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    Something doesn't fly with someone.

    1. What does 'Something doesn't fly with someone' mean?

    2. Could anyone give me examples using this expression?

    I'm adding a conversation below to give a context. Thank you in advance for your help!!

    A : "But why do I have to apologize to her? Why don’t we just go uh, ‘now we’re even and we'll start from scratch."
    B : "Okay if the, uh, being a pleasant human being argument doesn’t fly with you, we’ll try a self preservation, what if she wakes up in the middle of the night, the house is on fire, you don’t want her to call 911?"

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    Re: Something doesn't fly with someone.

    Quote Originally Posted by newbee View Post
    1. What does 'Something doesn't fly with someone' mean?

    2. Could anyone give me examples using this expression?

    I'm adding a conversation below to give a context. Thank you in advance for your help!!

    A : "But why do I have to apologize to her? Why don’t we just go uh, ‘now we’re even and we'll start from scratch."
    B : "Okay if the, uh, being a pleasant human being argument doesn’t fly with you, we’ll try a self preservation, what if she wakes up in the middle of the night, the house is on fire, you don’t want her to call 911?"
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    Good morning.

    (1) This idiom means that something does not satisfy you. That is, you

    do not want to do it.

    (2) In your example, B wanted A to apologize.

    But the idea of apologizing did not fly with A. He did not like the idea. So

    B suggested another idea.

    (3) Another similar idiom that one hears in the United States is: Sorry, but

    that doesn't work for me.

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    THE BOSS: I want you to work on Sundays, too.

    MONA: Oh, I'm so sorry, sir. But that doesn't fly with me/ doesn't work

    for me.

    THE BOSS: Why not?

    MONA: Well, sir, I work six days a week for eight hours. I definitely

    need at least one day off to rest.

    THE BOSS: You're right. I apologize.

    P. S. This is only a bad example. Of course, you should never use

    this idiom with the boss!!!

    ***** Have a nice day!

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    Re: Something doesn't fly with someone.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning.

    (1) This idiom means that something does not satisfy you. That is, you

    do not want to do it.

    (2) In your example, B wanted A to apologize.

    But the idea of apologizing did not fly with A. He did not like the idea. So

    B suggested another idea.

    (3) Another similar idiom that one hears in the United States is: Sorry, but

    that doesn't work for me.

    *****

    THE BOSS: I want you to work on Sundays, too.

    MONA: Oh, I'm so sorry, sir. But that doesn't fly with me/ doesn't work

    for me.

    THE BOSS: Why not?

    MONA: Well, sir, I work six days a week for eight hours. I definitely

    need at least one day off to rest.

    THE BOSS: You're right. I apologize.

    P. S. This is only a bad example. Of course, you should never use

    this idiom with the boss!!!


    ***** Have a nice day!
    Oh, I don't know! If my boss had the nerve to tell me he wanted me to work on my only day off, I'd have a lot more to say to him than just one simple idiom!!!

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    Re: Something doesn't fly with someone.

    I thought "something doesn't fly with someone" would mean that something doesn't sit well with someone or doesn't go over well with someone. Can it mean that too?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Something doesn't fly with someone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    I thought "something doesn't fly with someone" would mean that something doesn't sit well with someone or doesn't go over well with someone. Can it mean that too?

    Thanks.
    Yes, it can.

    Some people believe the earth is flat. That just doesn't fly with me. There is far too much evidence to show the earth is round.

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