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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.
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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 someone is just by looking at them; to have never met someone before. After working at the company for nearly ten years, and Jake's 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

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.
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not know someone from Adam

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

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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TEAM PLAYERS From left, Emma Wilkes, Tony Wentworth, Mark Stephenson, Clare Fegan, Alistair Smith, Stephen Duffy and Adam Roberts, all of Jacksons, show their support for Gateshead Thunder
Adam Roberts, executive vice president of conservation group Born Free USA said listing the animal as endangered in the US would make it harder for trophy hunters in America to import lion parts into the country.
Graham Mason was on target with a hat-trick, while Chris Williams, Adam Roberts and Robert Surtees scored one apiece.
Adam Roberts, an author who has written extensively about mercenaries in Africa, said the operation was an uncharacteristic mistake by such an experienced soldier.
Adam Roberts tells the amazing tale of the coup, recounting the drama in detail.
Adam Roberts, 37 and from Coventry, was sentenced last week for killing Patrick Hoban, 21.
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It's a very dangerous precedent to decide that wildlife exploitation is in the best interest of wildlife," said Adam Roberts, a senior research associate at the nonprofit Animal Welfare Institute, an advocacy group for endangered species.
Also visiting will be Will Travers, Executive Director of Born Free UK, Adam Roberts from Born Free USA, and Rob Atkinson, Head of Wildlife, Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.