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shiver me timbers

An exclamation of surprise. The phrase originated with sailors (as "shiver one's timbers" meant to destroy one's ship) and is usually used today in cartoonish portrayals of pirates. Well, shiver me timbers—I didn't think you were getting into town until tomorrow! You got cast as a pirate in the play? I bet you have one line—"Shiver me timbers!"
See also: shiver, timber

take to the tall timber(s)

To leave quickly and covertly. Primarily heard in US. I think Adam took to the tall timber—no one has seen or heard from him in weeks The foreign army swept into the country, brought down the dictatorship, then took to the tall timbers just as quickly.
See also: take, tall

head for (the) tall timber

Rur. to run away and hide. When we heard Pa's angry bellow, we headed for the tall timber. The bank robbers headed for tall timber with their loot.
See also: head, tall, timber

tall timber(s)

some remote place in the country or the woods. Oh, Chuck lives out in the tall timbers somewhere. He only has a post office box number. You're not going to move me out into the tall timber somewhere!
See also: tall, timber

tall timbers

n. some remote well-forested place; the boondocks. Oh, Chuck lives out in the tall timbers somewhere. He only has a post office box number.
See also: tall, timber
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Earlier this year WWF launched the Timber Scorecard, which assessed 128 UK retailers, manufacturers and traders that buy timber and timber products on their publicly available timber buying policies.
It's no wonder many of us are concerned about the increasing volume of timber being logged from our watersheds; how our water, wildlife, fisheries, recreation and quality of life are affected; where the timber goes and who mills it; how the profits get shared; and who gets taxed and who doesn't.
Timber Update overcomes these challenges by providing free educational services and connecting landowners with the most reputable timber companies the industry has to offer.
Timber frame also delivers high build quality, a faster and more efficient construction process and the opportunity to design beautiful, adaptable and durable homes as a lasting legacy for future generations.
Officials had announced the timber could be taken away only between August 16, 2010 and May 15, 2011.
Walker Timber has constantly supplied a whole range of timber products to the local community, to both trade and public, from the base in Birkby.
Timber flaming is a simple but elegant building system consisting of large wooden posts and beams that fit together with traditional interlocking mortise and tenon joinery and are secured with wooden pegs rather than nails.
RISI also announced that Timber TPS coverage is expanding from the US South into Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Whether you want to replace your fencing or provide a place to relax in your garden with high-quality decking, Liverpool Timber has plenty to choose from at great prices.
Swedish wood products group Rorvik Timber AB said on Tuesday (4 March) that it has agreed to acquire the Norwegian timber wholesaler Norsk Virke AS.
The first revival of timber occurred with its modularisation after the Second World War with new forms of wood such as plywood and MDF.
It's still a small percentage compared with Scotland, where more than 50% of homes are already built using latest timber technology.
Town forests grew from concern about the effects of deforestation and were managed for timber cultivation through sustained yield rotation.
In some cases, rehabilitation may include removing timber from burnt land to, among other things, reduce hazardous fuels.