Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    vil is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    5,000
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default beat a dead horse/ make up ones mind

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    Stop beating a dead horse. Youve made up your mind to continue this ridiculous marriage.

    beat a dead horse = beat the air, mill the wind

    make up ones mind = decide, make a decision

    V.

  2. #2
    riquecohen's Avatar
    riquecohen is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    5,343
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: beat a dead horse/ make up ones mind

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    Stop beating a dead horse. Youve made up your mind to continue this ridiculous marriage.

    beat a dead horse = beat the air, mill the wind I haven't heard "beat the air" used much in AmE, but a quick search seems to indicate that it is the same as "beat a dead horse." "Mill the wind" is unknown to me.

    make up ones mind = decide, make a decision Yes.

    V.
    beat a dead horse - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

  3. #3
    vil is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    5,000
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: beat a dead horse/ make up ones mind

    "This is Mr. Mont" said Norah Curfew, "who made that splendid speech in the House..." "Beating the air". I'm afraid." (J. Galsworthy, "The Silver Spoon")

    mill = Slang. To fight with the fists; box

    beat the air = beat the wind = mill the air = mill the wind = carry water in a sieve = thresh over old straw = fish in the air = plou the sands = drop a bucket in an empty well = pour water into a sieve

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 24-Jun-2011 at 16:38.

  4. #4
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,299
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: beat a dead horse/ make up ones mind

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    "This is Mr. Mont" said Norah Curfew, "who made that splendid speech in the House..." "Beating the air". I'm afraid." (J. Galsworthy, "The Silver Spoon")

    mill = Slang. To fight with the fists; box

    beat the air = beat the wind = mill the air = mill the wind = carry water in a sieve = thresh over old straw = fish in the air = plou the sands = drop a bucket in an empty well = pour water into a sieve

    V.
    How does all that relate to "beating a dead horse"? (I know it as "flogging a dead horse", by the way)

  5. #5
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    22,748
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: beat a dead horse/ make up ones mind

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    How does all that relate to "beating a dead horse"? (I know it as "flogging a dead horse", by the way)
    So do I.

  6. #6
    vil is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    5,000
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: beat a dead horse/ make up ones mind

    My grandson an infant child knows the mentioned of you equivalent of the expression in question likewise but this doesn’t stand for the implication he is as sharp as a needle. I couldn’t see any difference between them both expression in your replies ) and the mentioned of me very allied expressions.


    V.
    Last edited by vil; 25-Jun-2011 at 17:53.

Similar Threads

  1. [General] make up ones mind
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Jan-2011, 13:24
  2. [Idiom] mind somebody that can make you
    By English70 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-Oct-2010, 22:39
  3. the mother of all dead horse topics
    By thedaffodils in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-Sep-2009, 15:43
  4. make up my mind
    By jctgf in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 23-Nov-2008, 19:40
  5. Beating a Dead Horse? -- Origin
    By Scint in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25-Jul-2006, 01:18

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •