Monday, January 17, 2011

Cliché: bet dollars to doughnuts, I'll

Meaning: bet something of significance against something less significant (example)

Rewrite: bet dollars to dimes
Rewrite: bet hub caps to lug nuts
Rewrite: bet Cadillacs to Yugos
Rewrite: bet screws to glue sticks
Rewrite: bet gallons to pints
Rewrite: bet trees to saplings

Comment: There's present here a confidence that you're betting something of higher value against something of lesser value because you're going to win.

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Just what do those idioms mean?
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