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    Question plumb leg before wicket'=?

    With her Aussie background, Jay Hunt must know the cricketing expression 'plumb leg before wicket'.

    That was her position after yesterday's disclosure that she helps run a media training company which makes thousands of pounds from grooming BBC presenters.
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    Hello!

    1) What does 'plumb leg before wicket' refer to?

    2) Why did the columnist especially say it when comes to Hunt's Aussie background? What is the connotation of it?

    Thanks!

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    Re: plumb leg before wicket'=?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Read more: Lean-lipped, humourless, the killer kitten who is steering Auntie on to the rocks | Mail Online

    Hello!

    1) What does 'plumb leg before wicket' refer to?

    2) Why did the columnist especially say it when comes to Hunt's Aussie background? What is the connotation of it?

    Thanks!
    It refers to the sport of cricket, in which the Australians have one of the best teams in the world. Have a look at this link: Leg before wicket - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    Re: plumb leg before wicket'=?

    Leg Before Wicket 1. adj. describing the method of getting out the opposition's batter in which the bowler bowls a ball that would hit the batter's wicket, but it hits the batter instead without first hitting his bat; abbreviated LBW. Means that the batter is standing is such a way that the bowler is not able to see the wicket clearly.
    2. n. a wicket that fell by the method of LBW.

    "Plumb" OR "Plum" >> completely, exactly [ used as intensifiers ]

    Jay Hunt is Australian by birth, and Australians are generally seen as being passionate about cricket. Not I would thought necessarily true of all of them, least of all the women.

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    Re: plumb leg before wicket'=?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Jay Hunt is Australian by birth, and Australians are generally seen as being passionate about cricket. Not I would thought necessarily true of all of them, least of all the women.
    No, not all. But perhaps most take at least some interest; and I would say women are as much fans as men.
    It would be a very rare Australian of either sex (excluding recent immigrants) who would not understand that expression.

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    Re: plumb leg before wicket'=?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
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    "Plumb" OR "Plum" >> completely, exactly [ used as intensifiers ]

    ...
    ... especially in the context of the straightness of lines (hence the reference to the metal - a tradesman uses a string weighted with lead [Pb] to check that something (say, a piece of wallpaper) is exactly vertical. This string is called a plumb-line and the weight is called a plumb-bob).

    Of course, now a mad person is 'plumb crazy' - so the word doesn't always have to do with straightness; that's just the origin.

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    Last edited by BobK; 06-Aug-2009 at 14:15. Reason: Fixed typo, and added second sentence.

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    Re: plumb leg before wicket'=?

    PS
    On the TV a couple of weeks ago Michael Holding - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (who, as a bowler, uses very persuasive vocabulary to describe LBW claims) said 'He couldn't have been plumber if he was fixing pipes'. This goes back to the derivation quite neatly: a plumber's called a plumber because he works with pipes (which used to be made of lead).

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