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Autor:  Dale/RS
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Data:  29/NOV/2005 12:29 PM
Assunto:  AmSlang #13

To play dirty pool – not to play fairly and cleanly, not to do something fairly and cleanly
(The expression is rarely applied to sports although the origin is billiards or “sinuca”.)
The attorney played dirty pool, finding ways to bring up the victim’s sordid past during the trial.
John sold his brother’s books without his permission.  That was dirty pool!

It's dirty pool to pretend to your friend that you don't know how to play chess, make a bet, play, win, and take the money.


The cover price = the price appearing on the cover of a book, magazine, etc.
What’s the cover price of that magazine? 
I paid fifty cents less than the cover price for the book.


The sticker price = the price appearing on a “sticker”, typically the price of a new car
The sticker price on the new VW is R$50,000, but my cousin bought his for under that amount.
R$47,000 is the sticker price, but we can haggle, wheel and deal.


MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) = the price printed by the manufacturer on the merchandise, usually on the box, bag, container, etc.  (This product is rarely sold for more than this amount, and it's often sold for less.)
The MSRP on the box may be US$995, but I think we can get it for less if we go to COSTCO..
The box indicates that the MSRP is R$15.95, but Carrefour usually sells it for about R$13.00.


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 AmSlang #13  –  Dale/RS  29/NOV/2005, 12:29 PM

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