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To take advantage of a brief opportunity while it is still there. To not waste time.

The saying comes from farming communities. There would often be only a short time in which the hay would be ready to cut- reap too soon, and the hay would be too green. Reap too late, and you run the risk of rain ruining it all. Still very good advice.
I just got a good job for the summer- I don't know if I'll have one this fall, but I'll make hay while the sun shines and save up for the winter.
by Athene Airheart May 16, 2004

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A small amount of something.

From the Japanese word "sukoshi," pronounced skosh. That also means a little bit.
"I'll have just a skosh of that pie..."
by Athene Airheart March 20, 2004

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An old term for soldier, dating from the WWI era or possibly even earlier.
"Here come the doughboys, marching over the hill to save us."
by Athene Airheart March 20, 2004

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Another way of saying "slow down" or "stop." Usually used when someone is being hasty about something and a wiser person says "Hold your horses!" to make them stop and think. Encourages someone to have caution.

Based on the times when people used wagons or carriages, and when they needed to keep them under control they would need to literally hold the horses back from running.
"Hold your horses," said Joe, "you don't know when the movie even starts."
by Athene Airheart March 30, 2004

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Two people of the same sex promising fidelity and love to each other.

In response to some of the other arugments: If people who can't procreate naturally (such as a gay couple) shouldn't get married, than neither should straight couples who are for some reason infertile. There are plenty of heterosexual marriages that don't produce offspring; this is accepted, and so should be gay marriage.

In the end, it is only between the two people who love each other.
Gay marriage is an issue that needs to be thought about in today's society.
by Athene Airheart March 20, 2004

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A frequently misused word.

Decimate literally means to reduce something by a tenth, but many people use it instead to mean "totally destroy." The word "obliterate" would be a better choice than "decimate."

Decimate comes from the root "deci-" which can be found in other words involving ten, "decimal" for example.
When I decimated the cookies I ate ten out of the hundred-cookie batch.

Joe decimated the rock collection by getting rid of one tenth of the rocks.
by Athene Airheart March 24, 2004

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As seen in illustrations or cartoons: Wavy, vertical lines rising above a person, place or thing. Denotes a foul odor.
"You didn't put enough stink lines on your picture of the teacher."
by Athene Airheart March 14, 2004

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