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    #1

    My hands drop down

    Hello!
    Suppose you have had enough of reminding your kids to wipe their feet when they come home from school.
    Could I say something like that:
    How many more times do I have to reprimand you for bringing dirt into the house? I am powerless. My hands drop down.
    Is "My hands drop down" acceptable to you? In my opinion, I am powerless = My hands drop down.
    What is your opinion?
    Please do not tell me about "until you are blue in the face" bacause I am familiar with that.
    Thank you.
    Does "My hands drop down" exist in English at all?

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    #2

    Re: My hands drop down

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Does "My hands drop down" exist in English at all?
    No, I'm afraid it doesn't.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: My hands drop down

    It definitely exists - I've just read it four times in your thread, and somebody googling it will now find it there, but I've never heard of it before.

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    #4

    Re: My hands drop down

    I don't think it exists as an idiom. It's obviously a proper literal description for an event in which your hands drop down. But even then, it would need a context.
    Last edited by Raymott; 22-May-2017 at 08:42. Reason: typo

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    #5

    Re: My hands drop down

    In English, one might 'throw UP one's hands' to express exasperation, defeat, or even resignation.

    Throwing something down usually represents a challenge or fight.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    #6

    Re: My hands drop down

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Throwing something down usually represents a challenge or fight.
    And it's usually a gauntlet, though admittedly they are thin on the ground lately.

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    #7

    Re: My hands drop down

    Eh, these days it's a hat and/or a shirt.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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