Cliche of the Week 47 – Run for your money

May 30, 2011 at 11:31 am 1 comment

Being as good as or nearly as good as the leader of the pack puts you in a position to give them a run for their money.

Journalists apply “run for their money” up to 60 times a week to sports teams, players, cars, alcohol and even characters.

“Its first-release two-year-old has given whiskies 20 years its senior a run for their money in world-judged tastings.” ( Sydney Morning Herald, May 24)

“McLaren and Mercedes have some speed to find if they are going to give their major rivals a run for their money.” (The Sunday Times, March 20)

“He is fortunate to have with him a major Wagner conductor in Daniel Barenboim and the magnificent Berlin Staatskapelle, which gives the Berlin Philharmonic a run for their money” (The Mail on Sunday, May 22)

“Although Stoke players receive much less wages than their opponents, they gave Manchester City a run for their money.” (The Bangkok Post, May 22) 

 “The characters in L.A. Noire, the latest videogame from Take-Two Interactive Software Inc’s Rockstar Games label, have facial expressions so realistic they could soon give live-action actors a run for their money.” (The Wall Street Journal, May 20)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

(Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale, a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008)

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  • 1. Lesley Dewar  |  June 2, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Refusing to issue a cancellation notice for an inappropriate hotel booking will see getting a run for their money – from me! They have “bitten off more than they can chew” (oh, cliche) if they think that I will “take this lying down”. Gotta love it!


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