Posted by R. Berg on August 07, 2003
In Reply to: Some phrases plz. posted by kathaab afandi on August 07, 2003
: I need to know the meaning for the following phrases...
: 1.what do we mean when we describe something as "freakin horrible".
We mean the thing is horrible. "Freakin'" is added for emphasis. It's a slightly more genteel substitute for the expletive "fucking."
: 2.he would "wind up on the wrong end of a knife".
He would be stabbed eventually.
: 3."took on a life of its own". could u give an example?
The Phrase Finder Discussion Forum was established as an arena for research into the origins and meanings of English phrases. It has since taken on a life of its own.
: 4."to get off the hook".
To be freed from an obligation or an unpleasant duty. (The phrase comes from fishing with a hook and line.)
: 5.Tony Blair "steps into" the record book. anything noble he did?
Not that I know of.
: 6.see a "culture of deceit" at the heart of his government.
High officials in the particular government operate in secrecy and tell lies to hide their actions.
: 7.he would "soldier on".
He proceeded bravely toward a goal despite obstacles and setbacks.
: 8."sniped over" the failure.
I don't know the meaning of that one.
: thank you all for the help.