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Another way to say this is “to put/keep something in the vault”. This phrase gained a lot of traction after appearing in a few Seinfeld episodes in the 90s but I can recall using it much earlier. The idea of keeping a secret hidden away under lock and key goes back at least as far as my early childh...
- Fri May 04, 2018 4:40 am
- Forum: Usage and Writing
- Topic: to wear in cold weather
- Replies: 5
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Of those three, only (8) seems to imply obligation. In (2) and (5), we're talking about a jacket to be worn... I suspect there are others I could wear that are also suitable. In (8), "that" is the jacket that is to be worn. I'm obligated.
I'm not sure if #1 is correct without the comma #3 seems to work best, for me. Both #2 and #4 leave me wondering if I am going to be in disbelief because of the amount of dresses or whether the dresses, themselves, are unbelievable. "He tells so many stories, you won't believe it." (an unbelievable ...
"Another "spoon" is a verb referring to love-making or necking. That use of "spoon" may stem from a Welsh custom in which an engaged man presented his fiancé with an elaborately carved wooden spoon." I am surprised that they went all the way to Wales to come up with that "may stem from". It's easier...
Steve, there are many different things you could call that. The actual structure, I would call a “deck” or “platform”. An area set aside for viewing some natural splendor is often called a “lookout” or a “view-point” (but they may or may not be man-built). If I were to describe it to someone I would...
- Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:50 pm
- Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
- Topic: shine one's knuckles
- Replies: 3
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This line is from a news article I was reading on Rabble.ca. “It won’t work, you know. She’s tougher than you. When Canada’s scumbags come at her, she shines her knuckles.” She does what? and why? It would seem that she is shining her knuckles in preparation for a fight. I am a big fan of martial ar...