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    come off your perch / go to goal

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the phrases in bold in the following sentence?

    I’ve been talking to you for your own good. Come off your perch if you don’t want to go to goal.

    come off one’s nose = don’t hold up one’s nose, don’t be uppish

    go in goal = land in prison

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regard,

    V

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    Re: come off your perch / go to goal

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the phrases in bold in the following sentence?

    Iíve been talking to you for your own good. Come off your perch if you donít want to go to goal.

    come off oneís nose = donít hold up oneís nose, donít be uppish

    go in goal = land in prison

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regard,

    V

    Have you made a typo and is the word in the original text "gaol"?
    I have never heard the phrase "go to goal" before, but "gaol" is simply an alternative spelling of the word "jail".

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