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    asal-F is offline Newbie
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    Default idiom

    I'm waiting,till I get blue in the face.

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    Default Re: idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by asal-F View Post
    I'm waiting,till I get blue in the face.
    It's not an idiom.

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    Default Re: idiom

    The proper way to use this idiom, asal-F, is like this:

    'You can wait there till you're blue in the face — I'm not coming with you!'

    If you do something till you're blue in the face, you do it repeatedly without achieving the desired result until you're incredibly frustrated. (Idioms-Using English).

    Please note that a better title would have been Blue in the face.

    Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed. (Posting Guidelines)

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    Default Re: idiom

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    I think the expression "blue in the face" is most commonly used in reference to talking.
    The vast majority of the 103 examples in COCA are of this sort.

    We can argue until we're blue in the face, but when you're outvoted, you have to accept it.
    I could explain it until I was blue in the face, but there's only one way to describe it.
    They've got a right to cross-examine them until they're blue in the face!
    I know I can make all the suggestions I want until I'm blue in the face, but it's their team.
    This end-of-the-world story they could recount until they were blue in the face.
    I have never yet seen a whole roomful of people lie themselves blue in the face.

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