LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||14/NOV/2005 4:26 PM|
|Assunto:||AmSlang #6 - to Dale|
You guys are as sharp as tacks! Great expressions! Thanks for sharing them with me.
"Spit it out" is very common. You hear it a lot when someone is trying to say something but he's beating around the bush (being indirect), he's timid, he's reluctant to say what is really on his mind, etc.
Apparently "keep your shirt on" comes from the old practice of removing one's shirt before a fight (to keep it clean, keep it from getting bloody, etc.).
"To shoot" is very common, as is "to fire". Both mean "to send quickly". I'll fire/shoot that order to you as soon as the parts arrive from the manufacturer. You can almost picture someone firing an e-mail, report, order, etc. from a cannon to the listener.
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