cast/throw pearls before swine

Definition of cast/throw pearls before swine

:to give or offer something valuable to someone who does not understand its value

Word by Word Definitions

cast play
  1. : to cause to move or send forth by throwing

  2. : direct

  3. : to put forth

  1. : an act of casting

  2. : something that happens as a result of chance

  3. : a throw of dice

throw play
  1. : to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm

  2. : to propel through the air in any manner

  3. : pitch

  1. : an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging

  2. : an act of throwing dice

  3. : the number thrown with a cast of dice

pearl play pearls
  1. : a dense variously colored and usually lustrous concretion formed of concentric layers of mother-of-pearl as an abnormal growth within the shell of some mollusks and used as a gem

  2. : mother-of-pearl

  3. : one that is very choice or precious

  1. : to set or adorn with pearls

  2. : to sprinkle or bead with pearly drops

  3. : to form into small round grains

  1. : of, relating to, or resembling pearl

  2. : made of or adorned with pearls

  3. : having medium-sized grains

  1. : picot

before play
  1. : in advance : ahead

  2. : at an earlier time

  1. : forward of : in front of

  2. : in the presence of

  3. : under the jurisdiction or consideration of

  1. : earlier than the time that

  2. : sooner or quicker than

  3. : so that … do not

swine play
  1. : any of various stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous artiodactyl mammals (family Suidae) with a thick bristly skin and a long flexible snout

  2. : a contemptible person


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