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speak with a plum in (one's) mouth

To speak in a manner that is indicative of a high social class. Primarily heard in UK. He spoke with such a plum in his mouth that none of us working-class sods could stand to listen to him.
See also: mouth, plum, speak

a plum in your mouth

If someone speaks with a plum in their mouth, they speak with an accent that is typical of a high social class. While she does not talk with a plum in her mouth, she is very articulate. Note: This expression is used to show disapproval. Note: This is from the idea that the accent used by upper-class speakers of British English makes them sound as though they have a plum in their mouth.
See also: mouth, plum

have a plum in your mouth

have a rich-sounding voice or affected accent. British
See also: have, mouth, plum

like a ripe plum (or ripe plums)

used to convey that something can be obtained with little or no effort.
See also: like, plum, ripe


n. a prize or reward; something that can be considered the spoils of a political office. My plum for getting elected was a big new office.
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We raked open the fire, put on the saucepan, and in it the best of our plums, with water enough to spoil them.
The sun began to get low, we were afraid Debby would come down, and still those dreadful plums would n't look like sauce.
The plums were lying all over the hearth, the saucepan in the middle of the room, the basin was broken, and the sugar swimming about as if the bowl had turned itself over trying to sweeten our mess for us.
We had plums enough that autumn, but did n't seem to care much about them, after all, for our prank became a household joke, and, for years, we never saw the fruit, but Nelly would look at me with a funny face, and whisper, 'Purple stockings, Fan
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When you bite into a plum you are biting into a piece of history.
Contributing to the company's profitable year was the launch of Plum Survey in Q3.
Each plum variety has its own stone print, very much like a human fingerprint, it makes identifying the varieties very easy.
PLUMS are the new wonder food and I'm off to the shop before news gets out and the price goes up.
A: The productivity of plum trees drops off dramatically at 15 to 20 years of age, so this may be the reason for your small crop.
We played the Sugar Plum card, telling the Delta agents that we needed to perform that evening," he says, "and they did everything they could to get us there.
People who have sampled this plum tell us they especially like it in fresh-fruit salads because of its rich color.
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Described early this century in eastern Europe, plum pox has spread through much of Europe and also turned up in India, Egypt, and Syria.