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Autor:  Tom
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Data:  31/MAR/2005 6:50 PM
Assunto:  Re: a fine line to walk
 
Mensagem:  Usually we say "to walk a fine line" to mean that we have been given directions to follow and if we don't then there will be dire consequences. Here's an example: Fulano works in a factory and he has been caught smoking near the gasoline storage area. He also wastes prime material. Some of his product is not usable and has to be rejected by quality control. So, the boss calls him in for a discussion (with the union representative also there). Fulano learns that management has decided to help him do a better job. His defiencies are explained to him. He is told to correct his actions. The union representative agrees. If he does not do what is best for the company then he will loose his job. He has to walk a fine line, to do exactly what is required with no problems and no deviations for 60 days of probation. He has to walk a fine line.....like the one the police make drunks walk when they are taking the sobriety test.....and stay on the line during the probation period. If he falls off the line he will probably get caught. This metaphor can be used in many situations: boyfriend has to do what the girlfriend says; kids have to obey rules the parents give them to follow; trainees have to follow instructions; etc. Get the idea?


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a fine line to walk  –  Marcos  31/MAR/2005, 11:43 AM
 Re: a fine line to walk  –  Tom  31/MAR/2005, 6:50 PM

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