As you know, I’m fascinated by idioms and how their origin. The Passive Guy recently alerted me to a great post by Daily Writing Tips that includes 45 idioms from the world of boxing. Thanks to the Planetary Defense Commander for correcting a couple of them.
- bare-knuckle: fierce or determined (from boxing done without gloves)
- beat (someone) to the punch: accomplish something before someone else does
- blow-by-blow: a detailed account (referring to commentary during a boxing match)
- bob and weave: be evasive (as a boxer ducking to avoid an opponent’s blows)
- come out fighting/swinging: be immediately aggressive or energetic
- deliver/land a (knockout) blow/punch: hit
- down and out: destitute (an analogy to a boxer who has been knocked down and remains motionless)
- down/out for the count: defeated or overcome (as a boxer who…
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As this post is a slight departure from the norm… I’d like to put strangers to my occasional ramblings in the picture, lest they send ‘the men in white coats’ to my door. Eldest son, Jason, is a blogger (among other things) and I have written the following in reply to his recent out-pouring of nonsense.
Who would have believed it, after all the years of shady shenanigans; coded glances and messages secreted in ancient lavatory cisterns, the truth was revealed by our eldest son to the unwitting world.
It is true, we ran a modest hotel in Bournemouth, before being pursued and approached by the Cirque du Soleil (not the Circus con Leche as stated by Jason). Seduced by our reputation – for ‘‘im indoors and yours truly were renowned for our prowess on the trapeze (despite the gathering years, and not known by many people) – the…
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