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Related to bushel: hide your light under a bushel, bushel and a peck

it takes one bad apple to spoil the (whole) bushel

It only takes one person, thing, element, etc., to ruin the entire group, situation, project, etc. Refers to the fact that a rotting apple can cause other apples in close proximity to begin to rot as well. A: "It used to be considered the top research facility in the region, but after one of its researchers was discovered to have plagiarized a number of his papers, the whole department's reputation has been dragged through the mud." B: "Well, it takes just one bad apple to spoil the bushel." I really loved my job, but there was this one jerk there who made life miserable for everyone. It takes one bad apple to spoil the whole bushel, unfortunately.
See also: apple, bad, bushel, one, spoil, take

one bad apple spoils the (whole) bushel

It only takes one person, thing, element, etc., to ruin the entire group, situation, project, etc. Refers to the fact that a rotting apple can cause other apples in close proximity to begin to rot as well. A: "It used to be considered the top research facility in the region, but after one of its researchers was discovered to have plagiarized a number of his papers, the whole department's reputation has been dragged through the mud." B: "Well, just one bad apple spoils the bushel." I really loved my job, but there was this one jerk there who made life miserable for everyone. One bad apple spoils the whole bushel, unfortunately.
See also: apple, bad, bushel, one, spoil

bushel and a peck (and some in a gourd)

A lot. This phrase is typically used to emphasize how much one loves someone else. My darling wife, I love you a bushel and a peck.
See also: and, bushel, peck

can't carry a tune

Can't sing well; totally lacks musical talent. I think it's lovely that George wants to be in his church choir, but that boy can't carry a tune!
See also: carry, tune

bushel and a peck (and some in a gourd)

Rur. a great deal or amount. (Usually used to answer the question, "How much do you love me?") Mary: How much do you love me? Tom: A bushel and a peck and some in a gourd. We knew that Grandpa loved us a bushel and a peck.
See also: and, bushel, peck

can't carry a tune

 and cannot carry a tune; can't carry a tune in a bushel basket; can't carry a tune in a bucket; can't carry a tune in a paper sack
Fig. [to be] unable to sing a simple melody; lacking musical ability. I wish that Tom wouldn't try to sing. He can't carry a tune. I don't know why Mary's in the choir. She can't carry a tune in a bushel basket. Joe likes to sing in the shower, though he can't carry a tune in a bucket. I'd try to hum the song for you, but I can't carry a tune in a paper sack.
See also: carry, tune

hide one's light under a bushel

Fig. to conceal one's good ideas or talents. (A biblical theme.) Jane has some good ideas, but she doesn't speak very often. She hides her light under a bushel. Don't hide your light under a bushel. Share your thoughts with other people.
See also: bushel, hide, light

hide one's light under a bushel

Show extreme modesty, as in Even after Paul won the scholarship be went on hiding his light under a bushel. This expression, which does not necessarily express approval of this behavior, has its origin in the New Testament (Matthew 5:15): "Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick." [Early 1600s]
See also: bushel, hide, light

hide your light under a bushel

If you hide your light under a bushel, you do not let people know about your skills and good features. If you have knowledge your superiors don't, or if you can do something they can't, don't be tempted to hide your light under a bushel for fear of upsetting them. We are proud of the facilities in Newmarket and this is not the time to hide our light under a bushel. Note: If you do not hide your light under a bushel, you are very confident about your skills and good features, and not at all modest. There are those who find his vanity off-putting. He does not hide his light under a bushel. Note: This is from the Bible, where Jesus says: `Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick.' (Matthew 5:15)
See also: bushel, hide, light

hide your light under a bushel

Not to reveal hidden abilities. The expression is usually used in advice to reveal those talents and then use them. A bushel was a container for measuring grain. In Matthew 15:15, Jesus said, “Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick.”
See also: bushel, hide, light
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1 billion bushels were 7 per cent smaller than traders expected.
36 million bushels per year of corn, or 103,900 bushels per day.
For Gatos Peligo, the opportunity cost of each bushel of AA yellow corn is $3.
25 per bushel and your neighbor, the miller, gains $0.
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Corn supplies in the US are the tightest in 15 years and corn prices recently rose to historically high levels, near $8 a bushel.
79 per bushel, up from the previous day's close of $6.
42 per bushel (compared to $2 per bushel in mid-August 2006).
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Upon completion of the plant, officials said Illinois River Energy expects local farmers will receive "as much as 10 cents more per bushel of corn.
A technique more common north of the border is on the increase amongst the region's growers of six-row barley seeking maximum bushel weight, claims Dalgety.
This will probably be the first year that I will not cut a bushel of wheat in 23, 24 years,'' said Wessler, who farms near Springfield in the southeastern part of Colorado, which shares the disaster with Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
50 per bushel discount when selling, taking all the profit.
30 per bushel for corn, depending on the assumptions they make.