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a London particular

euphemism The thick, brown, sometimes lethal fog caused by air pollution in London, especially during the 19th and early 20th century. For many older citizens living London during that time, they could as easily be killed by a London particular as by an attack from a criminal.
See also: London, particular

first (some place), then the world

1. cliché First this location will be conquered, and then in the near future we will conquer the world. "First France, then the world!" cackled the evil leader, as his army poured out of the stronghold and swept across the country.
2. By extension, we will first find success in this location, then that success will quickly spread to the rest of the world. I have a feeling that this product could revolutionize the way the entire planet consumes media. First the United States, then the world!
See also: first, world

I see London, I see France

Used to indicate humorously that one is able to see someone's underpants. A shortening of the childish rhyme "I see London, I see France, I see (someone's) underpants!" I bent over to pick up the pencil, and someone crowed behind me, "I see London, I see France!" A: "Ha ha! I see London, I see France!" B: "Oh, grow up, Jerry. So my underwear was showing, big deal."
See also: see

today (some place), tomorrow the world

1. cliché First this location will be conquered, soon to be followed by the entire world. "Today France, tomorrow the world!" cackled the evil leader, as his army poured out of the stronghold and swept across the country.
2. By extension, we will first find success in this location, then that success will quickly spread to the rest of the world. I have a feeling that this product could revolutionize the way the entire planet consumes media. Today the United States, tomorrow the world!
See also: today, tomorrow, world
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a London particular

a dense fog formerly affecting London. dated
This expression is first recorded in Charles Dickens's Bleak House ( 1853 ).
See also: London, particular
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