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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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Then up spake the Prior and called upon one of the brethren that sat below the salt, and bade him look out of the window and see who was below, albeit he knew right well it could be none but Sir Richard.
The well has been drilled to a total depth of 5,050 meters and five potential levels for production have been identified below the salt layer.
UK and Northumbrian performers include Simply Northumbrian, Pauline Vallance, e Bushbys, Malcolm Bennett and friends, Smooth Operators, Below the Salt, Andrew Lobb, e Grey Catz, Derek Johnson and family, Tribe Zuza, Clocktower Cloggies and many more.
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.
They met when Stovepipe was in the Inkwell Rhythm Makers and Alex was in Below the Salt, a news release says.
The Tupi EWT is the first step to develop the extensive oil and gas discoveries made below the salt layer.
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).
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.
45 I bought Nursery Crime by Genesis, Tanx by T Rex, Below the Salt by Steeleye Span (I liked the cover) and Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper.
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.
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.