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be (all) brothers/sisters under the skin
Of two or more people, to have thoughts or feelings in common, despite other obvious differences between them. As much as you dislike your chatty new co-worker, she's as nervous and insecure as you are—you're really sisters under the skin.
A girl or woman who has sworn loyalty to another despite not being biologically related. Sally and Rita are such good friends, you rarely see one without the other. They're blood sisters.
if my sister had balls, she'd be my brother
vulgar slang There is no chance of that ever happening. (Used to show skepticism or cynicism over someone's hypothetical remark.) A: "If you'd have worked harder, you probably would have gotten the promotion." B: "Yeah, well, if my sister had balls, she'd be my brother, so thanks for that pro tip."
A female who is older than one or more of her siblings. I'll ask my older sister to help us with the move. Connie's older sister will be there on Saturday, and I'd really like you to meet her. Our neighbor Jill was like an older sister to me when I was growing up.
sisters before misters
slang An expression said among female friends as a reminder that their friendship is more important than relationships/interactions with men. Come on, don't ditch us for that guy you just met! Sisters before misters!
1. A writer or journalist who keeps an advice column in a newspaper to answer readers' problems or quandaries. Collins worked as a sob sister for her local newspaper for several years before moving on to a permanent position with the New York Times.
2. A writer or journalist who focuses on or specializes in overly emotional, dramatic, or sentimental articles. They hired me as a sob sister to write about the plights of those in need of charity around the city.
3. A girl or woman who is prone to overly emotional pleas, complaints, or outbursts. It's a very difficult and narrow path to tread as a woman in the business world. If you show any emotional vulnerability, you are considered a sob sister, but if you allow nothing to show through, you're seen as some stuck-up ice queen—there's just very little in the way of a middle ground. There's this sob sister in my group who just drains all my energy with her constant complaining and whining.
1. An African-American woman, especially one who strives to better the lives of other African-Americans. It makes me proud, after so many years of pushing for greater representation in leadership, that a soul sister has finally been elected to our state congress.
2. A woman with whom one shares an intense, intimate, emotional connection. Janet has always been a soul sister to me, and over the course of our 20-year friendship, I feel like I've gotten to know her better than anyone else. When I got my first acting gig at 18, I was just a scared, cocky kid. I connected with Sarah on set, and she became my soul sister, taking me under her wing and teaching me what it meant to be a woman.
A weak, spineless, unreliable, or ineffectual person within a group or team. Don't worry, we reassigned him. The last thing we need right now is some weak sister dragging this case down. I knew everyone on the team thought of me as something of a weak sister, so I spent the whole off-season training and practicing.
One's younger female sibling. Yeah, I have a younger sister—her name is Jill. Bella is Johnny's younger sister.
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a black person's female, black friend. Many of the top singing groups of the '60s featured soul sisters.
a timid person, usually a male. It looks like Dave is the weak sister on the team. We've got to pull together and stop playing like a bunch of weak sisters.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
be (all) brothers/sisters under the ˈskinbe men/women with similar feelings, in spite of outside appearances, position, etc: Actors and politicians are brothers under the skin. They both need public approval.
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1. n. a (female) friend. (Originally underworld. Sometimes a term of address.) Come here, sister. I gotta have a word with you.
2. n. a fellow sorority member. One of my sisters let me borrow her car.
3. n. a fellow feminist. We can do this thing, sisters, we can do it!
4. Go to (soul) sister.
n. a weak woman who is prone to crying. I had another sob sister in the office today. Went through half a box of tissues.
n. a black person’s female, black friend. (see also sister.) One of the soul sisters dropped by to talk.
See soul sister
n. a timid person, usually a male. Another weak sister and we’ll have to quit. We’ve got to pull together.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Someone devoted to charities, or (less charitably) a do-gooder. Originally a newspaper reporter or editor, invariably a woman, whose assignment was to produce sentimental stories and interviews that would appeal to female readers. By extension, the phrase came to mean any overly emotional person, whether male or female, especially one involved in charitable and public service efforts where sad tales of the recipients would tug on their heartstrings.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price