The Alternative English Dictionary: a little from column A, a little from column B

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a little from column A, a little from column B etymology Typical (stereotypical) "American Chinese" restaurant menus of the mid-twentieth century presented food selections for combination entrees in a table with columns labeled "A" and "B". The customer was then advised, for example, to "Choose one from Column A and one from Column B."
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  1. (idiomatic, informal) A combination of two factor or reason.
    • 1999, George Stephanopoulos, All Too Human: A Political Education Clinton would take a little from column A, a little from column B, depending on the day, his mood, and whom he had talked to last.
    • 2005, Lou Harry, Eric Pfeffinger, The High-Impact Infidelity Diet Which is how I thought I knew it was going to be either really boring, or about my family, or a little from column A, a little from column B.
Synonyms: a little from column A and a little from column B, one from column A, one from column B

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