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hard yards

Particularly hard work or a large amount of effort (toward some task), especially in sports. Often used with the verbs "do," "make," or "put in." You're never going to have a successful business if you aren't willing to put in the hard yards yourself. Our team did the hard yards all game long, and we managed to pull out a victory in the end because of it.
See also: hard, yard

get up the yard

An exclamation of disbelief, annoyance, disagreement, dismissal, etc., akin in meaning to "get out of here." An Irish expression seemingly unique to Dublin. Primarily heard in Ireland. Ah, here! Would you get up the yard! I'm not spending that much on a bleedin' computer.
See also: get, up, yard

junkyard dog

An especially nasty, vicious, or savage person or animal (especially a dog). Of a person, often used in the phrase "meaner than a junkyard dog." Though he's always polite when he's in public, Tim's husband is meaner than a junkyard dog behind closed doors. That standard poodle may look cute and fluffy, but it's a junkyard dog, you can be sure about that.
See also: dog, junkyard

the knacker's yard

A state of ruin or failure due to having become useless or obsolete. Refers to a slaughterhouse for old or injured horses. Once a booming industry before the age of the Internet, home video rental has largely ended up in the knacker's yard these days.
See also: yard

end up in the knacker's yard

To be in or enter a state of ruin or failure due to having become useless or obsolete. Refers to a slaughterhouse for old or injured horses. Once a booming industry before the age of the Internet, home video rental has largely ended up in the knacker's yard these days.
See also: end, up, yard

ready for the knacker's yard

In a state of ruin or failure due to having become useless or obsolete. Refers to a slaughterhouse for old or injured horses. Once a booming industry, home video rental was ready for the knacker's yard once streaming services became common.
See also: ready, yard

move the yardsticks

To alter the rules or parameters of a situation in such a way as to suit one's needs or objectives, making it more difficult for someone else to succeed, keep pace, or achieve an opposing objective. (A US variant of the more common British phrase "move the goalposts.") Primarily heard in US. I hate arguing with that type of person. As soon as you start wearing down their logic, they just move the yardsticks on the whole thing! We're never going to get the book design finished in time if the publisher keeps moving the yardsticks every couple of months like this!
See also: move

do the hard yards

To do particularly hard work or put forth a large amount of effort (toward some task), especially in sports. You're never going to have a successful business if you aren't willing to do the hard yards yourself. Our team did the hard yards all game long, and we managed to pull out a victory in the end because of it.
See also: hard, yard

all wool and a yard wide

1. Of a person, very honorable. Of course Paul reported the crime he witnessed—he's all wool and a yard wide.
2. Of an object, high quality. That product already broke! It's not all wool and a yard wide, that's for sure.
See also: all, and, wide, wool, yard

go the whole nine yards

To do or pursue something in its entirety, which often includes all related things. Wow, Shelly really went the whole nine yards with toppings for the ice cream bar. There's much more than just whipped cream and sprinkles here!
See also: go, nine, whole, yard

the whole nine yards

The entirety of what's possible or available; all the related elements of something. Wow, Shelly really went the whole nine yards with toppings for the ice cream bar. There's much more than just whipped cream and sprinkles here! I want a traditional wedding, with the cake, the dress—the whole nine yards.
See also: nine, whole, yard

by the yard

In large quantities. Although this definition is broad, a "yard," when used as a unit of measure, equals three feet. I worry that our candidate's controversial comments will inspire articles by the yard.
See also: by, yard

in (one's) (own) back yard

In or near to one's area of residence or business. Local farmers have banded together to protest the government's plan of building a series of windfarm generators in their back yard. We don't want to have such a large, ugly monument in our own back yard.
See also: back, yard

not in my back yard

A clichéd expression of opposition to some development or change proposed for one's immediate area, based on the opinion that it will have a negative impact on one's home or local surroundings. Often abbreviated with the acronym "NIMBY." There will always be people shouting "not in my back yard" any time a development is proposed.
See also: back, not, yard

boneyard

1. A cemetery or graveyard. I refuse to walk through a boneyard at night—all the graves just creep me out.
2. A place where old, unused things accumulate. A: "It looks like our neighbors' lawn has become a boneyard." B: "Yep, everything there has five layers of rust!"

put it in their back yard

A parodic response to the clichéd expression "not in my back yard" (often abbreviated with the acronym "NIMBY") used to indicate opposition to any development or change that will impact one's home or local surroundings. Often abbreviated with the acronym "PITBY." We've begun retorting with "put it in their back yard" to all those reductivist corporate apologists claiming that our position is little more than nimbyism.
See also: back, put, yard

all wool and a yard wide

Fig. trustworthy and genuinely good. (A description of good quality wool cloth.) Mary's a fine human being—all wool and a yard wide. I won't hear a word against Bill. He's all wool and a yard wide.
See also: all, and, wide, wool, yard

Give someone an inch and he'll take a mile.

