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Posted by ESC on August 17, 2003

In Reply to: Today's Phrases posted by GPP on August 17, 2003

: : keeps the show from getting on the road

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: LET'S GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD -- "Let's get moving, swing into action. Here is a cliché of American origin that smacks of the circus and the traveling theater group. It dates from around 1910 but seems to have come into overwork during the 1960s." From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).

: : 5.hang out all day, getting high
: (What, no discussion here ever, of either of these?? Well, where DID they come from?)

"High" for drug/alcohol use euphoria came from the "Beat Generation" and "hang out" from the 1970s and 1980s, according to "Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang" by Tom Dalzell (Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, Md., 1996)

1. if she wasn't so high-maintenence. It takes a lot of time and effort to attend to her needs.
2. I cannot be at her beck and call 5 times a day. I can't be available to do things for her five times a day.
3. it keeps the show from getting on the road. It stops progress.
4. he once raised the prospect of having someone assassinated. He once talking about having someone killed. One meaning given by Merriam-Webster online is: 2 : to murder by sudden or secret attack usually for impersonal reasons ( ). But the term assassinate is usually used when an elected official or other well-known person is murdered.
5. hang out all day, getting high. Be idle all day and take drugs or drink alcohol.
6. to nag him about getting his life together. Talk to him constantly about having a better life.
7. started to play out his fantasies. Started to actually do things he had been thinking and daydreaming about.
8. the body sprawled out on the bed. The body with arms and legs flung out.
9. fed off the memory of his first victim. Thinking about the first victim.
10. on the spur of the moment. Without thought or planning - on impulse.
11. he was on a full-blown rampage. He was not holding back his anger - in a rage.
12. lashed out again. Hurt someone with words or deeds.
13. and forced her to perform fellatio on him. Made her perform a sex act. See Merriam-Webster.
14. had just drifted off to sleep. Had just gone to sleep.
15. was on the prowl for another vehicle he could steal. Was walking or driving around looking for another vehicle to steal.