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acknowledge the corn

To admit to or acknowledge one's fault, shortcoming, mistake, crime, or naiveté. When they arrested me, I decided I might as well acknowledge the corn and confess to stealing the car. Especially since I was still driving it.
See also: acknowledge, corn

pee in (someone's) Corn Flakes

rude slang To really upset, irritate, or disappoint someone. Sorry to pee in your Corn Flakes, but you won't get any credits for the class unless you attend every single lecture. A: "Watch out, the boss is in a foul mood today." B: "Wow, I wonder who peed in his Corn Flakes?"
See also: corn, Flake, pee

piss in (someone's) Corn Flakes

rude slang To really upset, irritate, or disappoint someone. Sorry to piss in your Corn Flakes, but you won't get any credits for the class unless you attend every single lecture. A: "Watch out, the boss is in a foul mood today." B: "Wow, I wonder who pissed in his Corn Flakes?"
See also: corn, Flake, piss

corn in Egypt

An abundance of something. This phrase is Biblical in origin. When I was looking for art supplies, I found corn in Egypt in Maisie's craft room.
See also: corn, Egypt

earn (one's) corn

To be worthy of the money that one is being paid. I think you should hire the most experienced candidate because she'll definitely earn her corn.
See also: corn, earn

seed corn

1. Literally, the seed of corn that is kept aside from a harvest in order to plant for the following year's production. The hens got loose and ate up all of our seed corn. I don't know what we'll do for next year's harvest!
2. By extension, that which drives or supports future use, growth, or development, as opposed to that which is used immediately or in the present. (Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun.) Research, even that which doesn't lead to anything profitable, is the seed corn of this industry. The investment firm provides seed-corn financing to small business ventures.
3. A very small, painful callous that typically appears on the weight-bearing part of one's foot. I can't believe I got a seed corn right before the big marathon! I don't know how I'll be able to run it.
See also: corn, seed

a can of corn

1. A very easy task. The phrase is thought to come from the act of dropping cans of vegetables from high grocery store shelves and then catching them. Come on, these chores are a can of corn—you can get them done in 10 minutes.
2. In baseball, a fly ball that is very easy for the fielder to catch (by falling right down into his glove). Of course he made that catch—it was a real can of corn.
See also: can, corn, of

like a can of corn

Rur. very easy. Whipping up dinner for twelve is like a can of corn, as far as Jane is concerned. The championship game was like a can of corn for our team. We won easily.
See also: can, corn, like, of

earn your corn

If someone earns their corn, they are successful and therefore justify the money that has been spent, for example on employing or training them. New striker, Steve Menzies, earned his corn with a last-minute goal. Managers earn their corn in these difficult circumstances.
See also: corn, earn

seed corn

If someone talks about seed corn, they mean resources or people that will produce benefits in the future rather than immediately. Investment in the industry, the seed corn of future output, has fallen by 75 percent. Note: If people eat their seed corn, they use up their valuable resources, and this will prevent them from being able to do things in the future. A society that's unwilling to invest in its future is a society that's living off capital. It's eating its seed corn. Note: A farmer's seed corn is the grain that is used for planting rather than being sold or eaten.
See also: corn, seed

corn in Egypt

a plentiful supply.
This expression comes from the aged Jacob's instructions to his sons in Genesis 42:2: ‘Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence’.
See also: corn, Egypt

earn your corn

put in a lot of effort for your wages. British informal
See also: corn, earn

can of corn

1. n. a baseball that drops straight down into the glove of a waiting player (for an out). (Since the 1940s.) It’s a can of corn! Right into Sammy’s mitt.
2. n. something that is really easy [to do], as in easy as catching a can of corn. (From the image of an old-time grocery store clerk who would grasp a can from the top shelf with the special long tool, and then drop it straight down into his hand.) Nothing to it. A can of corn.
See also: can, corn, of


n. money. I need some corn to pay the rent.

corn squabble

n. a fight. (Perhaps referring to chickens fighting over corn.) Stop this silly corn squabble and let’s try to talk this through.
See also: corn, squabble


mod. alcohol intoxicated. Let’s go out and get corned!
See also: corn

can of corn

Something that is easily accomplished, especially a routine catch of a fly ball in baseball.
See also: can, corn, of
References in classic literature ?
One basket out of every three of corn was theirs, one fish out of every three, one goat out of every three.
Then they told Three-Legs and the other land-owners that they would take their share of corn and roots in money, Little-Belly that they would take their share of fish in money, Pig-Jaw that they would take their share of goats and cheese in money.
But what of the goats and the corn and the fat roots and the fish- trap?
He loved the fattest marrow bones, the choicest fish, the milk warm from the goats, the first corn that was ripe, and the snug place by the fire.
The only way to get food was to work for Three-Legs or Little-Belly or Pig-Jaw; for there was no land that a man might plant with corn for himself.
And he got himself corn, and began to make fire-brew and sell it for strings of money.
So off they went, the lean horse hobbling along as before, and Robin running beside, albeit he was so quaking with laughter within him that he could hardly stand; yet he dared not laugh aloud, lest the Corn Engrosser should suspect something.
Peace, friend," said the Corn Engrosser, "for this is no matter for jesting.
When the Corn Engrosser had told this, Robin broke into a roar of laughter and, laying his hands upon the bridle rein, stopped the sad-looking nag.
All this time the Corn Engrosser had been staring at Robin, his mouth agape with wonder.
At these words the corn factor grew pale as a linen napkin.
At the sound of the name of Robin Hood, the corn factor quaked with fear, so that he had to seize his horse by the mane to save himself from falling off its back.
It is true, they planted corn and made fences; but Solomon's words were never better verified than in them, "I went by the vineyard of the slothful, and it was all overgrown with thorns": for when the Spaniards came to view their crop they could not see it in some places for weeds, the hedge had several gaps in it, where the wild goats had got in and eaten up the corn; perhaps here and there a dead bush was crammed in, to stop them out for the present, but it was only shutting the stable-door after the steed was stolen.
Tom waited till a late hour, to get a place at the mills; and then, moved by the utter weariness of two women, whom he saw trying to grind their corn there, he ground for them, put together the decaying brands of the fire, where many had baked cakes before them, and then went about getting his own supper.
She did not understand why he spoke with such admiration and delight of the farming of the thrifty and well-to-do peasant Matthew Ermishin, who with his family had carted corn all night; or of the fact that his