Fair weather friends are not worth much.
Aesop’s Fables came free with the Kindle app on my lap-top. I came across this expression as the moral of one of the stories. A fair weather friend is a common expression. It goes back a long way evidently. Real friends are there when they are needed.
A chimney sweep is not seen as often now as when the main source of household heat in Britain was a coal fire. The Clean Air Act in the 1960’s led to an increase in gas fires and a general rise in living standards has seen central heating replace most open fires. Chimney sweeps are considered lucky by many people and are sometimes hired to attend a wedding for luck. I have mentioned superstition in another post. (I do not agree with it.)
Chimney sweep 1850s (Photo credit Wikipedia)
A charge-hand supervises other staff. He or she is an employee (hand) in charge of others.
Jack tar is a nickname for a sailor. Traditionally a sailor wore his hair in a long plait, treated with tar.
Well-spoken is often a description of someone’s accent, but may include being articulate as well.
An old flame is a former boyfriend or girlfriend.
A nincompoop is not very bright.
The strong, silent type often refers to a quiet man.
A high-flier is someone with potential to climb the career ladder.
Bone idle is about as lazy as it is possible to be.
A sourpuss is not of a pleasant disposition.
A Nosy Parker might pry. Parker is one of the more usual British surnames.
A city gent used to wear a pin-striped suit and a bowler hat and carry a furled umbrella. When school-leavers became office juniors, their dress was transformed.
A pipsqueak is considered to be a nobody.
A bossy-boots is an organising person. Alliteration again. A strict person might put their foot down.
An armchair gardener reads books and watches television programmes about gardening.
A doorstep salesman goes from house to house.
Jesus was raised as a carpenter like his earthly father, Joseph. A few years ago there was a poster which read “Carpenter from Nazareth seeks joiners”.
St Paul was a tent-maker. When he was in Corinth he stayed with Priscilla and Aquila who were also tent-makers. Acts 18: 1-4