Eskimo

(redirected from Eskimos)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

(someone) could sell an icebox to an Eskimo

Someone is an extremely smooth, charming, or persuasive salesperson, such that they could sell something to those who have no need or use for it. (The phrase should be used with caution, as the term "Eskimo" is considered by some to be offensive or derogatory. It alludes to the various indigenous peoples of the traditionally cold, snowy northern circumpolar regions of the globe, who thus would have no reason to buy an icebox.) I can't believe you were able to sell an extra 200 units to the hospital. You could sell an icebox to an Eskimo!
See also: could, Eskimo, sell

(someone) could sell ice to Eskimos

Someone is an extremely smooth, charming, or persuasive salesperson, such that they could sell something to people who have no need or use for it. (The phrase alludes to the various indigenous peoples of the traditionally cold, snowy northern circumpolar regions of the globe, who thus would have no shortage of (and no need to buy) ice. It should be used with caution, though, as the term "Eskimo" is considered by some to be offensive or derogatory. ) I can't believe you were able to sell an extra 200 units to the hospital. You could sell ice to Eskimos!
See also: could, Eskimo, ice, sell
References in periodicals archive ?
If you are interested in adding a traditional festive Eskimo item to your Thanksgiving meal this year it is to late, but if you think it appetizing for next year start now and just follow this simple recipe:
The data collected through this new investigation shows that Eskimos do have a similar prevalence of CAD to non-Eskimo populations, and in fact, they have very high rates of mortality due to cerebrovascular events (strokes).
Using a network of approved Pink Eskimos members, they ensure the highest standards of service are achieved globally.
And it also cost him his job as a safety with the Eskimos, who released him.
And whenever a character does manage to say something coherent, those darned Eskimos block it out entirely with Spam-speak.
Other talks during the autumn period will include Friends of the Eskimos, Journey to the Himalayas, Cleveland Wildlife Trust and theatre memories.
Social life in northwest Alaska; the structure of Inupiaq Eskimo nations.
The most popular sport in Eskimo communities is basketball.
Sea Kayaking UK, based in Holyhead, Anglesey, has exported 18 hand-built fibreglass canoes to Iceland in the last year and is now handling an order to supply Eskimo fishermen in Greenland.
For instance, early missionaries had to abandon the traditional concept of Hell, because all that heat sounded to the Eskimos like Heaven.
In them, great wallops of gratuitous advice were dished out to Inuit, who were instructed, step by detailed step, on how to be better Eskimos than they already were.
Village chief Gary Kompkoff is vice chairman of the corporation, but no other villagers and only a handful of Eskimos are even employed on these projects.
For thousands of years, the Alutiiq people, sometimes called Pacific Eskimos, have been dependent on the area's marine bounty.
Native Inupiat Eskimos are keenly aware of atmospheric changes causing thinning ice and increased fog during whaling season.