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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.
Whatever you do, don't forget to prune your roses because the flowers grow at the tips of the stems, so if you don't shorten those stems the blooms will end up at the top of the plant where you can't see them, and the stems will just become a straggly maze of twiggy bits.
With established plants, remove dead or weak stems before growth begins, check individual stems from the top down until you reach a pair of healthy buds, and prune just above them, removing the spindly or damaged growth above.
Half the world's prune supply is from the US state, with Argentina, Chile and France the other major producers.
If you don't prune, it will grow up and up, with all the flowers at the top.
A majority of consumers are drinking prune juice for the health benefits, not necessarily because they enjoy the taste," says Mark Saur, founder of the Sparta, Mich.
To prune trees properly, the pruner must know the major external portions of the tree (Figure 22-5), which are crown or canopy, terminal or leader, scaffold branches, trunk, and suckers or water sprouts.
When is the best time of year to prune same of their branches?
No matter what approach you take, sometimes you just have to prune your plants.
It's not necessary to prune these shrubs more than every three or four years, but if lack of space demands it you can safely reduce the plant by a third providing that you follow up with a feed of Growmore - about a handful per plant.
A Whether or not to prune usually depends on how you want the plant to grow.
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Nursery operators, horticulturists, landscape managers, and arborists have a responsibility to their customers to learn how to prune young and medium-aged trees in order to minimize the need for expensive corrective measures later.
In my best waiter imitation I delivered them to each nurses' station, along with a sign that read, 'Have a prune, it'll loosen you up.