'Off your own back' and four other common English phrases you may be using incorrectly
0 Have your say English is a language rich with imagery, meaning and metaphor – and when we want to express ourselves we can draw upon a canon replete with beautifully turned phrases, drawing from the language’s Latin, French and Germanic roots, through Chaucer and Shakespeare right up to myriad modern wordsmiths – not to mention those apt aphorisms that English has appropriated from other languages.
So why is it we so regularly misuse some of these phrases? Here are five of the most common sayings that have somehow become lost in translation.
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