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odds and sods

An assortment of small, miscellaneous items, especially those that are not especially important or valuable. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I can never find my what I need amongst all the odds and sods in this drawer! I wish the house weren't so cluttered up with odds and sods.
See also: and, odds, sod

the old sod

The country of one's birth or lineage; one's native soil. Primarily heard in UK. Some day, when I've earned enough, I'll be able to move my family back to the old sod.
See also: old, sod

sod all

Nothing whatsoever; very little or nothing of consequence. Primarily heard in UK. I'm trying to get going on this research project, but I've done sod all so far! A: "What did you talk about with your old classmates at the reunion?" B: "Sod all, really. They're quite a boring bunch, after all these years."
See also: all, sod

Sod's law

The axiom that if something can go wrong, it will. (Known as "Murphy's Law" in North America.) Primarily heard in UK. The manager always tries to anticipate Sod's law, having us prepare for anything that could possibly go wrong on a project.
See also: law

blow that for a lark

slang A phrase used to dismiss something because it seems too taxing. Primarily heard in UK. Well, blow that for a lark! I'll just return the book tomorrow instead of going out in a snowstorm today.
See also: blow, lark, that

sod that for a lark

rude slang A phrase used to dismiss something because it seems too taxing. Primarily heard in UK. Well, sod that for a lark! I'll just return the book tomorrow instead of going out in a snowstorm today.
See also: lark, sod, that

blow this/that for a game of soldiers

slang A phrase used to dismiss something because it seems too taxing. Well, blow that for a game of soldiers! I'll just return the book tomorrow instead of going out in a snowstorm today.
See also: blow, game, of, soldier, that, this

sod this/that for a game of soldiers

rude slang A phrase used to dismiss something because it seems too taxing. Well, sod that for a game of soldiers! I'll just return the book tomorrow instead of going out in a snowstorm today.
See also: game, of, sod, soldier, that, this

sod off

1. Get out of here; go away; get lost. Primarily heard in UK. Listen, I don't want to buy any, so why don't you just sod off and leave me alone! Sod off, Jerry! I'm sick of your foolishness.
2. To leave, depart, or flee. Primarily heard in UK. We'll have to wait for the guard to sod off for the night before we try to break in. At the end of the novel, the anti-hero sods off to consider the consequences of his actions.
See also: off, sod

blow/sodtaboo ˈthis/ˈthat for a game of soldiers

(British English, slang) used by somebody who does not want to do something because it is annoying or involves too much effort: After waiting for twenty minutes more, he thought ‘sod this for a game of soldiers’, and left.
See also: blow, game, of, sod, soldier, that, this

blow/sodtaboo ˈthat for a lark

(British English, slang) used by somebody who does not want to do something because it involves too much effort: Sod that for a lark! I’m not doing any more tonight.
A lark is a thing that you do for fun or as a joke.
See also: blow, lark, sod, that

ˌSod’s ˈLaw

(British English, humorous) the tendency for things to happen in just the way that you do not want, and in a way that is not useful: The band always plays better when they’re not being recorded — but that’s Sod’s Law, isn’t it?
See also: law

sod off

v. Chiefly British Vulgar Slang
To go away. Used chiefly as a command.
See also: off, sod
References in periodicals archive ?
Phenotypic plasticity, the ability of a plant to utilize different growth habits and/or strategies in response to its local environment (Sultan, 1987), is partially responsible for the differential phenotype of fence and sod populations in their original habitats.
Differences between fence and sod populations were highly inconsistent, accounting for less than 1% of the variability in regrowth percentage among the 60 populations, suggesting that it is not possible to generalize differences in regrowth percentage between habitats.
For seven of these nine sites, the sod population had a greater slope (value closer to zero) than the fence population (Fig.
As we hiked across the first watershed separating us from Bear Rocks, a small knob that marks a rise in the Sods, we kept to the miles of open meadow.
Parson Pulp and Lumber set up band-saw mills east and south of the Sods in 1899 and 1902.
In 1916, the federal government purchased surface rights to the Dolly Sods and added the denuded land to the newly established Monongahela National Forest.
Forty smooth bromegrass plants each from the sod and the fence were collected.
Twenty-five random plants of each population (30 sod populations and 30 fence populations) were randomly selected from among the survivors by taking the first 25 plants in each row of the clonal nursery.
There were few differences in within-population variation between fence and sod populations, partly because of low degrees of freedom.
A sod roll from each treated plot was removed from the building after being heated for 72 h or 96 h, respectively, at approximately 37[degrees]C and transplanted 30 cm apart onto a prepared soil.
Photochemical efficiency (Fv/Fm) was determined on preharvest sod by measuring chlorophyll fluorescence with a dual wavelength fluorometer (OS-50, Opti-Sci.
In 2000, there was no significant interaction between heat duration and PGR treatment, possibly because favorable climate conditions allowed more rapid recovery of sod, reducing the effects of heat duration on injury.
Make crop insurance assistance more reflective of production capabilities on all native sod that is converted to cropland nationwide;
Require producers who convert native sod to cropland to certify to the Farm Service Agency the number and location of acres of native sod that are converted in an existing automated crop certification system so the converted acres would be accurately tracked;
A loophole in existing sodsaver statute allows producers to plant non-insurable crops on newly converted native sod for four successive years.