Fun with phrases: "a tense hostage drama"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 20 01:32:03 UTC 2013

1962 _Hutchinson [Kans.] News_ (Sept. 18)  5: A tense "hostage for money"
drama that ended with the gunman's suicide.

1977_The Herald_ [Provo, Ut.] (May 26) 2 : Nationwide voting for a new
parliament...took place as scheduled despite a tense hostage drama in
northern Holland.

By the '90s, a cliche'.

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society -

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