Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. keannu's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Dec 2010
    • Posts: 5,226
    #1

    threw his knapsack over the brick wall

    Does "threw his knapsack over the brick wall" just mean a metaphor of "abandoning something"?
    -------------------------------
    In 1879 Thomas Edison announced that he would publicly display the electric lightbulb by December 31, even though all his experiments had, to that point, failed. He threw his knapsack over the brick wall―the numerous challenges that he still faced―and on the last day of that year, there was light. In 1962, when John F. Kennedy declared to the world that the United States was going to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade, some of the metals necessary for the journey had not yet been invented, and the technology required for completing the journey was not available. But he threw his―and NASA’s―knapsack over the brick wall. Though making a verbal commitment, no matter how bold and how inspiring, does not ensure that we reach our destination, it does enhance the likelihood of success.

  2. teechar's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Iraq
      • Current Location:
      • Iraq

    • Join Date: Feb 2015
    • Posts: 6,180
    #2

    Re: threw his knapsack over the brick wall

    Yes, it is metaphoric, but its meaning is opposite to what you surmised. It means that the person made a decision to embark on their quest and a commitment to achieve their goal knowing the difficult challenges ahead.

Similar Threads

  1. "there is a brick wall in your face"
    By Odessa Dawn in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 14-Nov-2012, 18:00
  2. Hit a brick wall
    By lohang in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Aug-2010, 22:01
  3. a jig-jog brick wall
    By Bushwhacker in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-Mar-2010, 18:32
  4. put down wall-to-wall carpeting
    By carla guaraldi in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Mar-2008, 03:06
  5. backpack v.s. knapsack
    By MadHorse in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-Dec-2005, 05:58

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •