[poor luh mey-reet] /pur lə meɪˈrit/ adverb, French. 1. for merit.
- Pour money down the drain
verb phrase To waste money utterly; spend hugely for nothing: The Legislature is not going to pour more money down that rathole (1970s+)
- Pour on the coal
verb phrase To travel very fast; speed up; step on it: The pilot apparently decided to go around again and poured on the coal (1937+) Speed up, as in They keep passing us so pour on the coal, Mom! or We can get this issue of the paper out on time if we pour on […]
[poor-par-ley; English poo r-pahr-ley] /pur parˈleɪ; English ˌpʊər pɑrˈleɪ/ noun, plural pourparlers [poor-par-ley; English poo r-pahr-leyz] /pur parˈleɪ; English ˌpʊər pɑrˈleɪz/ (Show IPA). French. 1. an informal preliminary conference. /purparle; English pʊəˈpɑːleɪ/ noun 1. an informal or preliminary conference