Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Idiom

  1. Anonymous
    Guest
    #1

    Idiom

    I need help with the idiom "splitting atoms". Does it mean doing nothing special?

  2. RonBee's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,570
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2
    I haven't heard that one before.

    :(

  3. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 16,169
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: Idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Smith
    I need help with the idiom "splitting atoms". Does it mean doing nothing special?
    I haven'y heard it either. I would have said it meant splitting atoms. :wink:

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4
    Could it mean 'splitting hairs'?


    • Join Date: Jul 2004
    • Posts: 228
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5
    "splitting atoms" Splitting hairs is the same thing. Means being too pickyuni.

  4. Casiopea's Avatar

    • Join Date: Sep 2003
    • Posts: 12,970
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: Idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Smith
    I need help with the idiom "splitting atoms". Does it mean doing nothing special?
    I've heard it in reference to a tedious act; a difficult act; an unbelievable/incomprehensible act. :)


    • Join Date: Sep 2008
    • Posts: 1
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Post Re: Idiom

    Splitting an atom is a difficult and potentially dangerous thing to do! This figure of speech is used often to express the non importance of something.

    A menial worker would describe the insignificance of his job by saying:
    "It's not like I'm splitting atoms here."


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,448
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: Idiom

    Thank you for your contribution - even though the thread is four years old

Similar Threads

  1. Idiom: Raining Frogs
    By Rob in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-Jul-2005, 19:06
  2. idiom
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Sep-2004, 10:20
  3. idiom
    By Anonymous in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 29-Jul-2004, 09:26
  4. English Idiom
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 15-Apr-2004, 18:17

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •