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It is called a jam session. It is sometimes shortened as jam. (jam is used as a verb as well.) An informal gathering of musicians to play improvised or unrehearsed music. [TFD]


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That is called: Lip service: support for someone or something that is expressed by someone in words but that is not shown in that person's actions (TFD)


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To minimize the distinction we say, One's as bad as the other: Or, if we leave room for more than two: One's as bad as the next.


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An exact match: I don't know shit about shit! From The Slangman Guide to Dirty English: Dangerous Expressions Americans Use., by David Burke: "I don't know shit about shit, but I know right from wrong!" From An Uprising of Angels, by Marc D. Baldwin: “I don't know shit about shit. Okay? From Four-letter Films: Taboo Language in Movies, by ...


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Perhaps token support representing no more than a symbolic effort : minimal, perfunctory token resistance; token integration Merriam-Webster


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From Wikipedia... Formication is the medical term for a sensation that exactly resembles that of small insects crawling on (or under) the skin. Less "medically-minded" speakers are likely to say [it feels like] my skin is crawling [with ants], which is effectively the same thing (formic acid in ant stings derives from Latin formica "ant").


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Suppose that we believed that an important event divided a century into two parts and those two parts were not of equal length. Examples might be the Stock Market Crash in 1929, Yuri Gagarin being the first man in space in 1961, or Margaret Thatcher becoming Prime Minister in 1979. We then have the century divided into two parts, that are not halves. If we ...


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LET GOD SORT THEM OUT The OP has stated that the phrase in question, "means that one considers all the instances of some group as equally bad ... " The meaning of the OP's phrase is about not caring, as opposed to, not knowing. Additionally of great significance, the phrase is an expression of vituperation and disdain, conveying a fundamental lack of ...


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It's all the same to me: something that you say when it is not important to you what happens Billy Ray Cyrus wrote It's all the Same To Me about a bad experience in love, where all the gory details became irrelevant: Refrain: You can put me on some island In the middle of the sea Or lock me in a prison With no chance of ever being free Or run ...


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Slacktivism seems to fit your description pretty perfectly: The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes "feel-good" measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little physical or practical effect, other than to make the person doing it feel satisfied that they have contributed... The acts tend to require minimal ...


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Not an exact match, but "six of one, half a dozen of the other" could probably be used in many of the same contexts. It doesn't quite capture the negative connotations of the OP's phrase (it could conceivably be used to describe equally-good options as well as equally-bad). But it could certainly be used to describe politicians that are considered to be as ...


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The correct expression is 50% fewer generally, as 50% of 10 is of course 5, while 100% less would be exactly zero. Notice that 100% more would be 20 and that 50% more would be 15. Then again, 100% of the original would be the same (10), while 300% would be 30.


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"Same old story," is the idiom. (US)


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David. David was a young shepherd with a sling and 5 smooth stones who pitted himself against a gigantic Philistine who was fully armed for battle. Yet he brought the giant down with one stone (saving the others for the giant's brothers.) But we've known O'Brien is a fighter since back in the day, when he was the David to Jay Leno's Goliath. [Boston ...


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In the United States, there is a long association between putting your hand over your heart and affirming something sincerely. Most notably, when people in the United States say the pledge of allegiance or sing the national anthem, they are encouraged to salute the flag either by putting their right hand over their heart or (if they are in military uniform) ...


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A different kettle of fish and a whole new kettle of fish is the British English equivalent of the North American idiom a whole new ball game. Both idioms mean "a different thing altogether", and refer to a new topic which only appears to be related to a previously mentioned one. Nowadays the term kettle is usually associated with teakettles, but in the ...


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Both are correct, but second half is the more common expression: Ngram second half vs second part of the century. A more appropriate sentence could be : "European History from the second half of the 20th century to the present time".


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If your idiom means "I don't make distinctions among things that are all meaningless." then I would suggest: I don't pick fly-shit out of pepper. or You shouldn't try to pick the fly-shit out of the pepper. This is a way to tell someone that they are concerned with trivial differences that do not matter in dealing with the general situation.


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Assuming that you're masking an expletive with "faeces", then: "It's all the same shit to me" - indicating that every example within a set is just as bad as every other example. A milder version - "it's all the same crap to me", and more family friendly "it all smells the same to me".


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The accepted answer lacks the impact and colour of the original: replacing fecal expertise by a reference to the Maker doesn't strike me as the best way to find an equivalence. I would probably go with same shit, different flies This implies that there are differences (the flies), but that those differences are meaningless when it comes down to what ...


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I suspect that "don't rub it in" is an allusion to rubbing salt into a person's wounds, to make them hurt more. Christine Ammer, The Facts on File Dictionary of Clichés, second edition (2006) confirms that the connection is likely: rub it in, to To stress something unpleasant or annoying in a teasing way; to ADD INSULT TO INJURY. The it in this ...


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Though it usually refers to being a boastful person, the phrase all talk can be used to refer to someone who puts a lot of words forward for a cause or action, but doesn't take any action towards it themselves. Somewhat prejorative, you would say something like "he may like to tell people how he supports deforestationg groups, but he's all talk". The ...


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You could say that you support them in word but not in deed.


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While it is commonly used in horses, swaybacked is exactly the term you're looking for, at least in extreme cases. The term is also applied to people who suffer from lordosis. "having an abnormally hollow or sagging back :'a swaybacked mare'"


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"There ain't no ..." is not standard English, but it is genuine English and genuine grammar in a certain sociolect - that's the authentic way some people speak. Added: "There ain't no + noun" is typical of the variety of English called Afro American Vernacular English (AAVE). Link to an article about AAVE with typical examples (at the end of the article). ...


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Your support is only skin deep.


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A fine or pretty kettle of fish As Peter Shor's comment beneath Ralph Richardson's answer indicates, "kettle of fish" has been used as a slang term for several centuries. The same definition of the term that he points to appears in Francis Grose, A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, second edition (1788): KETTLE OF FISH. When a person has ...


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An inverted arch is an arch 'the other way up'. Both the technical and everyday usages of this compound / collocation are shown in this Wikipedia article, which is matter-of-fact to the point of being platitudinous: An inverted arch is a civil engineering structure in the form of an inverted arch, inverted in comparison to the usual arch bridge.... ...


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crawling, biting, or stinging all over. I would call it a (hallucinated) sensation or simply tactile sensitivity. (vocabulary.com/TFD) Peppercorns will give you the sensation of a million tiny pinpricks on your tongue.


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Self-absorbed: adjective only caring about and interested in yourself An interesting person can integrate their own desires, interests, and experiences with the desires, interests and experiences of others.



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