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finders keepers(, losers weepers)

A children's rhyme meaning that if someone finds something, they are entitled to keep it (even if it belongs to someone else). The children huddled around the sparkling ring Jake had discovered. "Finders keepers!" he yelled, as he grabbed it and dashed toward the house. A: "Hey, that's my favorite toy!" B: "But I found it out in the playground. Finders keepers, losers weepers!"
See also: finder, loser

finders, keepers

A phrase meaning that whoever finds something is entitled to keep it. For example, Someone left a dollar bill in this rented car-finders, keepers. This expression alludes to an ancient Roman law to that effect and has been stated in numerous different ways over the centuries. The modern version, often stated as Finders keepers, losers weepers, dates from the mid-1800s and is no longer a legal precept.
See also: keeper


n. a sad movie, novel, television program, etc. I can’t seem to get enough of these weepers.
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Retired roads weeper Mervyn Griffiths is preparing for a 600-mile bike trip between Sydney and Melbourne for his 68th birthday Picture: VALERIE HACKPIL
Who sat 10 hours in rain and wind and cold and had their chance of seeing an official race wiped out by, essentially, those sorry weepers.
Human Niagara Falls weeper - and my God is she strutting her tear-stained stuff
5%), Skirt-Watching Letch (3%) and the Toilet Weeper (2.
As the Street's worldclass weeper Deirdre Barlow, she bawled buckets because her psycho daughter Tracy was forced to spend her 30th birthday behind bars.
This girl, hair aflame and skin as white and fragile as a store-bought mushroom's, with her black boots and her black Lady Macbeth skirt and her black crocheted cardigan - a net for catching nightmares in - she must be the weeper.
Meanwhile, serial weeper Sissy told housemates she was "gutted" to be the third contestant to be booted out of the Big Brother house.
Miles loves a good weeper, while Souhrada wants to see Stallone rip people apart.
How many films have you made," Carole asked Shilpa - who soon claimed the Michael Barrymore award as Celebrity Big Brother 2007's first obscure weeper.
OSCARS weeper Gwyneth Paltrow looked as though she needed a shoulder to cry on after hurting her foot.
Their hard-driving sound and instrumental virtuosity through two sets Saturday showed there's no mistaking this band as anything but bluegrass, but songs such as the not-yet recorded "You Put the Hurt On Me," a hard-country weeper worthy of George Jones, showed their particular expansion of the music's definition.
It's the 50th anniversary of the Cary Grant-Deborah Kerr romantic weeper "An Affair to Remember.
In a nutshell: Woman on deathbed dredges up regrets, as does everyone around her in a turgid weeper that will engender regret in its paying audience as well.
In the past, we might not have expected Ms Zeta-Jones to turn on the waterworks, but just recently she's established herself as a potential winning weeper following her sickening acceptance speech as she picked up the supporting gong at the Screen Actors' Guild awards.
Ang Lee has made a career of deciphering the hidden codes and strictures of various societies, so it isn't surprising that this Taiwan-born director revolutionized the big Hollywood weeper with his beautifully observed gay love story, ``Brokeback Mountain.