spit-and-sawdust


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spit-and-sawdust

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a spit-and-sawdust pub (= type of bar that is found in Britain) is dirty and untidy and is not modern or attractive (always before noun) There are one or two spit-and-sawdust pubs in the town centre but nothing remotely trendy.
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It's a one-time spit-and-sawdust pub given the gastropub treatment with battered leather sofas.
The spit-and-sawdust superstar, whose winning streak of 22 represents a new mark for consecutive US victories since 1900,hasbeenoffthetrackfor morethanfourmonthssincehis most recentvictoryatLaurelon January4.
Musically, the 62-year-old rocker charts a course between his anthemic 2002 set The Rising and spit-and-sawdust folk arrangements of 2006''s We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, while Land of Hope and Dreams hosts a final sax solo from the late legendary Clarence Clemons.
Musically, the 62-year-old rocker charts a course between his anthemic 2002 set The Rising and spit-and-sawdust folk arrangements of 2006's We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, while Land Of Hope And Dreams hosts a final sax solo from the late legendary Clarence Clemons.
Its spit-and-sawdust image attracts customers who prefer pints of bitter to the more "sophisti-cated" drinks in other Westminster bars.
I'm sorry Han," she tried to say, still thinking of his image of tarting up of a spit-and-sawdust venue in Ebbw Vale as being something like "putting lipstick on a pitbull" and failing to stay focused.
But I was pleasantly surprised to find Papaya was not much more pricey than your average spit-and-sawdust Indian curry house.
Its spit-and-sawdust style has long been popular with generations of city drinkers.
Most fighters leave their families behind when they go to training camp but I'm not the spit-and-sawdust type.
Hasn't been aimed as high as many of these rivals, but I'd take his kind of spit-and-sawdust performances over the 'untapped' potential of horses who've been finishing down the field in Pattern races
The venue, at the rear of Broad Street, has been transformed from the former spit-and-sawdust boozer that was Darwins into a brand new gastro pub with its own heated 'urban garden'.
Don't expect a spit-and-sawdust traditional pub like the Queen's Vaults next door.
Most pubs have smoking 'break-out' areas, car boot sale decor and few would survive without trendy youngsters swigging fizzy drinks, but well-kept ale is seldom confined to spit-and-sawdust back street inns.
A brass quartet joined an accordion, rag-time piano, fiddles, banjos and tambourines on stage - making them look every inch the travelling band playing at a spit-and-sawdust watering hole in the Deep South.
It was once a prominent spit-and-sawdust boozer standing pretty much alone on that stretch of the Tyne.