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a load of (old) cobblers

slang A bunch of nonsense. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "cobblers" is short for "cobblers' awls," rhymes with "balls" (testicles). Primarily heard in UK. Don't pay any attention to what she says, it's all a load of cobblers. Can you believe what they're making us do at work now? What a load of old cobblers.
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a load of (old) cobblers' awls

slang A bunch of nonsense. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "cobblers' awls" rhymes with "balls" (testicles). Primarily heard in UK. Don't pay any attention to what she says, it's all a load of cobblers' awls. Can you believe what they're making us do at work now? What a load of old cobbler's awls.
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Cobbler, stick to your last.

proverb Do what you are familiar with, experienced in, or skilled at; don't attempt, interfere with, or give advice about something you are unfamiliar with. After his failed attempts at writing books and hosting a television show, many think the aging DJ should retire or return to radio. Cobbler, stick to your last. Look, I know you are trying to help, but you don't actually know the first thing about computers. Cobbler, stick to your last.
See also: stick, to

Cobbler, stick to your trade.

proverb Do what you are familiar with, experienced in, or skilled at; don't attempt, interfere with, or give advice about something you are unfamiliar with. After his failed attempts at writing books and hosting a television show, many think the aging DJ should retire or return to radio. Cobbler, stick to your trade. Look, I know you are trying to help, but you don't actually know the first thing about computers. Cobbler, stick to your trade.
See also: stick, to

let the cobbler stick to his last

proverb One should do what one is familiar with, experienced in, or skilled at, rather than trying something different and risking failure. After his failed attempts at writing books and hosting a television show, many think the ageing DJ should retire or return to radio—let the cobbler stick to his last. You're a doctor, not an artist, Bob. You should let the cobbler stick to his last.
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the cobbler should stick to his last

proverb One should do what one is familiar with, experienced in, or skilled at, rather than trying something different and risking failure. After his failed attempts at writing books and hosting a television show, many think the ageing DJ should retire or return to radio— the cobbler should stick to his last.
See also: cobbler, last, should, stick, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Let the cobbler stick to his last.

Prov. Do not advise someone in matters outside your area of expertise. Whenever Ted, who is a lawyer, tried to give Bob suggestions about how to write his novel, Bob would say, "Let the cobbler stick to his last." Bill: I don't think you should put so much oregano in the spaghetti sauce. Nancy: You're a construction worker, not a chef. Let the cobbler stick to his last.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

stick to one's last

Keep to what you know and don't interfere out of your province, as in Let me handle the defense in this suit; you stick to your last and track down more eyewitnesses . This adage comes from an ancient story about a shoemaker criticizing a work by a Greek painter named Apelles, saying that the shoe in the picture was not correctly portrayed. After the painter corrected it, the shoemaker pointed out an error in the leg, whereupon the painter said, "Shoemaker, do not go above your last." Over the centuries the story was repeated, and the expression still is sometimes put as cobbler, stick to your last, even though cobblers are nearly obsolete.
See also: last, stick, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

cobbler, stick to your last

Do not advise about or interfere with matters of which you know little or nothing. This turn of phrase comes from an anecdote about a painter of ancient Greece named Apelles. One day a shoemaker saw a painting of his and pointed out that the shoe in the picture was not accurately portrayed. The painter corrected that part of the picture. Then the next day the shoemaker pointed out a mistake in the painting of a leg. But the painter replied, “Shoemaker, do not go above your last.” The story was repeated in various accounts and made its way into John Taverner’s translation of Erasmus as “Let not the shoemaker go beyonde his shoe.” Although the cobbler’s day appears to be nearly over, at least in America, the cliché survives.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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References in classic literature ?
At last the holy friar bade the landlord show him to his room; but when he heard that he was to bed with a cobbler, he was as ill contented a fellow as you could find in all England, nevertheless there was nothing for it, and he must sleep there or nowhere; so, taking up his candle, he went off, grumbling like the now distant thunder.
Quoth he, "Good Brother What-e'er-thy-name-may-be, as thou hast borrowed my bed so freely I'll e'en borrow thy clothes in return." So saying, he straightway donned the holy man's garb, but kindly left the cobbler's clothes in the place of it.
He raged and swore like any layman, but as his swearing mended nothing and the landlord could not aid him, and as, moreover, he was forced to be at Emmet Priory that very morning upon matters of business, he was fain either to don the cobbler's clothes or travel the road in nakedness.
But he nodded rather eagerly, being only too ready to explain the Gothic splendours to someone more likely to be sympathetic than the Presbyterian blacksmith or the atheist cobbler.
Then you're in luck, because the diverse universe of quick, easy and, coincidentally, lower-sugar cobblers and crisps has you covered.
1 From which club did Mat Sadler join the Cobblers on loan?
"This shop started out purely as a cobblers but now we offer a huge range of products and services."
ISLAMABAD -- As the Pakistan Super League (PSL) fever elsewhere among cricket lovers, Pakistani Peshawar cobblers are also showing their love and support for their favorite teams by presenting them gift of hand made leather Peshawari Chappal for PSL players.
In a dusty workshop in Gawalmandi, four cobblers huddle around making handmade shoes.
Jurassic Park will be screened at the Old Cobblers Inn, on New Hall Hey Road from 8pm on Saturday, June 9.
Despite his long career making Alan an expert in footwear, he is still unable to answer the major mystery of shoe repair - why all cobblers also cut keys?
Geraldine Williams has launched Cobblers for the festive period - with a promise to extend its stay if it proves as popular as she hopes it will be.
Just 105 seconds separated Wes Thomas cancelling out Ash Taylor's opening goal and Chris Long putting the Cobblers back in front.
He said there were chances that the cobblers claim was false because there were a number of China made synthetic hides in market and he might took advantage of making a claim of fake hide.
Wilder, who led the Cobblers to the League Two title, was given permission to talk to Charlton on Monday following an approach for him and assistant Alan Knill.