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mountain oysters

A food made from animal testicles, often those of a sheep or calf. A: "Let's get some mountain oysters!" B: "Are you sure? Did you read the description in menu?"
See also: mountain, oyster

apples and oranges

Two unlike things or people. Oh, you can't compare those two companies, they're apples and oranges! My mom and my mother-in-law are just apples and oranges and should not be left alone in the same room for too long.
See also: and, apple, orange

the world is (one's) oyster

One can do anything one wants in life. You have so much talent at such a young age—the world is your oyster!
See also: oyster, world

apples and oranges

Fig. two entities that are not similar. (Used especially in reference to comparisons of unlike things.) You can't talk about Fred and Ted in the same breath! They're like apples and oranges. Talking about her current book and her previous bestseller is like comparing apples and oranges.
See also: and, apple, orange

The world is one's oyster.

Fig. One rules the world.; One is in charge of everything. I feel like the world is my oyster today. The world is my oyster! I'm in love!
See also: oyster, world

apples and oranges

Unlike objects or persons, as in Assessing the problems of the neighborhood grocery by examining a giant supermarket is comparing apples and oranges . This metaphor for dissimilarity began as apples and oysters, which appeared in John Ray's proverb collection of 1670. It is nearly always accompanied by a warning that one cannot compare such different categories.
See also: and, apple, orange

world is one's oyster, the

Everything is going well, as in I was younger then, and the world was my oyster. In this term the oyster is something from which to extract great profit (a pearl). It was probably invented by Shakespeare in The Merry Wives of Windsor (2:2): "Why then, the world's mine oyster, which I with sword will open."
See also: world

apples and oranges

If you say that two things are apples and oranges, you mean that they are completely different and cannot be compared. We really can't compare the data any more, it's not the same — it's just apples and oranges. Note: You can also say that comparing two things is like comparing apples with oranges. To compare one with the other is to make the mistake we were all warned about in third grade, not to compare apples with oranges.
See also: and, apple, orange

the world is your oyster

If you tell someone the world is your oyster, you mean that they can do anything they like and go anywhere they like. When I was 29 I was a millionaire. You come from nothing and suddenly the world is your oyster. Think of all the opportunities before you. The world is your oyster. Note: This expression suggests that success can be taken from the world in the same way that pearls can be taken from oysters. This idea was used by Shakespeare in `The Merry Wives Of Windsor': `Why, then the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.' (Act 2, Scene 2)
See also: oyster, world

apples and oranges

(of two people or things) irreconcilably or fundamentally different. North American
See also: and, apple, orange

the world is your oyster

you are in a position to take the opportunities that life has to offer.
This expression may come from Shakespeare 's The Merry Wives of Windsor: ‘Why, then the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open’. The humorously malapropistic variant the world is your lobster was popularized by the Thames TV series Minder ( 1979–94 ).
1998 Times I was never brought up thinking, ‘You are an Asian woman so you can't do things.’ I was always given the impression that the world was my oyster.
See also: oyster, world

ˌapples and ˈoranges

(American English) used to describe a situation in which two people or things are completely different from each other: He was no competition for me: it was like apples and oranges.
See also: and, apple, orange

the ˌworld is your ˈoyster

you have the freedom to do what you want, go where you want, etc. in the future because you are young, successful, rich, etc: What do you mean, you don’t know what to do with your life? The world is your oyster!
See also: oyster, world

the world is one’s oyster

sent. one rules the world; one is in charge of everything. I feel like the world is my oyster, today.
See also: oyster, world

the world is your oyster

Anything you wish is yours for the taking. This piece of advice, usually given to youngsters, suggests that their future holds great riches, the way an oyster contains a pearl, and all they need do is use education, skill, or another talent to pry open the metaphorical bivalve and claim their reward. In Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, the character Pistol is heard to say, “Why then the world's mine oyster / Which I with sword will open.”
See also: oyster, world
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In one place, five hundred feet above the sea, the perpendicular bank on the upper side of the road was ten or fifteen feet high, and the cut exposed three veins of oyster shells, just as we have seen quartz veins exposed in the cutting of a road in Nevada or Montana.
The room was full of the blue wreaths of smoke, and the lamp-light shone through the thin haze upon gold-topped bottles, plates, napkins, and a litter of oyster shells and cigarettes.
Pedlers were backing their wagons to the edge of the wharf, and from the bargaining and chaffering that went on, I managed to learn the selling price of the oysters.
I like the Walrus best,' said Alice: 'because you see he was a LITTLE sorry for the poor oysters.
Well, then, my friend, you give us two--or better say three--dozen oysters, clear soup with vegetables.
Skinner saw the preparations for their repast, the oysters, the cocktails in tall glasses, the magnum of champagne in ice, and chuckled.
But Mrs Clennam, resolved to treat herself with the greater rigour for having been supposed to be unacquainted with reparation, refused to eat her oysters when they were brought.
Close beside him stood Charlotte, opening oysters from a barrel: which Mr.
It's a wery remarkable circumstance, Sir,' said Sam, 'that poverty and oysters always seem to go together.
All that day, though he waited for Mr Abel until evening, Kit kept clear of his mother's house, determined not to anticipate the pleasures of the morrow, but to let them come in their full rush of delight; for to-morrow was the great and long looked-for epoch in his life--to-morrow was the end of his first quarter--the day of receiving, for the first time, one fourth part of his annual income of Six Pounds in one vast sum of Thirty Shillings--to-morrow was to be a half-holiday devoted to a whirl of entertainments, and little Jacob was to know what oysters meant, and to see a play.
We all know about the habits of the ant, we know all about the habits of the bee, but we know nothing at all about the habits of the oyster.
Month after month I toil on, opening oyster after oyster, but seldom finding a pearl.
I therefore called Conseil, who brought me a little light drag, very like those for the oyster fishery.
Then they began to pass around the dusky, piquant, Arlesian sausages, and lobsters in their dazzling red cuirasses, prawns of large size and brilliant color, the echinus with its prickly outside and dainty morsel within, the clovis, esteemed by the epicures of the South as more than rivalling the exquisite flavor of the oyster, -- all the delicacies, in fact, that are cast up by the wash of waters on the sandy beach, and styled by the grateful fishermen "fruits of the sea.
Champagne sold at from forty to fifty dollars a quart, and canned oyster stew at fifteen dollars.