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    savaging my ankles

    I cannot write anything (although journalism is my living) until the deadline's savaging my ankles.

    What does "savaging my ankles" mean in the above sentence?

    Thanks!

    JY

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    Re: savaging my ankles

    Hi,

    I've bever heard the expression, but I guess it means "until the deadline is nearly over".

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: savaging my ankles

    Imagine that there is a large and vicious dog running towards you. The sensible thing to do would be to start to take action (probably run away) as soon as you see it coming towards you. Instead, you do nothing until it has started to bite your ankles, by which time it is rather late to start trying to do something.

    That dig is your deadline.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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