“Hard scrabble” mentioned yesterday, is not a difficult crossword game. Dad’s family lived a hard scrabble life.
A few other expressions we once used which are not heard so much today.
Carl is putting on the dog. Which of course is not to suggest that Carl is going to serve canine for dinner.
Matt earned his degree at the School of Hard Knocks.
Ernie has more degrees than a thermometer, but he he doesn’t have sense enough to pound sand in a rat hole.
Agnes went to college to get her MRS degree.
Liam is too smart for his own good; and
Louise is too clever by half.
I’d like to buy Dunc for what he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth.