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return to (one's) muttons

antiquated To return to a given topic or subject that one is discussing, explaining, ruminating over, talking about, etc. Taken from a humorous translation of the French idiom "revenons à nos moutons" (literally, "let us return to our sheep," which has the same meaning), which itself came from the medieval play La Farce de Maître Pathelin. The constable, frustrated with the drunkard's rambling explanation, bade him return to his muttons. But I have strayed off course from the lecture, so let us return to our muttons before we run out of time.
See also: mutton, return

laced mutton

obsolete slang A prostitute. A: "I think that Lord Stewart is spending time with a laced mutton." B: "No, surely not!"
See also: lace, mutton

mutton dressed (up) as lamb

A disparaging term for an older woman who tries unsuccessfully to look much younger or finds herself attractive in the style of younger women. Primarily heard in UK. I don't know what she's thinking wearing a dress like that. She looks like mutton dressed as lamb!
See also: dress, lamb, mutton

be mutton dressed as lamb

To be an older woman who is trying unsuccessfully to look much younger. This term is usually disparaging. Mutton is the meat of an old sheep, while a lamb is a young sheep. Primarily heard in UK. I don't know what she's thinking wearing a dress like that. She's mutton dressed as lamb.
See also: dress, lamb, mutton

(as) dead as mutton

1. Certainly dead. Primarily heard in UK. I poked that squirrel with a stick and, yeah, it's as dead as mutton.
2. Totally defunct. Primarily heard in UK. Oh, that idea from last week's meeting is dead as mutton now that the CEO has vetoed it.
See also: dead, mutton

dead as mutton

1. If a person or animal is as dead as mutton, they are completely dead. We saw a viper. It was 4 feet long and was as dead as mutton.
2. If something or someone is as dead as mutton, they are no longer active or popular. He advised him that radio was just about to become as dead as mutton because of the advent of television.
See also: dead, mutton

mutton dressed as lamb


mutton dressed up as lamb

If you describe a middle-aged or old woman as mutton dressed as lamb or mutton dressed up as lamb, you mean she dresses in a style which is suitable only for a younger woman. I'm always careful to avoid looking like mutton dressed as lamb. Note: Mutton is the meat of an adult sheep, and lamb is the meat of a young sheep, as well as being the name of the animal itself.
See also: dress, lamb, mutton

mutton dressed as lamb

a middle-aged or old woman dressed in a style suitable for a much younger woman. British informal
Mutton occurs in various derogatory contexts relating to women. It has been used as a slang term for prostitutes from the early 16th century, for example, while the phrase hawk your mutton means ‘flaunt your sexual attractiveness’ or (of a prostitute) ‘solicit for clients’.
1988 Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses Mutton dressed as lamb, fifty plus and batting her eyelashes like an eighteen-year-old.
See also: dress, lamb, mutton

be mutton dressed (up) as ˈlamb

(British English, informal, disapproving) used to describe a woman who is trying to look younger than she really is, especially by wearing clothes that are designed for young people: Have you seen her? Mutton dressed as lamb. Somebody should remind her that she’s 55, not 25.
Mutton is the meat from an adult sheep, while lamb is the meat from a young sheep.
See also: dress, lamb, mutton
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The-two piece band has come pretty naturally," Mutton said.
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Add the pre-cooked mutton pieces and continue to cook over low flame, cover with lid.
The markets for mutton identified are wide ranging, with respondents to the survey selling from farm shops, farmers' markets, butchers and other retail premises, by mail order, wholesale, pubs and restaurants and other caterers.
When buying, choose mutton that is a deep, rich brown colour, avoid any grey meat and any with nasty-looking yellow fat.
Majority of people buy meat with bone because butchers were charging Rs 750 for boneless mutton and Rs 500 for beef, he claimed.
Basically when I mutton snapper fish, I hit the bottom and I stay on the bottom, putting the reel in free spool the whole time I'm drift fishing, so I keep the bait still the whole time.
Collection of beef and mutton fats: Samples of animal fats were collected from slaughter house at Bakarmandi, Lahore, in plastic bags and transferred in the laboratory for further process.
Mr Tebbutt, who has been a member of the Mutton Renaissance campaign since its launch in 2004, is preparing to take part in the BBC's Great British Food Revival programme championing the meat.
Sailors at Portsmouth were, during this period, issued with tinned mutton for the first time instead of fresh or dried meat and noted sourly that the contents of the tins were cut up and unrecognisable--like Adams' body.
PRICES of mutton and chicken continued to shoot up in Delhi on Sunday after striking butchers of Idgah refused to shift to the newly constructed Ghazipur slaughter house.
Wind the clock back 50 years and mutton was where lamb is today - a traditional part of the British family diet, valued for being reliable, nutritious and affordable.
He has offered me mutton but I do not know how to cook it.