"serve one's way out of a bagel"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Sep 7 01:32:16 UTC 2009

Do you find "serve [ones] way out of a paper bag"?


At 9/6/2009 07:29 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>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.
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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