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The A-Z of Visual Ideas by John Ingledew

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Expressions visualized

Everyday language is dense with expressions that can be recreated visually: He minced his words. They were a puppet government. He went off the rails. Life is a bowl of cherries. Life is a bed of roses. He’s lost his marbles. It puts hair on your chest. He’s a moneybags. Money doesn’t grown on trees. He was stabbed in the back. She put her foot in her mouth. They had blood on their hands. It was a bloodbath. He threw in the towel. He threw his toys out of the pram. He was spineless. It cost an arm and a leg. They’ll have the shirt off your back. She was clutching at straws. It was the last straw. They’re on the gravy train. She was skating on thin ice. Too big for his boots. Put yourself in his shoes. Take a backhander. ...

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