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Definition of spit-and-sawdust in English:

British informal Used to describe an old-fashioned or simple pub or bar, of a type whose floor was originally covered with sawdust.
Example sentences
  • The Grapes is an old-fashioned big northern pub, almost spit-and-sawdust, the type that still closes between lunchtime and the early evening.
  • Essentially, The Irish (an unapologetically back-to-basics, spit-and-sawdust kind of joint) is the very embodiment of unchanging timelessness in a world of ever-shifting certainties.
  • The law is about to be changed again to allow further modernisation of shops, and it is time for the few remaining spit-and-sawdust shops to go, and genuine standards of punter comfort to be imposed on all.
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