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    From Inquiry launched into Stock Exchange computer meltdown as furious traders resume work | Mail Online

    In the text below, what do the word in bold mean?

    The blockbuster rises were a relief after weeks of torrid economic news and sliding values.
    Stock markets in Asia and elsewhere in Europe saw euphoric scenes throughout the day as traders hailed the rescue.
    But in Britain investors were pinned to the sidelines.


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    Re: were pinned to the sidelines

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    From Inquiry launched into Stock Exchange computer meltdown as furious traders resume work | Mail Online

    In the text below, what do the word in bold mean?

    The blockbuster rises were a relief after weeks of torrid economic news and sliding values. Values of stocks and shares were sliding downwards.
    Stock markets in Asia and elsewhere in Europe saw euphoric scenes throughout the day as traders hailed the rescue.
    But in Britain investors were pinned to the sidelines. Due to a computer crash , the London Stock Exchange had to close business for several hours. So the brokers were sitting on the sidelines of the active stockmarket, unable to do anything.
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    Re: were pinned to the sidelines

    Another example of a metaphor taken from sport. The hamstrung (=incapacitated) stockrokers were 'behind the eight ball' (pool), 'snookered' (snooker), 'stymied' (golf) ...

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    Re: were pinned to the sidelines

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Another example of a metaphor taken from sport. The hamstrung (=incapacitated) stockbrokers were 'behind the eight ball' (pool), 'snookered' (snooker), 'stymied' (golf) ...

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    PS: I wasn't suggesting that those metaphors all mean 'pinned to the sidelines'; I just wanted to show how different sports have contributed metaphors to everyday speech. And here's another set: it's not only a boxer that can be "on the ropes", "hit below the belt", "on the canvas", "out for the count" or "saved by the bell".

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