Lombard Street to a China Orange

Long odds. Lombard Street, London, is the centre of great banking and mercantile transactions. To stake the Bank of England against a common orange is to stake what is of untold value against a mere trifle.

“`It is Lombard Street to a China orange,' quoth Uncle Jack.” —Bulwer Lytton: The Caxtons.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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