Meaning: take this! (shooting) Use examples.
Rewrite 1: eat bullets
Rewrite 2: taste lead5
Rewrite 3: chew some metal
Rewrite 4: sniff some gun powder
Rewrite 5: one lead5 truffle -- to go
Comment: The temptation here is to sound like a sound bite from a 40’s or 50’s B-grade gangster movie.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Chuckleheads and Clichés: What the hordes of journalists are likely to write about China as the world prepares for the 2008 Olympics. (Scroll past the photo.)
Note: By providing links to other websites I am only showing you what is out there about clichés – I am not endorsing any content or opinion expressed there.
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.