They really had to think on their toesPosted: July 21, 2018
This malaphor comes courtesy of a local Birmingham Alabama news story about firemen rescuing people caught in a flash flood. A fireman said: “ The firefighters really had to think on their toes due to the changing conditions. “ This is an excellent example of a congruent conflation, mixing “think on (one’s) feet” and “be on your toes”, both meaning to be alert and react quickly. Obviously the mix here is “toes” and “feet”. A big thanks to David Stephens who was on his toes for this one.