Definition of Forth, Firth of in English:

Forth, Firth of

Line breaks: Firth of Forth
The estuary of the River Forth, spanned by a cantilever railway bridge (opened 1890) and a road suspension bridge (1964).

Phrases

paint the Forth Bridge

Used to indicate that a task is never-ending: it’s all over for another year except that we must immediately set about seeking next year’s sponsor—it’s a bit like painting the Forth Bridge
[with reference to the fact that the railway bridge is so long that once its painters had reached one end, they would have to begin again at the other]
More example sentences
  • Dr Hope added that caring for the Minster was a daunting task similar to painting the Forth Bridge.
  • The old myth that painting the Forth Bridge is a never-ending process has not been true for some time.
  • The trouble is it's like painting the Forth Bridge.

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