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See Also: BELONGING
- (I) belonged … like a pearl onion on a banana split —Raymond Chandler
- Belonged … like a virgin in a brothel —William Mcllvanney
- Belong like a right shoe on a left foot —Elyse Sommer
- Belong like a white poodle on a coal barge —Arthur Baer
- Feeling like a Boston schoolteacher in Dodge City —Mary Gordon
- (I) feel [out of place] like Babe Paley at a bar mitzvah in the Bronx —Sue Mengers, talent agent, quoted by Rex Reed
- Felt like a gap —D. H. Lawrence
- Fits in about as well as a bird-of-paradise among wrens —Leslie Bennetts, about character in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, New York Times, 1985
- Had about as much business teaching in college as a duck has riding a bicycle —Richard Ford
See Also: ABSURDITY
- Inappropriate as a Size 20 Cinderella —Mike Sommer
- Inappropriate as running shoes with a cocktail dress —Anon
- It’s like a thoroughbred horse pulling a milk wagon —line from movie, The Eagle Has Landed
- Looked like a greyhound puppy in a litter of collies —Michael Gilbert
- A man without a place to be … that’s like being alone at sea without a log to hang on —William H. Gass
- Misplaced … like a dog in church —Anon
- Misplaced … like a fish out of water —English phrase
Borrowed by the English from the Greek, the simile has been much used and adapted since the fourteenth century.
- Never fit right, like a pair of cheap shoes that sprouts a nail in the sole —Marge Piercy
- (Looked as) out of place as a chicken in church —James Crumley
- Out of place as matzo balls in clam chowder —Elyse Sommer
- Out of place as a house boat on the high seas —Anon
- Out of place as an atheist in a seminary —Anon
- Out of place as a Presbyterian in Hell —Mark Twain
- Out of place as some rare tropical bird —Anon
- Out of place … like an old whale stranded on the beach —George Garrett
- (Harriet always seemed a little) out of things, like somebody’s mother —Mary McCarthy
- She was like something wrecked and cast up on the wrong shore —Elizabeth Bowen
- Sticking out like a solitary violet in a bed of primroses —Tess Slesinger
carry coals to Newcastle To bring something to a place where it is naturally abundant; hence, to do something wholly superfluous or unnecessary. Newcastle lies in the heart of England’s great coal-mining region. The equivalent French expression is porterde Veau à la rivière ‘carry water to the river.’
caviar to the general Something too sophisticated or subtle to be appreciated by hoi-polloi; beyond the taste of the general public. This expression derives from Shakespeare’s Hamlet:
The play, I remember, pleased not the million; ‘twas caviar to the general. (II, ii)
In this line, “general” refers to the general public, the common people. Caviar, of course, is the very expensive gustatory delicacy prepared from sturgeon roe. It is a food appreciated only by those who have acquired a taste for it.
send owls to Athens To do something completely useless, unnecessary, or extraneous; to carry coals to Newcastle; also to carry owls to Athens.
I may be thought to pour water into the sea, to carry owls to Athens, and to trouble the reader with a matter altogether needless and superfluous. (Henry Swinburne, A Brief Treatise of Testaments and Last Wills, 1590)
The owl, as emblem of the Greek goddess Athena, patron of Athens, was naturally plentiful in that area.
|Noun||1.||inappropriateness - inappropriate conduct|
|2.||inappropriateness - the quality of being not particularly suitable or befitting; "he retracted nothing that he had said about the inappropriateness of either a corporeal God or a God who is a person"; "his praise released from her loud protestations of her unworthiness"|
unsuitability, unsuitableness, ineptness - the quality of having the wrong properties for a specific purpose
inappositeness, inaptness - inappropriateness; "greater inaptness of expression would be hard to imagine"
infelicity - inappropriate and unpleasing manner or style (especially manner or style of expression)
appropriateness - the quality of being specially suitable