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Pairs #28

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

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Bob
Bob and weave. (boxing) A defensive technique that moves the head both beneath and to the side of an incoming punch.
Soap
Soap and water. Materials used for household and personal cleaning.
Words
Words and phrases. Building blocks of grammar.
Chips
Chips and cheese. A snack consisting of a bed of tortilla chips topped with melted cheese; nachos with only two ingredients.
Block
Block and tackle. 1. A system in which a rope, cable, or chain (the tackle) is passed over pulleys enclosed in two (or rarely more) blocks, one fixed and one attached to a load, which is used to gain mechanical advantage to lift or pull heavy loads. 2. (euphemistic) The underwear combination of stockings worn with a suspender belt.
Blood
Blood and guts. (idiomatic) Gore; gruesome images.
Tuck
Tuck and roll. 1. To attempt to minimize the impact of a fall by tucking the head between the legs, grabbing the knees and rolling out of it. 2. (by extension) To quickly and safely get out of a dangerous or complicated situation.
Hot
Hot and heavy (idiomatic) Passionate.
Tried
Tried and true. Well-established and tested; known to work or succeed based on extensive experience.
Smoke
Smoke and joke. 1. To waste time chatting. 2. To waste time chatting while ingesting cannabis.
Black
Black and tan. Any of various breeds of dog having black and tan colouring. (as Black and Tan) A member of the RIC British paramilitary force, operating against Irish republicans in the War of Independence 1920/21.
Big enough
Big enough and ugly enough. (informal) Mature, grown-up, old enough (with the implication that one can look after oneself and make one's own decisions).
Hoot
Hoot-n-holler. A type of telecommunications system where there is a permanent open circuit between two or more parties. Also known as a squawk box system, holler down, shout down or junkyard circuit.
House
House and home. One’s home (used for emphasis).
Slow
Slow and steady. Part of the proverb “Slow and steady wins the race,” i.e., patient work will eventually conquer any problem.
Snakes
Snakes and Ladders. A children's luck-based board game, played on a numbered grid, the aim of which is to proceed to the end, and in which ladders aid progress and snakes impede it. Introduced in the US as “Chutes and Ladders,” the game originated in ancient India as Moksha Patam.
Fun
Fun and games. (idiomatic, often used ironically) Recreation; nothing serious; easy, enjoyable activities.
Chip
Chip and PIN. A system for verifying that the bearer of a debit card or credit card is the owner, involving cards that contain a silicon chip storing the PIN of the card; the bearer confirms ownership of the card by inserting it into a machine and entering the PIN, which is compared with the one stored on the chip.
Chicken
Chicken and egg. (usually attributively) A situation or case in which it is difficult to distinguish cause and effect, having a circular character. From the proverbial question of whether the chicken or the egg came first, attested as early as Aristotle (4th century BCE).
Chop
Chop and drop. (horticulture) The practice of removing plants by cutting them down to the soil level, without removing the roots.
Horse
Horse and carriage. (Britain, US) A light, simple, two-person carriage of the late 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, drawn usually by one or sometimes by two horses.
Smash
Smash and grab. A robbery where a window of a shop or other premises or a display case inside a shop is smashed and items are grabbed as quickly as possible.
Horseshoes
Horseshoes and hand grenades. A truncation of the idiom “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades,” used to imply that being close to meeting an objective is not sufficient in the current situation.
Bits
Bits and bats. (informal) Miscellaneous items.
Command
Command and control. (military, law enforcement) The management and logistics of a military or paramilitary force.
Bats
Carriage
Cheese
Control
Drop
Egg
Games
Grab
Guts
Hand grenades
Heavy
Holler
Home
Joke
Ladders
Phrases
PIN
Roll
Steady
Tackle
Tan
True
Ugly enough
Water
Weave
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