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Six commonly used clichs 2 The term clich is defined as an overused expression or idea In our society clichs have become common expressions we take for granted everyday Never knowing the meaning of the expression its origin or its use past or present In this paper six well known clichs will be explained in detailed for a better understanding of the words we take for granted everyday The six common clichs are age before beauty bite the dust bury the hatchet call a spade a spade to fall for someone and keep up with the joneses First age before beauty was introduced in to American slang in the late 19th and early 2oth century The term age before beauty was mostly used by young girls to mock courtesy to a somewhat older man Today the meaning is still the same An example of the clich is a sentence Tim please go first through the line you know that age comes before beauty Next the clich bite the dust means to fall to defeat and or die The term derived from the Bible Old Testament Psalms lxxii 6 which says His enemies shall lick the dust This term has also been used in many B-feature cowboy movies For example Poor old bill bit the dust while mowing the lawn Third to bury the hatchet originated with the American Indian tradition of burying the hatchets of the chiefs of tribes when they came to a peace agreement Which was described by a Mr Sewell as early as 1680 The term originally was hang up the hatchet Today the term is defined as to swear peace Used in a sentence We must bury the hatchet so we can move on with our lives Six commonly used clichs 3 Fourth to call a spade a spade is to call something by its right name and to speak frankly
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