(entered for 02.03.06)
Meaning: the sound or sign that someone or something is happy. Other uses.
Rewrite 1: the cat’s purr
Rewrite 2: the dog’s woof
Rewrite 3: the child’s giggle
Rewrite 4: the adult’s smile
Comment: How many animals can you substitute in here? A horse's neigh, a pig's squeal, a cow's moo. You get the idea.
More reading about clichés
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• Zombie Story Clichés: The title pretty much says it.
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