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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.
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.
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.
Trek unveiled a collection of road, mountain, and hybrid bicycles in Mehrauli.
In urban areas of China, conventional bicycles (abbreviation c-bicycles) as well as electronic bicycles (abbreviation e-bicycles) are still prevalent for most short-distance trips in recent years.
COME winter and Qatar sees a surge not only in sales of woollen garments but also of bicycles.
A new resolution and a total of seven fines are in place to regulate the usage of dedicated bicycles paths.
Dubai: Around 200 bicycles were confiscated in Sharjah's Al Nahda area recently as they were illegally chained to public property, an official said.
More and more elderly people use bicycles for both short and long distances said a Dutch Minister.
Act as a bicycle liaison between the various municipalities and the bike-riding public to promote bicycles as an alternative transportation mode.