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    Posted: 27 Nov 2019 at 5:52pm
Something undesirable, in this instance it was interact with a rather difficult colleague.
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Than what?
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Not old , but i heard it for the first time the other day and was tickled.

"I'd rather shit in my hands and clap them together than ..."
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Here's something else that a re-reading of this thread reminded me of.
 
During WWII, Americans in Great Britain were sometimes referred to as Yanks (overpaid, oversexed and over here!). But Americans from the South generally resented the term, I'm told.
 
To foreigners, a Yankee (we don't say Yanks) is an American
To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner.
To Northerners, a Yankee is an Easterner.
To Easterners, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter
To Vermonters, a Yankee is someone who eats pie for breakfast.
(Credit goes to E. B. White).
 
I am embarrassed to report that when visiting the U.K. a few years ago, I had a great deal of trouble understanding people sometimes and had to ask them to repeat themselves. But a few people spoke perfectly understandable (to me) English. One was Ukrainian, the others German). I had little trouble when we reached Scotland, although I eventually realized that no one was speaking to me.
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You can't always rely on an old saying.
 
"He who hesitates is lost."
 
But "Look before you leap."
 
I used to live in the country and one very curious word I heard was "whopper-jawed." Not quite sure what it means; maybe "bent out of shape."
 
My late father-in-law would occasionally use the exclamation "Gosh all fishhooks," one of his milder ones. But I once heard it in a pre-war movie.
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You’ll have had your tea then?

Basically it means you’re welcome but don’t expect to be fed.

Apparently the English think it’s Scottish which is correct in the context that ‘howay man’ is English ...

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"If I don't see you through the week, I'll see you through the window"
My dad and uncles always used to say this when I was a kid. I assume it just meant they'd catch up with you again at some unspecified future time.

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I'll have your guts for garters! - Moderate threat from childhood
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Bullteats! I thought these sayings were supposed to be old!
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Shitting in tall cotton - doing well , especially financially
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