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WHAT'S THE MEANING OF"TOSS ANOTHER SHOVELFULL OF DIRT ON THE COFFIN"? WHAT'S THE MEANING OF"TOSS ANOTHER SHOVELFULL OF DIRT ON THE COFFIN"?NOT THE LITERALNESS.THANKS.
Jul 7, 2008 11:41 AM
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Another way of saying this is 'to shove the boots in' meaning to take advantage of someone when they are already poor, unhappy, depressed etc.
July 9, 2008
It's not a common figure of speech, but given the imagery I'd say it means: "put more problems onto somebody who already has a lot of problems", or maybe "make a problem worse" e.g. John was having a terrible week - he lost his wallet on Monday, and he got the flu on Tuesday. Then, on Wednesday, his fiancee tossed another shovelful of dirt on John's coffin by breaking off their engagement. or: Jane's car was terrible; it was 27 years old, it broke down every month, and it used lots of petrol. Yesterday, a truck driver tossed more dirt on her coffin by driving into her back-end when she was out shopping.
July 7, 2008
How about this as an example: you use deception to rob a man of all his wealth - then you take his wife as well.
July 7, 2008
another saying is "add insult to the injury".
July 12, 2008
another saying is to 'rub salt in the wounds'
July 8, 2008
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