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below the salt

In or at a position of low or common standing, rank, regard, or repute. The term is derived from the social hierarchy of nobility in medieval times, in which salt, a precious commodity then, was set in the middle of the dining table. Those of high noble rank were seated "above the salt," that is, closer to the lord and lady of the house, while those in lower social standing were seated "below" it. Robert's tech firm bankrupted last month, so I guess he's back to sitting below the salt with us again. I know it makes me a snob, but I just consider these big summer blockbusters to be rather below the salt.
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below the salt

Less socially acceptable, socially inferior. Due to the difficulty of production in cold climates, salt was an expensive and exclusive commodity in medieval England. At that time, the nobility sat at the dining hall's “high table” whereas their servants and other commoners ate at lower trestle tables. Dishes or containers of salt were placed on the high table where only people of sufficient social rank had access to them. To be “below [or beneath] the salt” came to mean being less well regarded than other people.
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These new Revolution Dual Coil Shooting full-azimuth surveys will record offsets of more than 14 km for imaging below the salt in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
The poor pudding is thus relegated from among prestigious ready-to-eat sausage rolls, pork pies, roast ham and pastrami to sit below the salt with the humble liver and kidneys.
In addition, the company said Lafitte is its third ultra-deep prospect to encounter Miocene age sands below the salt weld on the GOM Shelf and it holds a 72.
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It is, rather, this: if Formula One - a sport that has long been under the stewardship of a man who enjoys Germanic-themed spanking sessions with prostitutes, and another who admires the knack dictators have for getting things done - think that Briatore is below the salt, how does football still stomach him?
Petrobras' new reserve estimate came after a year of speculation that a second province the size of Brazil's Campos Basin could lie below the salt layer.
Figure 2c corresponds to a ADCIG below the sedimentary section (CMP 3040 m in Figure 1) and Figure 2d to a ADCIG below the salt body (CMP position 12000 m in Figure 1).
speed record, the team went to Tunisia in June to attempt the world record, but late rains delayed the hardening of the mud below the salt crust, rendering the track unfit for competition.
For some people, this notion of dinner at dinner time marks you out as either a social deviant, a character from below the salt or someone who wears their roots on their sleeve.
She never seemed to understand that life is what you make it, whether you are a King's daughter or sit below the salt.
It doesn't make life any easier that he regards all-weather surfaces as being very much below the salt and won't have anything to do with the stuff.
Our guide had introduced us to the Salt at the Mule Hoof Bend put-in just below the Salt River Canyon Trading Post on U.
Raimond, she published Below the Salt (1896), The Open Question (1898), and The Magnetic North (1904).
Tighe and Clapp ham it up from beginning to end, abetted by Haskell Wexler's cinematography: at table in the boarding house run by Elma (Mary McDonnell), the film's obligatory sympathetic widow, we see them as if from below the salt, drenching the overstuffed screen in a drunken red glow.
The well, which is located on Ship Shoal Block 188 within the Blackbeard West unit, is targeting Miocene aged sands seen below the salt weld approximately 13 miles east at Blackbeard East and has a proposed total depth of 26,000 feet.