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    Default as slow as molesses in January

    Since I don't have the context I can't give it to you. I'd like to know the meaning of the idiom. What does it mean "molasses"?
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    Default Re: as slow as molesses in January

    Molasses is a very thick syrup derived from sugar cane. When cold, it is even more viscous (slow to pour).

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    Default Re: as slow as molesses in January

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Molasses is a very thick syrup derived from sugar cane. When cold, it is even more viscous (slow to pour).
    Do you guys use this idiom?

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    Default Re: as slow as molesses in January

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Do you guys use this idiom?
    I've never heard it before.

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    Default Re: as slow as molesses in January

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Do you guys use this idiom?
    I've heard similar before.

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    Default Re: as slow as molesses in January

    Heard it, use it.

    With and without the "in January" part.

    You're as slow as molasses. Get a move on!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: as slow as molesses in January

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I've never heard it before.
    Neither have I.

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    Default Re: as slow as molesses in January

    Does the UK use molasses much? Could be why. I think it's a "New World" product more than European. The reverse of Nutella.
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    Default Re: as slow as molesses in January

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Does the UK use molasses much? Could be why. I think it's a "New World" product more than European. The reverse of Nutella.
    No

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    Default Re: as slow as molesses in January

    I'm presuming that this idiom is used more frequently in AmE in cold-weather states; that is, areas that experience below-zero temperatures during the winter months. Growing up in Michigan, which often has bitterly cold winters, I heard "slow as molasses in January" more times than I can count, but I doubt that the phrase was used as frequently in, say, Texas or Arizona households.

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