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A.Word.A.Day--straight-from-the-shoulder

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straight-from-the-shoulder (strayt-fruhm-thuh-SHOAL-duhr) adjective

Frank and forthright: straight-from-the-shoulder reporting.

"A striking poem called Sequinned ends this way: Girl, don't you let that city get away. Lift it up, raise it up, slip your arms through and take it back to dance. This is poetry that speaks to us boldly, straight from the shoulder." Natalie Soto, et al., On the Shelf, Rocky Mountain News, 21 Dec 1997.

This week's theme: idioms.

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We see but dimly through the mists and vapors; \ Amid these earthly damps \ What seem to us but sad, funeral tapers \ May be heaven's distant lamps. -Longfellow (1807-1882)


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