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    buttons and washer

    I came across the expression "buttons and washers" in http://www.theguardian.com/football/...ed-horror-show but couldn't find it in any dictionary. Is it a slang?

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    Re: buttons and washer

    I haven't heard it, but I guess it means that they haven't spent any real money on players - only buttons and washers. I suppose you know that 'washers' in this context means the ring shaped metal objects that you fit onto bolts before the nut.

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    Re: buttons and washer

    In the U.S., cheap people supposedly put buttons into the church collection basket instead of coins. In England, they probably use washers, too.

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    Re: buttons and washer

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    In the U.S., cheap people supposedly put buttons into the church collection basket instead of coins. In England, they probably use washers, too.
    I think the few people who still go to church in the UK probably put real money in the collection plate but once upon a time, you were probably right.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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