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summer and winter

To monitor one's behavior or abilities for a sufficiently long period of time. Oh yes, I will summer and winter him during this probationary period, to determine if we should hire him full-time.
See also: and, summer, winter

Indian summer

1. A period of unseasonably warm weather in early fall. I know it's September, but don't get out your winter clothes just yet—this area often has an Indian summer. I hate the cold weather, so I'm hoping for an Indian summer.
2. A particularly peaceful, successful, or enjoyable time as something nears its end. As her illness worsened, my grandmother still enjoyed painting, so I think she had an Indian summer before her death. I wonder if people sensed that they were in an Indian summer just before the Great Depression.
See also: Indian, summer

one swallow doesn't make a summer

A single good outcome does not indicate an overall situation that is ideal or greatly improved. A lot of things went right for us this year, but one swallow doesn't make a summer—we still have a long ways to go before our finances are back in order.
See also: make, one, summer, swallow

One swallow does not make a summer,

 and One swallow does not a summer make.
Prov. You should not assume that something is true just because you have seen one piece of evidence for it. Amanda: I got a good grade on this quiz! My troubles in school are over. Nancy: One swallow does not a summer make.
See also: does, make, not, one, summer, swallow

Indian summer

A period of mild, sunny weather occurring in late autumn, usually following a seasonable cold spell. For example, We had two whole days of Indian summer this year, and then it turned cold again. [Late 1700s]
See also: Indian, summer

an Indian summer

mainly BRITISH
An Indian summer is a period of great success late in someone's life or career, often after a period of not being successful. Despite an unexpected Indian Summer, they never really lived up to their initial promise. Note: An Indian summer is a period of unusually warm sunny weather during the autumn.
See also: Indian, summer

one swallow doesn't make a summer

You say one swallow doesn't make a summer to mean that although something good has happened, the situation may not continue to be good, and you cannot rely on it. Sales in December were up about 1 percent, which of course, is good news. One swallow, however, doesn't make a summer and it remains to be seen whether they can maintain this growth in the difficult months ahead. Note: People often use the more literary phrase one swallow does not a summer make. One swallow does not a summer make, but a visit to the Hotel Metropole in Ipswich goes a long way to improving that city's reputation. Note: Swallows are a type of bird. The reference here is to the arrival of swallows in Europe at the beginning of summer, after spending the winter further south.
See also: make, one, summer, swallow

Indian summer

1 a period of dry, warm weather occurring in late autumn. 2 a tranquil or productive period in someone's later years.
2 1930 Vita Sackville-West The Edwardians Meanwhile she was quite content that Sebastian should become tanned in the rays of Sylvia's Indian summer.
See also: Indian, summer

one swallow doesn't make a summer

a single fortunate event does not mean that what follows will also be good. proverb
1998 Spectator One swallow doesn't make a summer…nor one instance of police dereliction of duty, incompetence, laziness and stupidity a complete breakdown in law and order.
See also: make, one, summer, swallow

an ˌIndian ˈsummer

1 a period of unusually dry, warm weather in the autumn: We had a splendid Indian summer last October.
2 a period of success or happiness near the end of somebody’s life: He made his best movies in his seventies; it was for him a real Indian summer.
See also: Indian, summer

one ˌswallow doesn’t make a ˈsummer

(saying) you must not take too seriously a small sign that something is happening or will happen in the future: ‘We got a big order from Sweden this morning. Things are getting better.’ ‘One swallow doesn’t make a summer, you know. Don’t be too optimistic.’
This expression refers to the fact that swallows (= small birds with a tail with two points) spend the winter in Africa but fly to northern countries for the summer.
See also: make, one, summer, swallow

summer complaint

n. diarrhea, especially that experienced in the summer. I’ve got a touch of the summer complaint.
See also: summer
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Total quantity or scope: "Supply of special summer suits and hats special summer" - 23640 pcs.
Out of the weeks of casting calls I'd attended, this audition, my best so far, was for a summer stock production of Evita at the Fireside Theatre in Ft.
We're sort of one-stop shopping for parents who are looking to give their children the best of a summer opportunity,'' said Joanne Paltrowitz, owner of a New York-based clearinghouse for summer camps called The Camp Experts & Teen Summers.
Laura Reynolds, summer programs coordinator, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Summer Music West, 50 Oak St.
When some parents indicate that they cannot make the decision to send their children to summer camp because they have not seen the camp, the camp and the clubs make it possible for the parents who lack transportation to visit the camp.
Summer is the perfect time to give boy drama a break.
Summer travelers should prepare for crowded planes.
at work, Institute for Work & Health, Toronto, Summer 2005
In the Christian liturgical year, summer comes in Ordinary Time.
Last summer, when Peer worked as a camp counselor, he had trouble finding time to complete three required math projects.
Summer camps for young learners fulfill a recurring community need and provide higher education students with the opportunity to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate their discipline as they collaborate to plan engaging activities for the youngsters.
While many of her classmates were waiting tables at restaurants during the summer of 2004, Alicia Smith was in an NIEHS lab investigating how exposure to sodium arsenite regulates the procarcinogenic and proinflammatory enzyme cyclooxygenase 2.
The gospel is alive and well in summer at Stony Lake, one of the Kawartha Lakes north and east of Peterborough, in east central Ontario.
Lucky for me, it still hasn't, but with my graduation date quickly approaching, I decided there was no better time than the 2003 summer vacation to obtain real world experience.
I was sixteen the summer I stumbled upon black protest literature and stayed up until dawn reading Soul on Ice, The Fire Next Time, The Autobiography of Malcolm X--which proves summertime reading need not all be of the lightweight variety.