Definition of Forth, Firth of in English:

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Forth, Firth of

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


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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