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    As much use as a yard of pump water

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    Re: simile

    Do you have a question? (It's not an expression I've met, but if I did I'd assume that "yard" meant a long drinking vessel, as used to serve 'a yard of ale': http://www.barmans.co.uk/productimg/14671_large.jpg - so that the expression would mean 'not much use at all [that is, useless]'.) This would make it have the same force as the (idiomatic) 'as much use as a chocolate tea-pot'.

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    Re: simile

    About as much use a ....

    Some that come to mind

    "About as much use a chocolate teapot" - It would melt.
    "About as much use an ashtray on a motorbike" - Cant smoke through a helmet or when riding, the ash would just blow out of the tray.

    Lets here some more.

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    Re: simile

    (But let's hear some more, here).

    You can make the comparison even more belittling by using 'almost' instead of 'about'. If something's almost as much use as a chocolate tea-pot it's really REALLY useless.

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    Re: simile

    Duh!

    I guess I need to be more careful what I type on a language site and read before posting. Thats the problem with being a touch typist, the words are on the page as fast as I think them.


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    That is one cool projection clock!

    What has this to do with similes or the discussion above? That is one cool projection clock!


    This clock projects the time, date, or temp on the wall or ceiling some people call
    it a ceiling clock but I call it a digital projection clock. I got the black one because at the time that was the only color
    they had. But now they have them in black and also in white.


    As much use as a clock without hands or numbers..
    Last edited by Anglika; 20-Feb-2009 at 14:43.

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