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could mind mice at a crossroads

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  • Said of someone considered to be particularly sharp or astute (but with a slight negative connotation):

    Yer man Dinny's so sharp he could mind mice at a crossroads.

    February 8, 2008

  • I particularly like this!

    I'm going straight out to find an opportunity to use it.

    February 8, 2008

  • Used it yet, gangerh?

    October 23, 2008

  • I did, yes, bilby, but not recently. Thank you for the reminder.

    October 23, 2008

  • Chuck Norris could mind mice at a crossroads in history.

    October 23, 2008

  • I love this phrase - in spite of the fact that I think I don't know what it means... Does it mean that the person is at a crossroads, mice are directing traffic there, and the person obeys the mice? 'Cause that's what I think it means, but that doesn't sound particularly smart to me... help!

    October 23, 2008

  • I think that "mind" in this case is being used in the sense of "look after". (You sometimes hear the word childminder used instead of nanny or babysitter).

    Thus the person is able to corral the mice and keep them from escaping from the crossroads.

    Why it should be imperative to keep the mice at the crossroads is a bit of a mystery.

    October 23, 2008

  • Ahhh! Like herding cats...

    October 23, 2008

  • Thanks!

    October 23, 2008

  • I do think it has a better nuance of meaning than that. I see 'minding' here as caring for, keeping safe, and maintaining order and control. Quite a feat at a crossroads, which conjures up an image of busy traffic movement in all directions, creating all manner of terror in the mice there.

    You'd have to be particularly sharp and astute to manage.

    October 23, 2008