Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,000
    #1

    have(got) the noose around one's neck

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether the key phrase “have(got) the noose round one’s neck” is used properly in the present case?

    The evidence is dead gainst him. He’s as good as got the noose around his neck.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

  1. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,832
    #2

    Re: have(got) the noose around one's neck

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether the key phrase “have(got) the noose round one’s neck” is used properly in the present case?

    The evidence is dead against him. He’s as good as got the noose around his neck.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    The part in bold is used perfectly. The only thing I would say is that "the evidence is dead against him" sounds a little odd. Usually, people are "dead against" something (they are completely opposed to it). I would perhaps be more inclined to say that "There is solid evidence against him" or "All the evidence points to him".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-May-2010 at 09:21. Reason: Typo

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: May 2010
    • Posts: 577
    #3

    Re: have(got) the noose around one's neck

    Personally, I think 'evidence is dead against him', though unusual, works fine metaphorically in the context of a 'noose around his neck'.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,864
    #4

    Re: have(got) the noose around one's neck

    It might work better if you reversed it:
    He's got a noose around his neck as the evidence is dead against him.

Similar Threads

  1. [Vocabulary] bent over/yoke her neck
    By sherishine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 14-May-2010, 11:20
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Nov-2009, 05:48
  3. Neck pad?
    By bieasy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-Nov-2009, 16:53
  4. [Idiom] idiomatic expressions
    By galoo in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 31-Jan-2009, 21:31

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •