One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not real or genuine; existing in name only.‘even this Clayton's inquiry was forced to highlight major failures’
- ‘In fact this is a sort of Clayton's neo-conservatism — the kind to which you are committed when you are not really committed.’
- ‘Another Aboriginal leader,Terry O' Shane, described the motion as a Clayton's apology.’
- ‘How long has this clayton's communications minister been doing the bidding of big media proprietors?’
- ‘I referred to it as a Clayton's relationship, ie a relationship you have when you don't have a relationship.’
- ‘This is a ridiculous Clayton's slur of the kind that is the bread and butter of blogs.’
- ‘Nevertheless, they are still dithering, and proposing what their last year's defence policy called 'An air-capable maritime platform', a kind of Clayton's aircraft carrier.’
- ‘The more cynical may view the recommendation as a Clayton's approval, but to me it is significant.’
- ‘This could be again another Clayton's promise: the promise you make when you are not really making a promise.’
- ‘This little article is a kind of Clayton's review of the book.’
- ‘He does not want to be Minister of Defence — he is another Clayton's Minister.’
1980s: from the proprietary name of a soft drink marketed using the line ‘the drink you have when you're not having a drink’.
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