Real Talk: A Bridge Too Far

Real Talk, in which I explain why we say weird things like “plugged nickel” or “cats pajamas.” Also, a place where I can send my boyfriend when he asks the meaning of weird phrases like “plugged nickel” or “cats pajamas.”

“Quitting smoking after I already gave up pills is just a bridge too far.”

A bridge too far is an idiom that comes from Operation Market Garden in World War II, when Lt. General Frederick Browning turned to Field Marshall Montgomery and said, “I think we might be going a bridge too far,” in the middle of the Allies’ attempt to force their way into Germany. He was right! The Allies were overtaken, some had to be evacuated, and all dreams of ending WWII by Christmas 1944 ended with the mission. No wonder it became a star-studded motion picture event!

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