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fold like a (cheap) card table
To offer little resistance; to submit, yield, or give up very easily. (A card table is designed to collapse easily for storage.) The suspect folded like a card table after some pressure from the prosecution, signing a full confession for the crime. The team's defense started folding like a cheap card table after we got our second touchdown.
fold like a (cheap) lawn chair
To offer little resistance; to submit, yield, or give up very easily. (A lawn chair is designed to collapse easily for storage.) The suspect folded like a lawn chair after some pressure from the prosecution, signing a full confession for the crime. The team's defense started folding like a cheap lawn chair after we got our second touchdown.
slang Marijuana, especially when it is of particularly low quality. Back home, you could only ever buy a bag of lawn, and you'd still be paying top dollar.
1. A small statue of man, usually dressed like a jockey, bearing a metal ring in one outstretched hand, originally intended as a hitching post and now typically placed on a front lawn. One version particularly popular in the southern United States (sometimes called a "jocko") features the exaggerated stereotypical features of a black man. Though its origin is debated, it is often considered offensive. It is still not uncommon to see lawn jockeys in front of houses if you travel down south, even though no one uses them to tie up their horses anymore.
2. offensive slang Used by extension as a derogatory term for a black man. I could hear the group call me a lawn jockey as I passed by, but I just kept walking.
mow the/(one's) lawn
1. Literally, to cut the grass in one's lawn or yard using a mower. I need to go mow the lawn before it starts to rain.
2. slang To comb one's hair. Go mow your lawn before church.
3. slang To smoke marijuana. Just tell your parents you're going to mow the lawn with us—they won't know what you mean.
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n. poor quality marijuana. (Drugs.) This isn’t good grass; it’s lawn.
mow the lawnand mow one’s lawn
tv. to comb one’s hair. I’ll be with you as soon as I mow the lawn. Don’t you think you better mow your lawn?
mow one’s lawnverb
See mow the lawn
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
A derogatory term for an African-American. A traditional feature of a Southern front yard was a statue of a diminutive black man painted in the colors of horseracing silks. His hand was outstretched, as if to hitch a horse's reins (the hand often ended in a ring for just that purpose). As an expression connoting subservience in the sense of “slave” or “mascot,” “lawn jockey” deserved to be consigned to the linguistic scrap heap.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price