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put your leg in the fire

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  • Brought this up a few times yesterday and here's the best answer:

    A merger between put your feet to the fire as a high-stakes testing environment, and add another log to the fire meaning to add a new idea to the mix.

    August 25, 2015

  • Home-distilled vodka and the Hokey Pokey were never going to be a good mix.

    August 24, 2015

  • I am glad you enjoyed the list, qms. I often wish I had saved some amazing figures of speech I have come across when doing editing.

    August 24, 2015

  • Slumry, thank you! The list of mixed metaphors is great. Years ago, when I was a TA in an English department, we grad students compiled such a list from student papers, but it was much shorter and my ancient ink-on-paper version vanished long ago.

    I am going to save this until December and use it for Christmas presents.

    August 24, 2015

  • I decided to try this, but it has me stumped... Really, I can't quite make sense of this one. Irons in the fire? Break a leg? Put some skin in the game? In the course of my "research," I did come across this list, which has me doubling over in stitches http://tigger.uic.edu/~rramakri/Readings/Fun/Mixed-Metaphors.htm

    August 24, 2015

  • I heard this repeatedly in a meeting this morning, used like stick your neck out in the context of volunteering to do QA between three websites. Before someone said that, I said "I know I'll probably kick myself for mentioning this, but..." so maybe kick primed a leg-based sacrificial idiom? Is it a translation or corporate jargon or a mixed metaphore?

    August 24, 2015