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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 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

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.
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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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Rebecca Ross, Category Manager at Castle Dairies, said: "We identified the potential for Aldi to expand their Specially Selected range with a premium offering of butter made in the region, and they really embraced the idea.
"Consumers purchasing Specially Selected Pork labelled as approved by the Scottish SPCA can be confident the product has been sourced from farms where the health and welfare of pigs is a top priority."
Specially Serviced Loans: The specially serviced loans include four real estate owned (REO) properties (23.3%), two in foreclosure (2.5%) and two categorized as 'Non-Performing Matured' (56.2%).
The Energy Ministry became responsible for the plan management and the role of Department of Environment is to control the quality of water and reduce the water pollution, specially the industrial contaminations," he said.
The vendor at bazaar said that the rush of the buyers was increasing and specially on 'Chaand Raat' more people will come for Eid shopping.
'On the US designation of ISIS affiliates as terrorist organizations, the Philippines welcomes the US designation of ISIS Philippines and the Maute group as foreign terrorist organizations, and specially designated global terrorists,' Abella said.
An oversized storytelling chair has been specially commissioned for the new Children's Library.
Turkish Airlines' cross-continental flights are more comfortable now with the baby packs specially designed to meet the needs of families who fly with babies.
HYDERABAD -- The SSP Hyderabad Irfan Baloch has directed the police officials to put in place strict security measures specially around the graveyards in the wake of auspicious ocassion of Shab-e-Bar'at.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The software giant said the flaws could allow an attacker to remotely run malware if a user opens specially crafted media content that's hosted on a website.
'Specially Selected Yogurts' from the supermarket may contain hazelnut yoghurt, which the product label fails to mention.
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