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    Usage of Idioms

    I wrote this sentence:

    "Right now everything is going tits up, odds are happening like clockwork. Have to restore my confidence back at the drop of a hat."

    Here I used a number of idioms and I like to know whether I used them correctly. What perception do you native speakers get as you read this sentence?

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    Re: Usage of Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    I wrote this sentence:

    "Right now everything is going tits up, odds are happening like clockwork. Have to restore my confidence back at the drop of a hat."

    Here I used a number of idioms and I like to know whether I used them correctly. What perception do you native speakers get as you read this sentence?
    Honestly, it's meaningless. Can you say what you want it to mean in another way?

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    Re: Usage of Idioms

    Actually I want to mean that, I have lost my confidence and nothing is going right. Odds are happening too often, but have to change this, that's why needs to restore bace my confidence.

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    Re: Usage of Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    Actually I want to mean that, I have lost my confidence and nothing is going right. Odds are happening too often, but have to change this, that's why needs to restore bace my confidence.
    What do you mean by "odds are happening"?

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    Re: Usage of Idioms

    I want to mean by "odds are happening" is that "errors are occuring sometimes knowingly and unknowingly, sometimes by me, sometimes by destiny."

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    Re: Usage of Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    I want to mean by "odds are happening" is that "errors are occuring sometimes knowingly and unknowingly, sometimes by me, sometimes by destiny."
    Do you want to say "things keep going wrong, sometimes it's your fault and sometimes not"?

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    Yes, that is about it. So does my original sentence bear this meaning?

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    Re: Usage of Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    Yes, that is about it. So does my original sentence bear this meaning?
    "Right now everything is going tits up, odds are happening like clockwork. Have to restore my confidence back at the drop of a hat."

    "Right now everything is going tits up", this means that everything is going wrong at the moment.
    ..."odds are happening like clockwork", this doesn't mean anything as it is written.

    "Have to restore my confidence back at the drop of a hat", this should be rewritten somthing like this: "I have to get back my confidence quickly".

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    Re: Usage of Idioms

    at the drop of a hat = immediately
    so why that sentence wrong?

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    Re: Usage of Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    at the drop of a hat = immediately
    so why that sentence wrong?
    It does mean immediately, but not quite in that sense. It's more like "without even thinking about it", "without hesitating for one second".

    Q - Would you travel to Australia if you had the opportunity?
    A - Oh yes, I'd go at the drop of a hat.

    Q - Do you like your job?
    A - No. If I could, I'd change it at the drop of a hat.

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