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thus and such

1. adjective Of or relating to a particular way, manner, or arrangement. In practical terms, it may be taken for granted that the world is thus and such, but for the sake of philosophical argument, we should not and cannot assume any such thing. I'm less interested with the thus-and-such prescriptions of religious doctrines, and more concerned with the general message of Christianity as a whole.
2. adverb phrase In such a particular way or manner; as directed or instructed. The boss is so specific about the way a report is laid out. If you don't write it thus and such each and every time, you'll be sure to hear about it from him later.
See also: and, such, thus

as such

1. In its current manner. Do you like this version as such, or should I make revisions?
2. Exactly. I didn't get an A as such, but I still did really well in that class!
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no such luck

The result or outcome I was hoping for did not come to pass. I thought there was a chance the I might manage to get an A- average after the final exam, but no such luck.
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sink to such depths

To lower one's ethical standards (or perceived standards) by behaving in a malignant, self-centered, or despicable manner. In the wake of these vicious attacks, it's horrible to think that our fellow citizens could sink to such depths in the name of patriotism. I knew John wasn't the most philanthropic guy around, but I never expected him to sink to such depths.
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there is no such thing

That does not exist. Sometimes followed by "as" and the thing that one is claiming does not exist. There have been a lot of rumors going around about a layoff committee, but let me be clear: there is no such thing. A: "Mommy, there's a monster under my bed!" B: "There's no such thing as monsters, honey."
See also: such, there, thing

there's no such thing as a free lunch

Nothing is ever really given away for free, so be wary of hidden charges, motives, or agendas. Of course, once you're signed up to the free program, you have to pay for all sorts of extra services to make it even worth using. There's no such thing as a free lunch, after all.
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such is life

Unfortunate or undesirable outcomes like this one are a normal, unavoidable part of life. I didn't get the promotion in the end. Oh well, such is life.
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as such

in the way something is; as someone or something is. I cannot accept your manuscript as such. It needs revisions. You are new to this job, and as such, I will have to train you.
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(I) never heard of such a thing!

an expression of amazement and disbelief. (Compare this with Well, I never!) Bill: The company sent out a representative the same day I called to examine the new sofa and see what the problem was with the wobbly leg. Jane: I've never heard of such a thing! That's very unusual. Bill: The tax office is now open on Sunday! Sue: Never heard of such a thing!
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Like it's such a big deal!

Inf. It really isn't all that important! (Sarcastic.) So I dropped the glass. Like it's such a big deal. Like it's such a big deal. Who cares?
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such and such

someone or something whose name has been forgotten or should not be said. Mary said that such and such was coming to her party, but I forgot their names. If you walk into a store and ask for such and such and they don't have it, you go to a different store.
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such as...

for example. Bill enjoys many kinds of fruit, such as apples, pears, and plums. Mary has many hobbies, such as swimming, bowling, and running.
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such as it is

Cliché in the imperfect state that one sees it; in the less-than-perfect condition in which one sees it. This is where I live. This is my glorious homesuch as it is. I've worked for days on this report, and I've done the best that I can do. It's my supreme effortsuch as it is.
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Such is life!

That is the way things happen! (Usually in reference to an unfortunate outcome.) Oh, well. Everything can't be perfect. Such is life! So I failed my test. Such is life! I can take it again some time.
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There's no such thing as a free lunch.

 and There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.
Prov. Cliché Everything costs something. (Can imply that you should be suspicious of anything that appears to be free.) Fred: This advertisement says I can get an expensive camera for free! Jane: Don't be so gullible. There's no such thing as a free lunch. Mary gave me her sewing machine, but I had to give it $100 worth of repairs before I could even use it. There's no such thing as a free lunch.
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as such

1. In itself, as in The job as such was easy, but required a lot of time. [Mid-1600s]
2. In that capacity, as in In the director's absence the assistants, as such, were in charge. [c. 1700]
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bricks shy of a load

