This is a common phrase used in the US among its citizens to refer to something that is rugged and solidly built that will provide years of reliable service. It can be a reference to a person, building, piece of furniture, a structure, etc.
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Sunday, 30 June 2013
A pearl of wisdom is a good or important piece of advice, but it is often used in an ironic way when someone gives advice that is very obvious or not very useful.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
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Sunday, 19 May 2013
Meaning 1: A person who is true blue is loyal and dependable, someone who can be relied on in all circumstances. Category: Colours View examples in Google: True blue Meaning 2: Someone who is true blue is extremely loyal. Contributed By: lingokid Category: Colours View examples in Google: True blue
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
When you say that people fought like Kilkenny cats, you mean they fought valiantly to the bitter end, even if they are both destroyed. For instance, ”The two political parties fought like Kilkenny cats over the matter”
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Usually followed by the word “but,” this is essentially a call to pay attention to the next words out of the speaker’s mouth, e.g., “Not for nothing, but did you see the way he looked at you?”
Monday, 18 March 2013
If you let the dust settle, or wait till the dust settles, you wait until things have become calmer or have returned to normality after conflict or a problem.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
An idiom primarily used by those from the North East of England, used to emphasize the fact that children who fail to ask for something (usually from an older person) probably won’t succeed in obtaining it. (bairn = child, nowt = nothing)
Saturday, 26 January 2013
You pays your money and you takes your chances means that when you do something that involves a risk, you cannot control the outcome, so you may win or lose and should accept that.
Friday, 25 January 2013
You pays your money and you takes your choice is used when people have to make choices that could result in them winning or losing- it is their decision and responsibility.