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(go) suck a lemon
An expression of anger, scorn, or disdain. Primarily heard in US, Canada. Charles: "You never do any chores around the house, you just leave them for the rest of us!" Sam: "Oh, go suck a lemon, Charles! I don't have to listen to your crap." I can't believe you told your teacher to suck a lemon after she yelled at you.
buy a lemon
To buy something that is worthless or of much less value than one was led to believe. Considering how often that car breaks down, I think I bought a lemon from the dealership. Sure, it sounded like a good deal at the time, but you bought a total lemon!
Do me a lemon!
You must be joking; I can't believe this; that's nonsense. A slang phrase specific to London, England. Do me a lemon, man! No way I'm paying for tap water. You're going to fine me for spitting on the footpath? Do me a lemon!
hand (one) a lemon
To give or sell something to one without revealing that the item is not a good as it seems. Considering how often that car breaks down, I think the dealership handed you a lemon.
Something that is worthless or much less valuable than one was led to believe. It sounded like a good deal at the time, but this car he sold me is a total lemon!
A law requiring an automobile manufacturer or dealer to replace, repair, or refund the cost of an automobile that proves to be defective after purchase. The automotive company will be shelling out millions of dollars in refunds for faulty ignition switches because congress passed much tighter lemon laws this summer.
the answer's a lemon
old-fashioned A derisive or dismissive answer to a question that is impertinent, foolish, or ridiculous. Primarily heard in UK. A: "The government is in service of us, so why should we have to pay taxes to them?" B: "The answer's a lemon—maybe the next time you have a thought, keep it to yourself."
See also: lemon
when life gives you lemons, make lemonade
proverb Focus on the good in a bad situation and take action accordingly. While I was devastated to lose my job, being unemployed gave me the time to finally go back to school. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right?
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the answer's a lemonthe response or outcome is unsatisfactory. informal
A lemon here is used to represent a bad, unsatisfactory, or disappointing thing, possibly because the lemon is the least valuable symbol that can be achieved by playing a fruit machine.
See also: lemon
hand someone a lemonpass off a substandard article as good; swindle someone.
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