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have Van Gogh's ear for music
humorous To be unable to distinguish differences in musical pitch, especially in one's own singing; to be tone deaf. Vincent Van Gogh, a Dutch painter from the late-19th century, famously severed part of his own left ear I don't know why he thought to join the school choir. He has Van Gogh's ear for music!
in the van of (something)
At the forefront of something. The lieutenant who was in the van of the assault, leading a small party of machine-gunners to clear a path for the rest of the infantry. The senator had been in the van of the movement to equalize pay for all citizens since the late 1960s.
Miss/Mrs. Van Neck
dated A nickname for a woman with large breasts. Of course Jack's dating yet another Miss Van Neck—you know he can't resist ladies with certain, ah, assets. You need to do something about your décolletage so as to not look like Mrs. Van Neck tonight.
Someone who drives a nondescript white van for work, especially one who drives in an aggressive, reckless, or dangerous way. Alludes to the perception that such drivers (typically male) are ignorant or rude. I used to cycle to work, but after nearly being knocked over three separate times by white-van men, I decided to start taking the bus.
See also: man
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in the ˈvan(British English, formal) at the front or in the leading position: The eight warships in the van opened fire on the advancing fleet.
See also: van
ˌwhite-ˈvan man(British English, informal) used to refer to a man driving a white van in an aggressive way. Many companies use white delivery vans and their drivers are often considered stupid and rude: Who enjoys driving to work with the constant traffic jams, roadworks and the impatient hooting of white-van man?
See also: man
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