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|Worth its salt|
What does Worth its salt mean?
|To be competent, reasonably skilled.||Not to worry about your new suit, any detergent worth its salt can remove blood stains.|
Today salt is inexpensive and universally available, but that wasn't always the case. Salt has been a valuable commodity in many cultures throughout history.
Salt is sodium chloride. It can be obtained from mines or the oceans. Today salt is commonly mined from large deposits left by dried salt lakes. Modern mining and transportation methods have made salt an inexpensive commodity.
Salt is an effective food preservative and before refrigeration was widely available, the demand for salt as a preservative was much greater. The human body requires salt for the regulation of fluid balance. Salt used as a seasoning adds to the taste of many foods.
Because of salt's high value, it was used as a method of exchange. Roman soldiers received a salt allowance as part of their pay. In fact the word "salary" is derived from the Latin "salarium" meaning "of salt".
To say that someone is "worth his salt" is to say they have earned their pay.
Some Random Idioms
What does "ball" mean?
|a good time; great fun (at a party, etc.).|| We had a ball at that party last night.|
|laugh one's head off|
What does "laugh one's head off" mean?
| to laugh a lot and for a long time||I laughed my head off during the movie.|
|not know whether/if one is coming or going|
What does "not know whether/if one is coming or going" mean?
| to be very confused||My friend did not know whether he was coming or going after he got off the long airplane flight.|
What does "clean slate" mean?
| a record that shows no bad behavior or other problems or past bad acts||The man started off with a clean slate after he lost his previous job. |
|think on one's feet|
What does "think on one's feet" mean?
| to think/reason/plan while one is talking||My boss can think on her feet and she can easily handle most problems.|
|Pull your punches|
What does "Pull your punches" mean?
| If you pull your punches, you do not use all the power or authority at your disposal.|
What does "effing" mean?
What does "on horseback" mean?
| on the back of a horse||
We rode to the river on horseback.