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    sliding down a grease pole

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am really a regular diehard (Puritan) because I am slow in the uptake of the usage of phrase in bold in the following sentence?

    The pound is sliding down a grease pole.

    Would you said that the expression “fall down with a crash” isn’t so expressive as the mentioned above barbarian and uncouth one?

    That’s strange!

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: sliding down a grease pole

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am really a regular diehard (Puritan) because I am slow in the uptake of the usage of phrase in bold in the following sentence?

    The pound is sliding down a grease pole.

    Would you said that the expression “fall down with a crash” isn’t so expressive as the mentioned above barbarian and uncouth one?

    That’s strange!

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Personally, I don't think it's barbarian or uncouth! I rather like it. It's very evocative - one can't help but actually picture something actually sliding very quickly down a metal pole that's been covered in butter or grease. I think it's quite funny.

    It does mean that something is falling very fast.

    I would suggest that the correct version should be either "greasy" or "greased" pole, as "grease" is not an adjective.

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