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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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As I understand it in normal card game it would mean someone manually prepared the cards so they know what is coming (have advantage) In the context of the speech I think it means that average Americans are at disadvantage. Similar to system is rigged in your post. stack the deck (against someone or something) and stack the cards (against someone or ...


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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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Silver-tongued A tendency to be eloquent and persuasive in speaking. - Google


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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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If you want something very unusual and yet historically resonant, you might try chrysostomic (that is, "golden-mouthed"). Here's the OED definition of that word: Chrysostomic a. rare. {f. Gr χρυσοστομος golden-mouthed, an epithet applied to favourite orators which became a kind of surname of Dio and John Chrysostom.} Golden-mouthed. [Example:] 1816 ...


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If the victory was so costly it led to defeat, then its opposite would be a loss that was so advantageous it led to victory: Gambit 2(In chess) an opening move in which a player makes a sacrifice, typically of a pawn, for the sake of a compensating advantage:


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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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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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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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From Etymology Online, footing (n.) as solid base for something evolved from the late 13c.: "a base, foundation;" late 14c., "position of the feet on the ground, stance," a gerundive formation from foot (n.). Figurative meaning "firm or secure position" is from 1580s; that of "condition on which anything is established" is from 1650s. From ...


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Ciceronian : in the style of Cicero: characterized by melodious language, clarity, and forcefulness of presentation: Ciceronian invective. a Cicero: Roman statesman, orator, and philosopher. A major figure in the last years of the Republic, he is best known for his orations against Catiline and for his mastery of Latin prose. His ...


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The one and only correct answer to this question is, quite obviously, slick whistle-stopper. I will now use my prodigious rhetorical skills to prove this point. Firstly, I did a Google search for that term, which produced the following: No results found for "slick whistle-stopper". And here is the Google Ngram: No valid ngrams to plot! Ngrams not ...


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An excellent orator is a rhetorician. Since you are asking for an uncommon term, you might enjoy referring to them as a grandiloquent rhetorician.


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Pyrrhic Defeat Theory suggest increasing power by increasing the cost of a battle: the idea that those with the power to change a system, benefit from the way it currently works. Origin In criminology, pyrrhic defeat theory is a way of looking at criminal justice policy. It suggests that the criminal justice system’s intentions are the ...


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Raconteur One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit. - The Free Dictionary


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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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doctiloquent A reference to someone who talks about a subject which he or she has studied and knows a great deal about omniloquent Being capable of talking about any and all subjects. suaviloquent [Latin. suaviloquens; suavis sweet + loquens, p. pr. of loqui to speak.] Sweetly speaking; using agreeable speech. ...


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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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melliloquent (literally honey-tongued) Speaking sweetly or harmoniously. Latin mel, mellis honey + loquens speaking, present participle of loqui to speak.


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Ambiguity: the characteristic of having more than one possible interpretation or meaning (AHD) Amphibology: a sentence or phrase (as “nothing is good enough for you”) that can be interpreted in more than one way. (M-W) the use of ambiguous phrases or such as can be construed in two senses. A good example is Shakespeare's 'The duke yet ...


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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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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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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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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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Rhetorical magician: rhetorical adjective 1 Relating to or concerned with the art of rhetoric: magician noun 1.0 A person with magical powers. 1.1 A conjuror. 1.2 informal A person with exceptional skill in a particular area. The art of rhetoric tends to be a black box to the masses, who experience the impact of great ...


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Symbiosis - A relationship between people, companies etc. that is to the advantage of both. Eg. She imagined us living in a perfect father and son symbiosis.


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"Lost the battle but won the war" is the closest phrase I can think of that matches what you describe.


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It's hard to believe no one's mentioned this term yet. You could also refer to such a person as you've described as a cunning linguist.



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