mess of pottage

mess of pottage
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  • Mess of pottage — The phrase mess of pottage means something of little value, with a pottage being a type of soup. Though it can appear in general use, it is usually associated with the exchange by Esau of his birthright for a meal of lentil stew, as described in… …   Wikipedia

  • mess of pottage — noun anything of trivial value Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a mess of pottage • Hypernyms: ↑value, ↑economic value * * * Etymology: Middle English mes of potage; from allusion to Esau s selling of his birthright to his twin brother Jacob …   Useful english dictionary

  • mess of pottage — noun Something of trivial value, especially of immediate value. See Also: sell ones birthright for a mess of pottage …   Wiktionary

  • sell your birthright for a mess of pottage — If a person sells their birthright for a mess of pottage, they accept some trivial financial or other gain, but lose something much more important. Sell your soul for a mess of pottage is an alternative form …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • a mess of pottage — something that has little or no value They sold/traded their birthright for a mess of pottage. • • • Main Entry: ↑pottage …   Useful english dictionary

  • sell your birthright for a mess of pottage —    If a person sells their birthright for a mess of pottage, they accept some trivial financial or other gain, but lose something much more important. Sell your soul for a mess of pottage is an alternative form.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Sell your birthright for a mess of pottage —   If a person sells their birthright for a mess of pottage, they accept some trivial financial or other gain, but lose something much more important. Sell your soul for a mess of pottage is an alternative form …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • Mess — (m[e^]s), n. [OE. mes, OF. mets, LL. missum, p. p. of mittere to put, place (e. g., on the table), L. mittere to send. See {Mission}, and cf. {Mass} religious service.] 1. A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sell something for a mess of pottage — sell something for a ridiculously small amount Origin: with biblical allusion to the story of Esau, who sold his birthright for some bread and pottage of lentils (Gen. 25:31) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mess — For other uses, see Mess (disambiguation). A mess (also called a messdeck aboard ships) is the place where military personnel socialise, eat, and (in some cases) live. In some societies this military usage has extended to other disciplined… …   Wikipedia

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