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    Default Looking for two idioms

    Hi,

    1. In Persian someone who comes to your house (without invitation) and stays for a long time, or for a meal is called "chatrbaaz" which means "parachutist"! because you didn't expect them...as if they came from sky.

    Is there an equivalent in English?

    2. A person who wants to be with you or work with you, but you want to get rid of; or a person who insists on something too much is called "sirish" which is a type of "glue".

    Is there some word or phrase for this one?

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    Default Re: Looking for two idioms

    I'll drop by later
    I'll drop in later
    He came by last night
    He dropped in last night
    He just popped in, were having a beer now

    For #2 many things could be used and it depends on the situation. How "wanted" or "unwanted" the person is. Some words have very negative connotations, like in eastern Canada one might say she is a clingon/cling-on, and this is not nice.

    Sorry i can not come up with any idioms. Surely there are lots.

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    Default Re: Looking for two idioms

    Potluck is either when people take dishes to eat to make up a dinner party or when you eat whatever there is to eat, which is close to your parachutist.

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    Default Re: Looking for two idioms

    Don, for me it makes a big difference if the parachutist is welcome or unwelcome.

    Tdol, potlucks could have different "rules" in different places. In east Canada all the potlucks i have attended were by invite. There would be different terms for an unwanted or a welcome drop in.

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    Default Re: Looking for two idioms

    A visitor may be someone invited or uninvited. A Benjamin Franklin quote: "Fish and visitors stink after three days."

    A dependent person may "cling" to another, or to something. "She follows us everywhere and we cannot get rid of her. She clings to us like a vine." "He is still clinging to his mother's apron strings." "He clings to that idea as though it is his last hope."

    Steve

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    Default Re: Looking for two idioms

    1. An uninvited guest at a party would be a "gate crasher" of some sort. A guest who has stayed beyond a tolerable time would be described as having "worn out his welcome".

    But, I am not sure a what the proper phrase including those two elements would be.

    2. Sounds like a stalker to me.

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    Default Re: Looking for two idioms

    Thank you very much.

    As usual I'm happy I asked my question here.

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