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    #1

    srewed my head back on str...

    I can't understand the last part of this sentence.

    "I appreciate what you guys did for me here. You screwed my head back on str...????"

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    Re: srewed my head back on str...

    You helped me get the proper perspective back, you got me back on "the straight and narrow," you got me to stop my behaving badly and to want to behave correctly.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: srewed my head back on str...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You helped me get the proper perspective back, you got me back on "the straight and narrow," you got me to stop my behaving badly and to want to behave correctly.
    So it might have been "screwed my head back on straight"?

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    Re: srewed my head back on str...

    Yes, certainly, that word was straight. I didn't understand that that was your question.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: srewed my head back on str...

    A similar-looking idiom, which doesn't mean the same thing, is used by adults when their children have forgotten something [again; typically]: '...You'd forget your head if it wasn't screwed on.' (Perhaps this is dying out; I heard it [not just applied to me] a lot when I was a child, but I think present-day parents say it less [possibly because the current way of thinking requires more respectful treatment of 'younger citizens'].

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    Re: srewed my head back on str...

    "I got my head straight" means I am thinking about the issue more clearly.

    "You got my head straight" means you helped me think more clearly.

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    Re: srewed my head back on str...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    A similar-looking idiom, which doesn't mean the same thing, is used by adults when their children have forgotten something [again; typically]: '...You'd forget your head if it wasn't screwed on.' (Perhaps this is dying out;
    I Use it of myself - increasingly frequently as senility advances apace.

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