yes-man

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n yes-man a person of unquestioning obedience
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Quotations

  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    “Girls are so queer you never know what they mean. They say No when they mean Yes, and drive a man out of his wits for the fun of it.”
  • Samuel Goldwyn
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    “I hate a man who always says yes to me. When I say no I like a man who also says no.”
  • Groucho Marx
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    “There is one way to find out if a man is honest; ask him! If he says yes you know he's crooked.”
  • William Cowper
    William%20Cowper
    “A self-made man? Yes, and one who worships his creator.”
  • Louis-Ferdinand Celine
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    “Never believe straight off in a man's unhappiness. Ask him if he can still sleep. If the answer's yes, all's well. That is enough.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
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    “Yes, if the life and death of Socrates are those of a wise man, the life and death of Jesus are those of a god.”

Idioms

Yes-man - Someone who always agrees with people in authority is a yes-man.
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Usage

In literature:

Yes, I think you may trust me, though there is no knowing how the rack might change a man's mind.
"Lysbeth" by H. Rider Haggard
Yes, sir, a jay is everything that a man is.
"A Tramp Abroad" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Yes, poor fellow, I liked the man, but I love not the nation.
"The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Fanny Burney
Yes, I suppose that a man poor as I am must be mad indeed to set his heart upon anything that you may choose to fancy.
"Castle Richmond" by Anthony Trollope
Janet Fairbarn will be here in two days, and I'll have another man to keep watch; yes, and a good dog, too!
"A Fascinating Traitor" by Richard Henry Savage
Yes, the same manly form and handsome features, but with a world of more intelligence in the face.
"Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Yes, as happy as a man ought to be.
"Romany of the Snows Being A Continuation Of The Personal Histories Of "Pierre And His People" And The Last Existing Records Of Pretty Pierre" by Gilbert Parker
Ah yes, he is ver' bad, that man from the Great Slave Lake.
"Northern Lights, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Yes, he would kill one man.
"The Pomp of the Lavilettes, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
She said yes to the man, the time was fixed for the marriage, and it came along.
"The Lane That Had No Turning, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
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In poetry:

Yes, AARON had each manly charm,
All in the May of youthful pride,
He scarcely fear'd his father's arm,
And every other arm defied. -
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe
``Yes, vain the fires of pride and lust
Fierce in meridian pulses burn:
Remember, Man, that thou art dust,
And unto dust thou shalt return.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
Yes,— it is no fault of Nature's,
If the vice of fallen creatures
Spots her with a curse;
Man in towns hath viler features,
And his guilt is worse.
"Country Life" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Some diff'rence a loving wife soon can discover,
Between a man when he's wed and when a lover:
While a lover he smiles, and will let a yes go;
When a husband he frowns, with the little word--No.
"Maxims" by William Hutton
"O I fear ye are poisoned, Lord Randall, my son!
I fear ye are poisoned, my handsome young man!"
"O yes, I am poisoned; mother, make my bed soon,
For I'm sick at m' heart, and I fain wad lie doon."
"Lord Randall" by Anonymous British
Is it alone where freedom is,
Where God is God and man is man?
Doth he not claim a broader span
For the soul's love of home than this?
Oh yes! his fatherland must be
As the blue heaven wide and free!
"The Fatherland" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

"Step it up and Dance" and yes, even that Gap commercial, there was Frankie Manning.
Kim Jong Un the "Sexiest Man Alive," and People's Daily said yes, yes he is.
Doubt, Day the Earth Stood Still, Yes Man, and Despereaux.
' Yes Man' stars Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Terence Stamp.
Just Say No Yes Man repackages Jim Carrey's greatest hits, which maybe weren't so great to start with.
O n December 19, Jim Carrey's Yes Man opens.
'Steam Experiment,' 'Yes Man,' Detroit Film Critics Society.
No White House Yes Man.
Woman is ready to say yes to man's 4-year-old proposal.
" "Yes," answered the man, "but I make it up in volume.
Yes, Peyton Manning's first game action in 19 months ended with an interception near the goal line.
Batman Begins,' 'The Incredible Hulk' and the upcoming 'The Man of Steel' are reboots , yes, but their franchises were rebooted following disastrous films that had done seemingly permanent damage to their names.
Yes, Antonio Hart is an alto player, and Jimmy Heath is a tenor man.
Yes, interview a man in a pirate mask during a hurricane.
A man who was out riding in the Northeast Ohio woods will answer that question with a resounding yes.
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In science:

What freedom is given to man? According to this theory, the freedom given to Nature is simply to provide a Yes or No answer to a question posed by a subsystem.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
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