toying

Definitions

  • Toys from the Streets
    Toys from the Streets
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n toying playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Some More Toys from the Streets Some More Toys from the Streets
More Toys from the Streets More Toys from the Streets
A little boy, wearing a sailor suit and carrying a toy boat A little boy, wearing a sailor suit and carrying a toy boat
The children watch the toy village burning The children watch the toy village burning
A Toy Boat 1 A Toy Boat 1
A Toy Boat 2 A Toy Boat 2
OUT RUSHED THE TOYS OUT RUSHED THE TOYS
man selling toy lambs man selling toy lambs

Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “In the great department store of life, baseball is the toy department.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
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    “Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.”
  • John Gay
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    “O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed, by keeping men off, you keep them on.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
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    “When I am grown to man's estate I shall be very proud and great. And tell the other girls and boys Not to meddle with my toys.”
  • Owen Meredith
    Owen Meredith
    “Be it jewel or toy, not the prize gives the joy, but the striving to win the prize.”
  • Ezra Pound
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    “The intellect is a very nice whirligig toy, but how people take it seriously is more than I can understand.”

Idioms

Throw your toys out of the pram - To make an angry protest against a relatively minor problem, in the process embarrassing the protester. The analogy is with a baby who throws toys out of the pram in order to get their parent to pay attention to them. The implication in the idiom is that the protester is acting like a baby.
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Usage

In literature:

All the children had these toy balloons.
"Tum Tum, the Jolly Elephant" by Richard Barnum
The wind toyed so persistently with Conscience's dark hair that she took it down from its coils and let it hang in heavy braids.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
How long does her fancy generally remain faithful to a new toy?
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
But his quick eye glanced over the tables without resting on any of the toys.
"The Doll and Her Friends" by Unknown
His thought played delightedly with his emotions ... a precocious child with new fantastic toys.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
But on went the coach, and soon Jane thought but of the toy shop, and of what toy she would like best to have.
"The Book of One Syllable" by Esther Bakewell
They were bad, wicked toys, with bad, wicked ways.
"Adventures in Toyland" by Edith King Hall
It has always had to me something brackish, something that fills my mind with grey pain and makes me yearn for my old toys.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
Edith mends her old toys for poor children.
"A Missionary Twig" by Emma L. Burnett
A woman's toy, at these years!
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
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In poetry:

Seeing his face bent over book or toy,
Child I called him, smiling: but he smiled
Back, as one too high for vain annoy -
Not a child.
"Not A Child" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Now, Zachary Zugg took out the rug
And Jennifer Joy helped shake it
Then Jennifer Joy, she made a toy
And Zachary Zugg helped break it
"Helping" by Shel Silverstein
Whilst others give thee wond’rous toys,
Or jewels rich and rare,
I bring but flowers—more meet are they
For one so young and fair.
"To A Beautiful Child On Her Birthday With A Wreath Of Flowers" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
Nay, be aught you please, let all fulfil
All your pleasure; be your world your toy:
Mild or wild we love you, loud or still,
Child or boy.
"Not A Child" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
That a ghost has its dwelling there
Nobody else would guess,--
"Only a baby's shoe,
A curl of golden hair,"
You would say, "a toy or two,--
"My Little Ghost" by Susan Coolidge
Countless beginnings, fair first parts,
Leap to the light, and shining flow;
All broken things, or toys or hearts,
Are mended where they go.
"To E.G., Dedicating a Book" by George MacDonald

In news:

Tech toys are great inside, but what about outside CNN tracks down some tough toys at CES 2011.
Toys R Us stores nationwide will stay open for 112 hours straight starting at 6 am Tuesday and continuing through 10 pm on Christmas Eve, the toy giant said Monday.
Santa finds THE toy of all toys.
The Toys For Tots toy collection campaign is entering it's.
This April 24, 2008, photo provided by Hasbro Inc, shows Twinkle Hope, one of the "My Little Ponies" toys that will be auctioned for the Give Kids The World Village charity as part of a celebration of the toy's 25th anniversary.
Toys R Us, a Wayne, N.J.-based retailer is introducing a "hot toy" reservation program beginning Wednesday, Sept 18, 2012.
Peachtree City Police are undertaking a toy drive this year aimed at providing toys for local needy children.
On Boys & Toys / What do Big Boys Toys, MMA and the American Poolplayers Association have in common.
Over the past two decades, the Spark of Love Toy Drive has successfully collected more than seven million toys.
The Stuff the Bus Toy Drive continues, but organizers still need your help to meet their goal of 15,000 toys.
Join Coast 101.3 for our 5th annual Toys For Tots Toy Drive At the Arroyo Grande Kmart Friday December 14th, 2012 from 6:00 am – 5:00 pm.
The toys just aren't coming in as fast as they usually do, check out these numbers: 56,000= The number of toys Salvation Army officials hope to collect this season.
Leah Kemble shows Jayla Kemp, 5, some of the toys that Sigma Sigma Sigma contributed to the Winter Wonderland Toy Drive at the MU Children's Hospital on Sunday.
Toy is a music education major and the wife of Dr Royal Toy, education professor.
A toy per person attending will fill the stockings at Manger Network and Toys for Tots.
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In science:

In the toy model this is achieved by assuming nmax to be independent of τ /T90 .
Statistical analysis of BATSE gamma-ray bursts: Self-similarity and the Amati-relation
In the toy-model discussed in § 5.1, V is directly related to the number of pulses in the burst.
Statistical analysis of BATSE gamma-ray bursts: Self-similarity and the Amati-relation
It was shown in § 5.1 that the observed relation between T50 and τ finds a ready explanation in a toy model where the value of V is determined by the number of pulses in a burst.
Statistical analysis of BATSE gamma-ray bursts: Self-similarity and the Amati-relation
We have derived the generalized uncertainty principle from a toy model of discretized space by considering quantum mechanics on a circle where the compacification involves the momentum.
Quantum Mechanics and the Generalized Uncertainty Principle
Bohr argued that the existence of such narrow resonances could not be understood without assuming strong interactions between the incident neutron and the nucleons in the target. A wooden toy model (shown in Fig. 4) was to demonstrate this idea of the compound nucleus.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Spectra
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