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Running on tea cakes

Posted by ESC on January 04, 2007

In Reply to: Running on tea cakes posted by RH on January 04, 2007

: Is anyone familiar with the phrase "running on tea cakes" to describe an unreliable clock?

: What can you tell me about it? My father used to use it, but no-one else I ask seems to have heard of it.

I am guessing. The image I get is a delicate, perhaps poor, lady who lives on tea and toast. Or tea and teacakes. Food that doesn't have a lot of substance. Doesn't really give an energy boost.