English professors love to catch the errors students make on their term
papers, and they love nothing better than to catch mixed metaphors. Here
are some of the best:
- "She's burning the midnight oil at both ends."
- "It was so cold last night I had to throw another blanket on the fire."
- "It's time to step up to the plate and cut the mustard."
- "She's robbing Peter to pay the piper."
- "He's up a tree without a paddle."
- "Beware my friend...you are skating on hot water."
- "Keep your ear to the grindstone."
- "Sometimes you've gotta stick your neck out on a limb."
- "Some people sail through life on a bed of roses like a knife slicing through butter."
- "He swept the rug under the carpet."
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