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speak with a plum in (one's) mouth

To speak in a manner that is indicative of a high social class. Primarily heard in UK. He spoke with such a plum in his mouth that none of us working-class sods could stand to listen to him.
See also: mouth, plum, speak

a plum in your mouth

If someone speaks with a plum in their mouth, they speak with an accent that is typical of a high social class. While she does not talk with a plum in her mouth, she is very articulate. Note: This expression is used to show disapproval. Note: This is from the idea that the accent used by upper-class speakers of British English makes them sound as though they have a plum in their mouth.
See also: mouth, plum

have a plum in your mouth

have a rich-sounding voice or affected accent. British
See also: have, mouth, plum

like a ripe plum (or ripe plums)

used to convey that something can be obtained with little or no effort.
See also: like, plum, ripe


n. a prize or reward; something that can be considered the spoils of a political office. My plum for getting elected was a big new office.
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But I picked myself up in a minute, for I was used to such tumbles; and did n't mind the pain half as much as the loss of the plums.
for many of the plums were not ripe, some were hurt by the birds, some crushed in falling, and many as hard as stones.
We raked open the fire, put on the saucepan, and in it the best of our plums, with water enough to spoil them.
The sun began to get low, we were afraid Debby would come down, and still those dreadful plums would n't look like sauce.
The plums were lying all over the hearth, the saucepan in the middle of the room, the basin was broken, and the sugar swimming about as if the bowl had turned itself over trying to sweeten our mess for us.
We had plums enough that autumn, but did n't seem to care much about them, after all, for our prank became a household joke, and, for years, we never saw the fruit, but Nelly would look at me with a funny face, and whisper, 'Purple stockings, Fan
Just as she spoke, a ripe plum dropped bounce on the grass before us, as if answering her question.
Let 's have as many as we want, and plague Aunt Betsey, to pay her for being so cross,' I said, giving Nelly half the great purple plum.
But as I did so my foot slipped, I tried to catch something to hold by, but found nothing, and with a cry, down I fell, like a very big plum on the grass below.
But I know everything that's interesting: the plum soup I know, and the pea sausages I know.
USDA-ARS scientists analyzed the infrared heating of plums to see how this treatment would affect the plums' surface structure and drying rate.
I'm thrilled to learn more about the research involving dried plums and how they help support healthy bones.
In clinical studies, dried plums have improved bone-related biomarkers and bone density.
Scrub the plums with crude salt until they become darker and wet to get rid of the bitterness.
Studies show dried plums to be higher in antioxidants, higher in fiber and lower in sugar than raisins and dried cranberries, says Tom Leahy, representative for Sunsweet, based in San Diego.