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Re: A family of phrases

Posted by Bruce Kahl on June 06, 2004

In Reply to: Re: A family of phrases posted by ESC on June 06, 2004

: : : : The pattern that interests me is:

: : : : "Let us make like a [noun] and [verb]"

: : : : Usually, the phrase arises on the occasion of departure or transition. There are many clever variants, such as

: : : : "Let us make like a bakery truck and haul our buns."

: : : : The question is: what is the original phrase, of which all the others are imitations? From whence did it originate?

: : : "Why don't you make like a tree and leave?" must be an early ancestor of this group.

: : This isn't a construction that's common in England. Is its origin in another language?

: I have a book with types of phrases. I'll have a look.

I entered "make like a *" into google and was presented with 32,000 pages. I looked at a bunch and they were all from within the US of A.

The strangest:
Lets make like a fetus and head out.