He just let the cat out of the box

This is a great mashup uttered by Senator Bernie Sanders regarding a comment made by Senator Pat Toomey.  The video is below, but in short, Sen. Sanders asked if Toomey would pledge not to cut Social Security and Medicare and Toomey responded, “I will not cut benefits on people who are on it right now”.  Sanders responded that Toomey “Just let the cat out of the box”.  It is a mix of “out of the box” (a product that can be used immediately) and “let the cat out of the bag” (to reveal a secret by accident).  Of course a “cat box” may have been on Sanders’ mind as he was articulating his disdain for the proposed Republican tax bill.  The malaphor appears about half way through the clip.  A big thanks to Susan Ameel for hearing this one!


5 Comments on “He just let the cat out of the box”

  1. Beatrice Zablocki says:

    Perhaps the speaker was thinking of Schroedinger’s cat.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. curioussteph says:

    Got another one for you, Dave. This was said by a client as she was starting out her session: That’s going to have to take the back burner for now. Mashup of putting something on the back burner or taking a back seat, in either case about setting priorities.

    Cheers to you

  3. davemalaphor says:

    Nice one. And a congruent conflation to boot (both phrases having the same or similar meaning). Will post soon!

  4. Beatrice Zablocki says:

    Maybe he was thinking of the litter box.

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