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out of town

out of town  {adv. phr.}
Having left one's usual residence or place of work on a longer trip.
"Mr. Smith is out of town until Monday," the secretary said. "May I take a message?"

put by

put by  {v.}
To save for the future; lay aside.
He had put by a good sum during a working lifetime.

talk a blue streak

talk a blue streak  {v. phr.},  {informal}
To talk on and on, usually very fast.
Sue is a nice girl but after one drink she talks a blue streak and won't stop.
Categories:informal verb

hole in one

hole in one  {n. phr.}
A shot in golf that is hit from the tee and goes right into the cup.
Many golfers play for years before they get a hole in one.

landing ship

landing ship  {n.}
A ship built to land troops and army equipment on a beach for an invasion.
The landing ship came near the beach, doors in the bow opened, and marines ran out.

feel one's oats

feel one's oats  {v. phr.},  {slang}
1. To feel frisky or playful; be eager and excited.
The horses were feeling their oats.
When they first got to camp, the boys were feeling their oats.
2. To act in a proud or important way.
The new gardener was feeling his oats and started to boss the other men.
Categories:feelings slang verb

jump through a hoop

jump through a hoop  {v. phr.},  {informal}
To do whatever you are told to do; obey any order.
Bob would jump through a hoop for Mary.
Categories:informal verb

buy out

buy out  {v.}
1. To buy the ownership or a share of; purchase the stock of.
He bought out several small stockholders.
2. To buy all the goods of; purchase the merchandise of.
Mr. Harper bought out a nearby hardware store.
Contrast: SELL OUT.

wildcat strike

wildcat strike  {n.},  {informal}
A strike not ordered by a labor union; a strike spontaneously arranged by a group of workers.
The garbage collectors have gone on a wildcat strike, but the union is going to stop it.
Categories:informal noun

pant for

pant for  {v. phr.}
To desire something very deeply.
He is panting for his girlfriend, who went out of town to see her family.
Categories:desire verb