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san fairy ann

obsolete slang It doesn't matter. Used as an expression of cynical resignation to or acceptance of a current state of affairs, especially one that had gone wrong to some degree. An English corruption of the French phrase ça ne fait rien, it became a catchphrase of British troops fighting in France during World War I. A: "The supply drop never arrived. It looks like we're eating potatoes again for the next week." B: "It bloody figures. Ah well, san fairy ann."
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San Fran

A nickname for San Francisco, California. I used to live in San Fran, but the weather was too cold and the rent was too high.
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San Fran

n. San Francisco. When will you be in San Fran next?
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In any case, it was decided in the Gun Club that Blomsberry brothers, Bilsby, and Major Elphinstone should go straight to San Francisco, and consult as to the means of raising the projectile from the depths of the ocean.
Almost at the same moment in which the Secretary of Marine, the vice-president of the Gun Club, and the sub-director of the Observatory received the dispatch from San Francisco, the Honorable J.
A quarter of an hour after the two savants were descending the declivity of the Rocky Mountains; and two days after, at the same time as their friends of the Gun Club, they arrived at San Francisco, having killed five horses on the road.
There was only so much of a food reserve in San Francisco, and at the best it could not last long.
It was estimated that at least 200,000 had deserted San Francisco, and by that much was his food problem solved.
They were all eaten by the people that fled from San Francisco.
We'll make the creek on this tack, and you'll be right behind me all the way up to San Rafael."
In the gathering darkness I could just make out the mouth of San Rafael Creek, and by the time we entered it I could barely see its banks.
"To say nothing of the mortgage on my house and on the nicest little best paying flat building in San Francisco since the earthquake."
Well, I guess we'll just sign on this steward at sixty a month and all he asks, or I'll just naturally quit you cold on the next fast steamer to San Francisco."
This cannot be doubted, as Daylight himself knew, it was by the merest chance, when in Los Angeles, that he heard the tuna were running strong at Santa Catalina, and went over to the island instead of returning directly to San Francisco as he had planned.
Others were wearing the stripes in San Quentin or Folsom.
Let each one of you who is prosperous take into his house some thief and treat him as his brother, some unfortunate and treat her as his sister, and San Francisco will need no police force and no magistrates; the prisons will be turned into hospitals, and the criminal will disappear with his crime.
Why, most likely he'd a settled down in San Francisco--he'd a-had to--an' held onto them three Market street lots, an' bought more lots, of course, an' gone into steamboat companies, an' stock gamblin', an' railroad buildin', an' Comstock-tunnelin'.
"Why, if your pa'd only got laid up in San Francisco, he would a-ben one of the big men of the West.