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better than a poke in the eye (with a sharp stick)

cliché Not especially desirable, beneficial, or worthy of excitement, but still better than nothing; it could be worse. Many different variants of "sharp stick" are sometimes used. I mean, it was nice of him, but what will I do with a bowling ball? Oh well, better than a poke in the eye, I suppose! A: "Twenty long years of service, and all they're giving me is this cheap watch!" B: "Still, it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!" They're offering us $1,000 per person for the settlement. It's not much, but I guess it's better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.
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1. adjective Characterized by red or rust-colored soil or dust. I love running along the rusty-dusty trails in the foothills of these mountains.
2. slang One's buttocks. Primarily heard in US. Get up off your rusty-dusty and go take out the trash!
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n. the posterior; the buttocks. (see also duster.) I almost kicked him in the rusty-dusty.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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