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This ain't my first rodeo

Posted by R. Berg on September 25, 2008 at 16:27

In Reply to: This ain't my first rodeo posted by James Briggs on September 25, 2008 at 09:25:

: : : Hey all. I've heard the phrase "This ain't my first rodeo" used here & there but I didn't see it on the list. Meaning/Use (derived in context but rather obvious): Usually in construction when someone feels they are being "instructed" below their level of comprehension, eg a carpenter with 8 years experience being told how to plumb a doorway or what-have-you. I thought I'd recommend it for the list here.

: : It's a good one. The first time I heard it was in "Mommy Dearest" said by Joan Crawford.

: A British version is 'I didn't come down with the last shower'. Is this used elsewhere?

James, an equivalent, "I didn't come down with yesterday's rain," is used in the U.S., but not on the same kind of occasion as described above. It means "I'm not naive; you can't fool me that easily." ~rb