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Adam Tiler

An obsolete term for the accomplice of a pickpocket, who is given and escapes with the stolen goods. Here, "Adam" refers to the first man (as in the Garden of Eden), while "Tiler" is an obsolete slang term for a pickpocket. We have caught the pickpocket, but some Adam Tiler made off with the money.
See also: Adam

Fanny Adams

obsolete A ration of tinned mutton, as provided upon a naval ship. This macabre sobriquet was taken from the name of an eight-year-old girl who was brutally murdered in 1867, thus likening the quality of the meat rations to the remains of the young girl. I swear if I have to eat Fanny Adams one more time, I will throw myself overboard.
See also: Adam, fanny

the old Adam

The evil or reckless side of human nature, as attributed to the Biblical Adam (who disobeyed God's orders). I'm so sorry I yelled at you like that—the old Adam really got a hold of me there. The old Adam is in each of you, but do not succumb to it. Turn away from sin, children.
See also: Adam, old

sweet Fanny Adams

rude slang Nothing. The term is a euphemism, based on the initials of "Fanny Adams" ("FA"), for "fuck all," which means the same thing. Sometimes shortened to "sweet FA." I worked there for 20 years and was dismissed with sweet Fanny Adams to show for it!
See also: Adam, fanny, sweet

not know (one) from Adam

To not know who one is just by looking at them; to have never met someone before. Even though Jake had worked at the company for nearly 10 years, the boss still didn't know him from Adam. I don't blame them for not giving me permission right away. They don't know me from Adam.
See also: Adam, know, not

not know someone from Adam

Fig. not to know someone by sight at all. I wouldn't recognize John if I saw him up close. I don't know him from Adam. What does she look like? I don't know her from Adam.
See also: Adam, know, not

not know someone from Adam

Be unable to recognize someone, as in Although I have worked here for two months, I've never seen the department head; I wouldn't know her from Adam . This term refers to the biblical story about the world's first human being. As at least one writer has pointed out, differentiating someone from Adam makes little sense since he had no name and wore only a fig leaf. [Mid-1800s]
See also: Adam, know, not, someone

old as Adam

Also, old as the hills. Ancient, as in He must be as old as Adam by now, or That joke is as old as the hills. The first term, alluding to the first human created by God, according to the Bible, was first recorded only in 1867. The variant, referring to geological time (when mountains were created), dates from about 1800.
See also: Adam, old

not know someone from Adam

If you don't know someone from Adam, you do not know them at all. We have one contact, who is simply a voice on the phone to us. I don't know him from Adam. These people were friends of a friend, who didn't know me from Adam. Note: According to the Bible, Adam was the first human being.
See also: Adam, know, not, someone

not know someone from Adam

not know or be completely unable to recognize the person in question. informal
See also: Adam, know, not, someone

the old Adam

unregenerate human nature.
In Christian symbolism, the old Adam represents fallen man as contrasted with the second Adam , Jesus Christ.
1993 Outdoor Canada It is the Old Adam in us. We are descendants of a long line of dirt farmers, sheepherders…and so forth.
See also: Adam, old

sweet Fanny Adams

absolutely nothing at all. informal
Fanny Adams was the youthful victim in a famous murder case in 1867 , her body being mutilated and cut to pieces by the killer. With gruesome black humour, her name came to be used as a slang term for a type of tinned meat or stew recently introduced to the Royal Navy; the current meaning developed early in the 20th century. Sweet Fanny Adams is often abbreviated in speech to sweet FA , which is understood by many to be a euphemism for sweet fuck all .
See also: Adam, fanny, sweet

not know somebody from ˈAdam

(informal) not know who somebody is: This man came into the office and he said that he knew me. I didn’t know him from Adam, which was a bit embarrassing.
See also: Adam, know, not, somebody


n. MDMA (3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine), Ecstasy. (see also the unrelated up an’ Adam.) She spent the early part of the evening trying to score some Adam.

