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I fall asleep at the drop of a dime

This wonderful congruent conflation is a mash up of  “at the drop of a hat” and “stop on a dime”, both meaning an action done instantly.  Drop and stop are four letter words that rhyme, adding to the befuddlement.  This beauty was heard at a court hearing.  Kudos to Sam Edelmann for sending this one into Malaphor central!

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5 Comments on “I fall asleep at the drop of a dime”

  1. Debbie Rose says:

    I just saw a new one on an SSA retirement announcement. It said after more than 30 years with the agency he was “throwing in his hat.” I assume that is a mix of throwing in the towel and throwing his hat in the ring. MALAPHOR!!!!!

    Debbie Rose

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  2. I want to know, is there any specific situation or condition which differ the usage of both of the idioms. Please suggest if any.

    Thanks,
    Annabel

  3. […] dimed”, etc.  Some previous posts include “I fall asleep at the drop of a dime” (https://malaphors.com/2014/06/26/i-fall-asleep-at-the-drop-of-a-dime/) and “you had to figure out what to do on a dime’s notice” […]

  4. […] and dimed”, etc.  Some previous posts include “I fall asleep at the drop of a dime” (https://malaphors.com/2014/06/26/i-fall-asleep-at-the-drop-of-a-dime/) and “you had to figure out what to do on a dime’s notice” […]


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