dead ringer; manyerisms

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 6 17:01:43 UTC 2011

An attorney on TruTv today characterized Casey Anthony's acquittal as "a
dead ringer for the defense."

It clearly means "complete victory," presumably because the speaker is
thinking of horseshoes or quoits or ringing the bell or something.

A caller from Iowa observed that Casey exhibits many of the same
"manyerisms" as the convicted  killer Scott Peterson.

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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