Meaning: lousy aim. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: couldn’t hit the wide side of a broad barn
Rewrite 2: couldn’t find the Great Wall of China if you were standing right next to it
Rewrite 3: couldn’t hit a bull’s eye a mile across
Rewrite 4: couldn’t hit a turkey the size of Texas
Comment: You’d have to have pretty bad aim if you couldn’t hit any of these. What else would make a hard target to miss?
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• 24/7 With the Cliché Expert: “Between 1935 and 1952, the humorist Frank Sullivan wrote a series of essays for The New Yorker in which Mr. Arbuthnot, the cliche expert, testified on the trite expressions and hackneyed phrases of the day.”
Check out the new alphabetical list of all my cliché rewrites available in the archive list at the right. To search the page using Internet Explorer, just go to “Edit” in the top menu bar, select “Find”, then enter the cliché or a word from it.