 and Give someone an inch and he'll take a yard.
Prov. Be generous to someone and the person will demand even more. (Describes someone who will take advantage of you if you are even a little kind to him or her.) If you let Mark borrow your tools for this weekend, he'll wind up keeping them for years. Give him an inch and he'll take a mile.
See also: and, give, inch, mile, take

whole nine yards

Sl. the entire amount; everything, as far as possible. For you I'll go the whole nine yards. You're worth the whole nine yards.
See also: nine, whole, yard

all wool and a yard wide

Genuine, not fake; of excellent quality; also, honorable. For example, You can count on Ned-he's all wool and a yard wide. This metaphorical term alludes to a length of highly valued pure-wool cloth that measures exactly a yard (and not an inch less). [Late 1800s]
See also: all, and, wide, wool, yard

whole nine yards, the

Everything that is relevant; the whole thing. For example, He decided to take everything to college-his books, his stereo, his computer, his skis, the whole nine yards . The source of this expression is not known, but there are several possibilities: the amount of cloth required to make a complete suit of clothes; the fully set sails of a three-masted ship where each mast carries three yards, that is, spars, to support the sails; or the amount of cement (in cubic yards) contained in a cement mixer for a big construction job. [Colloquial]
See also: nine, whole

not in my back yard

or

not in my backyard

People use not in my back yard to talk about a situation where people do not want something to exist or happen near them, although they do want it to exist or happen somewhere else. Ottawa's inner city needs that kind of development, but it comes with predictable `not in my back yard' cries of opposition from local residents.
See also: back, not, yard

go the whole nine yards

AMERICAN
If you go the whole nine yards, you do something to the fullest extent possible. When it comes to lack of common sense, this school went the whole nine yards. The designer's spring collection went the whole nine yards on glamour. Note: You can also use just the whole nine yards to talk about something that exists or is done to the fullest extent possible. She's got a manager, a publicist, the whole nine yards. Note: This expression refers to the amount of cement, nine cubic yards, which is contained in a cement-mixer truck.
See also: go, nine, whole, yard

not in my back yard

expressing an objection to the siting of something regarded as undesirable in your own neighbourhood, with the implication that it would be acceptable elsewhere.
This expression originated in the USA in derogatory references to anti-nuclear campaigners. In Britain it is particularly associated with reports of the then Environment Secretary Nicholas Ridley's opposition in 1988 to housing developments near his own home. More recently, it has been used in association with the siting of housing for refugees and asylum seekers. The phrase has given rise to the acronym nimby as a term for someone with these attitudes.
See also: back, not, yard

the whole nine yards

everything possible or available. North American informal
1999 Salman Rushdie The Ground Beneath Her Feet Then the lovers throw a party, and what a party! Dancing, wine, the whole nine yards.
See also: nine, whole, yard

all wool and a yard wide

of excellent quality; thoroughly sound.
Literally, this expression refers to cloth of the finest quality.
1974 Anthony Gilbert A Nice Little Killing No one will ever catch her…with an alibi all wool and a yard wide.
See also: all, and, wide, wool, yard

by the yard

in large numbers or quantities.
2002 Guardian Culture became a commodity: painters sold landscapes cut up by the foot for home decoration; booksellers offered books by the yard; publishers traded copyrights.
See also: by, yard

the ˌwhole ˌnine ˈyards

(informal, especially American English) everything, or a situation which includes everything: When Des cooks dinner he always goes the whole nine yards, with three courses and and a choice of dessert.
See also: nine, whole, yard

boneyard

1. n. a cemetery. I’d like to be planted in a boneyard like that.
2. n. a junkyard. (From sense 1) This old car’s ready for the boneyard.

Put it in their back yard!

and PITBY
sent. & comp. abb. Locate something undesirable close to the people who complain about having it close by. (A parody of NIMBY, Not in my back yard!) To all those NIMBYs, I say PITBY.
See also: back, put

the whole nine yards

n. the entire amount; everything. (Origin unknown. It does not matter what substance is being referred to. It means all of it, no matter what it is.) For you I’ll go the whole nine yards.
See also: nine, whole, yard

yard

n. a one-hundred-dollar bill. (Underworld.) The guy wanted a yard just to fix a little dent in the fender.

yard dog

n. a repellent person; an uncouth person. Is that lousy yard dog hanging around the neighborhood again?
See also: dog, yard

yard-sale

n. the site of a crash involving one or more bikes, skateboards, snowboards, etc., where the debris is spread far and wide. (Looking like a disorganized yard-, garage-, or tag-sale. Man, did you see that yard-sale at the last turn?

