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    Question get the crockery flying

    A leading American feminist, Professor Cynthia Enloe, visited Britain last week to lecture on why the world would be a better, more peaceful place if women were in charge. But is she right? It's a debate guaranteed to get the crockery flying.. .
    Source: the Daily Mail
    ALLISON PEARSON: How wonderful it would be if women ruled the world | Mail Online

    Hi! This is the full preface of an article in the Daily Mail.

    What does "get the crockery flying" mean here? Is it related to any fable story?

    Thanks!


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    Re: get the crockery flying

    No. It refers to the way in which really angry people may start throwing things at each other.

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    Re: get the crockery flying

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    No. It refers to the way in which really angry people may start throwing things at each other.
    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your help. Is it a usual expression?

    Is the following example sentence I make okay if without further context?

    e.g. Our boss has a bad hair day today. Don't talk about the bad news with him or he will fly crockery at you.
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    Re: get the crockery flying

    Doesn't work in that context.

    The boss has had a really bad day. The crockery flew when he discovered that the cheques had been incorrectly recorded.

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    Re: get the crockery flying

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your answer. But I don't really understand why the sentence I made with the phrase doesn't work. Should "fly" follow "the crockery" or what? Could you please explain further? Thanks!


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    Re: get the crockery flying

    It is a metaphor for being angry.

    He might throw the crockery around or at you or at the wall, but could not "flew the crockery". In reality he would not physically be doing anything of the kind. He would probably be shouting at his staff.

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    Re: get the crockery flying

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you very much for your elucidation. I think I've understood.

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