One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The pickled roe of sturgeon or other large fish, eaten as a delicacy.
- ‘Top with the cooked prawns and salmon roe or Avruga caviar.’
- ‘In Russia, batter made with buckwheat flour is fried in delicate little pools that become soft beds for expensive caviar.’
- ‘That means each can of Iranian caviar contains eggs from a single fish.’
- ‘The chefs meanwhile offer up such delights as caviar, oysters and kangaroo steak.’
- ‘Spoon a portion of caviar over the monkfish liver and garnish with the scallions and lemon zest.’
caviar to the general
A good thing unappreciated by the ignorant.
- ‘He was an intellectual aristocrat who was, as a teacher, caviar to the general.’
- ‘But this is between ourselves as such a proposition unexplained would be caviare to the general.’
- ‘As a matter of fact, it remains caviare to the general to this day, and even among persons educated in music there are many who do not like it, or like it only in small doses.’
- ‘Poets, like other artists whose work remains caviar to the general, have always sought patronage - from individuals, corporation and governments.’
- ‘After years of having been caviar to the general, Sir John, having won an Academy Award for his work in ‘Arthur,’ is, according to Miss Danner, enjoying his new popularity among the masses.’
Mid 16th century: from Italian caviale (earlier caviaro) or French caviar, probably from medieval Greek khaviari.
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