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full of piss and vinegar

Having an abundance or excessive amount of boisterous, youthful energy, enthusiasm, or rowdiness. Although we came out into the match full of piss and vinegar, our team just didn't have the skill necessary to beat our cross-town rivals. It took having kids of my own to remember how full of piss and vinegar a child can be at 6 AM.
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piss and vinegar

An abundance or excessive amount of boisterous, youthful energy, enthusiasm, or rowdiness. For all their piss and vinegar, the home team just didn't have the skill necessary to beat their cross-town rivals. It took having kids of my own to remember how full of piss and vinegar a child can be at 6 AM.
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honey catches more flies than vinegar

Being kind and gentle produces more positive results than being rude or unpleasant. I don't understand why the boss is always yelling at us like that—doesn't he realize that honey catches more flies than vinegar?
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you attract more flies with honey than vinegar

You are more apt to get the results you want when you use kindness, rather than anger or aggression. I think the kids would visit you more if you were nicer to them. You attract more flies with honey than vinegar, you know. A: "The board rejected my proposal!" B: "Well, maybe if you didn't scream at them every time something went wrong, they would be more eager to work with you. After all, you attract more flies with honey than vinegar."

be full of piss and vinegar

To have an abundance or excessive amount of boisterous, youthful energy, enthusiasm, or rowdiness. Although we were full of piss and vinegar, our team just didn't have the skill necessary to beat our cross-town rivals. It took having kids of my own to remember how a child can be full of piss and vinegar at 6 AM.
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*sour as vinegar

 
1. [of something] very sour. (*Also: as ~.) This milk is as sour as vinegar. The juice they gave us is sour as vinegar.
2. [of someone] ill-natured and disagreeable. (Fig. on {2}. *Also: as ~.) The old man greeted us ill-naturedly, his face as sour as vinegar. Jill: Is Mary in a bad mood today? Jane: Yes, sour as vinegar.
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You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Prov. It is easier to get what you want by flattering people and being polite to them than by making demands. Jill: This meal is terrible. Let's get the restaurant manager over here and make a scene unless he gives us our money back. Jane: We might have more luck if we ask politely. You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
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be full of piss and vinegar

  (American very informal)
to have a lot of energy He's full of piss and vinegar this morning.
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I think most people will stick with British malt vinegar.
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SUGAR This provides the sweet to go with the sour of the vinegar and creates a syrupy texture.
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Sarson's was created in 1794 by Thomas Sarson and is the country's best-selling vinegar brand.
The insight suggested that consumers found vinegar bottles unwieldy, prompting Aspall to axe its 500ml bottles to focus on the existing 350ml lines and launch a new 250ml size for its two balsamic variants.
There are many varieties of vinegar in the market nowadays, but their qualities are not same, and there are not quick and valid methods to identify them.
In addition to vinegar-syrup, a vinegar cocktail is generally made with three additional components that include a base spirit; a non-alcoholic liquid such as water, fruit or vegetable juice; and a sweetener.
The tools needed to make specialty vinegars include a handful of selected fresh herbs, selected vinegars, a funnel, a stainless steel or glass saucepan, and a pinch of imagination.
Playing poker at a friend's house on Burling Street, Kinder perfected his first vinegar cocktail, a drink he now calls The Burling Tilt: aged balsamic vinegar, orange blossom honey, water to mix it with, 11/4 ounces of Booker's Bourbon.
In a small bowl, whisk together wine vinegar, water, sugar, seasoned salt, garlic powder and oil.
Nettle vinegar: Vinegars are also an excellent way to bring nettle's benefits to your table.
The store, which has opened for business in Regent Street, has a Mediterranean theme and offers a range of culinary gifts including olive oils & vinegars on tap, mustards, dips, herbs and spices and different pastas.