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    Default idiomatic expressions

    I have to complete the following idiomatic expressions:

    Several trouble-makers were thrown out neck and ______________

    The Navy will not accept you unless you are sound in wind and ____________

    I keep this dress for high days and _____________________

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by galoo View Post
    I have to complete the following idiomatic expressions:

    Several trouble-makers were thrown out neck and ______________

    The Navy will not accept you unless you are sound in wind and limb

    I keep this dress for high days and holidays

    Thank you
    I'm afraid I've never heard of the first one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'm afraid I've never heard of the first one.
    Neck and heels definition by Babylon's free dictionary
    to be sound in wind and limbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by galoo View Post

    I keep this dress for high days and holidays.

    Thank you
    Two further idioms crossed my mind:

    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    I've never heard of 'neck and heels', but I have heard 'neck and crop'. So has Google:
    Results 1 - 10 of about 23,200 for "neck and crop". (0.24 seconds)
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    Neck and crop - definition of Neck and crop by the Free Online ...
    Definition of Neck and crop in the Online Dictionary. Meaning of Neck and crop. Pronunciation of Neck and crop. Translations of Neck and crop.
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    Neck and Crop — Infoplease.com
    Neck and Crop. Entirely. The crop is the gorge of a bird. ... More on Neck and Crop from Infoplease:. Neck and Crop - Neck and Crop Entirely. ...
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    neck and crop - definition from dictionary.die.net
    Neck \Neck\, n. [OE. necke, AS. hnecca; akin to D. nek the nape of the neck, G. nacken, OHG. nacch, hnacch, Icel. hnakki, Sw. nacke, Dan. nakke.] 1.
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    neck and crop - Wiktionary
    25 Jul 2007 ... She turned him neck and crop out of the house. Retrieved from "http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/neck_and_crop". Category: Obsolete ...
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    This usage of 'crop' (a bird's throat) is rare; in fact I've only ever met it in that phrase.

    Is the 'S' added to 'limb' a correction? I've only ever met the singular.

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    "neck and heels - Google Search -- 19.1k hits

    "neck and crop - Google Search -- 23.1k

    19.1/23.1 = 0.82 ~ 1.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post

    Is the 'S' added to 'limb' a correction? I've only ever met the singular.

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    PS I've seen 'holiidays' spelt like that*, but I've also seen it spelt Holy Days and I usually hear it pronounced with a long O. It's an abbreviation (for some) of 'Holy Days of Obligation' - like Ascension Day or Christmas Day - when Roman Catholics are (or were - I've lost track of the rules) required to go to Mass.

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    PS *I had to leave that typo; only a killjoy would have put it right.
    Last edited by BobK; 31-Jan-2009 at 18:31. Reason: Added PS

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    For some reason "high days and holy days" makes more sense to me. (I can't explain why.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    "neck and heels - Google Search -- 19.1k hits

    "neck and crop - Google Search -- 23.1k

    19.1/23.1 = 0.82 ~ 1.0
    I hear you. but how about this?


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    Results 1 - 10 of about 442 for "neck and heels".
    This explains my lack of experience.

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