caviar to the general

caviar to the general

Something of an exceptionally high quality or intelligence not befitting or appreciated by those who consume, see, or partake in it. "General" here refers to the general population, not a military general. I wrote several novels earlier in my career that were very well received by academics, but they were caviar to the general and never achieved popular success.
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caviar to the general

a good thing that is not appreciated by the ignorant.
This phrase comes from Shakespeare 's Hamlet, where Hamlet commends a play with the words: ‘the play, I remember, pleased not the million; 'twas caviar to the general’.
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Why It Could Sink: LaChiusa has always been caviar to the general.
But because it was a big word, the hoi polloi thought it was caviar to the general, too esoteric for their comprehension and let it go.
All this sounds a little like caviar to the general public; Godard himself has estimated that his audience comprises only a hundred thousand devotees.