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Chat in a pleasant, leisurely approach, as in Let’s occasion for espresso and bite the fats, or John and Dave spend hours simply chewing the rag. earlier than the Eighteen Eighties in Britain, chunk the fats intended “to grumble or complain,” and bite the rag additionally has been utilized in this manner. at the present time either expressions are mostly synonyms for a pleasant speak or gossip consultation. Why this idiom makes use of fats and rag isn't really recognized, yet a few speculate that fats refers to juicy goods of gossip and rag to girls’ stitching circles and the material they labored on whereas chatting. fowl → as well as the idioms starting with bird, additionally see count number ONE’S CHICKENS sooner than THEY HATCH; visit mattress WITH (THE CHICKENS); LIKE A poultry WITH ITS HEAD bring to a halt; NO SPRING poultry. poultry feed an insignificant sum of money, as in I’m unlikely to mow lawns for $5 an hour—that’s poultry feed. This expression alludes to the truth that chickens might be fed corn and wheat grains too small for different makes use of. [Slang; early 1800s] additionally see CHUMP switch. bird out again out from worry, lose one’s nerve, as in in any case I chickened out and took the simpler direction down the mountain. poultry is a well-liked synonym for “cowardly,” a utilization coming up within the 1600s and 1700s yet then it sounds as if deserted until eventually the 20 th century. [Slang; c. 1930] chickens come domestic to roost the results of doing incorrect continuously meet up with the culprit, as in Now that you’re ultimately admitting your real age, nobody believes you—chickens come domestic to roost. the truth that chickens frequently come domestic to leisure and sleep has lengthy been identified, however the notion was once used figuratively in basic terms in 1809, while Robert Southey wrote, “Curses are like younger chickens, they consistently come domestic to roost” (The Curse of Kehama). chook shit 1. Contemptibly petty or insignificant. for instance, He has spent his lifestyles making up poultry shit ideas that no-one follows besides. This expression won foreign money in the course of international warfare II, while it was once usually utilized to the enforcement of petty and unpleasant army laws. [Vulgar slang; c. 1930] 2. Cowardly, as in You’re now not too poultry shit to come back alongside, are you? [Vulgar slang; mid-1940s] bird with its head bring to an end → See LIKE A bird WITH ITS HEAD bring to a halt. leader prepare dinner and bottlewasher someone accountable for a number of tasks, either important and trivial, as in we haven't any secretaries or clerks; the dept head is leader cook dinner and bottlewasher and does all of it. [Slang; c. 1840] baby → as well as the idiom starting with baby, additionally see moment formative years. child’s play anything simply performed, a trivial subject. for instance, discovering the reply used to be child’s play for Robert, or The struggle we had was once child’s play in comparison to the single I had with my mom! Originating within the early 1300s as child’s online game, the idiom was once already utilized in its current shape through Chaucer within the Merchant’s story: “It isn't any child’s play to take a spouse. ” chilled to the bone additionally, chilled to the marrow. super or bitterly chilly, as in After snowboarding within the wind for 5 hours instantly, i used to be chilled to the bone.