(entered for 3.28.06)
Meaning: to fail in something, especially understanding. Meanings and mentions.
Rewrite 1: miss the train
Rewrite 2: let the plane take off without you
Rewrite 3: the boat launches and you’re still on the dock
Rewrite 4: took intermission a bit early
Comment: This is a fairly easy metaphor to reconstruct. The key is to say it succinctly.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• UFies.org: Movie Cliches (links to other sites)
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