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Chapter 24. Don't Go There: Words and Ex... > The Cliché Expert - Pg. 249

Don't Go There: Words and Expressions to Avoid 249 The Cliché Expert As you read this section, be sure to keep your eyes peeled, your fingers crossed, and your head above water, and you may be able to keep up with the Joneses. But that's only if you're on the ball, beam, go, level, and up-and-up, rather than on the fly, fence, ropes, rocks, or lam. Or you can just go fry an egg. The previous paragraph is chock full of clichés, descriptive phrases that have lost their effectiveness through overuse. If you have heard the same words and phrases over and over, so has your reader. Replace clichés with fresh, new descriptions. If you can't think of a way to rewrite the phrase to make it new, delete it completely. You Could Look It Up Clichés are descriptive phrases that have lost their effectiveness through overuse. Give it a shot now. Complete this list by defining each cliché and then rewriting it to convey a more precise and descriptive meaning. Cliché 1. on the carpet 2. on the fritz 3. on the lam 4. on the make 5. on the spot 6. on the spur of the moment 7. on the wagon 8. sweet as sugar 9. raining cats and dogs 10. straight as an arrow Meaning _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ Answers Did you get these answers? Cliché 1. on the carpet 2. on the fritz 3. on the lam 4. on the make 5. on the spot 6. on the spur of the moment 7. on the wagon 8. sweet as sugar 9. raining cats and dogs 10. straight as an arrow Meaning reprimanded broken fleeing eager for financial or sexual gain great difficulty spontaneously not drinking sweet raining heavily honest