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    where the chicken got the axe

    In a play two people talk about a WWI-soldier who died in a bombing. One of them says: 'he was lost after he got it where the chicken got the axe.'
    What is meant by this?
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    Re: where the chicken got the axe

    In the neck.

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    Re: where the chicken got the axe

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    In the neck.
    ...And there is an idiom - 'to get it in the neck' [to die].

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    Re: where the chicken got the axe

    Thank you Anglika and BobK,
    I see what you mean. I think I'll manage to find a Dutch equivalant now.
    Thank you!
    Coenraedt

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    Re: where the chicken got the axe

    meaning in turkish raising horseshoes..:)

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    Re: where the chicken got the axe

    'to get the axe', as far as I know, means 'to be fired/dismissed from job'.

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    Re: where the chicken got the axe

    It does - but in the context of the original question, it was a wry reference to dying.

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