Australian Idioms – Better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick

Welcome back to our tour of Australian idioms!

Let’s continue with another fabulous expression:

Idiom – Better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.

Meaning – Better than nothing.

Alternative – This expression is only used in Australia (that we know of!), but if you’re not in Australia and want to use this idiom, you could also say “half a loaf of bread is better than none”. 

Australian expressions - Better than a Poke in the Eye with a Burnt Stick ABA English

Thanks Hotel Club, for sharing these images, and Jared Atkins for creating them.


  1. I just like English idioms because that is very pretty words and acknowledge for me.

  2. That´s a great idiom, team from the ABA English blog.Congratulations!!!

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