I overheard in line today a man explaining a common expression to another man which would have been amusing until he uttered the phrase “I showed my kids”. Anyone care to take a guess which one it was? Feel free to offer your own examples of common expressions that you would be horrified to hear were demonstrated for real, and I’ll chime in later to reveal which one it was.
It’s a dog-eat-dog world.
Don’t shit where you eat.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
Two heads are better than one.
Speak of the devil and he is sure to appear.
Once bitten, twice shy.
Let the dead bury the dead.
You might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
The last straw broke the camel’s back.
Give him enough rope, and he’ll hang himself.
There’s more than one way to skin a cat?
Tony is closest so far lol
Live by the sword, die by the sword.
Curiosity killed the cat?
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread?
Just kidding…I’d go with:
Bored to death
Cat got your tongue?
Dressed to kill
Never bring a knife to a gunfight.
Not enough room to swing a cat.
Raining cats and dogs
Back to the old rat-race
:smack: I can’t believe I forgot the second half I sometimes hear in impolite company. That would be truly distressing to see. Money talks, bullshit walks.
Kurt Vonnegut once related that he had demonstrated the fallibility of “The smallest worm will turn being trodden on”.
He said he had demonstrated to his kids that it was possible to trod on a worm in such a manner as to preclude its turning.
If it was a snake, it would’ve bit you.
A shit-eating grin
Beating a dead horse
don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
dead cat bounce (regarding stock market)
Great ideas! The actual expression was:
If you throw a frog into boiling water it will jump right out, but if you heat it slowly it will stay in the pot until it dies
For some reason he thought this was an apt metaphor for his claim that states want to tax the income of former residents when they move to another state an become employed there.