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    Red face Swing the lead

    In the phrase "Swing the lead" which means to pretend to be ill, the word "lead" is of the metal "lead" which is used in soldering and pronounced "led" or the verb "lead" which means to show the way (pronounced "leed"). Thanks in advance. - Sorry, the word "ledad" in the caption is a typo.
    Last edited by kumarawin; 07-Mar-2014 at 12:24. Reason: due to typo

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    Re: Swing the ledad

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/swing-the-lead.html

    From what the article says about its origin, I am led to believe it refers to the metal.

    PS: That's one idiom I had never Heard before.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Swing the ledad

    It's new to me, too.

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    Re: Swing the ledad

    It's common in BrE. It's pronounced "led".

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    Re: Swing the ledad

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's new to me, too.
    I didn't realise it was a BrE idiom.I have updated our list.

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    Re: Swing the ledad

    Thanks to all for enlightening me.

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    Re: Swing the ledad

    Your appreciation is welcome, kumarawin, but there is no need to write a new post to say Thank you. Simply click the Thank button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.



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