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Send up

Originally, an American expression for committing someone to prison as in sending someone up for five years and dates from the mid-19th century, becom...

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Sent to Coventry

To be ostracised and shunned for some transgression or other dates from the 18th century. Its origin is obscure but common sense suggests it must have...

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Separate the men from the boys

Means to distinguish between mature professionals and mere novices. The expression is of American origin and dates from the 1930s. It is ascribed by s...

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Separate the sheep from the goats

Separate or sort out the good from the not so good, the source is the Bible, Matthew 25: 32, “Ass a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.”


Separate the wheat from the chaff

Means very much the same thing as separate the sheep from the goats and, moreover, is from the same source - the Bible. It is implicit in Jeremiah 23:...

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September

see Months of the year


Septic tank

Australian rhyming slang for a yank, septic tank/yank. It was first used to describe American armed services personnel who were stationed in Australia...

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Serendipity

Means the occurrence or development of events by fate or chance in a satisfactory or beneficial way. The word was coined in 1754 by Horace Walpole (17...

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Serve someone up on toast

see Toast


Set in stone

An ancient metaphor for something that is permanent and cannot be changed. It is centuries old and exists in many different languages and cultures. It...

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Set out one’s stall

Like a street trader with a stall, it means to be organised, display one’s credentials and get ready for business, frequently used in British sporting...

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Set something square

see Square/square deal/square meal etc


Set the best foot forward

see Put the best foot forward


Set the cart before the horse

see Cart before the horse


Sewn up see All sewn up

see All sewn up


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