Notlayaglove on someone

verb phrase

To leave unscathed; fail to hurt: To this point, they haven’t laid a glove on him (1940s+ Prizefighting)


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  • Not lay a glove on someone

    noun A chronic nagger, kibitzer, or complainer: He’s not a writer, he’s a nudge/not as an assassin, but as a nudge and a nerd (1960s+) v: Usually he comes up to nudgy me while I’m writing/and oh nudjh, could he nudjh! [fr Yiddish fr Slavic ”fret, dully ache”; perhaps influenced by English nudge]

  • Not make deals

    verb phrase To refuse to operate by or tolerate clandestine or unethical arrangements: I don’t make deals, especially not with crooks (1960s+)

  • Not miss a trick

    Also, never miss a trick; not miss much. Not fail to be aware of what is going on. For example, When it comes to the commodities market, Mark never misses a trick, or Dad may seem absentminded, but he doesn’t miss much. The first phrase dates from the early 1900s; the variant employs miss in […]

  • Not move a muscle

    see: move a muscle

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