Sunday, 25 May 2008

A pair of trousers

Sunday 25th May 2008

An hour after dawn the sky had clouded over and there was “just enough blue sky to make a sailor a pair of trousers”. This was a common expression in our house when I was young. It was usually used in the opposite context being a positive sign during a day that had been, until then, completely overcast.
It seems we were not alone in using the expression and even in America the weather lore suggests “If the day starts cloudy, once there is a patch of clear blue sky big enough to make a sailor a pair of trousers, the weather will improve.”

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