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    I am Vietnamese. I am doing research on numerical idioms between Vietnamese and English people. Would you mind telling me some webs related to numerical idioms

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    Default Re: webs related to numerical idioms

    I don't know of any sites that specialise in this.

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    What's a numerical idiom? Like:

    It takes two to tango.
    Third time's the charm.
    A cat has nine lives.
    A coward dies a thousand deaths (the brave man dies but one)
    I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.
    Aces and eights.
    Two's company but three's a crowd.
    To get your fifteen minutes of fame.
    Eleventh hour.
    Half-wit
    Dollar-a-year man
    Double take
    Seventy times seven
    Bermuda Triangle
    Double duty
    Triple threat
    Five easy pieces
    Here in double trust
    First trimester
    Twelfth of never
    A fifth wheel.
    Cheaper by the dozen.
    Seventh heaven.
    Cloud nine.
    Revolution Number Nine
    19th hole
    Second wind
    Fifty yard line.
    Ninth circle of hell.
    Three strikes and you're out.
    Zero sum game.
    One is the loneliest number.
    Two can live as cheaply as one.
    And baby makes three.
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
    10 Downing Street.
    Number one (biological function)
    Number two (another biological function)
    Behind the eight-ball
    Six-shooter
    Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall
    Eighter from Decatur
    Deuces and treys wild
    Spirit of 76
    Hotter than a two-dollar pistol on the Fourth of July
    Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar
    To the Nth degree (does algebra count?)
    Fifty-four forty or fight!
    Big Red One
    Put in my two cents worth (but if it's only a penny for my thoughts, do I get change back?)
    Thirty-somethings
    Sweet sixteen (and never been kissed)
    Give it to 'em with both barrels
    Double play
    Triple play
    Hat trick (sorry, not directly a number but couldn't resist)
    Get to first base
    Get to second base
    Get to third base
    Laying down a tune on the old eighty-eights
    Seventy-six trombones
    Twelve days of Christmas
    Second coming
    Second sight
    Sixth sense
    Twelve angry men
    Friday the thirteenth
    Three squares a day
    Double or nothing
    A long shot (in horse racing... does this count as "numerical"?)
    Ninety-nine and a half just won't do
    A perfect ten
    Straight eight
    Double jeopardy
    Stunt double
    Double trouble
    Double team
    Triple team
    The Third Man (Orson Welles)
    The Sixth Man (basketball)
    The Twelfth Man (football)
    Unholy trinity
    7-11 store
    Nine to five (or nine-to-fiver)
    Million dollar baby/In a five-and-ten cent store
    Cat o' nine tails
    Four score and seven years ago
    Dirty dozen
    Double double toil and trouble
    Double your pleasure, double your fun
    Double down
    Double up
    Million to one shot
    Baker's dozen.
    Fourth street (in Texas Hold-Em Poker)
    First among equals (Primus inter pares... we stole this one from Latin)
    At sixes and sevens.
    The whole nine yards.
    Little Deuce Coupe.
    Seven come eleven.
    Seventh son.
    Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
    Seven deadly sins.
    One-armed paper hanger (to be busier than __)
    Two-timer
    Three time loser
    Once is not enough
    You only live once
    You only live twice (according to Ian Fleming)
    Life begins at forty
    Get your kicks/On Route 66
    77 Sunset Strip
    Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other
    Double dose
    Double shot of my baby's love (yea yea yea)
    Thirty seconds over Tokyo
    101 Dalmatians

    Are these numeric idioms?
    Last edited by ebb; 15-Jan-2006 at 06:08.

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    'Double shot of my baby's love' is stretching it a bit, isn't it? Mind you, the Swinging Medallions are probably glad of the plug.

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    You think it's a stretch????... well.... OK.... seemed righteous at the time.
    I think they're actually still playing, on the schlockly circuit, college parties and the like, aren't they??...... probably with the children and grandchildren having inherited the positions.
    Actually I thought You Only Live Twice was the stretch, or maybe "long shot" since it doesn't entail a specific number. But ... you guys would like the Ian Fleming reference, n'est ce pas?
    Hey, tdol, I bet you've got some good ones floating around in there.... throw in your two pence worth, why doncha?
    Last edited by ebb; 15-Jan-2006 at 15:54.

