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Would you share with me your opinion concerning the expression in bold in the following sentences?
“Go on and do something about it,” he ordered .Don’t sit there like a bump on a log. Get busy.” (E. Caldwell, “This Very Earth”)
Berta sat there like a bump on a log, keeping a hundred percent out of it. (E. S. Gardner, “Crows Can’t Count”)
like a bump on a log = with indifference, like a log,
Thank you for your efforts.
if someone sits or stands somewhere like a bump on a log, they do not react in a useful or helpful way to the activities happening around them
Don't just sit there like a bump on a log, come and help us! This is a very typical example. (But it should have a semicolon instead of a comma.)
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Last edited by 2006; 10-Feb-2011 at 03:30.