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    #1

    all wet

    can i say:

    you idea is all wet?

    use the singuler be word is before all?

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    #2

    Re: all wet

    You can use 'all wet', but I wouldn't with an idea- I'd just say 'wet'. I'd 'all wet' when something is soaked or covered in water.

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    #3

    Re: all wet

    In AmE, "all wet" is an idiom meaning that something is lousy, really stupid or of no value. Often it is said about an idea that sounded good at first, but after trying it, it failed miserably. So actually to say "your idea is all wet" in that sense would be correct.

    Example:

    Two prisoners are in a temporary lock-up in a country jail. One has an idea - "let's carve this bar of soap into the shape of a gun, paint it black with shoe polish, and scare the guard into letting us out. It can't fail! He'll never catch on!"
    Later we see the two prisoners sitting shackled in a solitary confinement cell. The second prisoner comments, "Well, that idea was all wet."


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    #4

    Re: all wet

    thank you Tdol!
    thank you Ouisch!

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