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after the Lord Mayor's show

noun An anticlimactic or disappointing end following an otherwise exciting, impressive, or entertaining display. It is used as a distinct phrase, separate from the grammar and syntax of the sentence, and taken from the full proverbial phrase "After the Lord Mayor's show comes the dust-cart" (referring to the street cleaners who follow the annual procession of the Lord Mayor of London to clean up the pageant horses' dung). Primarily heard in UK. We were expecting a great match after our brilliant win last week, but our team played so poorly that it was a bit of an after the Lord Mayor's show.
See also: after, lord, show

(the good) Lord willing and the creek don't rise

rural If all goes as it should; if everything goes well. We've had a lot of delays, but Lord willing and the creek don't rise, we should have the house finished before winter. A: "Do you reckon we'll have enough from this harvest to make ends meet?" B: "The good Lord willing and the creek don't rise."
See also: and, creek, lord, rise, willing

drunk as a skunk

Extremely intoxicated. You're drunk as a skunk, stumbling in here reeking of alcohol! I only meant to stay for one drink, but I wound up getting drunk as a skunk.
See also: drunk, skunk

lord of the flies

Beelzebub (who, depending on the usage, can be either Satan or a less-specific demon). Beelzebub's Hebrew name literally means "lord of the flies." You can't tempt me, lord of the flies!
See also: flies, lord, of

Lord's Supper

1. Another term for the Last Supper, the last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, which Christians believe instituted the sacrament of Eucharist. We celebrate the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday.
2. The sacrament of Eucharist. Now that you've made your First Holy Communion, you can receive the Lord's Supper during Mass.
See also: supper

praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition

Keep going, despite trouble or stress. The phrase is widely believed to have been said by a Navy chaplain during the attack on Pearl Harbor; it later became the title of a popular patriotic song. Until help comes, there's nothing we can do but keep trying to plug the holes in the roof. Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition!
See also: ammunition, and, pass, praise

the Lord helps those who help themselves

You should not rely solely on prayer to attain the things you want; hard work and effort will be rewarded. You can't just sit around, waiting for the phone to ring, you have to keep auditioning—the Lord helps those who help themselves.
See also: help, lord, themselves, those, who

the Lord works in mysterious ways

A phrase said when things have not happened as one had hoped or expected. It implies that everything happens for a reason. I know you were really excited about that job, but maybe it's for the best that you didn't get it—the Lord works in mysterious ways, after all. I thought that getting divorced would be the worst experience of my life, but then I fell in love with my divorce lawyer. The Lord works in mysterious ways!
See also: lord, mysterious, way, work

as drunk as a lord

Very intoxicated. Do you remember last night at all? You were as drunk as a lord!
See also: drunk, lord

God willing and the creek don't rise

rural If all goes as it should; if everything goes well. We've had a lot of delays, but God willing and the creek don't rise, we should have the house finished before winter. A: "Do you reckon we'll have enough from this harvest to make ends meet?" B: "God willing and the creek don't rise."
See also: and, creek, god, rise, willing

(one's) lord and master

Someone who has total power over one. (Used to humorously exaggerated effect, usually in reference to one's spouse.) I'd like to meet you for a drink, but I need to go into town to pick a few things up for my lord and master.
See also: and, lord, master

drunk as a lord

Very intoxicated. Do you remember last night at all? You were drunk as a lord!
See also: drunk, lord

everybody loves a lord

The rich and powerful attract love and admiration. A: "No one paid attention to me until I became mayor." B: "Well, everybody loves a lord."
See also: everybody, lord, love

Lord Muck

An average or ordinary man who has pretentions of being more important or of a higher class than those around him. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Here comes Lord Muck again, swanning in like the King of England, expecting everyone to stop what they're doing just for him.
See also: lord, muck

*drunk as a lord

 and *drunk as a skunk
very drunk. (*Also: as ~.) After his fifth cocktail, Michael was as drunk as a lord. Judy bought herself a case of beer and proceeded to get as drunk as a skunk.
See also: drunk, lord

Everybody loves a lord.

Prov. People are attracted to the wealthy and powerful. Although the prince was vulgar and unpleasant, he always received plenty of invitations to social gatherings; everybody loves a lord.
See also: everybody, lord, love

God willing and the creek don't rise

 and Lord willing and the creek don't rise
Rur. If all goes well. Tom: Will you be able to get the house painted before the cold weather sets in? Jane: Yes, God willing and the creek don't rise. We'll be able to visit our daughter for Christmas, Lord willing and the creek don't rise.
See also: and, creek, god, rise, willing

lord it over someone

Fig. to dominate someone; to direct and control someone. Mr. Smith seems to lord it over his wife. The boss lords it over everyone in the office.
See also: lord, over

Lord knows I've tried.

Fig. I certainly have tried very hard. Alice: Why don't you get Bill to fix this fence? Mary: Lord knows I've tried. I must have asked him a dozen times—this year alone. Sue: I can't seem to get to class on time. Rachel: That's just awful. Sue: Lord knows I've tried. I just can't do it.
See also: know, lord, tried

Lord love a duck!

