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(as) old as Adam

humorous Very old. An allusion to Adam, the first human created by God in the Bible. Oh, she's old as Adam, she can't hear us. Why don't we ever sing new songs? Those hymns are as old as Adam.
See also: Adam, old

Adam and Eve

slang To believe (something). The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "Adam and Eve" rhymes with "believe." Primarily heard in UK. I can't Adam and Eve it—Bill and Sarah are finally getting married! Little Jimmy, a world-famous author. Cor, who'd have Adam and Eved it?
See also: Adam, and, eve

Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve

A phrase that uses the Bible as the basis for discouraging homosexuality. I can't believe some people still make the argument "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve" in today's day and age.
See also: Adam, and, not

Adam Henry

slang A euphemistic way to call someone an "asshole," playing on that word's use of the letters A and H. Don't pay attention to that guy, he's a real Adam Henry. Whoa, stop yelling at me. Why are you acting like such an Adam Henry today?
See also: Adam, henry

Adam Tiler

An obsolete term for the accomplice of a pickpocket, who is given and escapes with the stolen goods. Here, "Adam" refers to the first man (as in the Garden of Eden), while "Tiler" is an obsolete slang term for a pickpocket. We have caught the pickpocket, but some Adam Tiler made off with the money.
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Adam's ale

Water. A humorous phrase based on the idea that the only thing Adam and Eve had to drink in the Garden of Eden was water. I don't have any beer, but I can offer you some Adam's ale.
See also: ale

Adam's off ox

Someone or something that one does not know or cannot readily identify. The phrase is used in an extension of the expression "not know (someone) from Adam" (the Biblical figure), meaning to not know them at all. In a team of oxen, the "off ox" is the one on the "off" side of the driver (i.e. the one positioned the farthest away). Who's that guy? I wouldn't know him from Adam's off ox.
See also: off, ox

Fanny Adams

obsolete A ration of tinned mutton, as provided upon a naval ship. This macabre sobriquet was taken from the name of an eight-year-old girl who was brutally murdered in 1867, thus likening the quality of the meat rations to the remains of the young girl. I swear if I have to eat Fanny Adams one more time, I will throw myself overboard.
See also: Adam, fanny

not know (one) from Adam

To not know who one is just by looking at them; to have never met someone before. Even though Jake had worked at the company for nearly 10 years, the boss still didn't know him from Adam. I don't blame them for not giving me permission right away. They don't know me from Adam.
See also: Adam, know, not

since Adam was a boy

For a very long time. An allusion to Adam, the first human created by God in the Bible. What does Grandma mean when she says she's been teaching third grade since Adam was a boy?
See also: Adam, boy, since

since Adam was a wee lad

For a very long time. An allusion to Adam, the first human created by God in the Bible. What does Grandma mean when she says she's been teaching third grade since Adam was a wee lad?
See also: Adam, lad, since, wee

sweet Fanny Adams

rude slang Nothing. The term is a euphemism, based on the initials of "Fanny Adams" ("FA"), for "fuck all," which means the same thing. Sometimes shortened to "sweet FA." I worked there for 20 years and was dismissed with sweet Fanny Adams to show for it!
See also: Adam, fanny, sweet

the old Adam

The evil or reckless side of human nature, as attributed to the Biblical Adam (who disobeyed God's orders). I'm so sorry I yelled at you like that—the old Adam really got a hold of me there. The old Adam is in each of you, but do not succumb to it. Turn away from sin, children.
See also: Adam, old

up and at 'em

1. Promptly awake and ready to start the day's activities. A colloquial shortening of "up and at them." We have to be up and at 'em by 7 AM tomorrow morning if we want to fit in everything we have planned. I've always preferred to go to bed early so I can be up and at 'em first thing in the morning.
2. Wake up, get out of bed, and start your day! Up and at 'em, sleepy head! You've got a busy morning, so you'd better get a move on.
See also: and, up

Would you Adam and Eve it?

slang Would you believe it? The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "Adam and Eve" rhymes with "believe." Primarily heard in UK. Would you Adam and Eve it? Bill and Sarah are finally getting married!
See also: Adam, and, eve

not know someone from Adam

Fig. not to know someone by sight at all. I wouldn't recognize John if I saw him up close. I don't know him from Adam. What does she look like? I don't know her from Adam.
See also: Adam, know, not

up and at 'em

Fig. up and taking action. Dad woke me at seven, saying, "Up and at'em!" It's six-thirty. Time for us to be up and at 'em.
See also: and, up

not know someone from Adam

Be unable to recognize someone, as in Although I have worked here for two months, I've never seen the department head; I wouldn't know her from Adam . This term refers to the biblical story about the world's first human being. As at least one writer has pointed out, differentiating someone from Adam makes little sense since he had no name and wore only a fig leaf. [Mid-1800s]
See also: Adam, know, not, someone

old as Adam

Also, old as the hills. Ancient, as in He must be as old as Adam by now, or That joke is as old as the hills. The first term, alluding to the first human created by God, according to the Bible, was first recorded only in 1867. The variant, referring to geological time (when mountains were created), dates from about 1800.
See also: Adam, old

