"serve one's way out of a bagel"

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 7 05:40:43 UTC 2009

I would have thought the proverbial bagel is actually the proverbial
donut. But, with the decline of the "holed" donut and the simultaneous
rise of the bagel as a "healthy" alternative toroidal breakfast treat, I
guess, the metaphor has evolved. At least, the players are not crying
into their Cheerios. (And there is nothing cheery about that!)


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:

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