museum piece


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museum piece

An elderly or old-fashioned item or person, as in When are you going to sell that museum piece of a car? or Aunt Jane comes from another era-she's a real museum piece. This expression originated about 1900 for an article valuable enough for museum display but began to be used disparagingly from about 1915.
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Apparently it was unfathomable that the Right could produce a candidate who thinks war should be declared, government should be smaller, and the Constitution might be more than a museum piece.
Liska's goal is not to make a museum piece, but to combine historical accuracy with entertainment.
With the exception of the lovely, if melancholy, second movement, the Oistrakhs perform the Sinfonia as though it were a museum piece under glass.
A veteran Pacific sailor/journalist, whose column in The Honolulu Advertiser spurred the campaign that saved this icon as a museum piece, traces its roles in Hawaiian maritime history as part of the Matson fleet.
Charlie had hoped to restore the creaking boat and keep it as museum piece or sell it.
The Vetch 1912-2005 group want the 91-year-old Centre South Stand to become a museum piece when the ground becomes redundant at the end of this season.
Consider Electric Cord Piece, 1967 (remade 2003), in which a doubly male electrical cord snakes across the floor to join two female outlets, and My Last Museum Piece (Flies to Honey), a 2003 reconfiguration of a 1969 project that consists of a seven-foot-diameter inflated clear plastic ball whose inside has been smeared with honey and hosts a swarm of tiny flies feeding from its gooey walls.
Does your caravan look like a museum piece next to the modern day versions?
Moreover, due to the recent rightward swing of much of the opinion press--most notably at the always au courant offices of its primary competitor, The New Republic--The Nation has earned the reputation in Washington as something of a museum piece, written by bearded Jewish radicals for sixties holdovers and public librarians.
Morateur Gallery is now showing six of the unique museum piece glass panels that Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann designed in 1924 for the legendary Le Drouant restaurant in Paris.
But it is no museum piece, instead crammed full of cafes, restaurants and bars, making it one of modern Central Europe''s most vibrant and "happening" places, and one which is especially lively in the evening.
Left virtually unchanged since the doors closed for business back in 1981 - even then it was a museum piece.
If so here-we have an egg that must be a museum piece, as eggs go.
The Spitfire has been named Britain's favourite museum piece.
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