One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sweet potato.
- ‘We ate hangi for dinner - meat, smoky carrots and kumara cooked in baskets under the earth on hot rocks for over three hours.’
- ‘The climate in the area is warmer than in places further south and it is not possible to grow kumara further south.’
- ‘You could also use kumara for that sweet potato taste.’
- ‘And then it grew to the size of a small root vegetable - perhaps a kumara.’
- ‘There is an old Maori saying that the kumara never says how sweet it is.’
suck the kumara
informal Suffer a defeat or disaster; fail.‘I'm sucking the kumara big time’
- ‘He's quite keen for you to suck the kumara.’
- ‘He may be "rogue" now, but once he's sucked the kumara, Jones will be the man of the hour.’
- ‘I am thankful my wife walked the last 5 km with me because I was definitely sucking the kumara.’
- ‘One of the engines has sucked the kumara.’
Late 18th century: from Maori.
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