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They had to pull his arm to compete

Just heard this one from Kevin Hatfield at dinner.  In response to whether Michael Phelps will compete in another Olympics, Kevin said, “they had to pull his arm to compete in this one”.  It is an excellent malaphor, as it sounds just a little off.  It is a combination of “twist his arm’ (beg someone to do something) and “pull my finger” (ask to fart) or “pull my leg” (kidding someone).

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One Comment on “They had to pull his arm to compete”

  1. Thank you Dave for the definitions of the expressions which are mixed up in this malaphor! It’s a real plesure to read this post for a non native English speaker like me. Regards. Xavier


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