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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’
- ‘‘Decorating this house is like painting the Forth Bridge,’ Ryder Richardson says.’
- ‘The old myth that painting the Forth Bridge is a never-ending process has not been true for some time.’
- ‘When painters finish painting the Forth Bridge, they return to the start and begin again.’
- ‘What he is asked to do is the equivalent of being asked to paint the Forth Bridge with a pint pot of paint.’
- ‘Cleaning is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge.’
- ‘It is like painting the Forth Bridge - you clean a street and two weeks later you are back to square one.’
- ‘The dry-stone walls that divide up the green acres are one of the best-known features of the Yorkshire Dales but maintaining them is a labour akin to painting the Forth Bridge.’
- ‘The cataloguing of the works on paper alone Lady Roberts compares to painting the Forth Bridge.’
- ‘Dr Hope added that caring for the Minster was a daunting task similar to painting the Forth Bridge.’
- ‘The trouble is it's like painting the Forth Bridge.’
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