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after the Lord Mayor's show

noun An anticlimactic or disappointing end following an otherwise exciting, impressive, or entertaining display. It is used as a distinct phrase, separate from the grammar and syntax of the sentence, and taken from the full proverbial phrase "After the Lord Mayor's show comes the dust-cart" (referring to the street cleaners who follow the annual procession of the Lord Mayor of London to clean up the pageant horses' dung). Primarily heard in UK. We were expecting a great match after our brilliant win last week, but our team played so poorly that it was a bit of an after the Lord Mayor's show.
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Then the Mayor pulled out of his pocket a still larger parcel and said,
When Jip was brought to the Doctor's side, the Mayor opened the larger parcel; and inside was a dog-collar made of solid gold
At last the reconciliation was effected in our house over a supper at two in the morning--Julie in a wonderful costume of compromises, and I have her and the mayor pacified in bed in the blue room.
And on the next day, while the mayor rebuilds his roof, her Xavier departs anew for the Aurora Borealis, there to commence his life's work.
The mayor assumed a stern, disapproving air, and his clerk looked up at the couple with malicious curiosity.
After a few questions, to which the bride and bridegroom responded, and a few words mumbled by the mayor, and after signing the registers, with their witnesses, duly, Luigi and Ginevra were made one.
The peasant said: 'If you will get in, you will be mayor.
Then the peasants made up their minds that they too would fetch some sheep for themselves, a flock apiece, but the mayor said: 'I come first.
Then they melted the statue in a furnace, and the Mayor held a meeting of the Corporation to decide what was to be done with the metal.
They have come in two great galleys," answered the mayor, "with two bank of oars on either side, and great store of engines of war and of men-at-arms.
Indeed, they were expected to do so, for in 1394 we find the Mayor of York ordering the craftsmen "to bring forth their pageants in order and course by good players, well arrayed and openly speaking, upon pain of losing of 100 shillings, to be paid to the chamber without any pardon.
The mayor himself could not write, and the deputy-mayor was a small farmer, who lived beyond the limits of the Commune.
Mayor, you will use your study and knowledge of Durdles to the good purpose of exhorting him not to break our worthy and respected Choir-Master's neck; we cannot afford it; his head and voice are much too valuable to us.
Sir,' returned the 'prentice, laying down his hammer, and rubbing his nose on the back of a very sooty hand, 'I scorn the Lord Mayor and everything that belongs to him.
After the destruction of San Francisco, Governor Guild, of Massachusetts, sent an appeal for the stricken city to the three hundred and fifty-four mayors of his State; and by the courtesy of the Bell Company, which carried the messages free, they were delivered to the last and furthermost mayors in less than five hours.