Dance top in mud (phr): Try something without chance of success; be frustrated by trying to do something in too difficult a situation. (From impossibility of making a top spin in mud) => spin top in mud.
Eat and wipe mouth like fowl (phr): Do something wrong, but quickly cover up the evidence. (French a fowl’s habit of wiping food off its beak). Do all your naughty things, but cover up your tracks. (Haynes 1987:64)
After all man jack eat and wipe mouth like fowl after lickin’ out de fry bake.
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