all my eye (and Betty Martin)

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all my eye (and Betty Martin)

Nonsense talk. The origin of this phrase is disputed, but it may have originated with a sailor whose retelling of a beggar's (misheard) words was regarded as nonsense. Oh please, she's not rich. Any talk of wealth is all my eye and Betty Martin. If he says he's good at tennis, it's all my eye—he's terribly uncoordinated on the court.
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all my eye (and Betty Martin)

nonsense; not true. Jane is always talking about her wonderful childhood, but it's all my eye. He pretends to have great plans, but they're all my eye and Betty Martin.
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So Martin consented, and for a year he worked diligently, and served his master faithfully, not sparing himself in any way.
In the middle of the wood he came upon a meadow, where a fire was burning, and in the midst of the fire, surrounded by flames, was a lovely damsel, more beautiful than anything that Martin had ever seen, and when she saw him she called to him:
Truly,' thought Martin to himself, 'it would be more sensible to save a fellow-being's life with this sand than to drag it about on one's back, seeing what a weight it is.
The shattering anguish in his mother's voice startled Martin, stirred within him tumultuous, veiled sensations.
With deepened discomfort, Martin hurried to the creek to water the horses.
He could have lived on the skimmed milk we feed to the pigs," thought Martin.
Very well,' said Martin, sternly; 'I shall go and warn Miss Keith.
There was an early start for the guns next morning, and as Elsa did not appear at breakfast Martin had to leave without seeing her.
Martin, on the way to his room, met Mrs Keith on the stairs.
The fact was, that Tom's heart had already smitten him for not asking his fidus Achates to the feast, although only an extempore affair; and though prudence and the desire to get Martin and Arthur together alone at first had overcome his scruples, he was now heartily glad to open the door, broach another bottle of beer, and hand over the old ham-knuckle to the searching of his old friend's pocket-knife.
There'll be no young rooks fit for pies for a month yet; shows how much you know about it," rejoined Martin, who, though very good friends with East, regarded him with considerable suspicion for his propensity to practical jokes.
And if Martin wants to be one of them, I miss my guess.
But Ruth is my teacher," Martin answered chivalrously.
Martin is now awkward and abrupt; what will he be at Mr.
Goddard, and the teachers, and the girls and the affairs of the school in general, formed naturally a great part of the conversationand but for her acquaintance with the Martins of AbbeyMill Farm, it must have been the whole.