how do you like them apples
"How do you like them apples?” is an expression that supposedly originated during the first World War, when the Allies' anti-tank grenade was colloquially called a “toffee apple” because of its bulb-like appearance on a stick. The phrase was a taunt against the enemy. (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)
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- (colloquial, rhetorical question) directed jestingly or mockingly at someone who has received surprising information, ridiculing the situation
- "Our governor has just vetoed a bill that would offer more money to our schools. How do you like them apples?"
- (colloquial, rhetorical question, Ireland, US) Used after an actual or proposed action with which the listener might be displeased. Also used after refuting an argument.
- "I can't give you a raise now; if I did, this whole company would go bankrupt, and you wouldn't have a job at all. Now how do you like them apples?"