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Arseholes/arseholed

Meaning drunk is slang dating from the mid-20th century, although the OED gives arseholed meaning drunk from only 1982. The OED’s dates of origin usua...

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Art for art’s sake

This became a popular slogan among French writers and artists during the 19th century before it was later adopted in English. Perhaps the most well-kn...

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Artful dodger

British rhyming slang for lodger, artful dodger/lodger. It is one of the oldest rhyming slang expressions recorded and dates from 1857.


As clear as a bell

see Clear/sound as a bell


As cold as stone

see Cold as stone


As good as gold

see Good as gold


As is one’s wont

see Wont


As luck would have it

This expression was coined by Shakespeare in The Merry Wives of Windsor Act III, Scene V, “As good luck would have it.”


As neat as a pin/new pin

see Neat as a pin


As right as rain

see Right as rain


As sound as a bell

see Clear/sound as a bell


As the actress said to the bishop

This classic music-hall line dates from the early 20th century, before the First World War, and precedes or follows a perfectly innocent line turning...

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As the crow flies

This means in a straight, direct line without making any of the detours involved in following a road that may twist and turn. The allusion is obviousl...

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As thin as a rake

Incredibly or unhealthily thin; the earliest citation for this simile which derives from a tool for gathering cut hay or cut grass is from the prologu...

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As well

An expression that appears to mean simply also or in addition to. It dates from the mid to late 20th century and is particularly prevalent in South Af...

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