(entered for 03.16.06)
Meaning: something or someone who keeps you in check. Meaning and uses.
Rewrite 1: the old wrist and ankle restraint
Rewrite 2: the old warden and executioner
Rewrite 3: my old freedom-restraint system
Rewrite 4: my personal lockdown guard
Rewrite 5: The old work-gang chain
Comment: Some of these rewrites may work better than others, depending on your circumstances. Certainly, they raise the specter of Southern prison hospitality.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• "Boy Gets Girl," But Not Without Clichés : Reviews: Theatre and the Performing Arts.
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