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    holding the knife

    What does it mean - You are left holding the knife?

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    #2

    Re: holding the knife

    Quote Originally Posted by ivana b View Post
    What does it mean - You are left holding the knife?
    Welcome to the forum, ivana.

    It could mean a lot of things. Do you have more context?

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    Re: holding the knife

    " He runs to his wife and you're left holding the knife" it is from the song about the summer love affair

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    Re: holding the knife

    Quote Originally Posted by ivana b View Post
    " He runs to his wife and you're left holding the knife" it is from the song about the summer love affair
    Song lyrics don't always make sense. In this case, "knife" rhymes with "wife" so was a useful last word for the line. I've heard of people being left "holding the baby" but "holding the knife" is not an idiom as far as I know. It's possible that the mistress is very upset that the man has gone back to his wife and so she now has a knife in her hand, as a threat to the man.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: holding the knife

    Quote Originally Posted by ivana b View Post
    " He runs to his wife and you're left holding the knife" it is from the song about the summer love affair
    At a guess I'd say it doesn't mean anything, "knife" rhymes with "wife". Songs are often like that.

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    Re: holding the knife

    ok, thank you

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    Re: holding the knife

    Hi,

    I can only think of this: they are having dinner in a romantic restaurant (it's a summer affair, i.e. the beginning of a relationship, even if it is to be short-lived) . At a certain point, probably during the main course, the man just gets up and "runs back to his wife", so the girl is literally left "holding the knife" (that's right before she drops o it to the table/floor in disbelief and despair and starts)

    Greetings,

    charliedeut

    I know it sounds a bit far-fetched, but it's mthe only possibility I could think of
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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