all wool and a yard wide

Genuine, not a sham. The expression comes from the yard-goods industry, where a seller would claim that a piece of cloth was 100 percent wool and measured fully a yard, in contrast to inferior material and short measures.
See also: all, and, wide, wool, yard

whole nine yards, the

The entire distance; the whole thing. The source of this term has been lost, but as usual there are several etymological theories. The following were suggested by William Safire’s correspondents: nine yards once constituted the entire amount put onto a bolt of cloth, and for an ornate garment the “whole nine yards” would be used; the standard large cement mixer holds nine yards of cement, and a big construction job would use up the “whole nine yards”; in the square-rigged, three-masted sailing ship of former times, each mast carried three “yards” (the spars supporting the sails), and the expression “whole nine yards” would mean that the sails were fully set. Novelist Lee Child used it in 61 Hours (2010): “Which means he was ready for a full-blown transaction. A conversation, a discussion, the whole nine yards.”
See also: nine, whole

whole nine yards

The entire amount or distance. Of all phrases in the English language, few have as many supposed sources as this one. Among the possibilities are the nine yards of material from which tailors made expensive men's suits; the nine cubic yards of concrete that concrete trucks held; the nine yards (or spars) on a three-masted sailing ship; the volume of grave soil; and the length of a World War II aircraft ammunition belt. However, none of these or any other explanation has been conclusively proven. The phrase first appeared during the 1960s of out Vietnam War writings with no further explanation. Other phrases that refer to everything are “all the marbles,” “the whole shooting match,” “the whole ball of wax,” and “the whole shebang.”
See also: nine, whole, yard
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Wright had 5 receptions for 31 yards, Stewart, 5/122 yards; Keiser, 3/40 yards and Janssen, 3/44 yards.
Herbert ran for 14 yards on the first play and then hit Nelson for a 42-yard touchdown to score on just three plays that took 43 seconds off the clock.
Clinton 48, Lunenburg 24: Daryl Jent rushed 17 times for 222 yards and three touchdowns to help the host Gaels (4-5) top the Blue Knights (5-4).
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While acknowledging that theft is on the upswing because of higher prices, American Iron has been working on maintaining a theft communication line in the area with the help of other local scrap yards. While this system has been in place for several years, its use has increased lately.
12TH: Heathery (348 yards): Extra 34 yards will bring hidden fairway bunkers back into play
The rabbit has an area of 10 yards to his right and 10 yards to his left to conduct the drill.
Length is what makes this hole so tough, and if the wind is blowing in a golfer's face, he or she may hit a great drive and a three-wood and still have 200 yards to the hole.
Following the rural forest's example, people and cities are beginning to take the "waste" out of "yard waste" by putting yard trimmings back into the urban forest ecosystem.
19 in sector I-9 Markaz (360 Sq.yd) was auctioned at Rs.81,720,000, plot No 9-A in sector I-10 Markaz (577.77 square yards) was auctioned against Rs.304,484,790, plot No.9-B in sector I-10 Markaz (577.77 square yards) was auctioned for Rs.283,685,070, plot No.57-A in Blue Area / sector F-6 (2844.44 square yards) fetched Rs.2,631,107,000, plot No.63-C in Blue Area sector F-7 (1711.1 square yards) meant for filling station fetched Rs.49.933,010, industrial plot (No.42-C) in sector I-9/2 (1105.88 square yards) fetched Rs.100,635,080 and industrial plot No.21 in sector I-10/3 (1888.88 square yards) fetched a total of Rs.173,776,960.
Redskins with drive the ball down the field on runs 14, 8 and 5 by Lyons and Ryan Jansen carred the ball 11 yards to the Ponies 4-yard line before Tosetti would run it in the endzone from the left side.
On the first day of two day auction Plot #07 measuring 166.66 square yards located in F-10/3 was auctioned at Rs 765,000/- per square yard, plot No.3-H, Sector F-10/4 measuring 133.33 square yard was auctioned at 817,000/- per square yard, Plot No.1-N, measuring 133.33 square yards of Sector F-11/1 was auctioned at the rate of Rs.560,000/- per square yard, plot No.1-O of the same markaz measuring 200 square yards was auctioned at Rs.710,000/- per square yards while plot No.05, Sector F-8/4 measuring 160 square yards was auctioned at Rs.916,000/-per square yards.
On the first day, plot No 7 measuring 166.66 square yards located in F-10/3 was auctioned at Rs765,000 per square yard, plot No 3-H, Sector F-10/4, measuring 133.33 square yards was auctioned for Rs817,000 per square yard, plot No1-N (133.33 square yards) at Sector F-11/1 was sold at the rate of Rs560,000 per square yard, plot No 1-O at the same Markaz measuring 200 square yards was auctioned at Rs710,000 per square yards while plot No 5, Sector F-8/4 measuring 160 square yards was auctioned at Rs916,000 per square yards.
MAPLETON - Billy McKinney had 23 carries for 249 yards and eight touchdowns, including a 47-yard run for ascore in Yoncalla's 108-72 Mountain West League shootout victory over Mapleton on Friday night.
Bottom hurdle bend out 5 yards, chase 2 yards, adjusted distances - Race 1 - 1m7f 141 yards (+16 yards); Race 2 - 2m7f 184 yards (+14 yards); Race 3 - 2m3f 114 yards (+33 yards); Race 4 - 2m3f 114 yards (+14 yards); Race 5 - 2m7f 213 yards (+33 yards); Race 6 - 1m7f 141 yards (+16 yards); Race 7 - 1m7f 153 yards (+16 yards).