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go play in (the) traffic

To go away and leave one alone because what is being done or said is very irritating. Often used as an imperative. A: "The experiment might work better if you actually knew what you were supposed to be mixing together." B: "You know what, Jenny? Why don't you go play in traffic?"
See also: go, play, traffic

take a long walk off a short pier

Go away and leave me alone. What you are doing or saying is really irritating. I'm really tired of your constant criticisms. Why don't you take a long walk off a short pier?
See also: long, off, pier, short, take, walk

as much as the traffic will bear

The maximum amount that customers are willing to pay. I will charge as much as the traffic will bear—I need to make a profit, you know!
See also: bear, much, traffic, will

traffic in (something)

To deal in the buying and selling of some commodity, especially that which is illicit or illegal. The mobster trafficked in drugs for years before entering into various other business models. The government has been accused of trafficking in relics pillaged from neighboring countries.
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stuck in traffic

Of a driver or passenger, moving very slowly or not at all due to heavy road traffic. A: "Hey, are you nearly home?" B: "No, I'm stuck in traffic, so it's going to be another 45 minutes at least before I'm back." I have to leave the house at nearly 6 AM to avoid getting stuck in traffic on the way to work.
See also: stuck, traffic

stuck in traffic

to be caught in a traffic jam. I am sorry I am late. I was stuck in traffic. Our taxi was stuck in traffic and I thought I would never get to the airport on time.
See also: stuck, traffic

Take a long walk off a short pier.

 and Go play in the traffic.
Inf. Get out of here!; Go do something that will get you permanently out of here! Get out of here! Take a long walk off a short pier! You bother me. Go play in the traffic.
See also: long, off, pier, short, take, walk

tie traffic up

Fig. to cause road traffic to stop. If you tie traffic up for too long, you'll get a traffic ticket. Please don't stop on the roadway. It'll tie up traffic.
See also: tie, traffic, up

traffic in something

to deal in something; to trade in something, usually something illegal. Max had been trafficking in guns for years before they caught him. The president of the country was trafficking in drugs for years.
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traffic jam

vehicle traffic that is so heavy and slow that it can no longer move. Going to the airport, we got stuck in a traffic jam for nearly and hour and missed our plane.
See also: jam, traffic

as much as the traffic will bear

as much as the trade or market will tolerate; as much as is economically viable.
See also: bear, much, traffic, will

traffic in

v.
To engage in the buying and selling of some illegal or improper product or commodity: The police arrested the criminals who trafficked in stolen diamonds.
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