Meaning: try it. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: see if it holds up in a gale
Rewrite 2: see if it holds water
Rewrite 3: see if it floats
Rewrite 4: see if it flies
Comment: See if it can drive me crazy trying to find another way to say it. I had a hard time rewriting this one. Nothing seems to work as well.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Democratic Underground: “I fear that some cliches may be right… it looks like Command and Conquer: Generals is the video game equivalent of the near future that we will see.” [edited for brevity]
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.