[Ads-l] "over a barrel of monkeys"

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Wed Aug 21 12:27:20 EDT 2019


malapropism?  or is that too wide a term?

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MARGARET E WINTERS
Former Provost
Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI  48202

mewinters at wayne.edu


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Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:26 PM
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Subject: "over a barrel of monkeys"

My daughter called me to ask if there's a technical term for the sort of
phrase where one cliche ends at the beginning of another. I suppose it's a
sort of malaphor, but I wondered if there's a more precise name for it.

Thanks,
Marc Sacks

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