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after Saturday comes Sunday

A translation of a rare Arabic phrase attributed to militant Islamic extremists, meaning that Jews (who celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday) will be killed first, followed by Christians (whose Sabbath is on Sunday). We weren't sure of the safety of the area, but when we saw the phrase "After Saturday Comes Sunday" graffitied on the wall, we knew we should leave.
See also: after, come, Saturday, Sunday

from here to Sunday

1. All over the place; over a very wide area or distance. I shudder to think of shopping on Black Friday, when every store from here to Sunday is crawling with consumers. When I saw my brother get off the train, I had a smile on my face from here to Sunday.
2. At great length; as much as possible. My father cussed me out from here to Sunday when he found out I'd taken the car without his permission last night. This book is boring me from here to Sunday, but I have to give a report on it next week.
See also: here, Sunday

eight ways from Sunday

Thoroughly or completely; in every possible way; from every conceivable angle. Everyone had their money on the reigning champion, but he was beaten eight ways from Sunday by the newcomer. We researched the case eight ways from Sunday, but there didn't seem to be any way that we could win with the evidence at hand.
See also: eight, Sunday, way

eight ways to Sunday

Thoroughly or completely; in every possible way; from every conceivable angle. Everyone had their money on the reigning champion, but he was beaten eight ways to Sunday by the newcomer. We researched the case eight ways to Sunday, but there didn't seem to be any way that we could win with the evidence at hand.
See also: eight, Sunday, way

forty ways from Sunday

Thoroughly or completely; in every possible way; from every conceivable angle. Everyone had their money on the reigning champion, but he was beaten forty ways from Sunday by the newcomer. We researched the case forty ways from Sunday, but there didn't seem to be any way that we could win with the evidence at hand.
See also: forty, Sunday, way

forty ways to Sunday

Thoroughly or completely; in every possible way; from every conceivable angle. Everyone had their money on the reigning champion, but he was beaten forty ways to Sunday by the newcomer. We researched the case forty ways to Sunday, but there didn't seem to be any way that we could win with the evidence at hand.
See also: forty, Sunday, way

six ways from Sunday

Thoroughly or completely; in every possible way; from every conceivable angle. Everyone had their money on the reigning champion, but he was beaten six ways from Sunday by the newcomer. We researched the case six ways from Sunday, but there didn't seem to be any way that we could win with the evidence at hand.
See also: six, Sunday, way

six ways to Sunday

Thoroughly or completely; in every possible way; from every conceivable angle. Everyone had their money on the reigning champion, but he was beaten six ways to Sunday by the newcomer. We researched the case six ways to Sunday, but there didn't seem to be any way that we could win with the evidence at hand.
See also: six, Sunday, way

*in one's Sunday best

Rur. in one's best clothes; in the clothes one wears to church. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~.) All the children were dressed up in their Sunday best. I like to be in my Sunday best whenever I go out. Let's get into our Sunday best and go out for dinner.
See also: Sunday

know as much about something as a hog knows about Sunday

Rur. to have no knowledge of something. Don't let Jim make dessert for the picnic. He knows as much about pies as a hog knows about Sunday. I had quite a time changing the tire, since I know as much about cars as a hog knows about Sunday.
See also: hog, know, much, Sunday

Sunday best

one's best clothing, which one would wear to church. (See also Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes.) We are in our Sunday best, ready to go. I got mud on my Sunday best.
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Sunday driver

a slow and leisurely driver who appears to be sightseeing and enjoying the view, holding up traffic in the process. (Also a term of address.) I'm a Sunday driver, and I'm sorry. I just can't bear to go faster. Move over, you Sunday driver!
See also: driver, Sunday

Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes

Rur. one's best clothes. (See also Sunday best.) John was all dressed up in his Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes. I hate to be wearing my Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes when everyone else is casually dressed.
See also: clothes

Sunday best

One's finest clothes, as in They were all in their Sunday best for the photographer. This expression alludes to reserving one's best clothes for going to church; indeed, an older idiom is Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes ( meeting here meaning "prayer meeting"). [Mid-1800s]
See also: Sunday

Sunday best

n. one’s best clothing, which one would wear to church. We are in our Sunday best, ready to go.
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Sunday driver

n. a slow and leisurely driver who appears to be sightseeing and enjoying the view, holding up traffic in the process. (Also a term of address.) Move over, you Sunday driver!
See also: driver, Sunday

Sunday punch

n. a very solid and destructive blow; one’s best blow. Ralph aimed a Sunday punch at Frederick’s nose, but he missed and spun about, striking his elbow on the banister.
See also: punch, Sunday

Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes

Best finery. Churchgoers never wore their everyday clothing to worship service. Instead, they wore their Sunday best, their Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes.
See also: clothes
References in classic literature ?
But what a pity it is you should work of a Sunday, and not clean yourself--if you didn't go to church; for if you'd a roasting bit, it might be as you couldn't leave it, being a lone man.
At all the street corners groups of people were reading papers, talking excitedly, or staring at these unusual Sunday visitors.
Gentleman Wakefield,' used to do the same of a Sunday as o' weekdays, and took no heed to right or wrong, as if there was nayther God nor devil.
I run away from Sunday School -- and went fishing with the Cottons -- and I told ever so many whoppers to Mrs.
He resolved that when Sunday came he would pull himself together and answer Ruth's letter.
On Sunday you and I will be around Benicia up to the very moment Demetrios's sail heaves into sight.
She said it wouldn't do and she told me to learn the nineteenth paraphrase for next Sunday.
Well, all I know is, I shall never read Shakespeare on Sunday," said Felicity loftily.
But two of the occupations in which people may indulge on week days are regarded as harmless on Sunday by the obstinately anti-Christian tone of feeling which prevails in this matter among the Anglo-Saxon race.
Sunday mornings Pollyanna usually attended church and Sunday school.
A book of family sermons, one of which Sir Pitt was in the habit of administering to his family on Sunday mornings, lay ready on the study table, and awaiting his judicious selection.
On Sunday, they rather studied how to keep their men within call, and in full hope, than to follow out, by any fierce measure, their first day's proceedings.
It was a Sunday evening in London, gloomy, close, and stale.
Coming downstairs to meet my colleague in the hall, I remembered a pair of gloves that had required three stitches and that had received them-- with a publicity perhaps not edifying--while I sat with the children at their tea, served on Sundays, by exception, in that cold, clean temple of mahogany and brass, the "grown-up" dining room.
I ought to say that sometimes we had our liberty for a few hours; this used to be on fine Sundays in the summer-time.