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butter no parsnips

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butter no parsnips

verb phrase

To have no practical effect; be unavailing: Subtlety, Madonna well knew, butters no parsnips in the pop marketplace

[1639+; The source expression is ''Fair words butter no parsnips'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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