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    #1

    to yarn somebody's hammock

    I can see that this is another of his attempts to yarn my hammock.

    What is the meaning of this phrase?


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    Re: to yarn somebody's hammock

    "Let him be careless of this elementary precaution - and let his fellow-snotties realise this and one or another will "yarn his hammock" for him. To do this, after the hammock has been slung correctly by a virtuous Royal Marine bandsman, the villain of the piece will slip quietly into the flat and re-sling the foot end - never the head - by tying the hammock rope to the outside of the hook with several turns of cotton. This cotton is strong enough to support the weight of the hammock - but not its occupant. The unwary and careless snotty swings himself into it - down it comes with a crash-and in all probability the disturbance wakes up one of the sub-lieutenants who puts his head out of his cabin door, collects the victim and "remonstrates" with him in a way peculiar to Gunrooms"

    In other words, the hammock is strung up in such a way that it collapses when he gets into it.

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    Re: to yarn somebody's hammock

    Thank you!
    there is no hammock there, so this is metaphorically speaking and I'm having trouble finding the right phrase that could replace it.


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    Re: to yarn somebody's hammock

    Alternative possibilities:

    Spike my guns
    Queer my pitch
    Rain on my parade


    They all carry the meaning of spoiling someone's plans.

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    Re: to yarn somebody's hammock

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Alternative possibilities:

    Spike my guns
    Queer my pitch
    Rain on my parade


    They all carry the meaning of spoiling someone's plans.

    You've made my day! Thanks a lot!!

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