Back number - Something that's a back number is dated or out of fashion.
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By the numbers - If something is done by the numbers, it is done in a mechanical manner without room for creativity.
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Days are numbered - When someone’s days are numbered, they are expected to die soon.
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I've got your number - You have made a mistake and I am going to call you on it. You are in trouble (a threat). I have a disagreement with you. I understand your true nature.
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Look after number 1 - You are number one, so this idiom means that you should think about yourself first, rather than worrying about other people.
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Look out for number one - If you look out for number one, you take care of yourself and your interests, rather than those of other people.
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Number cruncher - A number cruncher is an accountant or someone who is very good at dealing with numbers and calculations.
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Pull numbers out of your ass - (USA) If sopmeone pulls numbers out of their ass, they give unreliable or unsubstantiated figures to back their argument.
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Safety in numbers - If a lot of people do something risky at the same time, the risk is reduced because there is safety in numbers.
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In literature:
The Austrians occupying them numbered 15,000, of which a large number were in a deeply wooded gorge.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
It is estimated that the number of civilians in flight over these terrible roads numbered fully 700,000.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
To supply the great number of batteries needed for gasoline automobiles, large companies have been formed.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
The financial report showed the receipts for 1884 to be in round numbers $2,000, and a balance of $300 still remaining in the treasury.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
The number of eggs varies from three to seven.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
The amendment was numbered "23" and at that time this number was considered unlucky.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
If he lapsed, then Number Two became Number One, and all down the line the numbers advanced one.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The number of arrivals by way of the air in that particular village every day numbered high in the thousands.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
Their own numbers they represent to be not exceeding 50,000, but I suspect they have three times that number.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
The statutes, not drawn up until the end of April 1443, raised the number of the college to forty.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
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In poetry:
But to scenes of real woe,
Where a wretch is truely dying,
Wherefore do such numbers go,
What can be the joy of sighing?
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
We shall die—our hours are numbered—
As the sunlight dawns serene
Over yonder mountain ridges,
Rimming round this battle scene.
"In The Artillery" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
Roam with young Persephone.
Plucking poppies for your slumber . . .
With the morrow, there shall be
One more wraith among your number.
"Rainy Night" by Dorothy Parker
’Twas not their courage, or their sword,
To them salvation gave;
’Twas not their number or their strength
That did their country save.
"O Lord, our fathers oft have told" by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady
The spirit-harp within the breast
A spirit's touch alone can know,--
Yet thine the power to wake its rest,
And bid its echoing numbers flow.
"To A Lady Who Had Been Singing" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Oh ! how sweet the blue sky roving,
All the charms of freedom proving !
Oh ! how sweet to break day's slumbers
With my gay rejoicing numbers !
"Lines Written On Seeing Lark" by Laura Sophia Temple
In news:
With the number of smart phones set to outpace the number of people in the world, it's clear this is a technology that will only continue to evolve and advance.
Under Saban, Alabama's classes from even-numbered years have been asked more often to contribute immediately than the ones from odd-numbered years.
No tickets matched all five "Fantasy 5" numbers, meaning 311 tickets with four numbers correct are worth $555 each.
No tickets matched all five "Fantasy 5" numbers, meaning the 272 tickets with four numbers correct are worth $555, the Florida Lottery said Friday.
Another 8,272 tickets matching three numbers won $21 each and 83,420 tickets won a Quick Pick ticket for picking two numbers.
"We do think the numbers of participants are down a little bit because the numbers of fish counts are lower," said Hancock.
It's probably unusual to start a sentence with a number, but, in this instance, the number is that of my age, reached Oct 4 on my 91st birthday.
The number of deportation cases in federal courts has been going down for a while, but the number of people deported because of serious criminal activity has decreased faster than the overall caseload.
The Numbers Say You Probably Won't Believe The Numbers We're About to Show You.
Winning numbers drawn in 'Evening Numbers' game.
Winning numbers drawn in 'Midday Daily Number' game.
The band can be heard on 22 number one pop hits, 48 number one R&B hits, generating sales of over 300 million records.
In Greek, Tavro means 'bull' and the number thirteen is Owner Gus Tzitzifas' lucky number.
The total number of crimes reported in Oklahoma increased slightly in 2011, while the number of violent crimes dropped to the lowest level since 2008, according to an annual report compiled by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Alexus Wilson drives to the basket while a number of her teammates including Kelsey McClure, background, and Sydni Carter (13) converge along with a number of Southeast players.
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In science:
The ﬁrst number in the bracket indicates the number of ηa ’s and the second number the number of θa ’s.
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
The number of times a given element (outcome) of the sample space occurs in the ensemble is such that the ratio of this number to the total number of members in the ensemble is, exactly, the probability associated with the outcome.
Monte Carlo: Basics
The maximum number of fermionic propagators (i.e. those which are switched on) is determined and their numbers are stored into an array. • If this number of propagators equals zero, only one Zfunc has to be calculated.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Within the Constructor(), the number of optimization steps, the number of phase space points per step as well as a maximum number of phase space points to be generated are set.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Though there are inﬁnite number of divergent vertexes in the gravitational gauge theory, we need not introduce inﬁnite number of interaction terms that do not exist in the original Lagrangian and inﬁnite number of parameters.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
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