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Cucumber Time

The dull season in the tailoring trade. The Germans call it Die saure Gurken Zeit (pickled gherkin time). Hence the expression Tailors are vegetarians, because they live on “cucumber” when without work, and on “cabbage” when in full employ. (Notes and Queries.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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