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bring sand to the beach

To do or undertake something redundant, pointless, or futile, usually in the context of bringing something to a location where it is abundant or unnecessary. The company always caters lunch for these meetings, so I don't know why you bring in your own sandwich. You might as well bring sand to the beach!
See also: beach, bring, sand

like a beached whale

1. Completely stuck and unable to move or escape from the situation. Said especially of large objects or vehicles. Our van's wheels sunk in the mud, and we've been stuck here like a beached whale for over an hour!
2. potentially offensive Of a person, exceptionally large or obese. I love going to the beach, but I'm going to look like a beached whale in this swimsuit.
See also: beach, like, whale

a beached whale

potentially offensive An extremely large or obese person. I really need to start exercising again. I've turned into a beached whale!
See also: beach, whale

there are plenty more pebbles on the beach

There are many other excellent or more suitable people, things, opportunities, or possibilities in the world that one may find. Said especially if someone has recently been through something or some romantic relationship that has failed or turned out badly. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but there are plenty more pebbles on the beach. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself that there are plenty more pebbles on the beach.
See also: beach, more, on, pebble, plenty

there are plenty of (other) pebbles on the beach

There are many other excellent or more suitable people, things, opportunities, or possibilities in the world that one may find. Said especially if someone has recently been through something or some romantic relationship that has failed or turned out badly. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but there are plenty of pebbles on the beach. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself that there are plenty of other pebbles on the beach.
See also: beach, of, on, pebble, plenty

there are other pebbles on the beach

There are many other excellent or more suitable people, things, opportunities, or possibilities in the world that one may find. Said especially if someone has recently been through something or some romantic relationship that has failed or turned out badly. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but there are other pebbles on the beach. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself that there are other pebbles on the beach.
See also: beach, on, other, pebble

not be the only pebble on the beach

to not be the only person who is important in a situation or in a group Laura always expects to get her own way. It's time she learned that she's not the only pebble on the beach.
See also: beach, on, pebble

not the only fish in the sea

Also, lots or plenty of good fish in the sea ; not the only pebble on the beach. Plenty of other suitable persons, especially for a romantic relationship. For example, When Bob walked out on Sally, all we could tell her was that he was not the only fish in the sea , or Bill knew she wasn't the only pebble on the beach but he was determined to win her over . Both fish and pebble here refer to something available in large quantities. The expressions using fish have been used to comfort jilted lovers since the early 1500s. The variant using pebble was first recorded in a poem of 1896 by Henry Braistead: "If you want to win her hand Let the maiden understand That she's not the only pebble on the beach."
See also: fish, not, sea

(as) fat as a beached whale

phr. very, very fat. That dame is as fat as a beached whale.
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fat as a beached whale

verb
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beach bum

n. a young man who frequents beaches. A bronzed beach bum helped me find my lotion.
See also: beach, bum

beach bunny

n. a young woman who frequents beaches. This little beach bunny bounced up and offered to put lotion on me.
See also: beach, bunny
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People get sick when they go to beaches, and the real problem is that some states don't even monitor their waters" says Kelli McGee, the coastal program counsel for the American Oceans Campaign.
Although treated beaches whitened more quickly than untreated ones, suggesting that microbial cleaning occurred faster there, researchers were unable to determine exactly how much oil had disappeared.
In Oregon, rising seas and pounding waves, intensified in winter 1998 by El Nino (a warm Pacific Ocean current), stripped beaches of dunes and threatened to drown homes.
She began by observing piping plovers at several New Jersey beaches, including Brigantine Beach, a flat, sandy stretch backed by a belt of dunes, just north of Atlantic City.
If they don't solve this problem in nine months, all these beaches that had C, D, and Fs will be susceptible to enforcement.
I don't want to see our local beaches turned into an ashtray.
Shoreline homeowners seem sold on the idea of having stretches of white sandy beaches just a few steps away.
Five distinct habitats within the preserve create a peaceful atmosphere with everything from beaches and sand dunes to dense jungle and nesting sea turtles.
Begin your exploration atop the bluffs at Heisler Park, wandering up the coast as the pathway describes a series of coves and crescent-shaped beaches.
The beach also offers modern facilities and plenty of parking, key ingredients for top swimming beaches.
Drought conditions in Southern California have produced at least one positive result: Cleaner beaches.
Participants will include: ADT Security, the American Red Cross (Greater Palm Beach Chapter), Delray Beach Police and Fire-Rescue Departments, Florida Power and Light, Home Depot, Humane Society of the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Management, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Department, AAA Insurance, Palm Beach Safety Council, Palm Tran, National Weather Service, Meteorologist Steve Weagle (WPTV-TV), who will broadcast afternoon weather "live" from the event, and a number of other state agencies and private businesses.
Water quality along Los Angeles County beaches improved significantly last year, but worsened dramatically in neighboring Ventura County, an environmental group reported Wednesday in its annual study.
Beach" prepares to announce his personal Top Ten Beaches for 2005 later this month from the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, he and his staff are simultaneously busy reviewing well-managed beaches around the country for the National Healthy Beach Campaign's extensive list.
5 million state grant may lead to a cure for one of the most polluted beaches in Southern California.