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do me a lemon!

You must be joking; I can't believe this; that's nonsense. A slang phrase specific to London. Primarily heard in UK. Do me a lemon, man! No way I'm paying for tap water. You're going to fine me for spitting on the footpath? Do me a lemon!

lemon law

A law requiring an automobile manufacturer or dealer to replace, repair, or refund the cost of an automobile that proves to be defective after purchase. The automotive company will be shelling out millions of dollars in refunds for faulty ignition switches because congress passed much tighter lemon laws this summer.
See also: law, lemon

(go) suck a lemon

An expression of anger, scorn, or disdain. Primarily heard in US, Canada. Charles: "You never do any chores around the house, you just leave them for the rest of us!" Sam: "Oh, go suck a lemon, Charles! I don't have to listen to your crap." I can't believe you told your teacher to suck a lemon after she yelled at you.
See also: lemon, suck

when life gives you lemons, make lemonade

Focus on the good in a bad situation and take action accordingly. While I was devastated to lose my job, being unemployed gave me the time to finally go back to school. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right?
See also: give, life, make

the answer's a lemon

the response or outcome is unsatisfactory. informal
A lemon here is used to represent a bad, unsatisfactory, or disappointing thing, possibly because the lemon is the least valuable symbol that can be achieved by playing a fruit machine.
See also: lemon

hand someone a lemon

pass off a substandard article as good; swindle someone.
See also: hand, lemon
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1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
You will need: 11/4 cups granulated sugar 6 cups cold water 5-8 lemons In addition, you will need: a strainer 1- or 2-cup liquid measuring cup Jug Method: Pour the sugar and 1 cup of the water into a saucepan.
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Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and boil for 5 minutes.
5 EXPLORER Christopher Columbus introduced lemons to America and rst took lemon seeds there in 1493.
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Whisk in scallion, preserved lemon flesh and mustard.
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Critically acclaimed illustrator Bob Staake presents The Red Lemon, a picturebook about a lemon farmer named McPhee, who grows bright yellow lemons.
Instead of cooking with salt or adding salt to your food while you are eating, try several squeezes of lemon.
Once I determined that Lemon City (Strives Row/One World, August 2004) would be a humorous murder mystery, and the story would revolve around the members of the Dunlap family; the question that remained was, where would the story take place?
com, a car is considered a lemon when a number of attempts have been made to repair a defect that significantly impairs the use, value, or safety of a car and the car continues to have the defect.