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Pairs #12

Select the other half of each pair. Assume the word “and” (or an ampersand) between the hint and the answer.

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Man
Man and boy. (Britain) During one's manhood and boyhood; since one's childhood; all one's life.
Grin
Grin and bear it. To endure a difficult or disagreeable situation with good humour.
Goodness
Goodness and light. “He will bring us goodness and light” is the last line of the Christmas song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (music, Gloria Shayne; lyrics, Noël Regney).
Hat
Hat and coat. Items for outdoor wear.
Watch
Watch and wait. (medicine) Watchful waiting, an approach to a medical problem in which time is allowed to pass before medical intervention or therapy is used; during this time, repeated testing may be performed.
Leaps
Leaps and bounds. (idiomatic) Dramatic improvements.
Life
Life and limb. Existence together with the bodily faculties
Chapter
Chapter and verse. 1. (literally) The chapter number and verse number (within a particular book) that locate a quotation from the Bible. 2. (informal) Very full and detailed information.
Apples
Apples and oranges. (idiomatic) A comparison of items that, however categorically similar, is inapt; an incompatible equation, or the items thus compared.
Parks
Parks and Recreation. A government agency or department (municipal or statewide) responsible for public parks and recreational public works.
Republicans
Republicans and Democrats. Members of the two principal political parties in the US.
Mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes and gravy. A side dish.
Fine
Fine and dandy. (informal, sometimes sarcastic) Superb, excellent.
Savings
Savings and loan. A financial institution that specializes in accepting savings deposits and making mortgage and other loans.
Fife
Fife and drum. A crucial mode of military communication from commander to troops before the advent of radios, phones and drones, as their sound could carry over long distances and be heard over the din of battle.
Hammer
Hammer and nail. An observant comment about an individual over-relying on a familiar tool, whether or not it is appropriate to the situation. This is a reference to Abraham Maslow’s “law of instrument” (a.k.a. “Maslow’s Hammer”): “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
Alive
Alive and well. (idiomatic) Healthy; vital; in good health, particularly in opposition to unfavorable circumstances.
On
On and on. Continuously and tediously.
Dos
Dos and don’t. A set of rules or guidelines that one has to follow in a particular situation.
Hard
Hard and fast. (idiomatic, of rules, etc.) Strictly maintained.
Beam
Beam and scales. A balance; a pair of scales for weighing.
Down
Down and dirty. (informal) Thoroughly involved; hands-on.
Names
Names and faces. Perhaps the two most important things to remember about those you meet.
The Iliad
The Iliad and The Odyssey. A pair of epic poems by Homer (8th century BCE).
Knife
Knife-and-fork. (archaic) A person who eats heartily. Or, a pair of utensils for eating.
Bear it
Bounds
Boy
Coat
Dandy
Democrats
Dirty
Don’ts
Drum
Faces
Fast
Fork
Gravy
Light
Limb
Loan
Nail
On
Oranges
Recreation
Scales
The Odyssey
Verse
Wait
Well
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