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    catoidtang is offline Junior Member
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    Wink Any idiom or cliche on this?

    Parents always have high hope on their children, wishing them to become "somebody" one day. Is there an idiom or cliche on this?

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    Re: Any idiom or cliche on this?

    Quote Originally Posted by catoidtang View Post
    Parents always have high hope on their children, wishing them to become "somebody" one day. Is there an idiom or cliche on this?
    I think it's both an idiom and a cliche. It's an idiom because the phrase "to be somebody one day" cannot be understood by simply taking meaning from each word. The combined meaning of the words gives the phrase its meaning. It's a cliche, I think, because it's so common, and it has been so used, that I don't think people use it much anymore.

    Someday you're going to be somebody. - Someday you'll be successful, well known, and important.

    be somebody - be successful, well known, and important

    By contrast, there's the phrase "be nobody", as in "Eh, he's nobody", meaning he's not important, and he doesn't matter.

    Most of us are in the center of both extremes. Extremes aren't always the best way to go. Many times they're not.

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