I played him like a fine-tooth pianoPosted: August 17, 2020 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: expressions, go over it with a fine-tooth comb, humor, malaphor, played him like a fiddle, player piano, words Leave a comment
This was heard on one of those cop shows on Court TV. A woman who was helping set up a perpetrator uttered this one. It is a mashup of “play (someone) like a fiddle” (easily mainpulate someone for one’s own needs) and “go over (something) with a fine-tooth comb” (scrutinize something). The piano reference might be an eggcorn of ‘fine-tooth” for “fine-tuned”. A “player piano” (mechanical piano) might also have been on the speaker’s mind. A big thanks to Gary Kelly who heard this one and passed it on!