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bring sand to the beach

To do or undertake something redundant, pointless, or futile, usually in the context of bringing something to a location where it is abundant or unnecessary. The company always caters lunch for these meetings, so I don't know why you bring in your own sandwich. You might as well bring sand to the beach!
See also: beach, bring, sand

like a beached whale

1. Completely stuck and unable to move or escape from the situation. Said especially of large objects or vehicles. Our van's wheels sunk in the mud, and we've been stuck here like a beached whale for over an hour!
2. offensive slang Of a person, exceptionally large or obese. I love going to the beach, but I'm going to look like a beached whale in this swimsuit.
See also: beach, like, whale

a beached whale

offensive slang An extremely large or obese person. I really need to start exercising again. I've turned into a beached whale!
See also: beach, whale

there are plenty more pebbles on the beach

There are many other excellent or more suitable people, things, opportunities, or possibilities in the world that one may find. Said especially if someone has recently been through something or some romantic relationship that has failed or turned out badly. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but there are plenty more pebbles on the beach. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself that there are plenty more pebbles on the beach.
See also: beach, more, on, pebble, plenty, there

there are plenty of (other) pebbles on the beach

There are many other excellent or more suitable people, things, opportunities, or possibilities in the world that one may find. Said especially if someone has recently been through something or some romantic relationship that has failed or turned out badly. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but there are plenty of pebbles on the beach. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself that there are plenty of other pebbles on the beach.
See also: beach, of, on, pebble, plenty, there

there are other pebbles on the beach

There are many other excellent or more suitable people, things, opportunities, or possibilities in the world that one may find. Said especially if someone has recently been through something or some romantic relationship that has failed or turned out badly. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but there are other pebbles on the beach. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself that there are other pebbles on the beach.
See also: beach, on, other, pebble, there

not be the only pebble on the beach

To be only one of many other excellent or more suitable people, things, opportunities, or possibilities in the world that one may find. Said especially if someone has recently been unlucky or unsuccessful with someone romantically or in some endeavor. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but she's not the only pebble on the beach. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself it wasn't the only pebble on the beach.
See also: beach, not, on, pebble

not the only fish in the sea

Not the only suitable thing, opportunity, or person one can find. Usually said of people with whom one was or hopes to be in a romantic relationship, but can be applied to a number of other situations. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but she's not the only fish in the sea. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself it's not the only fish in the sea.
See also: fish, not, sea

not the only pebble on the beach

Not the only suitable thing, opportunity, or person one can find. Usually said of people with whom one was or hopes to be in a romantic relationship, but can be applied to a number of other situations. A less common version of "not the only fish in the sea." I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but she's not the only pebble on the beach. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself it's not the only pebble on the beach.
See also: beach, not, on, pebble

beach spreading

The act of setting up large tents and cabanas on the beach, thereby taking up a lot of space and perhaps obstructing the view of other beachgoers. Beach spreading has gotten way out of hand this year—you can barely see the ocean past all these tents!
See also: beach, spread

(as) fat as a beached whale

offensive Of a person, exceptionally obese. I love going to the beach, but I'm going to look like as fat as a beached whale in this swimsuit.
See also: beach, fat, whale

beach bum

One who enjoys spending time relaxing on the beach. Now that it's summertime, I fully intend to be a beach bum as often as I can.
See also: beach, bum

beach bunny

A young woman who enjoys spending time at the beach. Check out the cute beach bunny in the purple bikini! Now that it's summertime, I fully intend to be a beach bunny.
See also: beach, bunny

not the only fish in the sea

Also, lots or plenty of good fish in the sea ; not the only pebble on the beach. Plenty of other suitable persons, especially for a romantic relationship. For example, When Bob walked out on Sally, all we could tell her was that he was not the only fish in the sea , or Bill knew she wasn't the only pebble on the beach but he was determined to win her over . Both fish and pebble here refer to something available in large quantities. The expressions using fish have been used to comfort jilted lovers since the early 1500s. The variant using pebble was first recorded in a poem of 1896 by Henry Braistead: "If you want to win her hand Let the maiden understand That she's not the only pebble on the beach."
See also: fish, not, sea

not the only pebble on the beach

mainly BRITISH
If you say that someone is not the only pebble on the beach, you mean that they are not the only person who is important or should be considered in a particular situation, although they may think they are. You should encourage him to understand that he is very definitely not the only pebble on the beach.
See also: beach, not, on, pebble

not the only pebble on the beach

not the only person to be considered in a particular situation; (of a former lover) not unique or irreplaceable.
This expression is from an 1897 song title: You're Not The Only Pebble On The Beach. The original context was that of courtship: the way to advance your suit was to make it plain to the lady that ‘she's not the only pebble on the beach’. It is now often used more generally as a warning against selfish egocentricity.
See also: beach, not, on, pebble

not the ˈonly pebble on the beach

(informal, disapproving) not the only person who is important or who should be considered: ‘She thinks she should be chosen to go to the meeting in Paris.’ ‘She’s not the only pebble on the beach, you know.’
See also: beach, not, on, pebble

(as) fat as a beached whale

phr. very, very fat. That dame is as fat as a beached whale.
See also: beach, fat, whale

fat as a beached whale

verb
See also: beach, fat, whale

beach bum

n. a young man who frequents beaches. A bronzed beach bum helped me find my lotion.
See also: beach, bum

beach bunny

n. a young woman who frequents beaches. This little beach bunny bounced up and offered to put lotion on me.
See also: beach, bunny
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"I am absolutely delighted the successful coast management and excellent quality of these Highland beaches has once again been nationally recognised."
TripAdvisors has already awarded 352 beaches worldwide and comes up with a top 25 world list as well as regional lists for Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Australia, Central America, Middle East, South Pacific, Caribbean, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, U.K., and the US.
Hayley Coleman, TripAdvisor spokeswoman, said: "Time after time, the UK's beaches hold their own in these awards against those in countries with much warmer climes, proving that sunshine isn't everything when it comes to the formula for a world-renowned beach.
"The resulting expert guidance ensured our list of Asian beaches offers those that have a taste for adventure, balanced by ultimate relaxation, all the needed insight to plan an unforgettable beach-side journey," the online travel agency said.
It is very busy and the Mombasa beautification project has also worked nicely," he said.Hotel owners said the beaches are regaining their aesthetic value and would attract more visitors.
The top five most valued beaches after Venice Beach were; Bournemouth (UK), Copacabana (Brazil), Pampelonne (France), Bondi beach (Australia) and Pink Sands (Bahamas).
"What's interesting is a lot of beaches are beautiful but can be dangerous because of big waves.
One of the quieter beaches of Israel, one can enjoy a private experience of paddling, sunbathing and other water sports activities.
The top three beaches are Agonda Beach in India at number one with White Beach in Boracay and Ngapali Beach in Myanmar filling out the podium places.
RE: Karen Price, Western Mail, February 21, "For brilliant beaches, you're better off here".
Travel bible TripAdvisor crowned the spot at the Travellers' Choice Awards For Beaches.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan can become well-known destination for leisure tourism as blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches of the world like Gadani and Gwadar.
Sunset Beach features one of the widest beaches in southern California.
In Korea, where the population is dense, major beaches are crowded with up to 1 million vacationers a day at peak times.
Don't try this on just any beach in Florida, but on the beaches of Cape San Bias in Northwest Florida, and along some stretches of Northeast Florida, anglers can still drive on the beach in search of fishing.