March 9th, 2010

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Table steaks

Today at work my British coworker used the phrase "table steaks."

British coworker: it's slow going, got to start with the "table steaks" though
Me: what
British coworker: the "table steaks," you know. To use an Americanism.
Me: (louder for emphasis) WHAT

From our ensuing discussion I learned it means, "the minimum that's required."

At least that's what I think he was saying. To be honest, I have no idea. Have you ever heard this expression? Is it really a 'murricanism? Or was he trying to sneak in a bit of the old Queen's English?
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Table stakes

I just recalled the rest of conversation w/ British coworker. It's "table stakes," meaning "minimum bet at a poker game." You know like when you "raise the stakes."

Hahaha I really was picturing some kind of grey, leathery sirloin!