Idiom – Like Turkeys Voting For Christmas

British English Idiom – Like turkeys voting for Christmas or Like turkeys voting for Xmas.

Meaning – This expression is used to describe a situation when people accept something that will have negative consequences for them in the future. This idiom is frequently used in a political context; when people choose to vote for something that will make life worse.

In the USA people might use Like turkeys voting for Thanksgiving or Like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.

A turkey is a large bird commonly eaten on Christmas day and at Thanksgiving.

Xmas is a slang expression for Christmas.


  • “The train drivers voting to accept a pay decrease would be like turkeys voting for Christmas!”


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