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tomato can

An exceptionally poor boxer, one who is often paired with a much better boxer so as to improve the latter's statistics and win percentages. The up-and-coming star boxer suffered a huge upset last night at the hands of a tomato can who everyone expected to lose.
See also: can, tomato

tomayto, tomahto

A negligible, trivial, or unimportant difference, distinction, or correction. (Refers to the American pronunciation of tomato as "tomayto," compared with the British pronunciation of "tomahto." Specifically, it is an allusion to a verse in the song "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off": "You like potayto, I like potahto; you like tomayto, I like tomahto; potayto, potahto, tomayto, tomahto, let's call the whole thing off!") A: "Well, technically, the Hindenburg was a rigid airship, not a blimp." B: "Eh, tomayto, tomahto, who cares?"

tomato juice

1. Literally, juice from a tomato. My grandfather loves to drink tomato juice, but I can't stomach it. I think this Bloody Mary needs some more tomato juice.
2. slang Blood, especially from a boxer. (This phrase is likely related to the term "tomato can"—an exceptionally poor boxer.) Look at that fool, leaking tomato juice all over the ring already!
See also: juice, tomato


n. an attractive girl or woman. A good-looking tomato brought me my change.
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PUTNAM - Slap a burger on the grill and slather some tomatoey sauce on it.
She found the tomatoes sufficiently tomatoey to declare her first course quite satisfactory.
For the main courses, there are, of course, risottos - here, saffron and mushroom versions - alongside a tomatoey pasta (all pounds 8.
A vine-ripened tomato gets more tomatoey the longer it hangs on the vine.
50), made with ground turkey, offers welcome spicy heat and a tasty, well-seasoned, tomatoey mixture with beans.
Tastes quite tomatoey and sweet, though cannot distinguish the different chunks of vegetables.
Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red is a tomato rich in color, firmness and bold, tomatoey flavors inviting both feasting and seed-saving," said Ibsen.
Good for a Toulouse sausage with tomatoey sauce perhaps.
Saksuka was a garlicky, tomatoey dish, with potato, peppers and aubergine.
A deep-fried large flour tortilla, inside it was packed with thick tomatoey sauce with sweet potato and richly-spiced chorizo topped with yet more sour cream, salsa and guacamole.
It wasn't your standard runny curry sauce, and instead was thicker and less tomatoey.
There's something about that tomatoey mix that makes me want to heave.
The tomatoey topping was a bit unusual he said but he thought everything went perfectly well.