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    #1

    get off the stick and buy

    Hello there,

    When people say "I need to get off the stick and buy a new camera before my trip.", OK, I know that he or she is going to buy a new camera. However, why need to "get off the stick"? What does it mean? Or it should be "get on the stick" instead?

    Thank you, Beeja

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    Re: get off the stick and buy

    No idea. Maybe it's related to one of these - a 'shooting stick'. After a morning's grouse shooting, in the manner characteristic of most British people (), one would stop for lunch, sitting on the stick.

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    Last edited by BobK; 31-May-2013 at 15:52. Reason: Clarify

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    Re: get off the stick and buy

    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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    #4

    Re: get off the stick and buy

    It is usually "get on the stick". It means to get going, do something.

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    #5
    Where I live "get on the stick" is extremely indecent and should be avoided absolutely.

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    #6

    Re: get off the stick and buy

    My Dad used to say it all the time -- as a motivator.

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