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    How to use this idiom?

    Hi,

    I want to know if the usage of this idiom is correct or not in the given sentence.

    Writing a novel is like nailing jelly on the wall for him.

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    Re: How to use this idiom?

    Well, "nailing jelly to the wall" is a pointless, impossible task. It can't be done. Every time you hammer the nail in, the jelly would just fall to the floor again.

    Presumably, writing a novel has proved or is proving impossible for him.

    It's probably not the idiom I would have chosen as writing a novel is a rather long-term activity. I would associate "nailing jelly to the wall" with something more short-lived.

    Trying to keep chocolate in my fridge for longer than five minutes is like nailing jelly to the wall.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 31-Mar-2012 at 00:53.

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    Re: How to use this idiom?

    Thanks for detailed explanation.

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    Re: How to use this idiom?

    ''like nailing jelly to the wall'' this idiom used when you want to describe an impossible task to do . So if you think that writing a novel is impossible you can say this idiom . But I think when someone start writing novels he/she will be able finally to write .

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