin - easily identifiable in stills of the daring 1980 operation because he is the only soldier not wearing gloves - was all set to turn out for Westfields FC in the West Midlands League final, played at Kidderminster Harriers' ground.
Real estate developer Doug Meyer and his wife, Sheree, are investing close to $2 million in Rusty Tractor Vineyards, an 80-acre property off David 0.