spit-and-sawdust


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spit-and-sawdust

adj
(of a pub) shabby, dirty, and basic
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Back in the day, when Primal Scream felt like a rag-tag rock and roll supergroup, an acquaintance of Ultimate fell in with Mani at one of Belfast's spit-and-sawdust hostelries.
It's a one-time spit-and-sawdust pub given the gastropub treatment with battered leather sofas.
The spit-and-sawdust superstar, whose winning streak of 22 represents a new mark for consecutive US victories since 1900,hasbeenoffthetrackfor morethanfourmonthssincehis most recentvictoryatLaurelon January4.
Musically, the 62-year-old rocker charts a course between his anthemic 2002 set The Rising and spit-and-sawdust folk arrangements of 2006''s We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, while Land of Hope and Dreams hosts a final sax solo from the late legendary Clarence Clemons.
Musically, the 62-year-old rocker charts a course between his anthemic 2002 set The Rising and spit-and-sawdust folk arrangements of 2006's We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, while Land Of Hope And Dreams hosts a final sax solo from the late legendary Clarence Clemons.
I'm sorry Han," she tried to say, still thinking of his image of tarting up of a spit-and-sawdust venue in Ebbw Vale as being something like "putting lipstick on a pitbull" and failing to stay focused.
But I was pleasantly surprised to find Papaya was not much more pricey than your average spit-and-sawdust Indian curry house.
Its spit-and-sawdust style has long been popular with generations of city drinkers.
Most fighters leave their families behind when they go to training camp but I'm not the spit-and-sawdust type.
Setting is a spit-and-sawdust bar, owned by the grounded Lajos (Imre Csuja) and tended by his feisty daughter, "Ribbon" (Reka Pelsoczy), whither various types congregate to escape the summertime heat.
Its spit-and-sawdust image attracts customers who prefer pints of bitter to the more "sophisti-cated" drinks in other Westminster bars.