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    I can't find the idiom shoot off your mouth, or get your back up, and start the ball rolling

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    Re: Idioms

    "Shoot off your mouth" -- say everything that's on your mind, no matter how loud, shocking, or unwelcome.

    "Get your back up" -- To become angry (or obstinate) at something.

    "Start the ball rolling" -- To initiate something, to make sure the execution of the task has begun.

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    Re: Idioms

    This will probably help u to remember the idiom: get your back up refers to the way cats arch their back when they are angry.
    Shoot your mouth off could also mean that you talk about something that is supposed to remain secret, depending on the context.
    Set the ball rolling could imply that the person who started the activity won't take part in it any more. Again, this must be supported by the context.
    Last edited by paulmoss; 12-Feb-2009 at 04:54.

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