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    to strangle a moose

    Does anybody know what to strangle a moose means? I haven't find it so far.

    Thanks


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    Re: to strangle a moose

    Please - what is the context??

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    Re: to strangle a moose

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucinda View Post
    Does anybody know what to strangle a moose means? I haven't find it so far.

    Thanks
    Well, I googled it, and it seems that it is used in "enough...to" expressions, most related to strength.
    for example:
    The cable was strong enough to strangle a moose.
    The rope was thick enough to strangle a moose.

    Now, being Canadian, I feel like I have some ownership over this expression but sadly, I've never heard it before!
    Fioan


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    Thank you Fiona, but this meaning doesn't fit.

    The context: he is sleeping, when suddenly beside his head it's like someone strangled a moose. He winces only to realise his roommate is snoring. So, what do you think, does the idiom refers to sounds or what?

    Thanks a lot again


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    Re: to strangle a moose

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucinda View Post
    Thank you Fiona, but this meaning doesn't fit.

    The context: he is sleeping, when suddenly beside his head it's like someone strangled a moose. He winces only to realise his roommate is snoring. So, what do you think, does the idiom refers to sounds or what?

    Thanks a lot again
    Heeheehee...well being a Canadian as well I guess I had better take a shot at this.

    Imagine a moose (a huge deer-like animal which is actually more dangerous than a bear if you meet one in the forest) being strangled somehow.

    Would it quietly submit??? Not on your life! It would bellow and thrash around and make a terrible noise during the strangulation.

    The person in this passage is sleeping and hears this noise by his head. It sounds like a moose being strangled but he wakes up to find it is only the snores of his companion.

    Fioan .... I agree it would have to be a very strong rope to accomplish the task of strangling a moose. A moose's neck is very strong and it can knock over small trees easily.


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    Re: to strangle a moose

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: to strangle a moose

    Ha! When I was first learning to play the bassoon, some very non-pleasant noises came out. I remember my father running down the hallway, and in a state of great (pretended) anxiety saying "Oh thank goodness. I was sure someone was stranling a moose in here!"

    Yup, he was very encouraging in my musical endeavors!

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