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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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Even among college and university students, a demographic group potentially more likely than older adults to bicycle, the share of bicycling as a commute mode is quite low.
A commitment to bicycling benefits everyone in Eugene, because a bicycle-friendly city is a good place to live.
West Roosevelt, "A Doctor's View of Bicycling," Scribner's Magazine 17 (June 1895), 708-13.
1990 Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling.
To double the percentage of all transportation trips made by bicycling and walking from 7.
Over one third (36%) of the students indicated that they had had a bicycling accident during the preceding year.