A Couple of Great Cliché Goofs I’ve Overheard

“I think we need to put a stick in the mud and tell them that anything else will cost more.”

(I assume he meant, ‘line in the sand.’)

“We’ll go over it with a fine tooth and comb.”

(I assume she meant, ‘fine-tooth comb.’)

These are reasons 4,213 and 4,214 not to use clichés. If you get them wrong, you sound ridiculous.

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