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    Cool Unfamiliar expression

    Hello there,
    Can anyone help me out with the expression below? This is from the novel The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.
    "In the elevator it seemed to Enid that the ship was suffering not only from a seesaw motion but also from a yaw, as if its bow were the face of someone experiencing repugnance. Leaving the elevator, she almost fell over a man on his hands and knees like half a two-man prank involving shoving. On the back of his T-shirt was a punch line: THEY JUST LOSE THEIR AIM."
    What does "like half a two-man prank involving shoving" mean? Am I the only one not getting the joke? :)
    Many thanks for your insights!

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    Re: Unfamiliar expression

    I don't get the part about a two-man prank either, I'm afraid. The back of the T-shirt is the punchline to a joke. The first part would have been on the front of the T-shirt. I can't guess exactly what the front said but I it probably started "Old [name of profession]s never die". The only joke I know in the same format is "Old accountants never die. They just lose their balance".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Unfamiliar expression

    The two-man prank would involve a victim and two perpetrators. One of the pranksters gets into a crawling position behind the victim; the other prankster shoves the victim, who tumbles precipitously to the ground.
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