10 definitions by BenBisley

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verb

to place someone in an awkward or unpleasant situation by guile or deceit; to play emotional games with someone prior to letting them down.
*sighs* "I have been waiting here on this park bench for two hours, and she hasn't turned up. I guess I've been set up."
by benbisley March 08, 2010

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A woman who makes her advancement in life by using questionable and amoral means. She may use financial, emotional and sexual deceits.
Adeline of Headington was a Victorian adventuress who bankrupted several prominent men. She then watched their plight with some amusement.

Bridget (Linda Fiorentino) in 'The Last Seduction' is the ultimate modern adventuress. She will murder to achieve her ends.
by benbisley March 25, 2008

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A British term used to rebuke a small boy who takes favours and presents for granted without giving appropriate thanks: also used after other discourtesies. Usually used by his mother.
Lady Muck is the feminine equivalent.
Mother] Alex, say thank-you when I give you your sandwiches. Who do you think you are: Lord Muck?

Mother] Alice, don't just sit there like Lady Muck when you can see I need a hand with passing round the plates.
by benbisley July 27, 2008

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A state of mind, where deep but incoherent thought comes wordlessly. A lonely mental abstraction; not necessarily gloomy but often so. When you emerge from a brown study it is often difficult to remember what you have been thinking about.
Amanda looked out at the rain and the leaden sky. She was alone. At times like this she was prone to quote melancholy poetry and then fall into a brown study.
by benbisley April 13, 2008

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To release your frustration and powerlessness by snapping at an innocent person or creature who just happens to be handy. Usually following a bad day at work.
1. The Chief Executive bawled out the manager, and the manager bawled me out. Boy, when I got home I wanted to kick the cat.

2. 'So, Sam, you've had a lousy day at work: I'm sorry, but don't take it out on me just because you can't take it out on your boss: don't kick the cat.
by benbisley March 04, 2008

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a woman's long, loose undergarment: a shift. Pronounced shimmy. Probably a corruption of the French word chemise.
Angela sat next to the wood-stove, drinking coffee. She was wearing a white chimmie. She looked good, and didn't she just know it.
by benbisley February 01, 2009

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A spiteful exchange between two enemies each of whom seeks to injure the other.

It can be physical or verbal.
After a boundary dispute the croquet game degenerated into a needle-match.

It was clear across the hotel dining room that Rebecca and Susan were part-way through a needle-match. And I knew who would win. Susan was no match for Rebecca, with her mental agility and mordant wit.
by benbisley September 16, 2008

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