Month: May 2018

loophole

Loophole has several definitions: —an arrow slit in a castle wall, a narrow vertical window to shoot from —a technicality that allows escape from a contract or commitment —a method of escape, especially an ambiguity or exception in a rule —an ambiguity or inadequacy in a system, which can be used to circumvent it In the 1300s, an English castle…

better than a slap in the face with a cold fish

This phrase has a lot of variations, for example: “better than a slap in the belly with a cold fish,” “better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick,” and “better than a smack in the eye with a wet kipper.” There are many more. Phrases such as these are used to mean that although the situation is…

bury the hatchet

To bury the hatchet means to make peace with an adversary. This American phrase is an allusion to the figurative or literal practice of putting away the tomahawk at the cessation of hostilities among or by Native Americans in the Eastern United States, specifically concerning the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy and in Iroquois custom in general. Hatchets were buried…