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    stick one's ass to the window

    But if you tell him that neither looks ready to win the shows grand prize of becoming executive chef at his new West Hollywood hotel eatery, Gordon Ramsay at The London, and he says, S-t, no. Do you honestly think, my sweet pea, that Im going to be that stupid and that vulnerable? That I would stick my ass to the window and give one of them a chance to run that restaurant, which is a multi-million [dollar] investment? One of them will be part of an amazing team, put in the deep end. But they will definitely NOT be running the room.
    I couldn't find on the Internet any use of this idiom save this interview. Now I have two questions.

    What does he mean?
    1. take a risk
    2. put a sticker on the window with his name on it
    3. make a laughingstock of himself
    4. anything else

    How did he come up with this idiom?

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    Re: stick one's ass to the window

    I don't think it's so much as idiom as just an uncommon expression. I'm not familiar with the phrase, so I think Ramsey may have just made it up.

    I think he's using the term metaphorically to mean do something stupid.

    There is the idiom 'to put one's ass on the line', which means to take a risk. Perhaps he's trying to create his own variation of that expression.
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    Re: stick one's ass to the window

    In British English, mooning is exposing your buttocks- it could have this lurking in the background to what he is saying. He seems to be trying to speak American English, somewhat bizarrely. For instance, BrE speakers say arse not ass. I am not sure, but isn't the expression sweet pea not my sweet pea?

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    Re: stick one's ass to the window

    not a teacher

    Ramsay was also quoted by Time Out magazine as using this expression in 2008.
    https://www.timeout.com/newyork/the-...o-kim-severson

    GR on what drives him to be a superstar chef: "It's not greed or TV or stick your ass to the window to endorse Dunkin' Donuts."

    In light of the two examples we have, it would seem that it's a metaphor for putting yourself in a vulnerable and potentially embarrassing position. Perhaps.



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    Re: stick one's ass to the window

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    In British English, mooning is exposing your buttocks- it could have this lurking in the background to what he is saying.
    AmE uses this expression as well, and often mooning is done in a vehicle, hanging your exposed buttocks out the vehicle window. I remember it being a popular dare for kids riding on the school bus back in high school. I was debating whether or not Ramsey's expression was supposed to be a reference to that or not.

    It apparently is just a Ramsey-ism.

    Edit: I also just realized (with it being Ramsey), that it could also be a using sodomy as a crude metaphor for taking some kind of risk or financial damage. AmE does have the expressing of dropping one's pants and bending over, to get a metaphorical 'screwing', when you realize someone has or is about to take advantage of your generosity, stupidity, or naivety.
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