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    expressions in English

    what do these two expressions mean?
    " Drive a nail of gold"

    "put me back on my pegs"


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    Re: expressions in English

    Hi,
    I am English and have lived and worked in England for many years with people from different regions and with different dialect and I have never heard of these expressions. It is possible that they are old and have now fallen out of the English language. Either that or maybe there is an error in the translation. If anyone knows of these expressions I would be interested to hear what they mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carla Taddeo View Post
    what do these two expressions mean?
    " Drive a nail of gold"

    "put me back on my pegs"
    Without context, it is difficult to anser your question.

    I can come up with a variety of meanings for the first.

    1. Gold is a very soft metal. Using nails made from gold could be a metaphor for a poor choice, something that will not work.

    On the other hand, "gold" is something that is precious and lovely. In a metaphorical use, it could refer to an action that is very valuable.

    2. In the second, "pegs" is probably the informal use for "legs". If someone puts another back on his legs, he helps him to get up from a fall, real or metaphorical.


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    I seem to recall that when the railroad across the US was first completed, the final spike was a gold(en) one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I seem to recall that when the railroad across the US was first completed, the final spike was a gold(en) one.
    It may have had some gold in it, but if it had been a nail of gold, it would have been smashed like a pancake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I seem to recall that when the railroad across the US was first completed, the final spike was a gold(en) one.

    I seen that on the History Channel yesterday. It was indeed gold. Strangely enough it disappeared overnight. By the way, was Dodge City named after the the engineer involved?

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