Hot answers tagged

16

The struggle to make it in entertainment is a struggle to be noticed. This hyperbolic complaint is that even committing a crime wouldn't be enough to get one noticed. It's not about no longer being famous. Famous or not, it's about commanding attention. Read some of the nonsense people get up to in the tabloids and you'll find many people coming very ...


4

I worked in the Radio and TV industry as an engineer for over 30 years and have followed the evolution of the term "breaking". This is how I see it. The term "breaking" refers to a technical procedure used inside a broadcasting studio. Also, it's used by CB radio operators when one keys open the microphone and says, "breaker, breaker or 10-50" to announce ...


3

Put a brave face/front on something — TFD to behave in a way that makes people think you are happy when you are not "They've had some bad luck, but they've put a brave face on their problems." "She's very ill but she's putting a brave front on it. (= making people believe her illness does not worry her)" Keep up appearances — TFD ...


2

The idiom "working out of" is usually used to refer to a physical base of operations. Eg, one might say that a mobile appliance repairman, who spends his entire day in his truck, is "working out of" an office in East Podunk (as that East Podunk office is where his paperwork is handled, etc). However, the usage quoted in the above question is using the ...


1

According to merriam webster, looks like it is used in place of "because of", just like it would mean in any sentence using "thanks to", positive or negative. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thanks%20to


1

Collins is correct, but I think the expression is used more widely now, rather than just by entertainers. At least I have heard it every so often from non-celebrities.


1

Gordian Knot Is used to signify an insurmountable puzzle; legend of Phrygian Gordium associated with Alexander the Great. It is often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem (disentangling an "impossible" knot) solved easily by loophole or "thinking outside the box" ("cutting the Gordian knot"): Gordian Knot


1

Buggins appears in Anthony Trollope's Barchester Chronicles. He was a civil servant who was leaving his job, and a large number of possible candidates were pursuing the position. Pre-dates all other suggestions - i.e. 19th century.


1

The expression is may very well. (The be is part of the progressive infinitive verb be learning.) May here refers to possibility. The young man or the coed may be learning..., but they may not be. It has a higher possibility than might. Using very well with may (be learning) can mean several things. It really depends on the speaker's attitude toward ...


1

Generally "in the know" refers to a group of people who share knowledge of some secret. Each member of this group is said to be "in the know" about the secret. So, in the second sentence you mentioned, "He will bring you in the know..." essentially means "He will inform you about...", with the added connotation that these career opportunities are secret, ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible