(redirected from tomatoes)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

tomato can

An exceptionally poor boxer, one who is often paired with a much better boxer so as to improve the latter's statistics and win percentages. The up-and-coming star boxer suffered a huge upset last night at the hands of a tomato can who everyone expected to lose.
See also: can, tomato

tomayto, tomahto

A negligible, trivial, or unimportant difference, distinction, or correction. (Refers to the American pronunciation of tomato as "tomayto," compared with the British pronunciation of "tomahto." Specifically, it is an allusion to a verse in the song "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off": "You like potayto, I like potahto; you like tomayto, I like tomahto; potayto, potahto, tomayto, tomahto, let's call the whole thing off!") A: "Well, technically, the Hindenburg was a rigid airship, not a blimp." B: "Eh, tomayto, tomahto, who cares?"

tomato juice

1. Literally, juice from a tomato. My grandfather loves to drink tomato juice, but I can't stomach it. I think this Bloody Mary needs some more tomato juice.
2. slang Blood, especially from a boxer. (This phrase is likely related to the term "tomato can"—an exceptionally poor boxer.) Look at that fool, leaking tomato juice all over the ring already!
See also: juice, tomato


n. an attractive girl or woman. A good-looking tomato brought me my change.
References in classic literature ?
When George is hanged, Harris will be the worst packer in this world; and I looked at the piles of plates and cups, and kettles, and bottles and jars, and pies, and stoves, and cakes, and tomatoes, &c.
So the researchers set out to determine the drivers of liking for fresh tomatoes.
From January this year RH Amar will be offering Mutti's best-selling ranges of Finely Chopped Tomatoes, Passata, Tomato Puree, and Peeled Tomatoes.
All kinds of tomatoes are at the best just now, big and small, beefsteak and cherry.
3 International Trade of Tomatoes & Tomato Products 2.
Taking the time to process farmer's market tomatoes into fresh tomato juice and tomato water in the summer and early autumn can result in some very memorable cocktails.
Although I do go on about the seasons I must admit I use tomatoes in the kitchen all year round simply because we offer them with the cooked breakfast - halved and cored, then drizzled with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, turned skin side up and cooked under a very hot grill to blacken the skin, which helps intensify the flavour (you can remove the skin before serving).
You'll need eight tomatoes, one red pepper, one yellow pepper, three cloves of garlic, one litre of tomato juice, a dash of balsamic vinegar, five black pepper corns, two sticks of lemon grass, basil and coriander stalks and salt.
Plump and juicy tomatoes in a rainbow of colors and varieties are coming into their own at farmers markets, in gardens and on restaurant menus.
The consumption of fresh tomatoes has been associated with outbreaks of salmonellosis.
By placing dodder sprouts near different plants, the scientists found that the type of dodder that they were studying prefers tomatoes and a flower called impatiens.
Testing various victim species, the researchers found that dodder grows toward impatiens and tomatoes.
By Kevin Cowherd I suppose there's someone reading this who hates tomatoes more than I do, but that doesn't seem possible right now, given the circumstances.
Tomatoes are a huge favourite on the Continent, but they have also become a staple in the UK diet.
Last summer, he joined thousands of people as they hurled tomatoes at each other at an annual tomato-throwing festival in Spain.