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They’re going to have to set the screws straight

This was overheard on a sports radio talk show, referring to a baseball team and the need to get better this year.  It is a mashup of “tighten the screws” (pressure someone or something) and “set the record straight” (to put right or correct a mistake or misunderstanding).  Putting a screw in straight may have bubbled up to the speaker’s mind and mouth, creating the malaphor.  A big thanks to Jack Chandler for hearing this one and passing it on.  By the way, you can hear Jack wail with his quartet at Luna’s Cafe in Sacramento when he’s not spotting malaphors.  https://www.facebook.com/events/475836506139834/

 

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