Posted by Pamela on April 02, 2008 at 23:56:
In Reply to: The meat in the sandwich posted by Victoria S Dennis on April 02, 2008 at 18:27:
: : : : : : : : : Someone being "the meat in the sandwich". What does that mean?
: : : : : : : : Just guessing -- a person of substance?
: : : : : : : In the world of depraved humor, being the meat in the sandwich is often thought of as a good thing, one of the best-known cases of which was Lucky Pierre. But please don't ask me to explain, other than that there was Pierre, in the middle between two babes.
: : : : : : : SS
: : : : : : Oh, my.
: : : : : In the version I heard, Pierre was between two men. ~rb
: : : : And I thought it just meant "Where's the beef?" I need to get out more. Or maybe I don't.
: : : There's an old and rather rude joke, told mostly by adolescent boys, in which Pierre finds himself successively in the middle in different situations, each of them evoking the phrase, "Lucky Pierre, always in the middle." The joke is similar in structure to the one in which the catch-phrase is "And there I stood with my piccolo!"
: : : However, I can imagine that there might be numerous situations suggestive of a human sandwich, some serious, some humorous, and some pretty gruesome.
: : : SS
: : If we have gotten all the "amusing" sexual innuendo quite out of the way...?
: : When used in reference to other things than menage a trois, "the meat of the sandwich" is the heart of the matter, the most important part, the defining ingredient, etc. The bread may be nice, but it's not a ham sandwich without ham, but it's still a ham sandwich whether it's on wheat, rye, or pumpernickel. A person could be this kind of meat in the sandwich in a team or work situation, e.g. the driver is the meat in the sandwich of a car racing team.
: In England, it's quite common for a girl with one older and one younger brother, or a boy with one older and one younger sister, to describe her/himself as "the meat in the sandwich", implying that s/he is the best, most valuable constituent of the trio, with no kind of innuendo. (VSD)
The only use I have ever heard of "the meat in the sandwich" is when a person is stuck between two opposing forces. Example:
Headline: Spotless staff prepare to strike over pay dispute, The Daily Post, 01.04.2008, By MATTHEW MARTIN
Rotorua Hospital cleaners, orderlies and kitchen staff are set to strike over failed pay talks... They are caught up in a national pay wrangle with employer Spotless Services Ltd which is yet to pay workers a wage increase promised last May. Spotless says it can't pay the increase as it is yet to receive its full funding allocation from the country's District Health Boards... Rotorua Hospital cleaner and SFWU member Inez Galvin said workers felt like "the meat in the sandwich".
"...It seems the hospital and Spotless are arguing about it now and in the meantime we get nothing," she said.
This "stuck between a rock and a hard place" definition seems to be the common one, judging by google. I had never heard the "best quality" meaning, although it makes sense (sort of like "He's the meat in the pie" to imply that whoever else is just pastry). This may be a British/Australian difference? As for Lucky Pierre, I have never heard of him, but even if I did I woudln't assocaite the term "meat in the sandwich" with the sexual position "sandwich". Pamela