Adam Henry

n. an AH = asshole, = jerk. Treated as a name. Why don’t you get some smarts, Adam Henry?
See also: Adam, henry

up and at them

and up an’ at ’em and up an’ Adam
phr. to get up and go at people or things; to get active and get busy. (Adam is a [purposeful] misunderstanding of at ’em.) Up and Adam! The sun is shining.
See also: and, up

up an’ Adam

See also: Adam, up

Adam's ale

A jocular term for water, based on the strong likelihood that Adam hadn't discovered anything stronger (and they call the Garden of Eden a paradise?). Apparently no fans of alliterations, Scots used to refer to water as “Adam's beer.”
See also: ale

Adam's off ox

An unrecognizable person or thing. “I wouldn't know him from Adam's off ox” was the equivalent of the contemporary “I wouldn't know him from a hole in the ground.” Since horses and other beasts of transportation and burden are handled from the left side, the left side is referred to as their “near side” and the right side their “off ” side. Not to be able to distinguish between someone and the farther-away animal of the first man on Earth is indeed not too know very much at all about a person
See also: off, ox
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Three of the finalists, Huw Roberts, 19, from Rhiwlas near Bethesda, George Roberts, 20, from Moelf re, and Adam Roberts 21, of Valley, all apprentices at Holyhead Marine Services, are competing for the all Wales second and fourth year awards in the SME category.
Division Two: Aberffraw 1 (Connor Rees) Bodedern Athletic 4 (own goal, Eric Leach, Adam Roberts, Myles Jones); Amlwch Town 3 (Luke McGivern, Callum McMinimee, Jack Griffiths) Llanfairpwll 1 (Huw Barwick); Blaenau Amateurs 3 (Kieron Ellis 3) Mochdre Sports 3 (Tom Clarke, Gareth Jones, Scott Roberts); Cemaes Bay 0 Gaerwen 2 (Liam Morris 2); Llannefydd 2 (Luke Appleby 2) Glan Conwy 2 (Conor Davies 2); Llannerchymedd 1 (Marquis Holland) Pentraeth 2 (DIon Williams, Louis Owen); Penmaenmawr Phoenix 1 (Tom Paddock) Y Felinheli 2 (Iwan Owen 2); Prestatyn Sports 8 (Dominic Donnelly, Tom Court 2, James Harper, Kris Owen 2, Ryan Fortune, Michael Jones) Meliden 1 (Chris Marsden pen).
When making predictions about India's future, the first step is to visit a fortune teller and his magic parrots: India, Adam Roberts thereby learns, will become the world's Number One nation and win the World Cup - 'understatement gets you nowhere' in India; only superlatives will do.
And Dr Adam Roberts at University College London grew more than 100 different bacteria from beards, including some capable of developing into antibiotics.
Henry Breeze smashed 18 fours and a pair of sixes on his way to a stunning total of 123 runs while Matthew Jones (59) and Adam Roberts (45) also made useful knocks - but unfortunately the weather rendered the pitch unplayable before a result could be achieved.
Best nonfiction award was won by novelist Adam Roberts for his Rave and Let Die, a collected volume of his science fiction criticism.
The claimants are: David Mathews, Jim Carson, Adam Roberts, Steve Marchant, Ross Haslehurst and Ryan O'Hare.
In the Guardian, fellow science fiction author Adam Roberts calls it a "stimulating novel that gracefully finesses its intellectual depth.
PRINCE of Wales booked an Advertiser Cup semi-final against Athletico Belbao when they bypassed Hillmorton Red Lion 2-0 with goals from Nic Tomes and Adam Roberts.
Adam Roberts, of global wildlife charity Born Free, added: "It's vital the criminal networks responsible are dismantled.
Adam Roberts is a financial consultant now living in Oxfordshire with his wife and daughter Isla, who was born on Christmas Day last year.
Prosecutor Adam Roberts said Rae went into a prayer room where about 30 adults and children were gathered on September 23.
Adam Roberts, 25, completed his LLB (Hons) Law at Teesside University before going on to gain a LLM Criminal Law.
Ben Tomlinson, Adam Roberts (both ankle), Scott Kay, John Grant (both thigh), Lewis Chalmers (stomach), Greg Daniels (knee) and Eilliot Hewitt are all sidelined.
Goals from Sam Tolhurst and Callum McCormack sealed Amlwch Town a 2-0 success over former Welsh Premier club Welshpool Town and it was 4-1 for Bodedern Athletic against Rhydymwyn, Adam Roberts, Ryan Taylor, Mark Jones and Jordan Davies sharing the net finders.