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shiver me timbers

An exclamation of surprise. The phrase originated with sailors (as "shiver one's timbers" meant to destroy one's ship) and is usually used today in cartoonish portrayals of pirates. Well, shiver me timbers—I didn't think you were getting into town until tomorrow! You got cast as a pirate in the play? I bet you have one line—"Shiver me timbers!"
See also: shiver, timber

take to the tall timber

To leave quickly and covertly. Primarily heard in US. I think Adam took to the tall timber—no one has seen or heard from him in weeks
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head for (the) tall timber

Rur. to run away and hide. When we heard Pa's angry bellow, we headed for the tall timber. The bank robbers headed for tall timber with their loot.
See also: head, tall, timber

tall timber(s)

some remote place in the country or the woods. Oh, Chuck lives out in the tall timbers somewhere. He only has a post office box number. You're not going to move me out into the tall timber somewhere!
See also: tall, timber

tall timbers

n. some remote well-forested place; the boondocks. Oh, Chuck lives out in the tall timbers somewhere. He only has a post office box number.
See also: tall, timber
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While the extent of the mining operations in Tibet pales compared with the timbering there, mining is widespread and sure to expand as China depletes its own reserves of seven key minerals - all of which occur in Tibet - by the end of the decade.
If forest reserves were managed carefully - integrated into local economies and protected from grazing, poaching, and timbering - so that native forest could regrow, then they might once again shelter wildlife without resort to walls.
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Scofield's timbering methods have positively influenced competitive timber companies, as well as many landowners, that have begun to thin more forests for aesthetics rather than clear-cut them for more immediate profit.
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Furthermore, due to extensive timbering of the backs of the crosscut, owing to bad ground conditions, the best parts of the system could not be accessed for channel sampling.
Whether owners have questions on timbering, wildlife habitat or forest diversity, these conferences supply the answers.
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This project promises a roots-to-crown, bugs-to-birds view of how Ozark forestland will respond to different timbering strategies," said project coordinator Brian Brookshire.
Income is derived from these lands through leases, selective timbering by others, condemnation, sales, and other dispositions.
Outer walls will be in traditional half timbering with royal-impregnated outer cladding.
The beginners' chase witnessed a dramatic conclusion as Some Timbering came to the last in command, only to make a mistake that stopped him to a walk, which allowed the Philip Walsh-trained and Michael Darcy-ridden Jack The Hough to prevail.