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homely rate
(Adult / Slang)
1. Not attractive or good-looking.

2. Plain or unattractive.

Quote: Algy Shaw (Bud Abbott) and Wellington Phlug (Lou Costello) in Pardon My Sarong (1942):
-- Algy: ' Wouldn't you marry a pretty girl like that? '
-- Phlug: ' No, I'd rather marry a homely girl.'
-- Algy: ' Why? '
-- Phlug: ' Well, if you marry a pretty girl like that, she's liable to run away.'
-- Algy: ' A homely girl is apt to run away too.'
-- Phlug: ' Yeah, but who cares.'

homely rate
(Adjective) not especially attractive
homely rate
(Adjective) American: physically unattractive
British: of the home, quintessentially.
Usage: In America, "a homely teapot" means an ugly one, but in Britain it can mean a perfect one.

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