Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Aug 29 12:03:35 UTC 2009

There's "float a balloon", but of course with a nearly-opposite sense.


At 8/28/2009 10:22 PM, M Covarrubias wrote:
>from a recent comment on a greg sargent post
>"Sorry to boost your balloon, but the quote Greg provides does not
>support his paraphrase."
>i was thinking that 'boost' might mean something like push aside, or
>give the boot. something like 'shove'.
>but there's the sense of "steal" (listed 3 in OED) that connects the
>sense *possibly* to 'steal your thunder'. that meaning of 'boost'
>wouldn't have occurred to me.
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