Fig. My goodness! (An exclamation of surprise.) Lord love a duck! How that rain is coming down! Lord love a duck! Did you see that cat chasing that dog?
See also: lord, love

Lord only knows

no one but God knows. The Lord only knows if John's marriage will be a happy one. How Mary can stay so cheerful through her terrible illness, the Lord only knows.
See also: know, lord

drunk as a lord

Also, drunk as a fiddler or skunk ; falling-down or roaring drunk . Extremely intoxicated, as in He came home drunk as a lord. The three similes have survived numerous others. The first was considered proverbial by the mid-1600s and presumably alludes to the fact that noblemen drank more than commoners (because they could afford to). The fiddler alludes to the practice of plying musicians with alcohol (sometimes instead of pay), whereas skunk, dating from the early 1900s, was undoubtedly chosen for the rhyme. The most graphic variant alludes to someone too drunk to keep his or her balance, as in He couldn't make it up the stairs; be was falling-down drunk. And roaring drunk, alluding to being extremely noisy as well as intoxicated, was first recorded in 1697. Also see dead drunk.
See also: drunk, lord

lord it over

Domineer over, act arrogantly toward, as in After Mary was elected president, she tried to lord it over the other girls. [Late 1500s] Also see queen it.
See also: lord, over

drunk as a skunk


drunk as a lord

If someone is as drunk as a skunk or as drunk as a lord, they are very drunk. I'm sorry, honey. It was my fault. I was drunk as a skunk. She was drunk as a lord for seventeen days. She could do nothing.
See also: drunk, skunk

drunk as a lord (or skunk)

extremely drunk.
See also: drunk, lord

Lord of the Flies

the Devil.
This expression is often used with allusive reference to the title of the 1954 novel by William Golding ( 1911–93 ), in which a group of schoolboys marooned on an uninhabited tropical island revert to savagery and primitive ritualistic behaviour.
See also: flies, lord, of

(as) drunk as a ˈlord

(British English) (American English (as) drunk as a ˈskunk) (informal) very drunk: I eventually found them in a bar, both as drunk as skunks. OPPOSITE: (as) sober as a judge
See also: drunk, lord

(good) ˈLord!


oh ˈLord!

used to show that you are surprised, annoyed or worried about something: Good Lord, what have you done to your hair!(Some people may find these idioms offensive.)

ˈLord (ˈonly) knows (what, where, why, etc.)...

(spoken) used to say that you do not know the answer to something: She comes and goes as she pleases. Lord knows when we’ll see her again.‘Why did she say that?’ ‘Lord knows!’(Some people may find this use offensive.)
See also: lord

ˈlord it over somebody

(disapproving) act as if you are better or more important than somebody: A good manager does not lord it over his or her team.
See also: lord, over, somebody

drug lord

n. a drug dealer high up in the distribution chain. The drug lords like Mr. Big seem never to get arrested.
See also: drug, lord

Lord love a duck!

exclam. Wow! Lord love a duck, I’m tired!
See also: lord, love

lord it over

To act in a domineering or superior manner toward: "She's lorded it over me all our adult lives because she went to college" (Jane Stevenson).
See also: lord, over

drunk as a lord

Extremely drunk. Members of the nobility could afford to keep quantities of wine, beer, and liquor on hand, and as much out of envy as stating a fact, the common folk described anyone, titled or not, who had a load on by that phrase. In these more egalitarian times, “drunk as a skunk” and, less elegantly, “shit-faced drunk” have replaced “drunk as a lord.”
See also: drunk, lord

Little Lord Fauntleroy

An effete and spoiled goody-two-shoes young man. The youngster was the title character of the 19th-century novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. He lived in New York City with his mother, the daughter of a British lord who had eloped to the States against the wishes of her father. Summoned to England, the lad wins over his grandfather's cold heart through his innate goodness and good sense and becomes heir to the title. Although the title character was not at all spoiled or sissified, his hairstyle and clothing certainly gave that impression. That's why generations of privileged actual or supposed effete spoiled brats were taunted by sneers of “Look—here comes Little Lord Fauntleroy!”
See also: little, lord

Lord High Everything Else

Someone who does a multitude of jobs. Ko-Ko, a character in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera The Mikado, held the position of Lord High Executioner. The only other town official was Pooh-Bah, who went by the title Lord High Everything Else. Accordingly, if you're saddled with many jobs at your place of business, with or without accompanying titles, you may call yourself or be called “Lord High Everything Else.” But no matter what you are called, your boss is still the grand Pooh-Bah.
See also: else, everything, high, lord
References in classic literature ?
I'll back English women against the world, Harry," said Lord Fermor, striking the table with his fist.
That is the reason why, like Eve, they are so excessively anxious to get out of it," said Lord Henry.
Milady knew that Lord de Winter lied, and she was the more alarmed.
My brother," continued she, "was not that my Lord Buckingham whom I saw on the jetty this evening as we arrived?
You must pardon him, my lord," said La Ramee, "for I directed him to come.
My lord will remember that it was agreed between us that he should wait upon us at that famous supper.
And I am particularly pleased that Lord Illingworth should have made the offer of his own accord without my suggesting anything.
Because his majesty gives way sometimes to jest very compromising for his servants; and jesting, my lord, is a weapon that seriously wounds men of the sword, as we are.
You are always telling me of your bad qualities, Lord Goring.
I think we're very good friends already, Lord Darlington.
Henry paused between the First and Second Acts; reflecting, not on the merits of the play, but on the strange resemblance which the incidents so far presented to the incidents that had attended the disastrous marriage of the first Lord Montbarry.
asked Lord Verisopht, 'instead of letting me go on burning, consuming, dragging out a miserable existence for an a-age
In this point likewise my lord very well satisfied her; for his reputation was extremely clear, and common fame did him no more than justice, in speaking well of him.
The humiliations," Tom used to say, "which that woman has been made to undergo, in her own house, have been frightful; Lord Steyne has made her sit down to table with women with whom I would rather die than allow Mrs.
Go on before, landlord, and show the way,' said Lord George Gordon; 'we will follow at a footpace.