I’m jumping at the gun

This malaphor occurred during a conversation about airline prices. The speaker indicated that the prices are only going to go up, so she was “jumping at the gun”. This is a mashup of “jumping the gun” (start doing something too soon) and “jumping at the chance” (to seize an opportunity). “Jumping” is the tie that binds this conflation. A big thank you to Elaine Hatfield for hearing this one.


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