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"After being bumped up to manager, I'm going to have to ride herd on the staff."
Do you use this expression in conversation?
ride herd on - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
I don't and I've never met anyone else who does. I'm in central Canada.
Last edited by ostap77; 31-Mar-2011 at 12:56.
According to ride herd on - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. "ride herd on" means:
Fig. to supervise someone or something. (Alludes to a cowboy supervising cattle.)
to be responsible for controlling a group of people and their actions
"To herd" means to move people as a group.
1 [+ obj] : to gather and move (a group of animals) ▪ herd cattle ▪ The horses were herded into the corral.
2 a [+ obj] : to move (people) in a group ▪ We left the hotel and were herded onto a bus. ▪ They herded the students into the auditorium. b [no obj] : to form a group or move as a group ▪ The commuters herded onto the train.
—herd·er /ˈhɚdɚ/ noun plural herd·ers [count]"
Yes you can herd people. It implies that they're just moved about like animals.
If you've ever watched a tour bus full of tourists, you know exactly what it looks like.