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.While not as swaggering as Born To Run, Wrecking Ball is as engaging as ever.
"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.