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pear shaped

adverb Colloquial UK term for “badly”, as in “After radiotherapy, things went pear shaped.” The colloquial US equivalent is “south”, as in “After radiotherapy, things went south.”
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"The 18ct gold diamond pendant has the finest D colour, blue white pear-shaped diamond in the centre."
For the new study, physicist Peter Butler of the University of Liverpool in England and an international team probed two potentially pear-shaped nuclei: radon-220, which is made up of 86 protons and 134 neutrons, and radium-224, with 88 protons and 136 neutrons.
Technically it is D colour, with VS2 clarity, and the pear-shaped fancy natural blue diamond (the highest grading for a coloured diamond), weighs 3.72 carats.
"I was still one shot ahead going into the 10th and then things went all pear-shaped after that," said the 21-year-old Northern Irishman, who had hoped to become the second youngest winner in Masters history.
The study controlled for such variables as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.The reason pear-shaped women experienced more memory and brain function deterioration than apple-shaped women is likely related to the type of fat deposited around the hips versus the waist."Obesity is bad, but its effects are worse depending on where the fat is located," Kerwin said.Cytokines, hormones released by the predominant kind of fat in the body that can cause inflammation, likely affect cognition, Kerwin said.
But he found enough words to describe the Bluebirds' team performance in the 6-0 Championship thrashing as "pear-shaped." "I don't know what to say really, but we were obviously not good enough." said the Welsh international.
Let's hope things don't go pear-shaped for the adorable couple...
When Mt Kintyre loomed inside the final furlong, the 1.01 matched on Mark Tompkins' horse may have represented good value to in-running backers, but things soon went pear-shaped as he swerved badly right-handed close home, gifting the race to Chapter And Verse..
Pear-shaped is best - storing fat around the bottom and thighs indicates less risk.
rhodalite garnet pin (or pendant) once caused hearts to flutter, its blood-red color accented with four pear-shaped diamonds and set in 18K gold ($19,500).
These pear-shaped bacteria are just 1 micrometer (one millionth of a meter) long.
The sciatic nerve, which is about the length of your thumb, can become compressed when the pear-shaped turn-out muscle, the piriformis, squeezes on it too hard or long.