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    ride herd

    "After being bumped up to manager, I'm going to have to ride herd on the staff."

    Do you use this expression in conversation?

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    Re: ride herd

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "After being bumped up to manager, I'm going to have to ride herd on the staff."

    Do you use this expression in conversation?
    Never in my life.

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    Re: ride herd

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "After being bumped up to manager, I'm going to have to ride herd on the staff."

    Do you use this expression in conversation?
    I don't use it, as it seems to equate staff to cattle. It is, however, used by some.

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    Re: ride herd

    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.

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    Re: ride herd

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I don't use it, as it seems to equate staff to cattle. It is, however, used by some.
    Would you interpret that it conveys the same connotation, if I said that the tourists herded onto the bus or the students herded into the auditorium for an exam?
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    Re: ride herd

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would you interpret that it conveys the same conotation, if I said that the tourists herded onto the bus or the students herded into the auditorium for an exam?
    People (or animals) don't herd themselves, they are herded by somebody else. "The students were herded..." "The tourists were herded..." and yes, for me it carries the same connotation. That of treating people like cattle.

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    Re: ride herd

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would you interpret that it conveys the same conotation, if I said that the tourists herded onto the bus or the students herded into the auditorium for an exam?
    No. They don't mean the same thing.

    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.

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    Re: ride herd

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    No. They don't mean the same thing.

    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.
    Don't get me wrong I'm just trying to figure out if it's possible to use it.

    "Meaning:
    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]"

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    #9

    Re: ride herd

    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.

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    Re: ride herd

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    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.

    It also says that people can move like animals without being herded by other people.

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