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    Smile to the third rate

    Does the phrase "to the third rate" ring a bell to you? If yes, what does it refer to? Thanks.

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    Re: to the third rate

    "Third rate" (no "to the") means something or someone of very low quality.

    For example: "The court appointed some third-rate attorney for me who probably got his law degree out of a cereal box."

    "This is what happens when you get sick on a holiday week-end; you end up in an understaffed emergency room with a third-rate doctor who doesn't know which end of the stethoscope to put in his ears."

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    Re: to the third rate

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    "Third rate" (no "to the") means something or someone of very low quality.

    For example: "The court appointed some third-rate attorney for me who probably got his law degree out of a cereal box."

    "This is what happens when you get sick on a holiday week-end; you end up in an understaffed emergency room with a third-rate doctor who doesn't know which end of the stethoscope to put in his ears."
    Thanks, Ouisch, for the clear reply and the laughing off my head illustration.

    However I got stumped by the bolded part--how could someone get his law degree out of a cereal box? What is the story behind this amusing expression?

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