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(someone) could sell sawdust to a lumber mill
Someone is an extremely smooth, charming, or persuasive salesperson, such that they could sell something to those who have no need or use for it. I can't believe you were able to sell an extra 200 units to the hospital. You could sell sawdust to a lumber mill!
To move forward in a heavy, plodding, and ungainly manner. The bear lumbered along awkwardly for a few steps after we hit it with the tranquilizer dart before it eventually crashed to the ground. I hate these tourists who lumber along the busy streets with their massive backpacks and suitcases, bumping into everyone and everything along the way.
See also: lumber
To depart or head off in a heavy, plodding, and ungainly manner. I stood completely still until the bear finally lumbered off. The drunken sailor slurred some incomprehensible insults before lumbering off toward the bar.
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to lope or walk along heavily and awkwardly. The horses were lumbering along very slowly because they were tired out. They were lumbering along, hoping to get there on time.
See also: lumber
to move or lope away heavily and awkwardly. The frightened bear lumbered off, and we left in a hurry. He lumbered off, leaving us there alone.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
- (someone) could sell sawdust to a lumber mill
- (someone) could sell an icebox to an Eskimo
- (someone) could sell ice to Eskimos
- talk (one's) way into (something or some place)
- talk (one's) way out of (something)
- talk way out of
- talk your way out of something/out of doing something
- smooth operator