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    #1

    a clay pigeon

    Dear teachers,

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

    They are shooting at me. What the hell am I - a clay pigeon?

    clay pigeon = clay flying target

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regard,

    V

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    #2

    Re: a clay pigeon

    Correct.

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    Re: a clay pigeon

    ... but not always made of clay, I think. It's one of those bits of sporting terminology based on a former technology - tennis players still talk about 'hitting the chalk', even though chalk hasn't been used for many years.

    b

    PS: Another example - a footballer who nearly scores 'hits the woodwork' (whatever the goalposts are made of)
    Last edited by BobK; 20-Aug-2010 at 18:05. Reason: Added PS

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