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prunes and prisms

Intentionally formal and/or prudish speech or action. The phrase originated in Charles Dickens' novel Little Dorrit as an example of proper speech. When you talk to your grandmother, stick to prunes and prisms so that you don't offend her. If you want to become a proper lady, practice saying "prunes and prisms"!
See also: and, prune

prune something away

to cut away something unwanted or unneeded. Please prune the lower branches of the trees away. They are starting to annoy pedestrians. We pruned away the dead branches.
See also: away, prune

prune something of something

to clear, clean, or groom something of something by pruning. Sally was out in the orchard pruning the apple trees of dead branches. They pruned the roses of their unneeded branches.
See also: of, prune

prune something off (of) something

 and prune something off
to cut something off something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Claire pruned the dead branch off the apple tree. She pruned off the dead branch.
See also: off, prune

full of beans

1. Lively, energetic, in high spirits, as in The children were full of beans today, looking forward to their field trip. This expression has no valid explanation. [c. 1840]
2. Also, full of prunes. Acting foolish, talking nonsense, as in One cup of coffee won't hurt you-you're full of prunes. [c. 1930] Also see full of crap.
See also: bean, full, of

full of beans

If you are full of beans, you are very happy and energetic. Jem was among them, pink-cheeked and full of beans after his long sleep. He's a likable extrovert, full of beans. Note: This originally referred to a horse that was well-fed and therefore full of energy.
See also: bean, full, of

full of beans

lively; in high spirits. informal
This phrase was originally used by people who work with horses, and referred to the good condition of a horse fed on beans.
See also: bean, full, of

prunes and prisms

used to denote a prim and affected speech, look, or manner.
In Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit ( 1857 ), Mrs General advocates speaking this phrase aloud in order to give ‘a pretty form to the lips’.
See also: and, prune

full of ˈbeans

very lively, active and healthy: Ray is certainly full of beans again after his illness.This phrase was originally used to talk about horses that were fed on beans.
See also: bean, full, of

full of beans

mod. full of nonsense; full of hot air. Oh, be quiet. You’re just full of beans.
See also: bean, full, of

full of prunes

mod. full of nonsense. (see also full of beans. Prunes can cause gas = hot air = nonsense.) You’re just silly. Completely full of prunes.
See also: full, of, prune

full of beans

1. Energetic; frisky: The children were too full of beans to sit still.
2. Badly mistaken: Don't believe him; he's full of beans.
See also: bean, full, of
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Results showed that members of the group which ate prunes as part of a healthy life-style diet lost 2kg in weight and shed 2.
Paul always produces the most wonderful California Prune recipes and his pairing of ingredients and the rich and intense flavours he uses always compliments the prunes exceptionally well and also shows off their fantastic versatility as an ingredient.
the new EFSA ruling is welcome news for health professionals and provides final scientific proof of what generations of people have known for centuries - prunes contribute to normal bowel function.
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Now is the time to prune summer-flowering clematis, the Group 2 types, which bloom on stems produced in the current season.
We are trying to reposition the prune as a snack item rather than an additive.
To avoid this unsightly, counterproductive reactionary growth, it's necessary to prune trees using lateral-reduction cuts.
However, some may come unstuck if they prune at the wrong time, damaging new shoot growth and losing this year's flowers, while others will hack away at woody plants which should be left to develop unpruned, apart from removing dead and diseased stems occasionally.
So says gardening expert, writer and broadcaster John Cushnie, a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time, whose latest book, How To Prune, tackles all the questions you might want to ask about cutting back.
Q I have two-year-old blackcurrant bushes which I didn't prune last autumn.
Where you have an avocado tree growing in your front or backyard, the only reason to prune is to keep lower branches 6 feet off the ground so that squirrels cannot jump into the tree and munch the fruit.
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The health benefits of prune juice may appeal to more consumers with the release of Old Orchard Brands' Healthy Balance Prune juice cocktail.
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