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neither use nor ornament

Totally worthless; serving no purpose whatsoever. Just what is that hideous thing Lady Ethel gave us? From what I can tell, it's neither use nor ornament. The new player has been neither use nor ornament to the team all season, spending the entire time on the sidelines with an injury. My dad is neither use nor ornament when looking after my kids, so I never ask him to babysit.
See also: neither, nor, ornament, use

ornament (something) with (something)

To adorn something with various ornaments or decorations. He had ornamented his cubicle with figurines from different video games and animated shows. They've ornamented the entire outside of their house with Christmas paraphernalia.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

ornament something with something

to decorate something with something. The driver ornamented his truck with lots of chrome. The room was ornamented with velvet drapes, wood paneling, family portraits—a den of Victorian virtue.
See also: ornament
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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