Phrase of the day

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27th June 2017

That's a fat lot of use

We use this expression when another person makes a suggestion or offer that isn’t useful or helpful. When we say this we are probably a little angry with the person for making such a stupid suggestion. It isn’t very friendly.
IH Bristol Phrase of the Day: A fat lot of use.
Usage
Written: 
No
Spoken: 
Yes
Formal: 
No
Informal: 
Yes
Example 1
Have you seen? Sunscreen is half price in Sainsbury's
That's a fat lot of use. It's the middle of winter and it's raining every day at the moment.
Example 2
Look at my bike tyre! It's totally flat!
Oh dear. That's a fat lot of use then. I guess we'll have to take a taxi.