"serve one's way out of a bagel"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Sep 6 23:29:08 UTC 2009

Not really as figurative as it seems, but that's how announcer Dick
Enberg described Kim Clijsters' effort at the U.S. Open today to win
a service game to prevent Venus Williams from winning the set 6-0,
the proverbial bagel:

"Ruminating turn of events in this fourth-round affair, 6-love to
Clijsters and now trying to serve her way out of a bagel here in the
second set".

As it turns out, Clijsters couldn't serve her way out of the bagel,
but she clearly could fight her way out of a paper bag--after she
bageled Venus 6-0 and was then bageled 0-6 in turn, she did win the
decisive third set.


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