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need (something) (about) as much a fish needs a bicycle

To have absolutely no need or use for something. (Adapted from a feminist slogan coined by Irina Dunn: "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.") I'm perfectly happy having a phone that just makes phone calls—I need a fancy smartphone about as much as a fish needs a bicycle. We have enough problems with the business as it is, so we need an audit right now as much as a fish needs a bicycle.
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need (something) like a fish needs a bicycle

To have absolutely no need or use for something. (Adapted from a feminist slogan coined by Irina Dunn: "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.") I'm perfectly happy having a phone that just makes phone calls—I need a fancy smartphone like a fish needs a bicycle. We have enough problems with the business as it is, so we need an audit right now like a fish needs a bicycle.
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References in classic literature ?
She was leaving me this week-end, and I had got a trap to take her to the station, but I was so uneasy in my mind that I followed her on my bicycle. She had got a start, however, and before I could catch her, the mischief was done.
We've had the bicycle identified, and we have a description of our man; so that's a long step on our journey."
It was clear, therefore, that if a man had come over with a bicycle it was from Tunbridge Wells that he might be expected to have come.
He had left the hotel after breakfast yesterday morning on his bicycle, and no more was heard of him until our inquiries."
We know that an American calling himself Hargrave came to Tunbridge Wells two days ago with bicycle and valise.
He left his bicycle and approached the house in the twilight.
"If we had a bicycle here, we might demonstrate the correctness of the young man's reasoning, Monsieur Robert Darzac.
He failed to observe that the type of motor-car, like the type of bicycle, was settling-down and losing its adventurous quality.
She overtook the bicycle, and they went together through the gates and by the highroad to the scene the old man had described.
Erskine had discreetly slipped away, and was in the road, tightening a screw in his bicycle. The few persons who remained were out of earshot.
In front of them, underneath the terrace, was a little iron gate, held open now by Meekins, who had gone on ahead and dismounted from his bicycle.
We had finished tea and she had gone up to her room to dress before Minora and her bicycle were got here.
"I couldn't make your man understand me at the station," she said at last, when her mind was at rest about her bicycle; "I asked him how far it was, and what the roads were like, and he only smiled.
High Demand for Self-Balancing Children's Bicycle and Technological Advances in Bicycles Industry
Based on pricing, mid-range kids bicycles are expected to remain sought-after in the market, and will account for over half share of the market in terms of revenues.