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finders keepers(, losers weepers)

A children's rhyme meaning that if someone finds something, they are entitled to keep it (even if it belongs to someone else). Jake yelled "finders keepers" as he dashed toward the house with the sparkling ring he had discovered. A: "Hey, that's my favorite toy!" B: "But I found it out on the playground. Finders keepers, losers weepers!"
See also: finder, loser

finders, keepers

A phrase meaning that whoever finds something is entitled to keep it. For example, Someone left a dollar bill in this rented car-finders, keepers. This expression alludes to an ancient Roman law to that effect and has been stated in numerous different ways over the centuries. The modern version, often stated as Finders keepers, losers weepers, dates from the mid-1800s and is no longer a legal precept.
See also: keeper

weeper

n. a sad movie, novel, television program, etc. I can’t seem to get enough of these weepers.

finders, keepers

Those who obtain something simply by discovering it are entitled to keep it. There are several versions of this expression, all of them referring to the law that a person who finds something, even if it is someone else’s property, may keep it for himself or herself. The earliest references are in writings of the Roman playwright Plautus and date from approximately 200 b.c. Two millennia later, D. M. Moir (Mansie Wauch, 1824) referred to “the auld Scotch proverb of ‘he that finds, keeps, and he that loses seeks.’” Charles Reade also called it a proverb: “Losers seekers, finders keepers” (It Is Never Too Late to Mend, 1856). The modern schoolyard version is “Finders keepers, losers weepers.” Legal implications aside, the poetic rhythm of this expression no doubt helps account for its long life.
See also: keeper
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Reassure the weeper and gently explain to the other child that frightening other pupils is not kind.
After all, where else could you watch five adults acting out scenarios including pubic hair kites and a 'By Royal Appointment' roads weeper who uses Mars Bars to pick up dead hedgehogs in Kirkby?
The twangy weeper "Down to the River" and the travellin' song "There's the Train," with its pitch-perfect strings, are deceptive in their simplicity--like the best country music.
Self-portrayal thus becomes an element in works like Vajtojca (Weeper), 2002, a video in which the artist stages his own death with the help of a professional mourner; Home to go, 2001, a cast of his body with a roof on his back; Princess, 2003, an homage to one of the artist's daughters, photographed as a fairy-tale princess; and The Wedding, 2003, gouaches that present "frames" of a home video of his wedding.
To protect them from freezing, either drain them or install a weeper valve (it automatically drains lines after each use).
That means this 'Star' is a five-handkerchief-worthy weeper.
It's not a trick question, it's just one way of finding out if someone is a keeper or a weeper. Does this friendship fit or is it better changing in some way, shape or form?
Nandos-lover, trainee-doctor, Wales powerhouse centre, Welsh-speaker and a bit of weeper. I challenge you not to love him.
Cording, an English professor, read his poem, "The Weeper," which honors St.
CRESTFALLEN runner Paula Radcliffe is probably still wiping the tears from her eyes after her Athens flop, but Hills have installed the wobbly weeper as 6-4 favourite for next year's London marathon, writes Steve Palmer.
``SCEC's report shows on average a roads weeper gets paid over pounds 100 more per week than a care assistant,and train drivers get pounds 400 a week more.
Serial weeper Sissy Rooney faced yet more tears last night, after becoming the third contestant - and third girl - to be booted out of the Big Brother house.
SERIAL weeper Sissy Rooney told housemates she was ``gutted'' to become the third contestant to be booted out of the Big Brother house.
Another weeper (actually more of a creeper) is 'Cole' or 'Cole's Prostate', a flat grower than forms mats on the ground.
As an example, she cites the upcoming June 6 release "The Fault in Our Stars," the romantic comedy weeper starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.