1: A long, mournful complaint or lamentation; a list of woes.
2: An utterance of grief or sorrow; a complaining tirade: used with a spice of ridicule or mockery, implying either that the grief itself is unnecessarily great, or that the utterance of it is tediously drawn out and attended with a certain satisfaction to the utterer.
In 1978, Moorcock made the conflict explicit in a jeremiad against the old inkling entitled “Epic Pooh” (as in Winnie-the-Pooh), which accused Tolkien of propagating a sentimental Luddism while blithely promoting war.
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 from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (via Wordnik)
A toy brand for a range of slot car racing sets which first appeared in the late 1950s.
A poor job; a mess.
Editor’s note: In one of those moments of delightful synchronicity, shortly after looking up this phrase, I happened to see my colleague Rachel describe something as “a dog’s breakfast”, which turns out to be synonymous.
For some reason I am really charmed by these two phrases, especially since no one says “a dog’s lunch”. I’m adding these to the list of things to start saying — maybe they’ll catch on in the US?
The occupant looks to be in his early thirties, has a gelled mullet, an off-the-peg suit from a mid-range high-street outfitter, and is making a dog’s dinner of wrapping a big box of Scalextric.
Definition from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved. (via Wordnik)
A small pancake, of Russian origin, made from buckwheat flour; traditionally served with melted butter, sour cream and caviar or smoked salmon.
[SLANG] A refusal or rejection.
Ugly people know better than to go up to beautiful ones and expect anything else but a knock-back.
Definition from Collins Dictionary
(India, historical, as a respectful term of address) A white European woman in colonial India.
“The memsahibs have got you well trained, I see,” said Uncle Brian. I pretended to know what a memsahib is.
Definition from Wiktionary
A matching set of a cardigan and a (usually) short-sleeved jumper or pullover.
An uncooked tomato puree that has been strained of seeds and skins.
Among other things.
I am, as I have always been, attached, inter alia, to the Protection Department.
Definition from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition (via Wordnik)
A long tunic worn by many people from the Indian subcontinent.