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hiromichi



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:21 pm    Post subject: just down the pike from Reply with quote

Is "jsut down the pike from" an idiiom?

Notoriety Another badly botched word these days, “notoriety” has somehow become a good thing: “Burgess gained notoriety with his wildly popular children’s books.” But can’t you hear the “notorious” in “notoriety”? There are all kinds of fame; “notoriety” is one of the bad kinds, just down the pike from “infamy.”
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a phrase originally suggesting geographical closeness. "pike" is short for "turnpike", I believe, which is a type of road. (US English)

So "just down the pike from" means not far away from.

So, used like this in a non-physical sense, to talk about closeness of meaning, it is an idiom, by most definitions.

(though I'm sure someone can be found who will argue about it!)

And incidentally the writer of the sentence is correct. Notoriety is bad, unless you're Lady Gaga or someone like that whose success depends on it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IanT:
I get it. Thank you very much.
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