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  1. Irina2223
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    What does the idiom "cliche with legs" mean in the following sentence: "I am a cliche with legs, but this book is a classic--wonderful book."

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    Re: cliche with legs

    Quote Originally Posted by Irina2223 View Post
    What does the idiom "cliche with legs" mean in the following sentence: "I am a cliche with legs, but this book is a classic--wonderful book."
    'With legs' is itself a cliche, meaning 'long-lasting'. "I think we're in a W-shaped recession. Things appear to be getting better, but it's not a recovery with legs. We're in for another downturn before we're really out of it."

    So the speaker in your quotation - possibly reacting to an overblown description of him/her as 'a classic' - was simply being self-depreciatory.

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    I am a walking cliche - the terms I have used to describe this book are commonplace.

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    Re: cliche with legs

    PS 'Cliche with legs' isn't - yet - an idiom; but it is nicely put. So it may well become one.

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    PPS Of course, now I think of it, he/she may have been objecting to the idea of ANY person being called 'a classic' - so that 'with legs' just means bi-pedal.* But the idiom 'with legs' still exists.

    *PPPS as Anglika suggested
    Last edited by BobK; 19-Jun-2009 at 12:27. Reason: PS Added

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