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    Default Which idioms? (XX and XX)

    Could anyone tell me which idioms are used in the following situations?

    1. A couple live in countryside and a remote area. They tell their friend they want to get away from XX and XX. (It seems the first ‘XX’ word with sound ‘H’ and the second ‘XX’ word with sound ‘P’.)


    2. A husband urges his wife to quit her job because her health is getting worse. But she hesitates to resign from her position for she has many unfinished projects in hand. She worries those projects will become a mess after she leaves.

    Then her husband say, ‘Don’t XX and XX, you must quit the job now! Your projects will never finish. One project nearly comes to an end but another project will start. It is a never ending loop.’ (It seems those ‘XX’ words with sound ‘D’.)

    Thank you in advance.
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    Default Re: Which idioms? (XX and XX)

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    1) Hustle and bustle

    I'm not sure about the second one. What you say seems to imply that this is an audio. Is there any way I could listen to it?

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    Default Re: Which idioms? (XX and XX)

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
    1) Hustle and bustle
    But they live in a remote area.

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    Default Re: Which idioms? (XX and XX)

    As for the second one - dilly-dally? Diddle-daddle?

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    Default Re: Which idioms? (XX and XX)

    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    But they live in a remote area.
    That sentence ought be written like this:
    "They told their friend that they wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle (of the city)."

    For the second one, I would think "dilly dallying" as well, but we don't put "and" between them.

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    Default Re: Which idioms? (XX and XX)

    The OP may have misheard.

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    Default Re: Which idioms? (XX and XX)

    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    But they live in a remote area.
    They could be explaining the reason for the move to a remote area.

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    Default Re: Which idioms? (XX and XX)

    Without having the original meterial to hand (link maybe?), I would expect "hustle and bustle" to be probably correct.

    For the second one, he might have said "dither and dather".

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    Default Re: Which idioms? (XX and XX)

    Thank you very much, all of you.

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    Yes, I think ‘hustle and bustle’ is the idiom.

    I heard it in the movie ‘Did you heard about the Morgans?’. When they drove and just passed a small town, Mary Steenburgen told Sarah Jessica Parker that it is not the location because she and her husband (in the film) wanted to get away from the ‘hustle and bustle’.

    P.S. Our HBO only provided Chinese subtitle but no English.

    2.
    I heard the idiom from my friend. The situation above is why he said that idiom. I don’t remember if ‘and’ is really included because he said it several months ago. My dim memory only remembers the idiom with ‘D’ sound.

    I think ‘dilly-dally’ fits the situation because I remember the sound of the two words are short and very close.

    Thank you again!

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    Default Re: Which idioms? (XX and XX)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They could be explaining the reason for the move to a remote area.
    I also thought of "hustle and bustle", actually, but the wording of the question was confusing.

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