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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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Half the country may be in a deep freeze, but February is still the month for parents to start thinking about summer camps for their kids.
This coming summer will be my eighteenth "camp" summer.
Gordon Summers pleaded guilty in North Bay to two charges of fraud over $5,000, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of defrauding the general public amounting to $434,000.
Gaines' Uplifting the Race: Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture in the Twentieth Century, and Gail Bederman's Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917, Summers argues that African American and African Caribbean middle-class men at the turn of the twentieth century subscribed to dominant Anglo-American ideas equating manhood with political citizenship, "character," productive engagement in the marketplace, patriarchy, self-restraint, and imperial designs.
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At Summers of Discovery, students are exposed to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques in their chosen field.
Treasury Secretary Larry Summers needs nobody's education.
Newt Gingrich asserted that Summers "owes every American taxpayer an explanation for his unfair and irrational accusation.
To do this, Summers said the Treasury was going to focus on five critical areas--oversight, flexibility, budgeting, simplification and leadership--that will "build an IRS for the 21st century.
You go year after year and there's continuity in the relationships that you develop," says Elizabeth Ramsey, 36, who has spent her summers in the historically black beach colony of Sag Harbor since she was six.
Tracey Hollins, a Detroit teen who originally volunteered in order to "fill up the days since summers in Detroit are usually long and boring," was so inspired by what she learned that she has decided to help co-ordinate Detroit Summer 1994.
So imagine this red's great glee when Anthony Summers let us all in on some secrets about old J.
To the rescue comes ``Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest,'' sequel to the original ``Pirates'' film of three summers ago, which went on to gross $305.
Forty-two percent of the camps indicated that this summer was the highest or higher than most of the past five summers for enrollment, while another 23 percent of the directors thought enrollment was about the same.
Alabama Ballet School Alabama Ballet Summer Program