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    Some questions

    I learnt a phrase recently, that is to lay it on the line. I understand that means to be honest, to tell the truth without euphemism

    but what i really want to do is there any meaning for on the line ? or it's just practice or english usage.. as i am a non-native speaker so i don't really understand why these words make the sense of to tell the truth without euphemism


    Also, i would like to know the meaning behind the proverb
    tell me and i will forget
    show me and i may remember
    involve me and i will understand

    thanks in advance!

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    Re: Some questions

    There's a debate here on the subject: Re: "lay it on the line"
    There are a few theories.

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