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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 as soon as the Internet became a common household utility.
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.
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.
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!
the whole nine yards
Everything possible; the entirety of what's available; all the related elements of something. Used especially in the phrase "go the whole nine yards." 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.
by the yard
In a large quantity. I worry that our candidate's controversial comments will inspire articles by the 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.
not in my back yard
A clichéd expression of opposition to some 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. The phrase has led to the acronym NIMBY, which in turn has been used to form the neologism "nimbyism," the practice of objecting to that which will impact or intrude on one's local area. There will always be people shouting "not in my back yard" any time a development is proposed.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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]
not in my back yardor
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.
go the whole nine yardsAMERICAN
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.
not in my back yardexpressing 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.
the whole nine yardseverything 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.
all wool and a yard wideof 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.
by the yardin 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.
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.
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.
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.
n. a one-hundred-dollar bill. (Underworld.) The guy wanted a yard just to fix a little dent in the fender.
n. a repellent person; an uncouth person. Is that lousy yard dog hanging around the neighborhood again?
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?
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.”