[Ads-l] for hyperbole fans

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 14 14:35:10 EDT 2019


How about rewriting it as:
"He can bulldog _the_ buffalo on a nickel"?



On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 10:26 AM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> > On Aug 14, 2019, at 10:18 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> wrote:
> >
> > 1934 Detroit Times (Nov. 5) (Editorial p.): Jim became head cattle buyer
> > for Tex Rickard down in Paraguay. He can bulldog a buffalo on a nickel.
> >
> > (I'd have said "off," though admittedly I've never tried this.)
> >
> Maybe the idea is you bulldog the [buffalo on a nickel] until the buffalo
> gets all wore out, then you bulldog it right off.
>
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