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    Please explain where do you use the following idiom:

    " A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT"

    Regards,
    Shahid

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    Re: Please explain

    Hi shahid, I found this for you:


    not enough to be useful.

    The government's attempts at reform were a day late and a dollar short.

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    Re: Please explain

    Hi Shahid Igbal,

    What does the saying A day late and a dollar short mean?

    This saying basically means that it is too late.

    Like if a guy likes you and then another one asks you out before him, you say to the first guy, "sorry, day late and a dollar short." So basically, you waited and screwed yourself over.

    Guy: Hey, will you go out with me?
    Girl: Sorry, day late and a dollar short... Guy 2 just asked me out yesterday.

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    Re: Please explain

    It means a little more.

    It is an idiom to say that a person, company, or even the government is not on time and does not have the means to do the task.

    Mary: John showed up to take the exam late and without a pencil.
    Sam: He's always a day late and a dollar short.

    The engineers were working on the bridge when the hurricane hit. The government was a day late and a dollar short on having it ready for a storm like Katrina.

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    Re: Please explain

    It is also AmE. Whilst dollar is the name of the currency is a number of countries, this is typical American speech.

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