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bringing a knife to a gunfight #1 (permalink) Thu Feb 10, 2011 13:54 pm   bringing a knife to a gunfight
 

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ESL/EFL Test #310 "English Slang Idioms (31)", question 9

"The guy's debate speech was so ill-prepared and ineffectual that it was like bringing a ......... to a gunfight," Elliot remarked.

(a) spoon
(b) fork
(c) slingshot
(d) knife

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #310 "English Slang Idioms (31)", answer 9

"The guy's debate speech was so ill-prepared and ineffectual that it was like bringing a knife to a gunfight," Elliot remarked.

Correct answer: (d) knife
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" The guys debate speech was ill-prepared and ineffectual that it was like bringing a knife to a gunfight"
Does it mean: if somebody brings a knife to a gunfight, he is very badly prepared to something.?
Can be a synonym: things have come to a head?
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bringing a knife to a gunfight #2 (permalink) Thu Feb 10, 2011 19:03 pm   bringing a knife to a gunfight
 

Yes, it does.
A knife would be no use at a gunfight because the opponent would shoot the knife bearer before he got close enough to use it!
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Re: Test incompl/inter-310, Question 9 #3 (permalink) Thu Feb 10, 2011 19:34 pm   Re: Test incompl/inter-310, Question 9
 

I think Bev must have overlooked your second question.
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Can this be a synonym: things have come to a head?
No, 'come to a head' is not similar at all. The expression 'come to a head' means that things have become so bad that dealing with the problem cannot or can no longer be put off; the situation must be dealt with immediately.

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Re: Test incompl/inter-310, Question 9 #4 (permalink) Thu Feb 10, 2011 19:35 pm   Re: Test incompl/inter-310, Question 9
 

Esl_Expert wrote:
I think Bev must have overlooked your second question.

I did. Thanks, Amy.
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