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According to my NOAD the informal expression "be fresh out of" means "have just sold or run out of a supply of (something)." You can see an example also on the OALD. So he basically meant "I ran out of pies to throw at you."


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It means that there are ordinary, run-of-the mill dinner jackets, and then there are special, well-cut, expensive dinner jackets, of the sort that a millionaire, master criminal or international secret agent would wear. The idiom can be used for other things too: I've tried pizza and I don't really like it. Ah, but there's pizza, and there's pizza. ...


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To add to the dictionary definition Alenanno provides, I feel obliged to point out that the expression "fresh out of" is a colloquialism that is often used in a confrontational manner. In the film Full Metal Jacket, for instance, the belligerent Marine called "Animal Mother" confronts the film's protagonist, Private Joker, by saying: "Hey, asshole. Cowboy's ...


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The character Aldo Raine is from Maynardville, Tennessee and is a hillbilly who enjoys bootlegging moonshine. While I'm unsure about the accuracy of Pitt's accent for the time period, it certainly sounds (possibly intentionally) overdone to my ears.


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There are answers and then there are answers. This is, in wider sense, a ploce : The repetition of a single word for rhetorical emphasis. The term is from Gk. plekein, "to plait". Also sp. ploche, ploke, conduplicatio, diaphora, doubler. In this case, specifically, it could be: 1) Antanaclasis (from Gk. anti “against or back,” ana “up” and klasis “a ...


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Why not ask Higgins himself? ELIZA: Garn! HIGGINS: "Garn"-I ask you, sir: what sort of word is that? HIGGINS: It's "ow" and "garn" that keep her in her place, Not her wretched clothes and dirty face. Why can't the English teach their children how to speak? This verbal class distinction, by now, should be antique. If you spoke as she ...


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I grew up in Tennessee and live very close to Maynardville. Pitt's accent is the closest I've heard from a non-native. He would pass for a local. It's that good.


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Having grown up in east Tennessee, I can confirm that his accent is consistent with the older generation of locals from the deep mountains. It is likely that Brad Pitt spent some time in the area and adopted the thickest accent he could muster of those he heard in the region.


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What you should realize about the Austin Powers movies that may not be immediately obvious to a non-native speaker is that the character is written by USA natives to be an exaggerated parody of a British guy from the 60's. As such, a lot of his tag lines aren't so much phrases in common use in England, but rather an American's view of phrases in common use ...


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Yes it can. "Hidden in plain sight" isn't a widely known idiom however, so make sure it's obvious to your reader.


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According to the Pacific Rim wiki, Stacker Pentecost was born in Tottenham, London, and holds British citizenship. I don’t know the movie at all, but the wiki also says he is the head of the Hong Kong Shatterdome, so perhaps his native British English has simply been influenced somewhat by Hong Kong’s colonial English accents.


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"Mashed up inside" isn't a medical term and so doesn't refer to a specific injury to a specific organ. He is saying that he feels he has has multiple severe internal injuries. He is much more likely to be referring to physical rather than mental injuries.


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AFAIK, to give someone a pass means to be granted a reprieve from something bad; "given a pass"; forgiven for one's sins or indiscretions. prior uses of pass late 13c. to go by (something), to cross over, from Latin passare "to step, walk, pass" is attested from c.1300. Not known when usage of example came into language. He could have said a lot of ...


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Garn is, as Prof. Lawler tells you, Shaw's orthographic approximation to Eliza's pronunciation of the phrase Go on!. Go on, however, has little to do with the literal meaning of those words: it is a lower-class colloquial expression which dismisses what the previous speaker has just said as false, incredible, or absurd. There are similar expressions ...


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His accent is consistant with the dialect spoken by natives of the Appalachian Region of the U.S. Commonly spoken by individuals from NW Georgia, W NC/SC, VA, E TN, & SE KY. JDnTN I'm with you 100% it is a pretty authentic accent, my granddad, & all of his brothers sound much like Raine,& Use similar wording/idioms. I'm from NC btw. My question ...


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Here's the evidence to support OP's suggestion that make a pounce was more common in the past... But here's the evidence to show that relatively speaking it was never actually "common"... It's also worth noting this from etymonline.com... pounce (v.) 1680s, originally "to seize with the pounces," from Middle English pownse (n.) "hawk's claw" (see ...


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It means Behave properly, and its use is not confined to Austin Powers movies.


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It's a reference to the show "The Sopranos." She means that the name "Carmela" makes her friend sound like a member of a New Jersey mafia family. "Big Pussy" and "Meadow" are also names of characters from the same show. The reason for the joke is that the name "Carmela" is relatively unusual and most people would know it primarily from the show.


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It's a reference to her fake name. Cameron's character is named Carly Whitten The Really? is a sarcastic expression meaning You did not seriously choose that specific name now, did you? Kate then refers to the Carmela which is the wife of Tony in The Sopranos. Meadow is their daughter Big Pussy is the nickname of Sal Bonpensiero, also from the ...


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Program music is “A form of art music that attempts to convey a scene, image, or mood”. The soundscape-related terms keynote sounds and soundmark also may be slightly relevant: ...keynote sounds may not always be heard consciously, but they "outline the character of the people living there" (Schafer). A soundmark is a sound which is unique to an area ...


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I come across those words when reading novels all the time. However, they are almost never used in conversation. The only one on the list that is somewhat archaic is "tarry", but its still a perfectly acceptable word that you might expect to come across in a new novel if the situation calls for it.


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When someone questions a child Oh, aren't you sweet? the most obvious answer, "Yes, I am a sweet child" is taken as a given. No one expects a negative response. It's just another way of flattering or complimenting someone, without being considered too forward. If I am with a group of girlfriends and we see a hunk of a man walking down the street I ...


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In the context of Austin Powers, it has a sexual connotation to it. Something along the lines of 'stop flirting with me', or more precisely 'continue flirting with me'. Another example is user in the Carry On movies where 'Oooh Matron' is used with similar effect.


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As stated earlier, the accuracy of the accent for the time period is uncertain, but in the movie his character even says he's from the Smokey mountains and that his father was a mountain man. So you could further research accents from that region


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An Ngram ( http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=hidden+in+plain+sight&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3&share= ) shows that the near-paradoxical idiom has been used since at least 1901. The sudden surge round about 1981 can't be due to the film - I'm wondering if Chomsky popularised the term.


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I'd add that this comes from gambling, where some people may have extra ace up in their sleeve to increase their chances to win. So having nothing up one's sleeve also means that the game is played honestly (EDIT: the game here could be in literal sense as well as in figurative; in any case, it all boils down to having nothing hidden).


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It comes from magic, but it is often used figuratively simply to mean that the speaker is not hiding anything.


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She says: The sermon lasted for three quarters of an hour. She says it really quickly, making the word quarters almost monosyllabic :)



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