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need (something) (about) as much a fish needs a bicycle

To have absolutely no need or use for something. (Adapted from a feminist slogan coined by Irina Dunn: "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.") I'm perfectly happy having a phone that just makes phone calls—I need a fancy smartphone about as much as a fish needs a bicycle. We have enough problems with the business as it is, so we need an audit right now as much as a fish needs a bicycle.
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need (something) like a fish needs a bicycle

To have absolutely no need or use for something. (Adapted from a feminist slogan coined by Irina Dunn: "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.") I'm perfectly happy having a phone that just makes phone calls—I need a fancy smartphone like a fish needs a bicycle. We have enough problems with the business as it is, so we need an audit right now like a fish needs a bicycle.
See also: bicycle, fish, like, need, needs
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She was leaving me this week-end, and I had got a trap to take her to the station, but I was so uneasy in my mind that I followed her on my bicycle.
The big gates had long been shut, but you can manoeuvre a bicycle through the others.
Erskine had discreetly slipped away, and was in the road, tightening a screw in his bicycle.
We had finished tea and she had gone up to her room to dress before Minora and her bicycle were got here.
continued the young reporter, showing us the ground where it had been disturbed by big and heavy heels; "the man seated himself there, and took off his hobnailed boots, which he had worn only for the purpose of misleading detection, and then no doubt, taking them away with him, he stood up in his own boots, and quietly and slowly regained the high road, holding his bicycle in his hand, for he could not venture to ride it on this rough path.
If we had a bicycle here, we might demonstrate the correctness of the young man's reasoning, Monsieur Robert Darzac.
In front of them, underneath the terrace, was a little iron gate, held open now by Meekins, who had gone on ahead and dismounted from his bicycle.
COME winter and Qatar sees a surge not only in sales of woollen garments but also of bicycles.
Customers who donate three or more items will receive a 10% discount off their in-store purchase, excluding bicycles.
Act as a bicycle liaison between the various municipalities and the bike-riding public to promote bicycles as an alternative transportation mode.
The output of electric bicycles increased by only 4.
Taipei, April 9, 2012 (CENS) -- Backed by its complete industrial supply chain, Taiwan has become the global supply center for high-end bicycles and the fashion center of the global bicycle market, as evidenced by the establishment of R&D centers by Italian, Spanish, and French bicycle centers on the island, reported King Liu, chairman of Giant Manufacturing, Taiwan's leading bicycle maker.
2010 saw 151,626 accidents involving bicycles or 20.
THE UNITED STATES, which has lagged far behind Europe in developing diversified urban transport systems, is being swept by a "complete streets" movement, an effort to ensure that streets are friendly to pedestrians and bicycles as well as to cars.
This passion is reflected in this writing of several books about bicycle, as well as articles about bicycles for various trade and consumer cycling periodicals.