Mentally impaired, either unintelligent or merely eccentric. For example, He may be handsome but he's not too bright-a few bricks shy of a load. This term, transferring a light load to lightweight mental capacity, is usually preceded by either a few or a specific number such as two . [Slang; 1960s]
See also: brick, load, of, shy

no such thing

1. Nothing like that, nothing of the kind, as in We've been looking for a car without air-conditioning, but no such thing is available. [Mid-1500s]
2. On the contrary, certainly not, as in You thought I was quitting? No such thing! [Mid-1700s]
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such and such

Not specified, unnamed and undetermined, as in They agreed to meet at such and such a time and place. [Mid-1500s]
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such as

For example, as in She adores the English novels of manners, such as those by Austen and Trollope. [Late 1600s]
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such as it is

In the form that it has, which is not very good but all that's available, as in Of course you can stay for supper, such as it is. This expression is generally used apologetically, indicating that the item in question isn't very good or worth much. [Late 1300s]
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there's no such thing as a free lunch

or

there is no free lunch

COMMON People say there's no such thing as a free lunch or there is no free lunch to mean you cannot expect to get things for nothing. There is no such thing as a free lunch, of course, and many of the most attractive looking deals have quite large joining fees. There is no free lunch. Don't feel entitled to anything you don't sweat and struggle for. Note: This expression dates back to at least 1840 in the United States. It recently became popular again when the American economist Milton Friedman used it in the 1970s.
See also: free, lunch, such, thing

no such animal

used to express the idea that nothing of the type mentioned exists. informal
The phrase appears to have originated in the caption to a cartoon in Life magazine in 1907 , in which someone is looking at a camel.
See also: animal, such

there's no such thing as a free lunch

you never get something for nothing; any benefit received has eventually to be paid for.
1996 Washington Times Europeans are now learning some hard facts of life about socialized medicine: there's no such thing as a free lunch.
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ˈever so/ˈever such (a)...

(spoken, especially British English) very: Thanks ever so much for all your help.She plays the piano ever so well.He’s ever such a nice man.
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such is ˈlife

(informal) used when you are disappointed about something but know that you must accept it: He didn’t get the prize he was hoping for. But such is life, I suppose.
See also: life, such

no such ˈluck

(informal) unfortunately not: I thought I might finish early today, but no such luck.
See also: luck, such

come to such a ˈpass

,

come to a pretty ˈpass

(old-fashioned or humorous) reach a sad or difficult state: Things have come to a pretty pass when children are begging in the streets.
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ˈsome such

used to say that something is similar to another thing or things: I think this music’s by Bartok or some such composer.
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... and such

and similar things or people: The centre offers activities like canoeing and sailing and such.
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as ˈsuch


1 in the usual sense or meaning of the word: There is no theatre as such in the town, but plays are sometimes performed in the town hall.
2 considering something only in theory, not in practice or in relation to a particular person or thing: I am not interested in money as such, but I do like the freedom it can buy.
3 because somebody/something is what it is: The government is the main contributor and, as such, controls the project.
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such as


1 for example: Wild flowers such as orchids and primroses are becoming rare.‘I met a lot of important people in Canada.’ ‘Such as?’ (= give me an example).
2 of a kind that; like: Opportunities such as this don’t come along every day.
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ˌsuch as it ˈis

used to say that there is not much of something or that it is of poor quality: You’re welcome to join us for lunch, such as it is — we’re only having soup and bread.
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there’s no such ˌthing as a free ˈlunch

(spoken) used to say that it is not possible to get something for nothing: I think you should be very careful about accepting his help. Remember, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.In the past, some pubs/bars offered their customers a ‘free’ lunch, but they had to buy drinks first.
See also: free, lunch, such, thing

Like it’s such a big deal

phr. You are making an incredible fuss over some minor issue. So I broke the table. Like it’s such a big deal.
See also: big, deal, like, such

There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch

and TANSTAAFL
sent. & comp. abb. Careful, nothing is really free of charge. Of course, you have to pay extra for the data file. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.
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There’s no such thing as a stupid question

and TNSTAASQ
sent. & comp. abb. Go ahead and ask your question without referring to it as stupid. There’s no such thing as a stupid question. But keep trying, you’re getting close.
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such as

For example: rodents such as field mice and voles.
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