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    finder's keepers

    Hi,

    I have a question about this phrase: finder's keepers. I was wondering if someone could offer me some more explanation and examples, what does this phrase mean, I can not find it in any dictionary.

    Thanks for your help.



    Jack: Hey, give it to me, that's mine.
    A little kid: No, I found it on the ground, finder's keepers, that is mine!
    ...

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    Smile Re: finder's keepers

    Hi! I am not a teacher.

    The saying is usually 'finders, keepers; losers, weepers'.

    You are finders who picked up or found something, then you have right to keep them, thus you are the keepers.

    You are losers who lost your own things, then you have no right to ask them back from the finders and have to cry, that is weepers.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 27-Aug-2008 at 16:36. Reason: typo

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    Re: finder's keepers

    It means that things that are lost have no owner.

    People who find nice things someone has lost are the "finders"; lost things having no rightful owner, the finders will keep them and become the "keepers".


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    Re: finder's keepers

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! I am not a teacher.

    The saying is usually 'finders, keepers; losers, weepers'.

    You are finders who picked up or found something, then you have right to keep them, thus you are the keepers.

    You are losers who lost your own things, then you have no right to ask them back from the finders and have to cry, that is weepers.

    Hope this hopes.
    Thanks. I remember I heard this saying (finders, keepers; losers, weepers) from Monica in Friends.


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