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trade off the orchard for an apple

To be overly concerned with minor details and ignore the situation as a whole. I know you're worried about that one aspect of your project, but don't trade off the orchard for an apple.
See also: apple, off, orchard, trade

crazy as a betsy bug

Insane. Don't leave me alone with Uncle Stu, he's crazy as a betsy bug!
See also: betsy, bug, crazy

marble orchard

1. A cemetery. (A reference to headstones and monuments.) My wife and I went to book a plot of land in the marble orchard for when the time comes.
2. A yard or other area featuring many statues. The bizarre site is a marble orchard where the many statued visages and iconography of the former regime have been preserved.
See also: marble, orchard

*crazy as a betsy bug

 and *crazy as a peach-orchard boar; *crazy as a loon
Rur. acting as if insane. (*Also: as ~.) Tom: Susan says she's really the Queen of England. Bill: She's crazy as a betsy bug. Jill: David's a little eccentric, isn't he? Jane: Crazy as a loon, I'd say. What's wrong with Jim? He's acting as crazy as a peach-orchard boar.
See also: betsy, bug, crazy

marble orchard

a cemetery. informal humorous
See also: marble, orchard

marble orchard

and Marble City
n. a cemetery. I already bought a little plot in a marble orchard. There is a huge Marble City south of town.
See also: marble, orchard
References in classic literature ?
She leaned her chin on her hand and looked down through the orchard, where the sunlight was growing more and more golden.
She had only to stand in the orchard, to put her hand on a little crab tree and look up at the apples, to make you feel the goodness of planting and tending and harvesting at last.
When after several evenings of intense lis- tening she heard no call from the darkness in the orchard, she was half beside herself with grief and decided that for her there was no way to break through the wall that had shut her off from the joy of life.
Louise had so entirely given up the thought of his coming that for a long time she did not hear the call that came up from the orchard.
Higginbotham's corpse were not yet discovered by his own family, how came the mulatto, at above thirty miles' distance, to know that he was hanging in the orchard, especially as he had left Kimballton before the unfortunate man was hanged at all?
Higginbotham's character and habits of life; and that he had an orchard, and a St.
On his left were a stone wall and a gate, the boundary of a woodlot, beyond which lay an orchard, farther still, a mowing field, and last of all, a house.
Just then the village clock tolled eight, and as each deep stroke fell, Dominicus gave a fresh bound and flew faster than before, till, dim in the solitary centre of the orchard, he saw the fated pear-tree.
But, morning came again, and though the boughs of the orchard trees drooped and ran wild upon the ground, it was the same orchard still.
The doctor aims to survey 30 selected orchards throughout the county where most farms had orchards rich in wildlife at one time.