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(all) claret would be port if it could

dated Everyone would change their situation in life if they could. ("Claret" and "port" are two different types of wine.) A: "I'd love to get out of these rags and live the glamorous life of Lady Margaret." B: "All claret would be port if it could. But you must remember that plenty of challenges come with Lady Margaret's station as well." Sure, all claret would be port if it could, but major change doesn't guarantee happiness. I mean, most lottery winners end up miserable. I'm not surprised she sneered at the meal you prepared—she definitely believes that claret would be port if it could, without realizing that she can appreciate claret for what it is.
See also: claret, could, if, port

any port in a storm

Any solution, however unappealing, is acceptable in times of trouble. This originated as a nautical phrase. I don't really like Meg, but I had to ask her for help because she was the only one still in the office last night when my computer crashed. Any port in a storm, I guess. I know it's just the dumpy local bar, but any port in a storm, right? At least we can drink our sorrows away. With so many people fleeing the war, that hostel is already over capacity, but the owner said they'd take us in too. It's not perfect, but any port in a storm.
See also: any, port, storm

at the high port

1. In the military, holding one's rifle in a ready position above the head to allow for a run or charge. Leaping out of the transport, guns held at the high port, we ran across enemy fire to a makeshift shelter.
2. Of an object, held in a position of readiness or immediate action. The students held their pens at the high port, waiting for the instructor to signal them to begin the exam.
3. At an upturned and conspicuous angle or position. I'm having such a bad hair day, it's been at the high port since I woke up.
4. Immediately; at a moment's notice; without hesitation. I like to keep a suitcase packed so I am always ready to travel at the high port.
See also: high, port

first port of call

The first place where one stops to visit, accomplish something, or begin a process. Taken from nautical terminology, referring to the first port that a seafaring vessel calls in to at the beginning of a voyage. The president's first port of call on his re-election campaign will be his hometown. If your passport is lost while traveling abroad, your first port of call should be your home country's consulate or embassy. Paris will be our first port of call on our trip through Europe.
See also: call, first, of, port

last port of call

The final place where one stops to visit, accomplish something, or begin a process. Taken from nautical terminology, referring to the last port that a seafaring vessel calls in to at the end of a voyage. The swing state is scheduled to be the last port of call on the president's re-election campaign. Paris will be our last port of call on our trip through Europe before heading back to Vermont. No, the police should be our last port of call. We want to resolve this issue ourselves, if possible.
See also: call, last, of, port

port in a/the storm

A person, group, or place where one can find comfort, refuge, or help during particularly difficult or trying times. The related phrase "any port in a storm" implies choosing any solution in times of trouble, even if it is unappealing. I've always felt like my local bar has been a port in a storm whenever things have been tough in my life. The country was a true port for citizens of the neighboring country fleeing the civil war.
See also: port, storm

port of call

1. A port visited by a ship among others on a voyage. The sailors were thrilled to finally see a port of call after months at sea.
2. A short stop during a trip or journey. Harold's first port of call on his trip across Europe was Paris.
See also: call, of, port
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

any port in a storm

Fig. when one is having serious trouble, one must accept any solution, whether one likes the solution or not. I don't want to live with my parents, but it's a case of any port in a storm. I can't find an apartment I can afford. He hates his job, but he can't get another. Any port in a storm, you know.
See also: any, port, storm
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

any port in a storm

Any solution to a difficult situation (is better than none), as in John's plan isn't ideal, but any port in a storm. This metaphor was first recorded in 1749.
See also: any, port, storm
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a port in a storm

You can call a person, place, or organization where you can get help in a difficult situation a port in a storm. She regarded him more as a port in a storm than a partner to her. Real estate is often a port in a storm for investors. Note: You say any port in a storm when you are in a position where you have to accept help from anyone who will give it to you, even if it is from someone who you do not like or approve of. `She was a monster,' he says, `but sometimes it's a case of any port in a storm, you know what I mean?'
See also: port, storm
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

any port in a storm

in adverse circumstances any source of relief or escape is welcome.
Literally, this expression applies to a ship seeking shelter from rough weather; it has been in use as a proverb from at least the mid 18th century.
See also: any, port, storm
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

any port in a ˈstorm

(saying) when you are in trouble you will accept help, etc. that would be unacceptable otherwise: When he went to work there he had been unemployed for a year. It was a case of any port in a storm.
See also: any, port, storm

a ˌport of ˈcall

(informal) a place where you go or stop for a short time, especially when you are going to several places: Our first port of call this morning is the bank.
These two idioms refer to ports where ships stop for a short time during a voyage.
See also: call, of, port
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any port in a storm

Any relief is welcome when one is in great difficulties. The phrase appears in an eighteenth-century play by James Cobb and in Fanny Hill (1759), by John Cleland, where it is suggested that it was already common.
See also: any, port, storm
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

any port in a storm

Assistance or refuge in a predicament especially an unpalatable one. The metaphor is of sailors happy for any place of safety whatsoever when dangerous weather comes up.
See also: any, port, storm
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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