"Pike" phrase... well, almost

Posted by The Fallen on January 29, 2002

In Reply to: "Pike" phrase posted by Patty on January 28, 2002

: : : I saw a movie a little while back and heard a character use a phrase that went "... as a pike" (a simile, seemingly a colloquialism). I told myself at the time that I wanted to remember the phrase. But, alas, I cannot remember it!

: : : Could have been "dead as a pike" ..... not sure. Anyone know it? Or other pike phrases? Thanks.

The best I can do is "as plain as a pikestaff".

: : "Freedom for the pike means death to the minnow"--from Partridge's Dictionary of Catch Phrases: American and British, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day. That's the only phrase I found that uses "pike" in the sense of a fish.

: That's not it, I'm afraid. Interesting phrase about life's relativism, though. My hubby would call it a phrase about "the ecology of life", like "his loss was our gain" etc.