Reading a Thurber essay about Henry James, I came across this phrase: James’s Renunciation Scene is managed, as who should say, rather more exquisitely than Hammett’s I hadn’t encountered the phrase as who should say before, so I mentally marked it to look up later, and I kept reading. On the next page, Thurber writes: […]
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The idiom is from cricket, but I would think it would also apply to soccer/football and baseball, and maybe hockey?
Just happened across this recombinant idiom, apparently written by Roland Bruno on Board Game Geek: Opinions are like wishes. You can lead them to water but you can’t teach them new tricks. (See also a previous post in which I learned that phrases like these are also known as dundrearyisms.)
The word 'tank' has a surprising variety of slang meanings, actually.
Give these idioms a big hand!
The OED didn't help, although I was surprised to learn that 'booty' (as in pirate) was probably not derived from 'boot' meaning profit (as in the phrase 'to boot'), at least not directly.
I don't know if the difference between the British and American frowns comes in to play, here, but I suppose it might.
The black pudding were so black that even over-egging yon just made 'er blacker, it did.
The thing about the physical impossibility of bees' flight is also not true, I believe.
The following bit from an old Dr Who episode popped into my head this morning: Seventh Doctor: Time and tide melt the snowman. Mel: Doctor, "wait for *no* man." Doctor:...