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    tundi821 is offline Newbie
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    Idioms with towns

    Can anyone help me? I'm collecting idioms with city-names in them...
    So far I got:
    All roads lead to Rome.
    When in Rome do as the Romans.
    Rome was not built in a day.
    Paris is worth a Mass.

    and that's all... As you can see I'm full up with Rome, so any other ideas?

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    Re: Idioms with towns

    The man who is tired of London is tired of life
    New York minute
    See Rome and die {sorry!]

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    Re: Idioms with towns

    Will it play in Peoria?

    This means that something (a play, etc.) that appeals to a sophisticated New York audience might not appeal to middle-class rural people. (Peoria is a medium-sized town about 200 miles south of Chicago.)

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    Re: Idioms with towns

    Thanks guys, I didn't know these!!
    Any more?

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    Re: Idioms with towns

    Good one, Mykwyner!

    There's a Philadelphia lawyer, meaning one who is highly skilled and perhaps not entirely ethical.

    I have a friend who likes to use a phrase from the movie M*A*S*H*---"they're sending in the pros from Dover." Apparently he's not the only one who does this.

    Here in the Southern U.S. we like to say "Mississippi minute" instead of "New York minute"--same meaning, more alliterative.:)

    These aren't actual town names, but: "Podunk" is a general term meaning a very small, backward, rural town--it can be used as an adjective ("we ended up in some little podunk town") or as a place name ("I don't care what your boss wants, I'm not moving to Podunk, Georgia!") Along these same lines is the designation "B.F." which stands for "Bumf*ck." This is often paired with Egypt: "I wouldn't have offered her a ride home if I'd known she lived in B.F. Egypt." Also, for some reason, "West Jesus" or "East Jesus." ("We had to drive all the way out to East Jesus to find a part for the dishwasher.")

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    Re: Idioms with towns

    I've thought of another one: "Get out of Dodge," which can be emphasized variously: get the hell out of Dodge, get the f*ck out of Dodge. It means to leave hastily.

    "I was trying to get somebody to introduce me to that blonde at the party, but when I heard the cops were coming, I forgot about her and got the hell out of Dodge."

    What is the origin of the saying, "Get out of Dodge"?

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    Re: Idioms with towns

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    I've thought of another one: "Get out of Dodge," which can be emphasized variously: get the hell out of Dodge, get the f*ck out of Dodge. It means to leave hastily.

    "I was trying to get somebody to introduce me to that blonde at the party, but when I heard the cops were coming, I forgot about her and got the hell out of Dodge."

    What is the origin of the saying, "Get out of Dodge"?
    Dodge City was a by-word for lawlessness - read here: DODGE CITY

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