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prunes and prisms

Intentionally formal and/or prudish speech or action. The phrase originated in Charles Dickens' novel Little Dorrit as an example of proper speech. When you talk to your grandmother, stick to prunes and prisms so that you don't offend her. If you want to become a proper lady, practice saying "prunes and prisms"!
See also: and, prune

prune something away

to cut away something unwanted or unneeded. Please prune the lower branches of the trees away. They are starting to annoy pedestrians. We pruned away the dead branches.
See also: away, prune

prune something of something

to clear, clean, or groom something of something by pruning. Sally was out in the orchard pruning the apple trees of dead branches. They pruned the roses of their unneeded branches.
See also: of, prune

prune something off (of) something

 and prune something off
to cut something off something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Claire pruned the dead branch off the apple tree. She pruned off the dead branch.
See also: off, prune

full of beans

1. Lively, energetic, in high spirits, as in The children were full of beans today, looking forward to their field trip. This expression has no valid explanation. [c. 1840]
2. Also, full of prunes. Acting foolish, talking nonsense, as in One cup of coffee won't hurt you-you're full of prunes. [c. 1930] Also see full of crap.
See also: bean, full, of

full of beans

If you are full of beans, you are very happy and energetic. Jem was among them, pink-cheeked and full of beans after his long sleep. He's a likable extrovert, full of beans. Note: This originally referred to a horse that was well-fed and therefore full of energy.
See also: bean, full, of

full of beans

lively; in high spirits. informal
This phrase was originally used by people who work with horses, and referred to the good condition of a horse fed on beans.
See also: bean, full, of

prunes and prisms

used to denote a prim and affected speech, look, or manner.
In Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit ( 1857 ), Mrs General advocates speaking this phrase aloud in order to give ‘a pretty form to the lips’.
See also: and, prune

full of ˈbeans

very lively, active and healthy: Ray is certainly full of beans again after his illness.This phrase was originally used to talk about horses that were fed on beans.
See also: bean, full, of

full of beans

mod. full of nonsense; full of hot air. Oh, be quiet. You’re just full of beans.
See also: bean, full, of

full of prunes

mod. full of nonsense. (see also full of beans. Prunes can cause gas = hot air = nonsense.) You’re just silly. Completely full of prunes.
See also: full, of, prune

full of beans

1. Energetic; frisky: The children were too full of beans to sit still.
2. Badly mistaken: Don't believe him; he's full of beans.
See also: bean, full, of
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When pruning all types of clematis, cuts should be made just above a pair of swelling buds.
New Jersey blueberry growers needed to know how early pruning affects new varieties.
The pruning treatment (in T3 and T4) consisted of removing approximately one-third of the previous year's growth on all shoots that elongated the previous season, thinning shoots that were too close together and removing in-season branching points (sylleptic shoots).
Pruning done at right time and in specific amount provide fuel for the initiation of flowering by sufficient ventilation leading to least susceptibility of plant to diseases.
The specific objective was to evaluate various pruning strategies of one vinifera variety that sustained extensive winter injury, Pinot Gris, and eventually to identify the best method of pruning to recommend to commercial growers.
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Third, effective pruning grows jobs, people and a stable culture.
At the foundation of proper pruning is an understanding of how trees respond to wounds.
Understanding your plants is the most important part of dormant pruning, or any pruning for that matter.
You might be pruning them inappropriately as they flower on last year's shoots and should only be pruned after flowering.
I would like to do a light pruning and take 8 to 10 inches off the lower branches that have grown over my driveway.
Now in an updated second edition, Cass Turnbull's Guide To Pruning is a no-nonsense guide to pruning plants the right way, since the wrong way can lead to "water sprouts" (stringy, hairy twigs that grow straight up on a tree) or other eyesores and disasters.
Bad pruning can do more than produce an unsightly tree: it can lead to water sprouts, diseases, and even death.
This chapter begins with a brief background on landscape maintenance followed by the important aspects of pruning, including pruning goals, tree parts, pruning equipment, common questions about pruning, and general pointers in making pruning cuts.