Thursday, April 25, 2013

cliché: beat the bushes

Meaning: seek something diligently; also, work hard to achieve something.

Example: Sales department knows, when earnings are down you beat the bushes for leads.

Origins: From hunting practice of flushing birds from hiding by hitting bushes with a stick.

Source for meaning and origins.

  • beat the flora
  • beat the shrubs                         
  • thrash the chaparral
  • whack the vegetation
  • jostle the low hanging fruit
  • wake the early birds

Discussion: I’ve attempted to address both the original wording and the nuances of meanings. See what you can do.

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