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    Please dear friends and teachers....

    Pulling the relationship ripcord.

    What does it exactly mean besides ending a relationship? I guess it mean someone should not end such relationship, but it sounds like he or she had to.

    definition:
    ripcord: 1. A cord pulled to release the pack of a parachute. 2. A cord pulled to release gas from a balloon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Please dear friends and teachers....

    Pulling the relationship ripcord.

    What does it exactly mean besides ending a relationship? I guess it mean someone should not end such relationship, but it sounds like he or she had to.

    definition:
    ripcord: 1. A cord pulled to release the pack of a parachute. 2. A cord pulled to release gas from a balloon.

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    Since the ripcord on a parachute saves your life, I think the relationship ripcord would also be something to save the relationship.

    I have never heard of the expression, though.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Default Re: Pulling the relationship ripcord

    Yes, I think of a parachute when I read this, but it may mean putting on the brakes, to slow down its descent, or to return to a manageable speed.

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    Default Re: Pulling the relationship ripcord

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Yes, I think of a parachute when I read this, but it may mean putting on the brakes, to slow down its descent, or to return to a manageable speed.
    That would make sense in a relationship which is going tooooooooo fast, a "chute" would put the brakes on, making it glide smoothly.

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    Relationships are OK for the easy, frequent sex, but how do you bail out when the girl starts telling you she loves you? Next, she'll be talking marriage! And girls get so upset when guys figure it's time to run and break off a relationship.

    But what if the girl has a pattern of going with a guy, lots and lots of sex, and then SHE breaks it off the second HE mentions ''commitment', 'marriage'...? SHE dumps the guy! This relationship comes with a built-in safety net, a life-line - a parachute for when it's time to bail out. Perfect.

    But what if the guy has overheard the girl revealing this in a therapy session, and in the same session, the therapist has told her she's cold. Unbeknownst to our guy, she decides from then on to be warm and friendly. Our guy enters into a relationship with this girl...but again, unbeknownst to him...now...now...this girl can no longer be depended on to pull the relationship ripcord and let him bail out so easily!
    (An episode of Andy Richter Controls the Universe.)

    'pulling the relationship ripcord': bailing out of/breaking off a relationship, when it's time to do so.
    (We're not talking skydiving here, but 'getting the hell out of it'. And 'pulling the relationship ripcord' is more evocative of the action, than 'relationship parachute'.)
    Last edited by David L.; 02-May-2009 at 20:48.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Relationships are OK for the easy, frequent sex, but how do you bail out when the girl starts telling you she loves you? Next, she'll be talking marriage! And girls get so upset when guys figure it's time to run.

    That's what the film I got such sentence from is about, the film is called 'failure to launch'. This guy ends relationships if/when they start getting serious. "The fun's gone". Then his friends say: He always pulls the relationship ripcord.

    But what if the girl has a pattern of going with a guy, lots and lots of sex, and then SHE breaks it off!? This relationship comes with a built-in safety net, a life-line - a parachute for when it's time to bail out. Perfect.

    But what if the guy has overheard the girl revealing this in a therapy session, and in the same session, the therapist has told her she's cold. Unbeknownst to our guy, she decides from then on to be warm and friendly. Our guy enters into a relationship with this girl...but again, unbeknownst to him...now...now...this girl can no longer be depended on to pull the relationship ripcord and let him bail out so easily!

    (An episode of Andy Richter Controls the Universe.)

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    O.M. G. I am so happy to be old~

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