When Push Comes To Shove

Welcome to Cliche Thursday, where each week we deconstruct 5 expressions that we’ve all become a little too familiar with and ask you for some of your own least favorites.

Here we go…

“When push comes to shove” – It’s like a cute little story that you forgot to finish.

“One day when push came to shove’s house, they had a big fight because neither of them wanted to be the one who sat on the swing.

The End.”

And when you think about it, is there really that big of a distinction between pushing and shoving?

I’d argue the words are interchangeable, and If you don’t agree I might push you

…and if you still don’t agree then I might even shove you.

“Nose to the grindstone” – Such a bloody, gruesome, painful way to say you’re gonna work hard.

Although with a nose like mine, losing an inch or two off the ole schnoz might not be a bad idea.

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat” – Nope, pretty sure there’s just one.

Take a knife or some other sharp blade and peel the skin away from it’s carcass.

That’s it. That’s the list.

“Vanish into thin air” – The word ‘thin’ must have had a great agent to have received placement in this expression.

I mean, other than this cliché and any sporting event played in Denver, when was the last time you described air as thin?

Besides, vanishing into the air is impressive enough, does it really matter if it’s thin or not?

“I’ll make him cry uncle” – Because the first thing I think of when I’m in a lot of pain and want someone to stop hurting me is my father’s brother.

What About You: Any expressions chapping your hide?

Add them to the list so we can skewer them in the coming weeks.