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    Question sexed up

    Dr Kelly had examined the Government's 'sexed up dossier' which declared that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction which could be activated in just 45 minutes. The claim was used by Tony Blair in 2002 as the central justification for the Iraq war.

    When Dr Kelly secretly revealed his doubts about the dossier to BBC reporters, all hell broke loose.
    Q1: sexed up =?

    Q2: all hell broke loose =?

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    Re: sexed up

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post

    Q1: sexed up =? - To make something more interesting/exciting than it really is.

    Q2: all hell broke loose =? - Chaos ensued. Everything went completely mad.

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    Re: sexed up

    Thank you.

    Can I say the book is sexed up if I mean the book is very interesting?

    Is the phrase related to sex?

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    Re: sexed up

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Thank you.

    Can I say the book is sexed up if I mean the book is very interesting?

    Is the phrase related to sex?
    You wouldn't say that a book is simply sexed up. In order to sex something up, you take the original and change it, or amend it, or make alterations to it that make it sound more interesting.

    It doesn't really have a lot to do with sex as such. Only if you had perhaps a very bad romance novel and it was rewritten to be more sexy. But generally, no, it's a metaphor.

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