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#72425 - 06/12/02 02:11 PM Re: As...as
Angel Offline

Registered: 12/28/01
Posts: 688
I'm still scratching my head over "as keen as a whistle", noted above. What's keen about a whistle?

The sound! From my trusty, never dusty Webster's:
adj. 1. Very sharp, as a knife. 2. Cutting; piercing, as wit. 3. Vivid; pungent. 4. Having or exhibiting sharpness or penetration. 5. Acute: keen sight. 6. Exceptionally intelligent. 7. Characterized by intensity; a keen appetite. 8. Informal impatient; eager: keen to be off.

Based upon these definitions, I would clearly say that keen as a whistle refers to the sound a whistle makes. [plugging my ears-e]

#72426 - 06/12/02 02:35 PM Re: As...as
satin Offline

Registered: 01/26/01
Posts: 107
And here I always said it was as clean as a whistle.

#72427 - 06/12/02 03:01 PM Re: As...as
Robert Payne Offline

Registered: 04/29/02
Posts: 39
Loc: Nacogdoches, Texas, USA
I seem to remember one that goes something like

Flatter than a fritter (flitter?).
Does anyone know this one? I may be as dumb as a post, but
I suppose it is the same as saying

Flat as a pancake.

(Or Flat as an armadillo on I-20!)


#72428 - 06/12/02 03:05 PM Re: As...as
Robert Payne Offline

Registered: 04/29/02
Posts: 39
Loc: Nacogdoches, Texas, USA
Clean as a whistle for me too.

Anyone who has tried to whistle (which I can't!) knows what it's like when the whistle comes out clean (keen!) and what it's like when it comes out (with other things) messy!


#72429 - 06/12/02 05:39 PM Post deleted by ewein
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Posts: 184
Loc: USA

#72430 - 06/13/02 12:17 AM Re: As...as
modestgoddess Offline
old hand

Registered: 02/18/02
Posts: 833
Loc: Eastern Ontario, Canada
ewein, I've heard "as mad as a wet hen" before, too - and the "mad as a cut snake" mentioned above (though I've heard that less often).

What on earth does a wet hen do, to make her an exemplar of madness/anger?! one wonders.....

#72431 - 06/13/02 04:43 AM Re: As...as
alexis Offline

Registered: 04/30/02
Posts: 148
Loc: Melbourne, Aus
Clean as a whistle is my understanding, too.

I like as thick as two short planks, too... not very nice, of course...

#72432 - 06/13/02 08:13 AM Re: As...as
TheFallibleFiend Offline

Registered: 01/23/02
Posts: 1523
Loc: Virginia, USA

as mad as a hornet.


#72433 - 06/13/02 08:22 AM Re: As busy as ...
Keiva Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/04/01
Posts: 2605
as busy as a cat on a marble-topped table
as busy as a one-armed wallpaper hanger with the hives during strawberry season
as busy as a pregnant squirrel in a forest fire
as busy as a one-legged man in an ass-kickin' contest
as busy as a bee in a basin

#72434 - 06/13/02 01:40 PM Re: two shillings sixpence
dodyskin Offline

Registered: 04/24/02
Posts: 475
Loc: manchester uk
well thats clear as mud

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