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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

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

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

(special) snowflake

A derisive term for a person (often a young 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.
See also: snowflake

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

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
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SPECIALLY SELECTED LUXURY CHAMPAGNE PUDDING A rich blend of vine fruit and nuts with Marc de Champagne, cream sherry and cider, it comes with a packet of edible gold glitter to sprinkle on at the last minute for the wow-factor.
13 percent of India's population was specially abled people.
Furthermore, developers and contractors must preserve their investments, as well as the safety and well-being of their tenants, by only contracting with these specially trained electricians to install, maintain and upgrade their Lon Works systems.
Ed Zayas is Mission College's dean of specially funded programs that help students like Lori Roberts, 37, center, and Luz Plachy, 48, right, earn an education.
brokering, insuring or reinsuring a hull or liability policy that names as an additional insured an entity on the Specially Designated Nationals list, such as a bank in Iran or Libya that holds a mortgage or security interest in the covered asset, such as an aircraft, vessel or building;
This mutable skin also responds to the noise of the street, for specially designed computers transform acoustic signals into a changing spectacle of light.
Building a home on land already owned, if it is suitable for specially adapted housing.
Specially marked pink ribbon Mead At-a-Glance and Cambridge products, available at Office Superstores, Drug Channels and other retailers.
He said in previous amendments, in which they lifted specially authorized courts, they included a provisional article that allowed ongoing cases to be supervised under these type of courts.
A distinctive architectural presence, the 27-story Gotham contains a total of 239 residential units, which range from oversized studios to one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments, specially combined five-bedroom units and penthouses.
The lowering of the DR rating on class J and the placement of a DR rating on class H reflect increased expected losses on the specially serviced assets.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Following Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an's Tuesday statement on a government decision to abolish specially authorized courts (EuYM), the justice minister reiterated the government's plans on Wednesday, adding that cases concluded by these courts will not be affected.
The Series 220 co-extrusion die is specially engineered as co-extrusion tooling for producing advanced profiles and seals in combinations of materials, including rubber and other thermosets, as well as various types of thermoplastic used for aerospace, automotive and construction products.
648 million and up for a specially combined five-bedroom apartment.
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