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    saying - camel's left kneecap

    "I went no deeper than I would with any of my patients. But it's very hard
    not to read someone when they are, as the saying goes, thinking constantly of the camel's left kneecap."

    Can someone please explain to me the meaning of this saying?
    I couldn't find it on the net


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    Re: saying - camel's left kneecap

    Quote Originally Posted by lukre View Post
    "I went no deeper than I would with any of my patients. But it's very hard
    not to read someone when they are, as the saying goes, thinking constantly of the camel's left kneecap."

    Can someone please explain to me the meaning of this saying?
    I couldn't find it on the net
    Hahaha....well it is an idiom that escapes me. I have seen it used on a British English chat area so I assume it is a British English idiom.

    It doesn't seem to be a very common one though. It is hard to figure this one out from the limited context you have given.

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    Re: saying - camel's left kneecap

    That's all the context I have

    Perhaps someone from Britain might help then?

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    Re: saying - camel's left kneecap

    I'm British and have never heard it. However, from the mention of it on the chat room, it would appear (and I am guessing) that if you are trying to block or control your thoughts, the idea of the camel's left kneecap will break the process. In the text you quote from, it would make some sense as the person found it easy to read this person; the thought of the camel's keft kneecap made it difficult for the patient to hide their feeling.

    It could simply be that the image is bizarre or there may be a story where something horrible happened involving a kneecap.

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