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Supper's ready

Posted by Lewis on May 11, 2006

In Reply to: Can't sing for toffee posted by bekki on May 09, 2006

: What's the origin for "can't sing for toffee"?

the expression is that people sometimes have to sing for their supper (as travelling minstrels did) - the comparison is that somebody is so poor that not only could they not get a meal by singing, they could not justify being paid even a small sweet.

hope that helps.