the family jewels

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a man's genitals – informal


in the family way

pregnant – informal

sell the family silver

part with a valuable resource in order to gain an immediate advantage

In 1985, the former British prime minister Harold Macmillan made a speech to the Tory Reform Group on the subject of privatization (the selling off of nationalized industries to private companies). He likened it to the selling of heirlooms by impoverished aristocratic families : First of all the Georgian silver goes…..

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