“It Depends on What the Definition of ‘It’ Is”

“Take it outside,” if you’re a certain age (I am), invariably means there’s about to be a fight somewhere inside, and the proprietor of the establishment/bartender/host of the party wants nothing to do with it.

Contrast that definition with the original, literal one:

     Dad, grilling on patio, to someone in Kitchen:  “I don’t have any barbecue sauce.”

     Mom, to nearby kid:  “here it is — please take it outside.”

Wanna guess what the inspiration for that one was?? 🙂

See also, “You Take the Cake!” (& Other Ruined Expressions)”“It Takes One to Know One” (and Other Ruined Phrases)“; and “Plural of Stir-Fry?!?”

Also: “Synonyms for “the check’s in the mail“; “Why is Calling Someone a “Piece of Work’ an Insult?”; “That Guy’s a Real Ottoman”; and “How to Tell if an Electrician ” or ANY Contractor ” Knows Their Stuff.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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