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it takes a village
proverb Many people's help or involvement is needed to achieve some goal. A shortening of the proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child." Come on, you'll never get this bill passed without their help. It takes a village, you know.
it takes a village to raise a child
proverb Those who are raising a child need many people's help and support. When my wife and I got divorced, I learned firsthand that it takes a village to raise a child.
Something that is made to seem very grand, elaborate, or prosperous for the purposes of impressing others, but which in reality has no real worth or substance. Taken from a story about Russian minister Grigory Potemkin (1739–1791), who allegedly erected false, painted façades to mimic a thriving, successful village along the Dnieper River in Crimea to impress the visiting Empress Catherine II. The tightly controlled totalitarian country is often accused of creating a Potemkin village each time it televises some event, a meager attempt to convince the outside world that its people are happy under the thumb of the dictatorship.
the village bicycle
vulgar slang A promiscuous female. (A village's communal bicycle would be ridden by many people.) I'm not surprised he slept with Nicole. That girl's basically the village bicycle. Why am I the "village bicycle" when Jack, who—newsflash—has slept with twice as many people as me, is revered as a stud?
Someone known for being stupid or foolish. I know I've made some big mistakes in the past and everyone in town sees me as the village idiot, but I'm not that girl anymore—I've grown up.
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a Potemkin villagea sham or unreal thing.
Count Potemkin ( 1739–91 ), a favourite of Empress Catherine II of Russia, reputedly ordered a number of fake villages to be built for the empress's tour of the Crimea in 1787 .
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