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I'm interested in idiomatic phrases and verbs. I would like some advice on the best way to enter 'to give (s/o) the elbow' and link it to fire verb = sack

Any suggestions would be welcome

Thx. Al.

Algrif 17:50, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Just give the article name give the elbow and add the desired links as definitions:
1. to fire, to sack. —Stephen 11:14, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

to look like an elbow[edit]

I've just discovered the phrase "to look like an elbow", and since English isn't my mother tongue, I wanted to know if it was an "officially recognised" idiom, and if it was particularly used in one region. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

It isn't an idiom: it is just a phrase that means exactly what it says: (something) looks like an elbow, i.e. is elbow-shaped, like some macaroni. Robert Ullmann 11:35, 9 December 2007 (UTC)
Thanks! Actually it was used for someone who was very ugly, so I thought it was an idiom.

Why the detective sense?[edit]

What's the etymology for that? Equinox 23:16, 31 March 2016 (UTC)