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Now we’ve got to flush out the skeleton

Heard at a meeting 25 years ago, it still plays well today.   Actually, this is a fairly common malaphor, as flush is often used for flesh and vice versa.  This is a mix-up of  “flesh something out” (make something bigger or more detailed) and “flush something out” (to make something more obvious or force something out of hiding).

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5 Comments on “Now we’ve got to flush out the skeleton”

  1. Michael says:

    An author told me, “I’ll work with my editor to flush out the idea.” Swoosh!

  2. Andy W. says:

    It’d take quite a sewage system to flush a skeleton!!
    Was this a quote from “the Master?”

  3. nwbelle says:

    …plus a ref to skeletons in the closet?


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