(entered for 03.12.06)
Meaning: beat you soundly. Origin and uses.
Rewrite 1: reset your clock
Rewrite 2: knock the cuckoo out of your clock
Rewrite 3: scrub the table with your face
Rewrite 4: dust your doilies
Comment: Rewrite 4 is stretching it, but if you’ve ever seen a doily in someone’s home, it’s often dusty because it’s hard to “dust.”
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Varaces: “Over the decades of films showcasing car chases, a few reoccurring situations seem to pop up. Here are some of the most often used car chase clichés.”
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 searchable alphabetical list of all my cliché rewrites available in the archive list at the right.