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like cheese at four pence

In an idle, awkward, and/or out-of-place state; being ignored, abandoned, or left to wait awkwardly. Primarily heard in UK. Well, don't just sit there like cheese at four pence—speak up and say what's on your mind! The receptionist was called away before I was done telling her what I needed, leaving me standing there like cheese at four pence.
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FOLLOWING his monumental failure to persuade the people of Newcastle to vote for a regional assembly, John Prescott has been left, as my mum would say, standing like cheese at fourpence.