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take (one's) name in vain

To speak about someone when they are not present, as in a critical manner. The phrase comes from one of the Ten Commandments, which prohibits taking God's name in vain. Hey, I heard that! Don't take my name in vain!
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in vain

1. adjective Without success; futile. I tried to convince the other board members, but my efforts were in vain, and they outvoted me.
2. adverb Without success; futilely. I tried in vain to convince the other board members, and they outvoted me.
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in vain

for no purpose; [done] as a failure. They rushed her to the hospital, but they did it in vain. We tried in vain to get her there on time.
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*proud as a peacock

 and *vain as a peacock
overly proud; vain. (*Also: as ~.) Mike's been strutting around proud as a peacock since he won that award. I sometimes think Elizabeth must spend all day admiring herself in a mirror. She's as vain as a peacock.
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in vain

To no avail, useless, as in All our work was in vain. [c. 1300] Also see take someone's name in vain.
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proud as a peacock

Having a very high opinion of oneself, filled with or showing excessive self-esteem. For example, She strutted about in her new outfit, proud as a peacock. This simile alludes to the male peacock, with its colorful tail that can be expanded like a fan, which has long symbolized vanity and pride. Chaucer used it in The Reeve's Tail: "As any peacock he was proud and gay." [1200s]
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take someone's name in vain

Speak casually or idly of someone, as in There he goes, taking my name in vain again. This idiom originated as a translation from the Latin of the Vulgate Bible (Exodus 20:7), "to take God's name in vain," and for a time was used only to denote blasphemy and profanity. In the early 1700s it began to be used more loosely as well.
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take someone's name in vain

1. If someone takes God's name in vain, they say `God' in an expression that is disrespectful, often when they are swearing. He did his best with us, always gently correcting us when we took the Lord's name in vain.
2. If someone takes another person's name in vain they say their name in a way that is disrespectful. `Somebody taking my name in vain?' Nordhoff called over his shoulder. Note: This is from the second of the Ten Commandments in the Bible: `Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.' (Exodus 20:7)
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take someone's name in vain

use someone's name in a way that shows a lack of respect.
The third of the biblical Ten Commandments is: ‘Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain’ (Exodus 20:7).
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take somebody’s name in ˈvain

show a lack of respect when using somebody’s name: I get very upset when people take God’s name in vain. ♢ (humorous) Have you been taking my name in vain again?This expression comes from the Bible.
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in ˈvain

without success: They tried in vain to persuade her to go.All our efforts were in vain.
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in vain

1. To no avail; without success: Our labor was in vain.
2. In an irreverent or disrespectful manner: took the Lord's name in vain.
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Segundo Vainer (2000), a cidade como sujeito e objeto de negocios nega radicalmente o espaco politico, de conflitos e disputas ideologicas entre os agentes.
Vainer (1999) e Silva (2003) basearam-se nessa tipologia para analisar longos litigios familiares.
Esse processo pode levar a destruicao da cidade como espaco da politica, como lugar de construcao da cidadania, ou como bem nos alerta Vainer (2002), da cidade enquanto polis, pois somente na polis, em comunidade com outros, "o homem e capaz de cultivar em todas as direcoes todos os seus dotes, afirmando sua liberdade (.
Gift shops, fast food and fashionable clothes are now available at shopping malls such as Vainer Street.
Tory MP Ann Widdecombe: "This man is vainer than Narcissus and more arrogant than Napoleon.
See Entwistle & Wilson, supra note 190, at 15 (describing philosophy's "repudiation of the body as the intellectual form of its repudiation of the feminine," and noting that "[t]his is a stance which also lends itself to a more general cultural process of gender stereotyping and masculine disassociation in Western culture, according to which it is women who are the vainer sex and the more concerned with what they wear while men are largely indifferent to questions of attire" (alteration added)).
4) Ver Carlos Bernardo Vainer, "Estado e migracao internacional no Brasil: Da imigracao a emigracao," em Neide Lopes Patarra, Emigracao e imigracao internacionais no Brasil contemporaneo, 1: 39-52; e Zeila de Brito Fabri Demartini, "Imigration in Brazil: The Insertion of Different Groups," Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies 4 (2) (2006): 69-95.
El proyecto fue ideado hace 2 anos por el museo y la Fundacion Olga y Rufino Tamayo, que debieron reunir 3 millones de pesos para ponerlo en marcha y mantenerlo en funcionamiento los primeros 3 anos, segun comenta Beatriz Vainer (casada, madre de 3 hijos), colaboradora de la fundacion en proyectos educativos.
Whate'er some vainer youth may term disgrace, The gain of honest pains is never base: From trades, from arts, from valor, honor springs; These three are founts of gentry, yea, of kings.
Here in this island we arrived, and here Have I, thy schoolmaster, made thee more profit Than other princes can that have more time For vainer hours, and tutors not so careful.
Reality check: this is the woman who was married to a man about whom half the world for years assumed was the subject of Carly Simon's song You're So Vain, until it was scientifically proven this referred to the fractionally vainer Warren Beatty.
En palabras de Vainer (2000), el discurso sobre la ciudad se estructura sobre la articulacion de tres analogias: la ciudad es una mercancia que tiene que ser vendida en un mercado extremadamente competitivo en el que otras ciudades tambien estan a la venta; la ciudad es una empresa por la cual hay que apuntar a la productividad, a la competitividad y a la subordinacion a la logica del mercado; y, finalmente, la ciudad es una patria que necesita la existencia de consenso, sin el no hay posibilidad de estrategias exitosas.
Despite the setbacks, however, there's no doubt male consumers are increasingly mimicking their vainer female counterparts and filling the bathroom cabinets with an array of products from styling gel to aftershave balm and face scrub.
The author would like to thank Boris Vainer, the project development technician,, for his aid on tests and help in carrying out the project's tasks from its conception to successful completion.