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    1001 Nights
    The Magnificent Seven
    Six pack
    Love at first sight
    The second time around
    The eternal triangle
    Tit for tat (does that count?)
    Fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice, shame on me
    You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time (numeric???)
    23 skidoo
    Five gallon hat
    Two by four (as in lumber)
    Four eyes

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    23 Skidoo- now that takes me back.
    The Swinging Medallions are still playing- I heard a more recent track of theirs and it just reminded me of how good their first effort was. Have you heard the Residents' cover of Double Shot?

    Unless I missed it, 'body double' can be added to the list. And a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Cloud seven is an alternative for cloud nine.

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    now tdol... ))) surely you know 23 skidoo from your parents or old TV. That was popular in I think the 1920s!! I think I remember it movies...

    I'm guessing you're about my age, around mid-40ish or so.??

    Well, the Sw. Med. are around, eh? Well, I didn't know they did records still. I figured they were playing the crap circuit of fraternity parties and so on. Good money probably, but hard work, and surely a come-down from being on Top 40 Radio.

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    23 Skidoo were a band to me from the late seventies, early eighties period- I didn't know the 1920s version. You're right about my age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebb
    What's a numerical idiom? Like:

    It takes two to tango.
    Third time's the charm.
    A cat has nine lives.
    A coward dies a thousand deaths (the brave man dies but one)
    I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.
    Aces and eights.
    Two's company but three's a crowd.
    To get your fifteen minutes of fame.
    Eleventh hour.
    Half-wit
    Dollar-a-year man
    Double take
    Seventy times seven
    Bermuda Triangle
    Double duty
    Triple threat
    Five easy pieces
    Here in double trust
    First trimester
    Twelfth of never
    A fifth wheel.
    Cheaper by the dozen.
    Seventh heaven.
    Cloud nine.
    Revolution Number Nine
    19th hole
    Second wind
    Fifty yard line.
    Ninth circle of hell.
    Three strikes and you're out.
    Zero sum game.
    One is the loneliest number.
    Two can live as cheaply as one.
    And baby makes three.
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
    10 Downing Street.
    Number one (biological function)
    Number two (another biological function)
    Behind the eight-ball
    Six-shooter
    Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall
    Eighter from Decatur
    Deuces and treys wild
    Spirit of 76
    Hotter than a two-dollar pistol on the Fourth of July
    Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar
    To the Nth degree (does algebra count?)
    Fifty-four forty or fight!
    Big Red One
    Put in my two cents worth (but if it's only a penny for my thoughts, do I get change back?)
    Thirty-somethings
    Sweet sixteen (and never been kissed)
    Give it to 'em with both barrels
    Double play
    Triple play
    Hat trick (sorry, not directly a number but couldn't resist)
    Get to first base
    Get to second base
    Get to third base
    Laying down a tune on the old eighty-eights
    Seventy-six trombones
    Twelve days of Christmas
    Second coming
    Second sight
    Sixth sense
    Twelve angry men
    Friday the thirteenth
    Three squares a day
    Double or nothing
    A long shot (in horse racing... does this count as "numerical"?)
    Ninety-nine and a half just won't do
    A perfect ten
    Straight eight
    Double jeopardy
    Stunt double
    Double trouble
    Double team
    Triple team
    The Third Man (Orson Welles)
    The Sixth Man (basketball)
    The Twelfth Man (football)
    Unholy trinity
    7-11 store
    Nine to five (or nine-to-fiver)
    Million dollar baby/In a five-and-ten cent store
    Cat o' nine tails
    Four score and seven years ago
    Dirty dozen
    Double double toil and trouble
    Double your pleasure, double your fun
    Double down
    Double up
    Million to one shot
    Baker's dozen.
    Fourth street (in Texas Hold-Em Poker)
    First among equals (Primus inter pares... we stole this one from Latin)
    At sixes and sevens.
    The whole nine yards.
    Little Deuce Coupe.
    Seven come eleven.
    Seventh son.
    Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
    Seven deadly sins.
    One-armed paper hanger (to be busier than __)
    Two-timer
    Three time loser
    Once is not enough
    You only live once
    You only live twice (according to Ian Fleming)
    Life begins at forty
    Get your kicks/On Route 66
    77 Sunset Strip
    Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other
    Double dose
    Double shot of my baby's love (yea yea yea)
    Thirty seconds over Tokyo
    101 Dalmatians

    Are these numeric idioms?


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