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What are some of your favorite idioms?

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1 hour ago, Northwest said:

“Government is not a solution to our problem; government is the problem.” –Ronald Reagan

Actually, this is axiomatic, not idiomatic, but it almost starts to sound like an idiom after a while...

To wit:

"Gov't is created gooder than baby GeeZeus" --recited by tree huggers, socialists, hysterics, liberals and other despicables.

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to play ball=to cooperate with someone

to chalk up=to credit or ascribe something <e.g. the government will chalk that up as a significant win>

to be stoked=to be ecstatic, euphoric

to hit buffers= to come to a sudden unsuccessful end

to put on the mat=admonish, berate, reprimand

to be on the mat= to be in a position to face a reprimand from someone

to go to the mat=to give someone or something full  support; to fight for someone or something until the very end   

to drop the mic=Expression of triumph for a successful event

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22 hours ago, hasanhh said:
23 hours ago, Moalfas said:

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

Retort from Hungarian Uprising Refugee, survivor of Nazi persecution, and Intel co-founder Andy Grove:

"Who ever says something like that hasn't been through sh__ in Life".

He said it on PBS' Charlie Rose.

I actually find the idiom holds much truth to it. Every adversity one faces and is able to overcome increases the threshold of pain management and experience in life as well as builds up one's resilience. 

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1 hour ago, Moalfas said:

I actually find the idiom holds much truth to it. Every adversity one faces and is able to overcome increases the threshold of pain management and experience in life as well as builds up one's resilience. 

You are confusing the like of a 'curse in Life' as is adversity with the hardships, major disappointments and the normal bad hassles everybody goes through. You can learn and develop from the latter. Many do not survive the former -as l remember Grove as also saying.

Ayat 3:140

ln college, l was on the same floor as another Hungarian refugee, name deleted. He told of when he and his father had just crossed the border when they heard a wave of screamings coming their way. When they turned to look they watched the Soviet tanks at high speed driving over people  --coming to close the border. Turning around over more people at the border, the tank commanders started shooting people that did not turn around and go back. lncluding those in the fence.

You understand the difference?

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49 minutes ago, hasanhh said:

You can learn and develop from the latter. Many do not survive the former -as l remember Grove as also saying.

All adversity whether they are regular daily struggles or major holocaust type injustices are tests. One of the blessings in disguise is that if one makes it out alive, they're more experienced and better able to handle adversity in the future and therefore stronger. 

Regardless of the psychological/physical damage adversity brings with it, it serves as a learning curve.

 

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41 minutes ago, Moalfas said:

Regardless of the psychological/physical damage adversity brings with it, it serves as a learning curve.

So, if l suffer serious head injury and lose part of a limb from an acts of persecution, what have l learned?

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You would have learned to deal with trauma and pain. 

Which also reminds me of another one: 

No pain, no gain :) 

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The cat is in the bag.

means: accomplishing -or having something already done- that had a lot of hassles(numerous frustrations/problems)

Example: try putting a grown cat in a bag and see what happens to your arm.

Let the cat out of the bag. 

Once a cat is let out of a bag, you will not get it back in.

Example: Tell a secret and you'II not get the secret back to secret.

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On 2/4/2020 at 4:23 AM, Moalfas said:

I actually find the idiom holds much truth to it. Every adversity one faces and is able to overcome increases the threshold of pain management and experience in life as well as builds up one's resilience. 

In a mental capacity it can work, but physically not so well. A new threshold of pain management happens but not because it's welcomed.

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13 minutes ago, Son of Placid said:

Mind your Ps and Qs.

Basically means behave yourself. 

lnteresting.

l haven't heard this in 50+ years. To US down here it meant 'pay attention to your business."

l did a search and it says both, but most 'definitions' are like yours.

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1 hour ago, baqar said:

When is this idiom used, brother?

When someone is sick and you are trying to feed them something that helps.

A few years ago l came across an article that said this is derived from a Jewish tradition, but said widely in the US.

 

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