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    Default Piano on a wire

    He had this air of finality hanging over him like a piano on a wire.

    What does the captioned phrase mean?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    He had this air of finality hanging over him like a piano on a wire.

    What does the captioned phrase mean?

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    He felt as if he had a piano hanging over his head suspended by a wire.

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    Default Re: Piano on a wire

    Imagine what that would feel like- you'd be worried about it falling.

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    Default Re: Piano on a wire

    Damocles had similar anxiety.

    (For a few years before my company finally managed to get rid of me, I tried to popularize the word 'sub-Damoclean'; it didn't catch on though.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Damocles had similar anxiety.

    I tried to popularize the word 'sub-Damoclean'; it didn't catch on though.

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    I can't think why.

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    I can't think why.
    You beat me to it.

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    Can I just say ... I'll get my coat.

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