metaphor pertaining to something of a fragile or volatile nature.
-from an old past-time of standing up playing cards together in the form of a house, this "structure" can fall apart at any time from the slightest action (e.g. an air current).
"We must plan this campaign implementing maximum precision, else it will disintegrate into a house of cards."
December 15, 2007
"you must be joking!" or "you can't be serious!"
John Bull: "The Labour Party winning a majority in the next election?? My good man...surely you jest!"
John Doe: "I jest you not! And don't call me Shirley!"
December 29, 2007
derived from an old children's adage "finders keepers, losers weepers",which basically asserts that anything found or discovered by someone automatically entitles them to ownership of that property.
"so that bag of money that fell off the armored car onto your front lawn...you gonna return it to the bank?"
"nope. finders keepers....so see you in Mexico!"
November 29, 2004
a person who is narrow-minded or has limited knowledge or insight to anything outside his or her immediate life.
basically someone who lacks education or higher thought.
I tried to start a conversation about Hapsburg Europe with that hot looking babe at the party who is supposedly a history major.
turns out she's just another mental midget, since all she talked about was her ex boyfriend Diego and her Mary Kay cosmetics collection!
an expression describing someone who imitates another person's actions, good or bad,simply by having watched them before.
did you about little Billy from down the street?? apparently he burned a house down...right here in the neighborhood!!"
"yeah, well his older brother used to do the same thing when he was around...monkey see monkey do I guess."
November 25, 2004
someone who is shy, hesitant, or afraid to have a voice in social situations.
"try not to be a shrinking violet at the gathering tonight,
everyone there will be casual and no one will bite!"
out of fashion or obsolete
bell bottom jeans and elevator shoes were considered old hat at one time, but now they're back in style.