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OMG! return from CJ clipped the line dueue 20-20.
The above is described by a badminton fan about a game between CJ and WCH. What does the clipped the line mean? Thanks.
I get it now.
Interesting--clipped the line;landed just in;just touched the line!
By the way, is it right to say The birdie just hit the line?
'just hit the line' sounds a bit odd to me - 'hit' sounds more substantial: 'it hit the line slap bang in the middle'. So it doesn't go well with 'just'.
For the 'clipped' case, you could also say 'it grazed the line', or - informally - 'it greased the line'... hmmm - not sure about that last one now I come to think of it. Things that grease something are usually potentially harmful - 'a bullet greased my arm'.; or, in a Dire Straits song, a skater lets a lorry 'grease her hip'.
I find the version very amusing--it hit the line slap bang in the middle.
I presume slap bang is very descriptive and functions as a verb, right?
- an adverb, and - I should have said - quite informal. If something hits 'in the middle' you can reinforce it progressively:
in the middle
bang in the middle/right in the middle
slap bang in the middle
right slap bang in the middle
'Right in the middle' is least informal; it would be perfectly OK in the classroom, say.
Thanks, Bob, for the further explanation.Originally Posted by BobK;215658[B
By the way, does the "thumb down" mean no? Then, what part of speech is it?
Sorry - the typos made it unclear. Yes: the thumbs down means No: 'bang' is either an adverb or, some might say, a particle reinforcing an adverb phrase ("in the middle").