Available, ready for action, as in "We had ten kids on deck to clean up after the dance." [Slang; second half of 1800s] 2. , 1958) From _Longman Dictionary of English Idioms_ : Hold/hang on (to) by one's gingernails/fingertips/teeth not fml to make a determined effort to keep one's position, In baseball, scheduled to bat next, waiting near home plate to bat, as in "Joe was on deck next." [1860s] Both usages allude to crew members being on the deck of a ship, in readiness to perform their duties. in one's job, an activity or situation, etc.: "this country has not been pushed out of the business of building aircraft yet.Money, and its amazing aspects of culture, design, society, history, language, finance, science, manufacture, technology, diversity, etc., (money connects to virtually anything) provide endless opportunities for teaching and training activities, etc.Posted by Masakim on February 07, 2002 In Reply to: Meanings of phrases posted by Is h i ta Mehta on February 07, 2002 : Can some one please help me with the meaning of the following phrases ?Spelling note: Please note that UK/US-English spellings of words such as colour/color and decimalise/decimalize vary and mostly UK-English spellings appear in this article.Slang money words and expressions appear widely in the English language, and most of these slang words have interesting, often very amusing, meanings and origins.
Yet the old pronunciation remains almost universal -- unlike the thrasher, which was gradually superseded by combines in the 1920s through the 1950s.
Thank you : all thumbs : hat in hand : twiddling your thumbs : hanging by one's fingurenails : hand in hand : by hand : hands down : all hands on deck : Thank you From _The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms_ by Christine Ammer: all thumbs Physically awkward, especially with respect to the hands, as in "When it comes to knitting, Mary is all thumbs." The notion of this idiom derives from a proverb in John Heywood's collection of 1546: "When he should get aught, each finger is a thumb." hat in hand Also, cap in hand. For example, "They went to her, hat in hand, asking for a change of assignment." This expression alludes to removing one's headgear as a sign of respect and has survived the era of doffing one's hat. 1700] twiddle one's thumbs Be bored or idle, as in "There I sat for three hours, twiddling my thumbs, while he made call after call." This expression alludes to the habit of idly turning one's thumbs about one another during a period of inactivity.
[Mid-1800s] hand in hand In cooperation, jointly, as in "Industrial growth and urbanization often go hand in hand." This phrase, often put as go hand in hand with, was first recorded in 1576.
Many slang expressions for old English money and modern British money (technically now called Pounds Sterling) originated in London, being such a vast and diverse centre of commerce and population.
While sources of British money slang vary widely, London cockney rhyming slang features particularly strongly in money slang words and their origins.