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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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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.
The new interaction, whose effects we are studying does two things: It produces the matter/antimatter asymmetry in the early universe and it aligns the direction of the spin and the charge axis in these pear-shaped nuclei," Chupp said.
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.
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).
It all went pear-shaped for the visitors late on and, to add insult to injury, they had defender Andy Whing dismissed in the 90th minute for his second yellow card.
Mirren matched her pear-shaped cluster earrings with a stunning marquis-cut diamond flower bracelet, while Cruz paired the cool 20 carats gracing her earlobes with another red carpet staple -- the single, right-hand cocktail ring.
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.
Yes, things have previously gone pear-shaped (was the Fourth Disgrace pear-shaped?
So she suggests pear-shaped women learn to love their curves.