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    like a bump on a log

    Dear teachers,

    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.

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    V.

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    Re: like a bump on a log

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    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 no like a log no



    "like a bump on a log" refers to lack of movement or action.
    like a bump on a log (American informal)
    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 04:30.

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