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    cry stinking fish/ I don't give a snap of the fingers

    Dear teachers,
    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
    To put in bluntly, “It doesn’ttodo cry stinking fish”, but as one old friend to another I don’t give a snap of the fingersfor Lawrie’s opinion.He’s a pompous ass! (Cronin’s “Hatter’s Castle”, book III, chapter 6)

    cry stinking fish = show oneself up

    I don’t give a snap of the finger = I don’t care a damn

    Thank you for your efforts.


    Regards,


    V

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    Re: cry stinking fish/ I don't give a snap of the fingers

    Hi Vil

    For an interpretation of stinking fish see:

    To cry stinking fish - WikiProverbs.

    English: To tell tales out of school.

    Never wash dirty linen in public

    Hope this helps
    NT

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