Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Cliché: step on your toes

Meaning: get in your way or interfere with your progress
Rewrite 1: step on your heel
Rewrite 2: step on your
sandals (or wingtips)
Rewrite 3: pull in front of you
Rewrite 4:
rear-end you

Comment: These all describe accidental interference. More intended interference might be “moved ahead of you” or “blocked* you”.

*block -- transitive verb, in the sense of 4a.

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