(entered for 4.09.06)
Meaning: run out of fuel or energy.
Rewrite 1: gas gauge is on “E”
Rewrite 2: ran out of fumes
Rewrite 3: fire is running on ashes
Rewrite 4: no kindling to fuel the fire
Comment: Rewrite 2 and 3 are plays on the “running on fumes” cliché.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Refuting The Top Ten Most Annoying Anti-War Clichés. From “Right Wing News.”
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.