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aye aye, sir

An affirmation that a request or order has been understood and will be carried out directly. Originates from the Royal and U.S. Navy, where it is an official reply to a command issued by a superior officer. A: "Will you grab a drink for me when you're heading to the bar?" B: "Aye aye, sir!"
See also: aye, sir

praise from Sir Hubert

The most prestigious compliment one can receive. Derived from a line in the 1797 Thomas Morton play A Cure for the Heartache. The CEO actually commended you for your work on the project? Wow, that's praise from Sir Hubert indeed!
See also: praise, sir

sup with Sir Thomas Gresham

To go without food. Sir Thomas Gresham founded the Royal Exchange in London, which the poor often visited. A: "Why are you so hungry? Didn't you eat dinner?" B: "No, I got stuck in a meeting, so I supped with Sir Thomas Gresham."
See also: sir, sup, Thomas

no sir

Absolutely not; no way. A: "I mean, would you betray your coworkers for a bit of extra money?" B: "No sir! I have principles." No sir, I will not be fooled again!
See also: no, sir

something for the weekend

obsolete A euphemistic phrase once used to discreetly offer someone a condom. If you're satisfied with your haircut, how about something for the weekend?
See also: something, weekend

three bags full, sir

Used to sarcastically characterize someone who obsequiously accepts any order or demand, no matter how unwise or unreasonable. It's never wise to surround yourself with subordinates whose only contribution to your ideas is "three bags full, sir." You need people who will challenge you to think or act in ways you hadn't considered.
See also: bag, sir, three

yes sir

1. Literally, a respectful affirmation to a man. A: "Adams, report to your CO at 0800 hours." B: "Yes sir! A: "Will you have the report finished in time for my board meeting?" B: "Yes sir, I'm just finishing up the final points now."
2. Used to emphasize what one just said, rather than being addressed to anyone in particular. Ouch, that is one nasty looking cut you've got there, yes sir! Yes sir, this new lawnmower will take care of that grass in half the time it used to take!
See also: sir, yes

all Sir Garnet

Everything is good or in order. The phrase refers to Sir Garnet Wolseley, a renowned general in the British Army in the 19th century. Primarily heard in UK. Don't worry, it's all Sir Garnet in here.
See also: all, sir

no sir

Also, no sirree. Certainly not. This emphatic denial is used without regard to the gender of the person addressed. For example, No sir, I'm not taking her up on that, or Live here? No sirree. [Mid-1800s]
See also: no, sir

all Sir Garnet

highly satisfactory. informal, dated
Sir Garnet Wolseley ( 1833–1913 ), leader of several successful military expeditions, was associated with major reforms in the army. He was the model for the ‘modern Major-General’ in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.
See also: all, sir

something for the weekend

a condom or packet of condoms. informal
The expression originated as a euphemism used by barbers when asking their customers if they wished to buy some condoms.
See also: something, weekend

ˌno ˈsir!

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ˌno sirˈree!

(spoken, especially American English) certainly not: We will never allow that to happen! No sir!
See also: no

ˌyes ˈsir!

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ˌyes sirˈree!

(spoken, especially American English) used to emphasize that something is true: That’s a fine car you have. Yes sirree!
See also: yes
References in classic literature ?
"When Sir Ector beheld the sword he returned again and came to the church, and there they alit all three, and went into the church.
"'Sir,' said Sir Kay, 'by my brother Arthur, for he brought it to me.'
Sir Patrick's interest in the first quadrille became almost painful to see.
Don't lose time!" cried the ardent Sir Patrick, pointing toward the house with his cane.
As I went out at his door I heard him murmur sleep- ily: "Give you good den, fair sir."
"Pardon me for saying what is so obvious, but I wouldn't have it hastily supposed," with the least turn of his eyes towards Sir Leicester, "that I am ashamed of my mother's position here, or wanting in all just respect for Chesney Wold and the family.
Sir Leicester very magnificent again at the notion of Mrs.
"An old woman's advice is sometimes worth taking, sir," she said.
Quoth the Sheriff of Nottingham, "But art thou sure, Sir Prior, that thou hast the lands so safe?"
'There's the pony, sir,' said Kit--'Whisker, ma'am (and he knows so well I'm talking about him that he begins to neigh directly, Sir)--would he let anybody come near him but me, ma'am?
So saying, Sir Nigel mounted the white horse of the Spanish cavalier, and rode quietly forth from his concealment with his three companions behind him, Alleyne leading his master's own steed by the bridle.
'Oh no, indeed, I don't see very far into things, Sir Mulberry,' replied Mrs Nickleby, in a tone of voice which left the baronet to infer that she saw very far indeed.
YOUR name, sir,' said Mr Tappertit, looking very hard at his nightcap, 'is Chester, I suppose?
Wery well, I'm agreeable: I can't say no fairer than that, can I, sir?' (Mr.
Sir Edward looked him up and down, and finding him look exactly as Mr.