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Don’t get your panties in an uproar

Sage advice, and a nice mash up of “don’t get your bowels in an uproar” (don’t get excited) and “don’t get your panties (knickers) in a twist (bunch)” (don’t get upset over a trivial matter).  Both idioms are very close in meaning, and both involve the lower extremity area (panties and bowels).  They also both have the words “don’t get” and “in a”, adding to the confusion.   This one is very close to a malaphor I posted in January 2015,  “don’t get your panties in a ringer”, written by Todd Christie, brother of Chris Christie, in a Facebook comment, reacting to people commenting on the Governor celebrating the Dallas Cowboys playoff win with Jerry Jones in his box suite.  See https://malaphors.com/2015/01/10/dont-get-your-panties-in-a-ringer/.  And of course this one is similar to one of my all time favorites posted in 2012 – “don’t get your nose in an uproar”.  https://malaphors.com/2012/08/31/dont-get-your-nose-in-an-uproar/

A big thanks to Donna Cosentino for writing this one on a Facebook comment and Rachel Schwemmer for spotting it!

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3 Comments on “Don’t get your panties in an uproar”

  1. Tom Winkelman says:

    In the context of a plan that was derailed, a coworker said to me that “a wrench had been thrown into the bucket.” I tried deconstructing this one but am unsuccessful thus far. What say you?

    • davemalaphor says:

      “throw a monkey wrench in the works” and “kick the bucket”? The latter might have entered the speaker’s mind as he was talking about something that had not come to fruition, or had died. What do you think?

  2. […] well. It’s probably not worth getting your panties in an uproar. This has all gone to pot in a handbag. I should thank my lucky chickens that such a collection […]


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