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Mother Carey is plucking her chickens
It is snowing. This phrase alludes to "Mother Carey's chickens," which is what sailors call birds they believe are indicative of poor weather. Bundle up, men—Mother Carey is plucking her chickens, so we're in for another rough day on the trail.
on Carey Street
euphemism Bankrupt; in severe or crippling debt. Named for the street in London where the bankruptcy court for the United Kingdom was at one time located. You're going to end up on Carey Street if you don't get your company's expenditures under control!