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(special) snowflake

A derisive term for a person who acts or is judged to act entitled to special treatment or opportunities. Generations of students before you have read this book with no gripes about its content, and you will too—you're not special snowflakes. Surprise, surprise—some snowflake was offended by the "mocking tone" of my last column on safe spaces. Toughen up, special snowflakes—you don't need to put a trigger warning on every little thing.
See also: snowflake

be nothing special

To be not particularly wonderful, remarkable, beautiful, great, etc. A: "How's your sandwich?" B: "Eh, it's nothing special." I don't know why everyone is so enamored of this actress; she's nothing special, in my opinion.
See also: nothing, special

blue plate special

A specifically designated inexpensive meal at a restaurant, diner, or other eatery. The "special" dish typically changes daily. I'm thinking of ordering the blue plate special—what about you? Hey Tammy, what's today's blue plate special?
See also: blue, plate, special

blue-light special

A brief discount or sale. The phrase refers to the use of flashing blue lights to indicate sudden, brief sales in the department store Kmart. Primarily heard in US. I wonder what today's blue-light special will be. It never seems to be for anything I actually need!
See also: special

early bird special

A special in some restaurants or similar eateries where some meals are available at a lower price before the usual dinner hours. Stereotypically associated with older people and retirees. Since we were there in time for the early bird special, our bill for dinner was really cheap. Geez Mom, why are we eating at 4:30? It's like the early bird special! Do we really have to go for the early bird special? We're not 80!
See also: bird, early, special

King Kong pills

1. dated slang Barbiturate pills or tablets. He used to snort coke for hours, then bring himself back down with King Kong pills.
2. slang Temazepam, a sleep-aid commonly sold under the brand name Restoril. If you ever want a weird trip, take some King Kong pills and try to stay awake for as long as possible. Things get loopy.
3. slang A drug or supplement meant to enlarge a man's penis or improve his sexual performance. He bought some King Kong pills online to make his johnson bigger. Who knows what they'll actually do, but I guarantee they won't do that!
See also: king, Kong, pill

nothing special

Nothing exceptional or particularly wonderful, remarkable, beautiful, great, etc. I don't know why everyone is so enamored of this actress—she's nothing special, in my opinion. A: "What are you doing for your birthday?" B: "Nothing special. We'll probably just stay in."
See also: nothing, special

Saturday night special

slang A small, inexpensive handgun that is easy to obtain and conceal. Eight out of 10 suicides in this city are committed with Saturday night specials.
See also: night, Saturday, special

special delivery

1. A postal service by which letters or packages are delivered outside of the scheduled mail delivery times for an extra fee. I sent that parcel by special delivery so that you would get it in time for your birthday.
2. A phrase said humorously when giving something to someone, especially if the item is unappealing. A: "Special delivery: here's the report you need to work on!" B: "Gee, thanks."
See also: delivery, special

special measures

1. A designation given to a public establishment, such as a school or hospital, that is in need of improvement. Often used in the phrase "in special measures." Primarily heard in UK. My son's school is currently in special measures, so he's transferring to a different one next year.
2. Steps that must be taken, however unusual or extreme, to bring about some outcome. Oh, I will take special measures to ensure that the neighbors' dog stops barking, even if I have to buy him a muzzle myself! Don't worry, we took special measures to make sure that nobody finds us in here—we have furniture blocking all the doors.
See also: measure, special

special needs

Pertaining to one who has a mental or physical disability. I teach special needs kids, and I love it.
See also: needs, special

there is a special place in heaven for (someone)

Said of a person whom one considers to be especially kind, wonderful, altruistic, etc. I just think there is a special place in heaven for people like my aunt who sacrifice so much for those they love. Wow, I can't believe that woman paid for my ticket after I forgot my wallet. There's a special place in heaven for kindhearted strangers like her.
See also: for, heaven, place, special, there

there is a special place in hell for (someone)

Said of a person whom one considers to be especially wicked, evil, malevolent, etc. Often used facetiously or sarcastically. There is a special place in hell for the conniving snakes who defraud vulnerable people over the phone. Ugh, did you see that jackass? I tell you, there's a special place in hell for jerks who cut people off in traffic!
See also: for, hell, place, special, there
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Saturday night special

a small, easily obtainable pistol. There was another killing last night with a Saturday night special. That's the tenth shooting done with a Saturday night special this week.
See also: night, Saturday, special
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

King Kong pills

and King Kong specials
n. barbiturates. (see also gorilla biscuits.) Watch out for those King Kong pills. She’s a bit numb from “King Kong specials.”
See also: king, Kong, pill

King Kong specials

See also: king, Kong, special

Saturday night special

n. a small, easily obtainable pistol. There was another killing last night with a Saturday night special.
See also: night, Saturday, special
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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Following their appointment, the prime minister entrusts different portfolios and special assignments to the advisers and special assistant, respectively.
He hoped that GB government in near future would take further steps to encourage and boost the morale of special persons.
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In fact special persons deserve special consideration of the Government and civil society; they require proper medication, care, education and rehabilitation facilities to become beneficial citizens rather than becoming burden on society.
"It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs' people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually," ministry statement said.
Deputy Commissioner said that it has been brought into the notice of the district administration that a large number of the special children were being kept at their homes by their parents, as the parents were reluctant to send them to the special education centres.
RA 11115: Declaring June 16 of every year a special non-working holiday in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental in commemoration of its founding anniversary.
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Excluding other costs related to the use of the Capitol, a one-month special session can cost anywhere from $716,100 to $819,000 in lawmaker and staff per diems, Politifact previously reported.
In a statement, the Minister said that Punjab government is taking steps for the socio financial rehabilitation of special persons with available resources.
The shortage of special education personnel has been a persistent concern over the years (Boe, 2006; McLeskey, Tyler, & Flippin, 2004; Strunk & Robinson, 2006; Thornton, Peltier, & Medina, 2007; U.S.
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So Paul, what is a Special? Quite simply, a Special is an unlicensed medicinal product and differs from the vast majority of normal medicines at a pharmacy that are licensed before they are available.