The recent movie release “Knives Out” looks fun, quirky and highly entertaining. It’s a modern take on an old-fashioned whodunit. I just scored my early viewing tickets for tonight, so I’m psyched. But it got me thinking about what the title really means. I did a little digging and added some interesting new knife phrases to my vocabulary.
By Margaret Kavanagh
First, don’t worry, I won’t tell you the ending after I see the movie. I remember when someone spoiled “The Sixth Sense” and it blows.
Okay, so, the phrase “knives out” is a mainly British phrase and it means that the situation isn’t good. In fact, there’s open hostility, as in, “The knives are out for him since he’s been bad-mouthing our best friend.”
I picture that everyone has their “knives out,” ready to take a stab at someone who has pissed everyone off. (This movie sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun!)
More Sharp Phrases
While I was checking out “knives out” I found a lot of fun phrases that use knives to make a point. (See what I did there?)
Here’s a list of some of them, and what they mean:
? a knife in the back – an act of treachery or betrayal
? go under the knife – have surgery
? not the sharpest knife in the drawer – not too smart, dimwitted
? twist the knife – to deliberately make the situation worse
? you can cut the tension with a knife – the situation is so stressful it was on the edge of erupting into conflict
? bring a knife to a gunfight – to come poorly prepared
? like a hot knife through butter – quicky and easily
? long knife – an assassin
? night of the long knives – a series of ruthless actions
? have your knife into someone – make someone’s life more difficult
It’s not surprising that we use the word “knife” in a lot of phrases since we use knives so regularly as tools in our lives.
(And by the way, the movie was GREAT! It kept me guessing all the way through, even though I thought I had it figured out about 4 or 5 times.)
Do you have a knife phrase you use commonly? How about one we haven’t listed here? Let us know in the comments!