British Culture & Expressions

Raising the debate.

I met him time ago. He was a doubting Thomas. The kind of guy with a chip on his shoulder. On one side, I felt sorry for him. On the other, a leopard cannot change his spots and I have to say that Edward Jinx was a leopard.

Some people said that he got a taste of his own medicine. Probably, they were happy with the resolution. In my town, Narrow Town, we all believed that he just got a slap on the wrist. I guess it all depends on where we were standing on. For one moment, everything was a toss-up but it did not take us too long to realise towards which way the result was heading.

In an early age of my life, I learnt that actions speak louder than words. Far away to add fuel to the fire, I led at Narrow Town the creation of the Open Eyes Centre to make the people aware of how much harm Edward Jinx had made. Against the clock, the team managed to attract people not only from our neighbor towns but also from far away.  Soon it became clear that we were not all in the same boat. In the beginning, most of the people bite our tongue but we did not resist too long. The most people we welcomed, the harder it was to cut to the chase. 

The time passed and the Open Eyes Centre struggled to show the truth to the blinders arriving. Edward Jinx was completely off the hook by thenThe debate evolved immensely and the town turned into an iconic symbol of free speech and tolerance.

“I think we were very successful in raising the debate. I don’t think we were successful in resolving it.”

Resource: Idiom Site

Idioms used:

  1. A Chip On Your Shoulder: Being upset about something that happened in the past.
  2. A Doubting Thomas: A sceptic who needs physical or personal evidence in order to believe something.
  3. A Leopard Can’t Change His Spots: You cannot change who you are.
  4. A Taste Of Your Own Medicine: When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others.
  5. A Slap on the Wrist: A very mild punishment.
  6. A Toss-Up: A result that is still unclear and can go either way.
  7. Actions Speak Louder Than Words: It’s better to actually do something than just talk about it.
  8. Add Fuel To The Fire: Whenever something is done to make a bad situation even worse than it is.
  9. Against The Clock: Rushed and short on time
  10. All In The Same Boat: When everyone is facing the same challenges.
  11. Bite Your Tongue: To avoid talking.
  12. Cut to the Chase: Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point.
  13. Off the Hook: no longer in difficulty or trouble.

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