It was like force-feeding sugar to an ant: you just can't overdo it.
I was reducing everything to ant scale, the U.S. included—an ant White House, an ant CIA, an ant Congress, an ant Pentagon.
If the future reneges, people may decide that they might as well be a grasshopper, since the ant gets just as screwed.
“He compared the financial crisis to an ant,” Mr. Obama said.
Strangely, he did this by diluting the sting of the ant scene.
The ant at last met one of his companions, who was also carrying a burden.
Lads of Zuñi took my egg and hatched it under a turkey hen, at the ant Hill.
Like 'None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.'
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
But after all he has done for my colour, there ant nothing I could find it in my heart to grudge him.
c.1500, from Middle English ampte (late 14c.), from Old English æmette "ant," from West Germanic *amaitjo (cf. Old High German ameiza, German Ameise) from a compound of bases *ai- "off, away" + *mai- "cut," from PIE *mai- "to cut" (cf. maim). Thus the insect's name is, etymologically, "the biter off."
As þycke as ameten crepeþ in an amete hulle [chronicle of Robert of Gloucester, 1297]Emmet survived into 20c. as an alternative form. White ant "termite" is from 1729. To have ants in one's pants "be nervous and fidgety" is from 1934, made current by a popular song; antsy embodies the same notion.
agent or instrumental suffix, from Old French and French -ant, from Latin -antem, accusative of -ans, present participle suffix of many Latin verbs.
Variant of anti-.
(Heb. nemalah, from a word meaning to creep, cut off, destroy), referred to in Prov. 6:6; 30:25, as distinguished for its prudent habits. Many ants in Palestine feed on animal substances, but others draw their nourishment partly or exclusively from vegetables. To the latter class belongs the ant to which Solomon refers. This ant gathers the seeds in the season of ripening, and stores them for future use; a habit that has been observed in ants in Texas, India, and Italy.