up and at 'em

Get going, get busy, as in Up and at 'em-there's a lot of work to be done. This colloquial idiom, often uttered as a command, uses at 'em (for "at them") in the general sense of tackling a project, and not in reference to specific persons.
See also: and, up

not know someone from Adam

If you don't know someone from Adam, you do not know them at all. We have one contact, who is simply a voice on the phone to us. I don't know him from Adam. These people were friends of a friend, who didn't know me from Adam. Note: According to the Bible, Adam was the first human being.
See also: Adam, know, not, someone

not know someone from Adam

not know or be completely unable to recognize the person in question. informal
See also: Adam, know, not, someone

the old Adam

unregenerate human nature.
In Christian symbolism, the old Adam represents fallen man as contrasted with the second Adam , Jesus Christ.
1993 Outdoor Canada It is the Old Adam in us. We are descendants of a long line of dirt farmers, sheepherders…and so forth.
See also: Adam, old

sweet Fanny Adams

absolutely nothing at all. informal
Fanny Adams was the youthful victim in a famous murder case in 1867 , her body being mutilated and cut to pieces by the killer. With gruesome black humour, her name came to be used as a slang term for a type of tinned meat or stew recently introduced to the Royal Navy; the current meaning developed early in the 20th century. Sweet Fanny Adams is often abbreviated in speech to sweet FA , which is understood by many to be a euphemism for sweet fuck all .
See also: Adam, fanny, sweet

not know somebody from ˈAdam

(informal) not know who somebody is: This man came into the office and he said that he knew me. I didn’t know him from Adam, which was a bit embarrassing.
See also: Adam, know, not, somebody

Adam

n. MDMA (3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine), Ecstasy. (see also the unrelated up an’ Adam.) She spent the early part of the evening trying to score some Adam.

Adam Henry

n. an AH = asshole, = jerk. Treated as a name. Why don’t you get some smarts, Adam Henry?
See also: Adam, henry

up and at them

and up an’ at ’em and up an’ Adam
phr. to get up and go at people or things; to get active and get busy. (Adam is a [purposeful] misunderstanding of at ’em.) Up and Adam! The sun is shining.
See also: and, up

up an’ Adam

verb
See also: Adam, up

as old as Adam

Extremely ancient, well known long ago. The Adam reference, of course, is to the first book of the Bible, in which Adam is the first human being created by God. The OED traces the expression only to 1867. Similar clichés include old as the hills and from time immemorial. See also know (someone) from Adam.
See also: Adam, old

don't know from Adam

See know from Adam.
See also: Adam, know

know (someone) from Adam, doesn't/not to

Not acquainted with someone. The Adam referred to in this mid-nineteenth century term is the first human being according to the Book of Genesis. One writer suggests that the inability to recognize Adam is the height of foolishness, since he had no name and wore only a fig leaf, but this point does not seem particularly relevant. The French have a similar saying that includes Eve as well (“Je ne connais ni d’Eve ni d’Adam”).
See also: know, not

not know from Adam

See know from Adam.
See also: Adam, know, not

up and at 'em

Get going, become active. This interjection, from the late 1800s, is a kind of wake-up call. The at ’em, for “at them,” does not refer to any particular individuals but rather is used in the general sense of tackling some work or undertaking an activity. For example, “We only have a week to write the budget, so up and at ’em, fellows.”
See also: and, up

Adam's ale

A jocular term for water, based on the strong likelihood that Adam hadn't discovered anything stronger (and they call the Garden of Eden a paradise?). Apparently no fans of alliterations, Scots used to refer to water as “Adam's beer.”
See also: ale

Adam's off ox

An unrecognizable person or thing. “I wouldn't know him from Adam's off ox” was the equivalent of the contemporary “I wouldn't know him from a hole in the ground.” Since horses and other beasts of transportation and burden are handled from the left side, the left side is referred to as their “near side” and the right side their “off ” side. Not to be able to distinguish between someone and the farther-away animal of the first man on Earth is indeed not too know very much at all about a person
See also: off, ox
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Adam focused on revitalising run-down neighbourhoods and ended up investing in properties on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, becoming part-owner of a holiday resort.
Adam claims his father was not his right mind when he made his wills and is challenging them.
One wonders how come Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge.
Adam's parents, Andy and Karen, have since learned that he was planning to study the area for his geography work at Edge Hill University next year.
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But supportive stepmum Cheryl has told how she hopes 22-yearold Adam's love life on the outside will flourish after speaking to his favourite girl Zara McDermott, who he coupled up with on the inside.
While 24 hours earlier, viewers, like a few girls on the show, were falling at personal; trainer Adam's feet, they were positively FUMING just minutes into Tuesday's episode when his choice was revealed.
Adam was beaten by Shonul Kunimal, another six year old Indian whizkid and student of Indian School Ghubra-International, for the first place.
Zaiton Abdul Rahman, 56, told the Sessions Court here today that there was no signed agreement when she handed over the money in cash to Adam Rosly on that date.
The audience in the stadium- estimated at 15,000 people- chanted "We love you, Adam", with the boy V-signing in return wearing the T-shirt of Tishreen Club.
Adam's day alternates between the mundane and the extraordinary: Angela and Marty both have revelations to share; Linus needs more from Adam than his heart is ready to give; and Adam's tenuous truce with his father may be coming to an end.