Also, lots or plenty of good fish in the sea; not the only pebble on the beach. Plenty of other suitable persons, especially for a romantic relationship. For example, When Bob walked out on Sally, all we could tell her was that he was not the only fish in the sea, or Bill knew she wasn’t the only pebble on the beach but he was determined to win her over. Both fish and pebble here refer to something available in large quantities. The expressions using fish have been used to comfort jilted lovers since the early 1500s. The variant using pebble was first recorded in a poem of 1896 by Henry Braistead: “If you want to win her hand Let the maiden understand That she’s not the only pebble on the beach.”
- Not think much of
Have little regard for, have a low opinion of, as in Bill doesn’t think much of the carpentry work in that house. The phrase not much has been used in this sense since the mid-1800s.
[not-ing-uh m or, U.S. often -ham] /ˈnɒt ɪŋ əm or, U.S. often -ˌhæm/ noun 1. a city in SW , in central England. 2. . /ˈnɒtɪŋəm/ noun 1. a city in N central England, administrative centre of Nottinghamshire, on the River Trent: scene of the outbreak of the Civil War (1642); famous for its associations […]
[not-ing-uh m-sheer, -sher or, U.S. often -ham-] /ˈnɒt ɪŋ əmˌʃɪər, -ʃər or, U.S. often -hæm-/ noun 1. a county in central England. 854 sq. mi. (2210 sq. km). /ˈnɒtɪŋəmˌʃɪə; -ʃə/ noun 1. an inland county of central England: generally low-lying, with part of the S Pennines and the remnant of Sherwood Forest in the east. […]
abbreviation 1. Nottingham