never-never


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never-never

n
1. the hire-purchase system of buying
2. Austral remote desert country, as that of W Queensland and central Australia
adj
imaginary; idyllic (esp in the phrase never-never land)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.never-never - installment plan; "we bought a car on the never-never"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
installment buying, installment plan, time plan - a system for paying for goods by installments
2.Never-Never - the remote outback of Australia; unpopulated desert country
Australian Desert, Great Australian Desert - general name given to all desert areas in Australia

never-never

noun (Informal) hire-purchase (Brit.), H.P. (Brit.) In Britain we have long considered it socially acceptable to buy on the never-never.
Translations

never-never

[ˈnevəˈnevəʳ]
A. N to buy sth on the never-never (Brit) → comprar algo a plazos
B. CPD never-never land Npaís m del ensueño

never-never

[ˌnɛvəˈnɛvəʳ] n to buy sth on the never-never (Brit) (fam) → comprare qc a rate
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Peter takes the trio far above the clouded night sky (with stunning animated visual effects used to augment Gilbert Players' already impressive use of a fly system to suspend the actors above the stage), passing the "second star to the right, and straight on til' mornin' '' and journeying to Never-Never Land, a place full of pirates, natives, a ticking crocodile and "Lost Boys'' who never grow up.
We're three months behind with the rates and the electric, two months behind payments for the chest freezer on the never-never.
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