Cameras blazingPosted: November 23, 2016
This one was tweeted last week by President-elect Donald Trump in one of his many tweets: “Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen!” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/799972624713420804
It is a mash up of “with (your) guns blazing” (doing something with a lot of force or energy) and “keep the cameras rolling” (staying on the record after intending to end a discussion or video). However, perhaps Mr. Trump really intended to use the mixed idiom to convey many cameras having great force or effect. Or, perhaps he was emphasizing that a trip to the theater should not be in the press? Maybe many phones lighting up at once creating a fiery effect? What do you think? Not sure what he really meant, but I do know he formed a very nice malaphor for this website! A big thanks to Yvonne Stam, frequent malaphor contributor for spotting this one and sending it in!
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