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    Question 'Stick to your last!'?

    Hi,
    Is this a British idiom? What does it mean? Thanks a lot.

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    Re: 'Stick to your last!'?

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    I'm not sure whether it is a British or an American idiom.
    However, according to my dictionary the full version is:
    Cobbler, stick to your last!

    People say that to persons who do or say things although they have no knowledge about that topic.

    Let's say I try to teach you French (although I know nothing) and you say that expression to me

    Cheers!

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    Re: 'Stick to your last!'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    Is this a British idiom? What does it mean? Thanks a lot.
    "To stick to one's last" means to stay with what you know, to not branch out into untried things.

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    Smile Re: 'Stick to your last!'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    I'm not sure whether it is a British or an American idiom.
    However, according to my dictionary the full version is:
    Cobbler, stick to your last!

    People say that to persons who do or say things although they have no knowledge about that topic.

    Let's say I try to teach you French (although I know nothing) and you say that expression to me

    Cheers!

    Oh, thanks...of course I wouldn't say that!

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    Re: 'Stick to your last!'?

    It is BrE, and not at all common in AmE.

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    Re: 'Stick to your last!'?

    I guess a similar expression in North America, even in So. America, would be:
    "you are out of your league".

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    Re: 'Stick to your last!'?

    No, that means you lack the competence for an endeavour. We'd say, "don't quit your day job" which also exists in BrE.

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    #8

    Re: 'Stick to your last!'?

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    I guess a similar expression in North America, even in So. America, would be:
    you are out of your league, we use it almost in any circumstance, but of course
    is not the only one. Thanks for your observation.

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